The word of the day is stereotype
. President Obama: I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear. But that same principle must apply to Muslim perceptions of Americans. Just as Muslims do not fit a crude stereotype, America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire.
Der Spiegel is doing a three part essay on Trans-Atlantic Comparisons: Sophisticated Europeans, Obese Americans? at www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,628381,00.html
. Interesting to look at its photos and charts comparing poverty and wealth between the US and various western European countries. It leaves little place for normal stereotype thoughts.