This award is about what non-Americans think of him.
I think it is a bit premature, but he is firmly on track to earn it eventually. I don’t think many Americans appreciate how much he is respected outside their country. Sure, some of that is due to his predecessor being a numbskull, but his intelligence, education, and good manners have won a lot of foreigners over. He has created a new climate in international politics.
You sure got that right … er…
“PARIS (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy, initially dubbed Sarko the American for his pro-U.S. stance, is finding it much tougher to deal with Washington than he had anticipated and is recalibrating his policies accordingly.
“Stung by perceived snubs from U.S. President Barack Obama” and encouraged by the growing importance of the G20, Sarkozy is increasingly reaching out to non-aligned states in an effort to extend France’s international influence."
Well, there is the British …
… Okay, so he repeatedly snubs Gordon Brown, insisting the US and UK have “no special relationship” and even denying Brown the usual joint press conference during his visits.
I know, he has made great strides in our relationship with Eastern Europe … except that he sold them down the river on missle defense to get the Russians on board with the Iran nuke issue. (On the anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland, to boot.) How’d that go? Yeah, the Russians aren’t exactly … helping? “At the current stage, all forces should be thrown at supporting the negotiating process,” [Russia’s foreign minister] said. “Threats, sanctions and threats of pressure in the current situation, we are convinced, would be counterproductive.” Plus they just recently said that “Yeah, we reserve the right to nuke anyone for just about anything.”
Even the New York Times (!!) weighed in on how awesomely awesome the World’s love for our president is:
“European allies still refuse to send significantly more troops to Afghanistan. The Saudis blew off Mr. Obama’s request for concessions to Israel, while Israel rebuffed his demand to stop settlement expansion. North Korea defied him by testing a nuclear weapon. Japan just elected a party less friendly to the United States. Cuba has done little to liberalize in response to modest relaxation of sanctions. India and China are resisting a climate change deal. And Russia rejected new sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program even as Mr. Obama heads into talks with Tehran.”
Well … at least he must be making some headway in between Israel and the Palistinians? Why … yes!! President Obama has gotten them both to agree on something !
“’The Americans thought they would come in here and push us around at the beginning of the week. But they didn’t get what they wanted and now they are the ones left looking embarrassed,’” said one Palestinian official involved in the talks.
Speaking to an Israeli news network just before the holiday weekend, Mr Netanyahu said about the peace talks: ‘If it will be, it will be. If not, not. I didn’t ask for it and I didn’t put conditions on the talks.’"
Common ground, at least, right?
At the very least, the World loves President Obama enough to give his adopted hometown of Chicago the Olymipics … er …
In a lot of ways the first year of this administration is beginning to look like the land of 1000 unfinished projects. Something (anything) needs to be completed in 2010, or all your derisive findings will begin to ring true with many more Americans. The “perceived snub” by Sarkozy may be little more than just having to wait in line; but perceptions are perceptions in the world of politics.
But here’s the real rub for those who are against President Obama: So far, here is the list of possible Republican candidates for 2012. (I did little research gathering this, so if there are more please add to them.)
Anyway, who amongst this conjectured group would stand a chance to actually win against Obama even if things sort of continue as they are now? If employment happens to improve, things look even better for Obama despite the other things your list.
ï‚§ Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi
ï‚§ Former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida
ï‚§ House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia
ï‚§ Former Vice President Dick Cheney of Wyoming
ï‚§ Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich of Georgia
ï‚§ Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York
ï‚§ Former Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas
ï‚§ Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana
ï‚§ Former Governor Gary E. Johnson of New Mexico
ï‚§ Former Governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin of Alaska
ï‚§ Representative Ron Paul of Texas
ï‚§ Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota
ï‚§ Representative Mike Pence of Indiana
ï‚§ General David Petraeus of New Hampshire
ï‚§ Former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts
ï‚§ Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania
(Sarah Palin may be off the plate at this point)
If there’s no one really, then you’re looking at 2016 my friend, 2000 frikkin’ 16!!
Hi Dilly, nice to see you back. We missed the balance you give to our proceedings
I dont disagree with what you said here, but I don’t think it proves your point. In spite of all that, outside the USA he is still the most respected President since FDR.
Effective? That’s a different thing.
Your observations only show that he is not courting their favor because he is still willing to take a hard line for the USA, regardless of what they might think of him.
If he did not upset the French he would not be doing his job. The Brits deserve better, but they have to be kept in their place as well.
Just because they like the US President as a person, does not mean that they will give him everything he wants. International politics is very tough and having respect is important but not sufficient.
His nuclear arms deal was beneficial to the USA, and that is his top priority.
Israel will not start treating the Palestinians decently just because Obama asks them to.
The Olympics is not a leader popularity prize.
I saw him on Letterman the other night discussing his health policy. Very impressive! If he can bring it off he will be our best President ever because that is something that will greatly improve the lives of nearly all Americans. Even iff he fails, he should get a lot of credit for trying.
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