I don't think so. I got the impression he went to or watched a baseball game and airshow, hated them (as might be expected since hobbies and interests are often acquired tastes), and somehow managed to turn it into some kind of cultural commentary on Americans. Look out Tocqueville! Maybe we should set this guy loose on a Japanese tea ceremony. I'm sure we'll get some scintillating insights.loseyourname said:Dude, he's been here for like three weeks. Give the guy a chance.
To juvenal, he's just saying that Americans enjoy the little things in life, which certainly is a big part of American culture. Witness the writing of Walt Whitman and the transcendentalists, or the catch phrase "stop to smell the roses." Clausius may have worded it a little awkwardly, but I don't think he was insulting anybody. His grasp of English is still not perfect - cut the guy some slack. (Besides, even he admits that Spaniards are rude.)
Honestly, I don't see Americans being more obsessed with the little things in life. In fact, I've always had some admiration for the Europeans who can take long leisurely meals, and enjoy life as it is.