In the run-up to, and immediate aftermath of, every presidential election there will be those who say they are moving to [insert foreign country here] if their candidate's main challenger wins.
In the end, no one actually moves anywhere, but the quadrennial tradition persists.
Next time around, however, it's likely that at least one person will be shying away from making idle threats about leaving the country — at least in public.
18-year-old Kristen Neel of Georgia thought she would be just another threat in the crowd when she tweeted shortly after President Obama's reelection that she was "moving to Australia, because their president is a Christian and actually supports what he says."
However, not wanting to get stuck with someone as ignorant as Neel, the people of Australia quickly banded together and tweet-shamed her into oblivion.
"[O]ur "president" is a prime minister, is a woman, and is an atheist," responded one of the more than 1,500 Twitter users who retweeted Neel's remark. "I think you meant Antarctica. Move there."
Others were a bit more kind to Neel. "Not one word of that sentence is true," tweeted @ABCnewsIntern. "I'm not even angry, I'm impressed."
And here are a few more:
@kristenneel_ Our prime minister is a woman, an atheist who lives with a man she hasn't married. I don't think you'd like it here.— Ian Cuthbertson (@cuthbertsoni) November 7, 2012
.@kristenneel_ 1) Australia does not have a president.2) Our prime minister is an atheist.3) Yes, she really is.— Mark Pesce (@mpesce) November 7, 2012
I feel sorry for @kristenneel_. USA, may I suggest more funding to Public Education to avoid another Twitter-tragedy in 4 years time.— Ken Sekiya (@ki_sekiya) November 7, 2012
@kristenneel_ You do know Australia has a progressive female leader who is an athiest? Yes? I knew you did.— Concera Vota (@conceravota) November 7, 2012
Neel has since deleted her Twitter account and has likely gone into hiding, but not before issuing this clarification: "I was referring to the prevous (sic) office that actually had a moral position."
Oh, wait. That doesn't actually clarify anything.
[image via Twitter]