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View Poll Results: Foreigners: How do you feel when Americans want to discuss politics with you?
It's nice they're interested; I welcome the opportunity for them to talk about their country. 0 0%
I find it ill-mannered and annoying. 2 10.53%
I find it amusing, and rather enjoy baiting them. 12 63.16%
I tolerate it with good humour, although I'd rather talk about other things. 5 26.32%
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Old 31.08.2011, 17:51
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Foreigners: Americans who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?

This is a genuine question that has sprung out of another thread.

The United States has a pretty big political footprint compared to most other nations in the world, and almost every American has something to say about it, wherever he comes from.

As a foreigner, do you find yourself constantly being invited to talk about politics when you'd much rather enjoy a quiet beer and talk about cooking? How do you react when you are approached by Americans who wish to discuss foreign policy with you? Are you grateful for their interest? Do you find them amusing? Do you find them irritating? How often does this happen to you?

Americans who like to express their opinions are also invited to contribute (although I'd be grateful if the poll was reserved for foreigners). I'm sure our New Englanders, Bible-Belters and Rednecks members have plenty of experiences to share.

Anyway, about that Dominique Strass-Kahn...
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Old 31.08.2011, 17:56
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Re: Foreigners: Americans who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?

Not really, but most Americans I know are also Swiss so we end up talking about both Swiss and US politics, which annoys my girlfriend as a) she doesn't speak English and b) she doesn't give a rat's ass about politics!

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Re: Foreigners: Americans who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?

I find that most people have something to say about the world, not just Americans.

And to be honest, considering America's current economic woes, I don't think they are too bothered about what's going on beyond their borders.
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And to be honest, considering America's current economic woes, I don't think they are too bothered about what's going on beyond their borders.
But isn't that true, even in economic Good Times?
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Old 31.08.2011, 18:18
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Re: Foreigners: Americans who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?

Hmmm, how did I know how the poll was going to go on that one.

I generally prefer to talk politics about the country that I am in but don't really mind. I am just as verbose in real life as I am on the Internet so most people don't suffer in silence but let me know when to shut up.
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Old 31.08.2011, 18:22
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Re: Foreigners: Americans who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?

I voted for this one..
I find it amusing, and rather enjoy baiting them.

but.. I'm American

Whadaya ya think of that there teaParty then eh?
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Old 31.08.2011, 18:27
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Whadaya ya think of that there teaParty then eh?
Not sure. Does Michelle Bachmann put out for the lads?
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Not sure. Does Michelle Bachmann put out for the lads?
I've heard with teaParty contributions of USD 100K or more she and Sarah Palin will give you a sandwich.
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I've heard with teaParty contributions of USD 100K or more she and Sarah Palin will give you a sandwich.
Lordy, I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.
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Re: Foreigners: Americans who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?

I'm American and I know you want me to stay off the thread, but to be honest, I find it's the foreigners who are constantly seeking me out as an American to ask me about the foreign politics of my country (as if I'm responsible for that!)

As an American, I only want to keep my head down and just enjoy life.
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I'm American and I know you want me to stay off the thread, but to be honest, I find it's the foreigners who are constantly seeking me out as an American to ask me about the foreign politics of my country (as if I'm responsible for that!)

As an American, I only want to keep my head down and just enjoy life.
Well, as an American citizen, you are responsible for it.

Perhaps "I would rather not talk about it as I am not interested." would be a better approach.
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As an American, I only want to keep my head down and just enjoy life.
As the intern said to President Clinton.
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Re: Foreigners: Americans who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?

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And to be honest, considering America's current economic woes, I don't think they are too bothered about what's going on beyond their borders.
Depends if you're talking to an American in the US or one here in Europe.
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How do you react when you are approached by Americans who wish to discuss foreign policy with you?
It's *clears throat* quaint.
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I've heard with teaParty contributions of USD 100K or more she and Sarah Palin will give you a sandwich.
Actually, you may have something there....
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Re: Foreigners: Americans who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?

As an American I can say that the only thing I care about in politics from the US is legislation that might affect my tax burden to them. Outside of that I am glad to brush my hands clean and enjoy Swiss life. It is fun to look at my previous state (Florida) politics now and then and just laugh at how ridiculous they are all acting.
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I find American politic very interesting ,but when hoppy writes 45 pages ,makes Palin locks like a mute
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Re: Foreigners: Americans who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?

Didn't we have this discussion a few weeks ago?

It is kind of redunantly, repetitive.....
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Re: Foreigners: Americans who want to talk politics - boring, annoying or harmless?

I was in the US during the primaries, and it seemed to me that most political discourse involved people shouting at one another across the table. They certainly seem to be a lot more animated than UK elections.
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