Ruth Dudley Edwards: USA's pioneer spirit makes many suspicious of Obama
The land of self-reliance also has softer side that Americans want to protect, says Ruth Dudley Edwards
Last week, as I waded through innumerable articles on the US presidential election campaign, I was moved by a story about the kindness of American strangers in an article by Alexandra Frean, the Washington bureau chief of The Times.
Last February, just two weeks after she and her family moved to Washington, her husband died suddenly. Annie, a neighbour she had barely met, having ascertained that it was he who had done the shopping and cooking, installed a big blue cooler box on her doorstep, and arranged for a rota of neighbours to cook dinner for her and her teenage sons.