Note also this bit at the bottom:
This is really a not-at-all veiled way of saying "I want the power of the United States for myself. We could run their country and use their resources better than they can." When someone in America wants to meddle in the affairs of a foreign nation it is (often rightly) labeled imperialistic. But when some twee Londoner expresses the desire to influence American politics it's supposed to be enlightened.
I have a friend in London, very Euro in outlook, who is terrifically frustrated and worried about the election.His chief concern: the role of Americans. “It’s a pity that Americans are the ones who elect the president,” he says. “It would be much better if the people of the world voted on the American president.”
And doesn't that comment also serve as an apt description of the reaction of most of the continent to the Irish rejection of the Lisbon Treaty (née-European Constitution)? "It's a pity the Irish are the only ones who determine Irish policies," say the Eurocrats. "It would be much better if the people of Europe voted on the Irish referendums."
Watching the reactions to the Irish no-vote has made me think that maybe the EU doesn't really understand democracy. Elections are not like a magic eight ball: you don't keep asking the question until you get the answer you are looking for.