Angelina Jolie has lashed out at President Bush, remarking that his actions have turned the world against the United States. As some tourists can probably relate, saying you’re an American can elicit some strong feelings from citizens of other countries. Jolie says she has has a similar experience of distrust from those she’s attempted to help. From the article,
“‘When I travel, people feel uncomfortable when I say I’m American. They think it’s suspicious that I want to do something positive for them. I think they wonder why the American people re-elected a President who is making foreign policy choices that are affecting other countries in a way that we should question.'”
Interesting. While I’m sure Jolie’s charity ($$) and time overcome politics, the global perception that Americans all think alike and all voted for Bush is a definite reality. It will take some time — and some improved foreign relations — before such opinions come back down to reality. Till then, having someone like Angelina out there representing is a step in the right direction.