I know, it's a thing!
Last year I was back in the States for the occasion but this weekend I was generously hosted by a dear friend's family in Ottawa. Her parents came to Canada by way of Ireland so it had a little touch of Irish, if you will. We had a big dinner yesterday and it was delicious and delightful (until we all gathered around to watch debate and I was the sorry solo American in the bunch, but they were very consoling).
The New York Times wrote an appropriately "oh, those Canadians" article about some of the differences. I enjoyed this quip that, while not at all reflective of my lovely hosts, sums up how I'm feeling about Canadians' attitudes about the American presidential election right now:
When Canadians talk about their Thanksgiving, the word “quieter” comes up a lot. You can start to think that they see their Thanksgiving something like Christmas morning among the Whos down in Whoville, calmly sharing the true spirit of the day without all the hoopla.
“It’s a classic example of the narcissism of small differences,” Ms. Borel said. “We are like these uppity little Hobbits taking pride in being a little better, a little more moral, a little more socially conscious than Americans. But when you look at both of us, you can’t see the difference, really. Even on the holiday that you associate with tryptophan comas and drawing hand turkeys, we still need to assert our subtle moral superiority over Americans.”
We all tend to get a little self-righteous when we're watching from afar (see: Brexit) but Americans don't have the market cornered on despised or frankly criminal politicians. Don't even get me started on other countries!
Go ahead and post ill-informed one-liners and political memes on Facebook but come November, I think we can all agree everyone (American or not) will be in a world of hurt if Trump is elected. And no, Hillary is not just as bad. (There, I feel better. Really needed to get that off my chest.)