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What Are Your Views Of The US?  
User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1969 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 4 months 15 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

I'm just curious as to what people from other countries think about the United States. Good or bad. What do you think of us?


My posts/replies are strictly my opinion and not that of any company, organization, or Southwest Airlines.
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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 14 hours ago) and read 2041 times:

The country: nice place to visit, but would not want to live there (for various reasons)
The people: generally nice, but incredibly selfcentered and nationalistic. Ignorant of everything not that does not directly affects their own country or person.

This is of course generalising, but that is the average view an outsider gets when seeing Americans (especially Americans visiting other countries or Americans dealing with outsiders visiting the US).



I wish I were flying
User currently offlineAussiemite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 12 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

Not much.

User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 12 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

Have you ever thought about what Americans think of when they go to your country?

It's a two way street........



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User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 11 hours ago) and read 2024 times:

Nice Country with some great scenery in some places. Not quite as crowded as Europe in many places.

The people are generally nice, the level of services is generations ahead of Europe and especially Germany (People packing your shopping bags and bringing them to the car? Shop assistants who actually know what products can be found where, and if they don't have it in stock, they know which other shop to go to? Incredible!), the USA is probably THE home of the high-tech industries, and THE market place for innovations (you guys get quite a few technological advances years ahead of everyone else, e.g. ADSL etc.), the home of entrepreneurial spirit, a very performance-based society (i.e. a Lordship title won't get you a good degree and a high job as easily) where ascending through your own work is encouraged.....

And on the negative side: quite a few people are way too patriotic, some people are *slightly* ignorant, some people actually believe the USA is the center of the world and everyone else is indebted to their glorious performance in WW2, and no one should dare speak up against them, the USA currently has a crap government, and the level of additives in foodstuffs is approaching food poisoning....

I guess I'll just have to wait a few years (until G_Dubya is out) before immigrating, then!

Regards

Ikarus


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24947 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 11 hours ago) and read 2018 times:

Great scenery in places, eg the Rockies,
Most people seem k, but seems like there are lots of Patriots, eg as has been said before,"If it wasnt for the Americans, Europe would be ruled by Germany" lots of big-headed people.
G W Bush, I just hate the guy. He refused to enter that energy thing which would help sve the worlds climate thing. He is partially responsible for the Waeming of thr climate.
Apart from that most Americans seem to be cool people



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 10 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

GKirk said:

"G W Bush, I just hate the guy. He refused to enter that energy thing which would help save the worlds climate thing. He is partially responsible for the Warming of thr climate."

Uh, Bush has been in office since January, so I don't think he is remotely responsible for the warming of the Climate. I don't like the guy either, but I think statements like that are the height of irresponsibility and demogoguery.

Again, when the rest of Europe signs Kyoto, I have no problem with criticism of the U.S. on this issue.


User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 10 hours ago) and read 2010 times:

Well, some great places to visit.

People are generally nice but also tend to be selfish and arrogant after a while.
Don't care much about foreign affairs. Also don't know much about foreign affairs.
(remember Britney Spears not knowing where Australia is - says a lot!) School education ain't very good.
Always believe their country is the best and everything else is crap. Always have to play police of the world.
Food is alright.
Stores are great. Sports are awesome.

Just my opinion.

Regards,
B737-700


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 8 hours ago) and read 2003 times:

Just curious, but when you were over here how long did you stay?

Also, where did you stay?

And, what places did you visit?


If the answer to those questions are, less than a year, hotels, and tourist sites, then I don't think you have a very good basis for your opinion.



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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 8 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

Shouldn't it be "What are your views of us?" instead?

Because a definite article simply does not go in front of a pronoun.


User currently offlineJoona From Finland, joined May 2001, 1038 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 8 hours ago) and read 1993 times:

(remember Britney Spears not knowing where Australia is - says a lot!)

She also said there are polar bears on the streets of Helsinki. I have lived here for 17,4 years and haven't seen a single polar bear outside the Korkeasaari Zoo.

Joona  Smokin cool



1740 days idle. Beat that.
User currently offlinePendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 1987 times:

*sigh* basing your opinion on a pop stars ignorance...ITS BRTINEY SPEARS FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! not the head of duke university or anything like that!

User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 1982 times:


Britney is also an American. And I know there are many like her.
Just check out the ignorance of some people on the "I think I hate America" thread and you'll see stuff like "I don't care where Rome is, what the capital of Rome (!!) is" ...


