'Cheers, America': 6 thoughts from a British writer on the differences between the US and UK

How does the US look to someone from another country? British-born writer Justin Webb offers his thoughts on the differences – and similarities – between American and British ways.

2. Optimism

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    Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte swim in London during the 2012 Olympics

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Webb remembered the aftermath of the 2012 Olympics being held in London. "Americans can still learn from Britain and still do," he wrote. "And we from them – not least, as The Times remarked in a wistful editorial after Barack Obama's visit to London in May 2011, in the area of self-confidence and assertiveness: we have lost our ability to trumpet our achievements and recognise our worth; you have not. The success of the London Olympics surprised nearly everyone in England. You are surprised by failure, not success."

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