In light of the fact that this person is an academic and therefore ought to know better, this is a really abysmal premise:
WITH gestures that ranged from a wink to a sneer, most anyone you met here this week volunteered the view that Barack Obama’s visit to Europe caused unprecedented frenzy. But it’s been hard for me to find a European, aside from two Harvard-educated friends in Paris, who confessed to excitement — not just about the visit, but the prospect of an Obama presidency.
Try harder. It's been hard for me to find anyone who voted for Bush or who thinks he has done one single thing right.