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Reply 13, posted (13 years 4 months 5 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

Been to quite a few places in the States, though not for a few years.
Good; obviously the great diversity, good service, value, generally very friendly people. Loved NY, Frisco, Washington, parts of Florida, Vegas. Not so keen on LA.
And I'm British, not an Aussie!!!!!!

Bad; nothing related to being there. Find the religious far-right scary. For a nation responsible for so many great advances, the rise in 'cranky science' is odd. For example, I went to the COSMIVERSE site to see, and take part in, discussions about space exploration, only to find lots of stuff about UFO's, 'Apollo was a fake', 'dinosaur bones are fake', 'creationism is real' etc.



User currently offlineOliver From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 4 months 4 hours ago) and read 1971 times:

Pros:
-variety of products (cornflakes, ice cream, restaurants, shoes...anything!)
-science (Space, Medicine etc, but Aviation is REALLY going down; be aware of that Americans)
-universities (probably because they get more money from alumnis and fees than in Europe)
-Scenery (mountains, plains, citys, farms, palms, beaches, deserts...everything)
-highways
-friendly people in shopping malls
-air conditioned rooms, buses, etc...(Europeans live like in the stone Age, sweating as hell)
-police, FBI, CIA, NSA

Cons
-superficially (Europeans will be the same in 20 years, I guess)
-weapon law (A gun is not to protect you from the bad, it is the BAD thing itself!!! get it?)
-over-fat people
-Railroads are dying out!


User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7960 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (13 years 4 months 3 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

Good or bad - this may be too simple. There are always things I like and others I dislike. I would never say this or that nation was good or bad in general. You can meet both - nice people and idiots all around the globe.

What comes to my mind first when thinking of the German/American relationship is (or are): End of WW2 and "Adolf Nazi" (thank you), airlift (thank you), reunion (thank you).

Something I really like (compared to us Germans) is that Americans often don't hesitate for long to try something new. What you Americans call Adventure Capital (if memory serves me right) is called Risikokapital (Risk Capital) here. This explains a lot, hm? Making dreams real - this is where lots of Germans are weaker than most Americans are. And this is why so many brilliant people still move to the US, hmpfh. (You know now for sure that I'm not brilliant - that's why I'm still here, hehe  Big thumbs up )

Americans are often called arrogant, but compared to people here - especially in Berlin! - most of them are very nice and open-minded.

Attitudes I don't like: Some Americans have the funny idea that they have more freedom in the US compared to people in Germany (or in Europe). I highly doubt it.
When it comes to criticize the US administration (i.E. for not abolishing the death penalty or for poor social services) there are always some people who react childish ("go elsewhere", "don't come here", "communist!"). Criticism is important, though- the first step to improve things.
And sometimes I wish Americans would go a little deeper into things and take a closer look behind the effects.

Regards,
NoUFO



I support the right to arm bears
User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 4 months 1 hour ago) and read 1950 times:

>G W Bush, I just hate the guy. He refused to enter that energy thing which would help sve the worlds climate thing. He is partially responsible for the Waeming of thr climate.

First I must congratulate you on your intelligently-written post. It was barely understandible, but I got the idea.

OK- that 'engery thing' that would 'help sve the worlds climate thing' is the Kyoto Treaty (I assume that is what you meant). If I'm not mistaken, only ONE country has ratified this treaty. And hopefully the US won't be one of the countries that end up ratifying it.

And the Most-Ignorant-Comment-of-the-Day Award goes to none other than yourself. "He is partially responsible for the Waeming of thr climate". Actually, no. President Bush is NOT responsible for the 'Waeming of thr climate' (I'm assuming that was supposed to read 'warming of the climate'). He has been in office since January and has done nothing to undo President Clinton's unconstitutional executive orders dealing with 'Waeming of thr climate', NOR has 'Waeming of thr climate' been proven! First the scientists say we're headed for another ice age, then they change their minds and we're headed for global warming!

>I highly doubt it

You can doubt it all you want but it is true. The stories I see on BBC about the ways the government intrude on people (such as what would be illegal search and seizure here) are downright scary and would be unconstitutional in the United States.


User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (13 years 4 months ago) and read 1945 times:

Come on people nothing is going to come out of this....






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User currently offlineHaanZ From New Zealand, joined May 2000, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (13 years 4 months ago) and read 1944 times:

I have only visited the US once unfortunately, can't wait till it happens again though, hopefully not too far away.

I have on the other hand met a lot of Americans around the world, but then again some may ask how representative they are of your average American?

Hmmmm....

Great, interesting and deeply fascinating place, the US. Lot's of awesome scenery, and the young age of the nation and its cities gives it a special feel you don't get in Europe (in Europe you can virtually feel history).

