It’s Not About the T Shirts

June 30, 2008

In Berlin his face stares out from T shirts and baseball caps. In Naples one enterprising restaurant has named a pizza after him (toppings: pineapple chunks and bacon). In Britain he enjoys an approval rating of 74 percent—compared with his opponent’s 42 percent and Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s measly 28 percent. In just about every European language the name “Obama” echoes through corridors of power, schoolyards and coiffeur salons like a mantra. Much of the continent has eagerly replaced its loathing of George W. Bush with fierce love for a 46-year-old Illinois senator who has yet to be elected to the White House. more