Apparently, Ann Bartow is in Canada this weekend, and she’s had the same experience that I’ve had all weekend: Canadians love them some Barack Obama, and have been spontaneously expressing their happiness to me all weekend.
When I approached customs and immigration and said “Bon Soir” upon my arrival in Quebec Wednesday evening, the man took my passport and said, “You won your election yesterday?” (en Anglais), in a way that was more of a statement than a question. Not “Were you happy with the election results?” or “Did your candidate win?” No–a politely hopeful declaration that “you won.” Then, the waiter at dinner Thursday night heard us speaking English (me and an Anglophone Canadian scholar), and told me that she was so happy about our election and that she wanted to vote for Obama. And, both of the French and English-language CBC channels are almost all-Obama, all the time (except for a little coverage of Canadian news, and the upcoming provincial election in Quebec next month.)
Maybe now I won’t have to tell people any longer that I’m Canadian when traveling outside of the U.S. and Canada? What a concept.