I saw this story today and it made me laugh. President Obama has been on the campaign trail in Florida and met a pizzeria owner along the way.
The pizzeria owner was quite excited to meet the President and gave him a bear hug, lifting him clean off his feet, before selling him 20 pizzas.
Are all Americans as friendly as this? Don’t take that the wrong way – I haven’t met anybody born and bred in the USA! Every nationality has stereotypes, but obviously not all of them are true – some are and I find that quite funny! For me, Americans are super friendly, always smiling and quite carefree. If I apply this stereotype to the news story, I’d say that it is pretty accurate.
I can’t remember David Cameron being swept up into an almighty hug on his campaign trail. Our British upper lips are much too stiff to do that!
When I was in Germany a couple of years ago for a Youth Conference, we talked about stereotypes and I was quite surprised at one particular British stereotype. Aside from the tea drinking at 11 o’clock and talking about the Queen’s hats and the weather, we are supposedly partial to a plate of beans on toast.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly a beans on toast fan but I didn’t realise that made me particularly British!
Are there any stereotypes you have found to be true? What stereotypes do you associate with different nationalities? Are you a stereotypical national?