The people are so amazingly unaffected and free from the tall poppy syndrome. Good at giving and taking compliments... I picked up one or two tricks from there.

SOME Americans seem to believe that everything outside the US is underdeveloped and dangerous. Coming from a small country you get a sinking feeling when people haven't even heard of it before. C'mon, at least the name of a country should be common knowlegde - and a bell should ring when you hear it. Please!! It doesn't help when I'm asked if we have electricity... or if polar bears are wandering around downtown. And meat doesn't come from the supermarket. You have to kill an animal first.

- If something is the best in the US... it's best in the world as well. Maybe, but check up on it first.

- The belief that typical American values are better than anything - and the failure to realise that there are more than one way to do things.

These are only based on what I have experienced first hand... which I admit is limited. Good and I wouldn't say bad... just amusing. Worth a laugh really.

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to visit that great country of yours again! Go U.S.A.!


User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1923 times:

Big. I think it's 35% of Americans are overweight...or something like that. They think they are the best (no offence)

If I carry on, I will probably be offending people, so I'll shut up now.


User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1969 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1918 times:

Jaspike---

Yeah, 35% are overweight. You know why? Because the Food and Drug lowered the weights of people of certain heights. I forget the numbers, but I'm 5'11'' and am 160 lbs and am thin as a rail, and now, I'm considered overweight too! Its a bunch of crap.

But thanks for the funny post  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



My posts/replies are strictly my opinion and not that of any company, organization, or Southwest Airlines.
User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1910 times:

A country with fantastic natural beauty. A country with many nice people.

On the bad side its a country that spends more time trying to solve other countries problems then its own, a country with to many bigheaded people and way too many cars !!


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

GOOD: Diversity of scenery, excellent service mentality, optimism, openness, great fast food, energy, climate, quality of life, cheap land/housing/food, friendly people.

BAD: Regardless of what many Americans believe, Civil Liberties are less than what you would expect in most of Europe. Many Americans believe their country to be the best without having visited elsewhere. Poor education. Racism. Rednecks. Crap cars. Political correctness. Lawyers. Death penalty. G Dubya.



I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineOliver From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

Ryanb741, why the hell do you think that America produces "Crap Cars"?
I think that you find nowhere any better deals for cars than in the US. A luxury Cadillac costs some 30000$, but for this price you only get a compact BMW 3 Series...(yeah, I know it's sportier, but it's just overpriced)


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

Just look at the engines in terms of fuel efficiency etc. Come on, you are seriously telling me that US cars come up to the standards of Japanese or European counterparts! Have you ever seen cars like the Lincoln, etc?


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
25 747-600X : I wonder what'd happen if I just cut-n-pasted that whole other run over here? America the beautiful! Some girls are pretty but haven't got brains, but
26 QANTAS747-438 : 747-600X--- Yeah... I read your other post... and if you don't like this country then LEAVE!!! While NOT saying this country is the best (cuz I know w
27 Go Canada! : not much at all.its ok,but it isnt as brilliant as the pictures seem and no before you start, ive been before and im not a racist,im not anti-usa to i
28 Oliver : Ryanb741: Amercian cars ONLY use more gas because they are normally bigger (heavier!), and they have bigger engines. If you take a Jaguar S-Type (10 l
29 CPDC10-30 : Americans are very friendly people, despite the chest-thumping silliness displayed by some of the US members on this board. I find that they are somew
30 Cwapilot : I think a statement made in the very first response on this thread is appropriate for the whole thing: "these are just generalizations." A more appror
31 Cwapilot : More on President Bush vis a vis Europe, or It's a Two-Way Street, Guys NOT A BUFFOON AFTER ALL By: Alan Caruba Judging from all the huffing and puffi
32 Post contains images AerLingus : Well, alot can be said for the United States in the way of technological advancements, medical and biological breakthroughs and manufacturing systems.
33 Kolobokman : I was going to reply with something very intelegent, but some of the Americans here (QANTAS747-438, PanAm747, N400QX) just will not understand, so I'l
34 JetService : I think a lot of the stereotype that Americans get from Europeans are because of the sampling they see. They say Americans are generally ignorant and
35 JetService : Kolo, just a tip from Uncle JetService: When ripping someone about their smarts, don't misspell 'intelligent'. It just leaves you wide open to ridicul
36 BO__einG : USA ~~ A_OK
37 Go canada! : Britain a left wing country? are you kidding me? You have got to be joking!!! We may have a labour government but its a left wing as president bush!Ou
38 PanAm747 : Are you guys still wasting your time over this?
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