In a tweet, Barack Obama wrote

Today I’m proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates – leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-hearted as the America they’re running to represent

I saw the sentence on Yahoo! News.

Leaders are persons and the America refers to the country the United States of America. I am confused, how come we can draw a comparison like that? Any thoughts?

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The phrase the America there refers to its people, not to the land mass.

It is a synonym for the citizenry (of America).

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    The technical term for this is Synecdoche. A common U.S. example is to say "the White house did such-and-such" - the house, of course, just sat there like the inanimate object it is; the occupants (the President and other members of the executive branch who work in the White House) are the ones doing something. – SirTechSpec Aug 2 at 22:52

It means that the Democratic candidates show the same characteristics as the country they want to represent: the U.S.A.

That is, the U.S.A is a patriotic, big-hearted and diverse country in the same way as the Democratic candidates are.

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    I can understand a country can be big-hearted and diverse, but patriotic doesn't make much sense. Usually, it should be a person is patriotic. – dan Aug 2 at 8:51
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    @dan it's metaphorical. If you can understand how a continent, which is just a large piece of territory, can have a "big heart" then by the same token it can also be "patriotic". – Mari-Lou A Aug 2 at 8:53
  • @dan - US news American patriotism is unique theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/apr/19/… – user070221 Aug 2 at 9:02
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    The name America can refer to the country (consisting of its territories). More commonly and more likely, it can refer to the nation (consisting of its people). – Gary Botnovcan Aug 2 at 13:46

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