A clarification, because I’ve noticed there is a lot of confusion about this:
I am not an American citizen. By virtue of my marriage to an American citizen, I am a legal resident (this is what my Green Card is for). I am allowed to live in the United States, work here and I must pay my taxes to the U.S. government. I can do everything but vote or obtain a U.S. passport.
While this status leaves me vulnerable to deportation, it’s good enough for me. I did not grow up here. I still miss 99% of your pop-culture references. Unlike the overwhelming majority of Americans my age, I have known and loved the Pixies since the early 1990s. I read about U.S. History like I did the History of every country I’ve ever lived in (and there are eight of them). I am incapable of counting and calculating in a language other than French. And when I’m tired, I give up on words that have no Latin roots (goodbye “freedom,” hello “liberty”), start referring to the moon as “she,” and generally sound like a drunk Yoda: “Pass me a knife for bread clean, please, the mine he has the teeth who are used.”
I feel as American as I feel Emirati, i.e. not at all, and I was born in the Emirates. I am a French citizen, and though I am not always proud of that, I am still happy to admit that it is all I need. So nope. No U.S. passport for me, thank you very much.
— From SF, explanatorily.
… wedding planners were all:
whenobamaendorsed: best new Tumblr today.
— From SF.
Grace Dent pays homage to France’s new Première Dame, the journalist Valérie Trierweiler. Twice-divorced, not remarried (she and President François Hollande haven’t made it official, nor do they seem to have any plans to), she’s unapologetically hot and, get this, a most outspoken feminist. On Twitter (where else), she made herself very clear: she and her fellow female journalists are neither trophy wives nor sluts and are not to be treated as such, first lady or not. She even publicly turned against her own magazine for running a sexist piece on her this March: “charming asset?” Who the hell are you to call her an asset?
I profoundly dislike Hollande. But if my voting for him put this lady in a better position to stay angry and kick ass, then I have done my job.
— Thanks to Melbourne, from SF.