August 7, 2003

JAMES TARANTO EXPANDS on a topic raised by James Lileks:

Schwarzenegger offends Old European sensibilities because he’s a flamboyantly macho American, of course, but there’s more to it than that. He’s an American by choice, a native of Old Europe who left the Continent for America in 1968, when he was in his early 20s, and became a U.S. citizen just 20 years ago. His is a classic immigrant success story, a reminder that America is the land of opportunity while Europe is a place opportunity-seekers flee.

Yep. And that’s one of the answers to the “why they hate us” question.

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