SVT is fawning over Obama. And just compared USA to Sweden in the 1950s. And not in that sometimes charming "things were better back then" sort of way.
I have yet to hear a single Swedish reporter throw any sort of support behind McCain. This is not surprising.
What did catch my attention was the vehemence used by some of the reporters to distance themselves from McCain. One correspondent had done a good job of explaining the historical conservatism of the US. Explaining that Sweden doesn't necessarily realize just how conservative the United States really is. Even after the 2004 election. And part of that blame falls on the Swedish media. He was then accused by the other correspondent of being on the losing team. She obviously didn't want to blame the media. Perhaps because she was the media. Again, this reaction wasn’t all that surprising.
What surprised me was how the gentleman who had just explained the conservatism of the US broke in right before they moved on to a different thread of conversation to point out that he was in fact not supporting the losing team by any means. He felt so affronted by the suggestion that he had to right the wrong.
As it stands right now, Obama leads by a solid margin in the Electoral College. The race is much closer when it comes to the popular vote. The Swedish reporters seem surprised.
Welcome to Sweden.