Okay, from a kid who grew up in the heartland of America, here ya go:
-Americans love British accents. Most of us sound idiotic when we attempt them too.
-We are taught from an early age that England is essentially family. Yes, there was that tiff 200 and some odd years ago, and yes our history since has crafted a society so very much beyond simple English ancestory. But I think the general consensus in early History classes here is that there would be no United States without an England. Obviously that's true, but don't underestimate the number of sitcom and cheeseburger soaked Americans who are aware of at least that basic fact.
-London is the "A" list destination for most American young people when they think about their first trips overseas. One of the most cherished trip iteneraries here is England, Scotland and Ireland.
-British means "hip" in many ways here...music, comedy, motorcars (in the past few years the trendy drove SUVs but the "hip" drove RangeRovers.)
-I think we may love the Monarchy better than you! Maybe because we don't have to pay for it. But we see a lot of ourselves in Liz, Chuck & all.... dysfunctional yet trying to fit in, not always successfully. I was living in Cleveland the weekend Diana died. The line of citizens wishing to sign a book of condolences at the British consulate was out the door and down the hall. I know because I signed it.
-I can't stress this enough because I live here....the past two months have taken a toll on the American psyche, maybe even more than Vietnam did. And the sight of your Prime Minister in the House Chambers during our President's "pep talk" speech the week after 9/11 has cemented the feelings that our two nations will always be there for one another.
-One more thing...on my only wonderful visit to London, in my late teens, we asked a local about a his ideas on a restaurant serving fine food. We were sent to a French place.