Skip to comments.End of the Honeymoon: Germans Increasingly Disillusioned with Obama
Posted on 06/13/2012 11:44:22 PM PDT by Olog-hai
In July 2008, in a speech at the base of the Victory Column in Berlin's Tiergarten park, before tens of thousands of deliriously adoring onlookers, then US presidential candidate Barack Obama promised a renewal of America's stature in the world. After his election that November, Germans, other Europeans and many people around the world embraced Obama in large part because he was not George W. Bush. Reversing a half-decade of profound anti-Americanism, support for the new US president and America soared to what has now proven to be unsustainable levels, especially in Germany. Obama's honeymoon with the German people is not over. But now, as he seeks re-election, the first indications of friction in the relationship are emerging.
In a new global survey released on Wednesday, approval of President Barack Obama's policies has declined significantly since he first took office. Overall confidence in Obama and attitudes toward the US have slipped modestly as a consequence. By several measures some of the greatest slippage has occurred in Germany, especially with regard to America's image and Obama's foreign policies. After more than three years in office, Germans are disappointed in the US president's unilateralism; his use of force, particularly drone strikes; his inaction with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian situation and his lack of effort in curbing climate change.
Germans also don't see America as an economic superpower. In 2008, only 30 percent of Germans named China as the world's leading economic player. Now 62 percent do, while only 13 percent say the U.S. plays that role. No other Europeans judge American economic prowess so harshly.
This decline in support for the United States is closely linked to Germans' critical views of Obama's handling of particular international concerns.
(Excerpt) Read more at spiegel.de ...
The Obammunist offered his German comrades a rock band entertainment; his speech was the price of admission.
I wouldn’t take advice from a group of people who gave us the Frankfurt School.
That look is priceless. She looks like she is looking at an idiot that she can not trust
[Germans also don’t see America as an economic superpower.]
That’s good. They’ll understand why we can no longer afford to garrison an army on their soil.
Thing is, they’ll welcome that. May not sound like it at first, but the people at the Bundeswehr and BND are busy beavers with plans galore.
Especially when there is indication that he will lose in November and the American taxpayer socialist bailout stops.
There is a lot of that going around these days...
“She looks like she is looking at an idiot that she can not trust
There is a lot of that going around these days... “
And the Germans are disillusioned? What about the rest of us? He has got to go.
Obammy is all flash and no dash.
"Germans are disappointed in the US president's unilateralism; his use of force, particularly drone strikes; his inaction with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian situation and his lack of effort in curbing climate change."Diese Leute sind verrückt!
"Nevertheless, they still have overwhelming confidence in Obama's overall international leadership."
"only in Greece (35 percent) is pro-American sentiment weaker."Probably because the Greeks realize that the wreckage of the U.S. economy by the U.S. Left means that the Americans will not be able to bail them out when the Germans wise-up and refuse to.
Naw! That's giving the Greeks far too much credit.
They probably hate the U.S. because the Americans haven't bailed them out already.
"Germans 50 years of age and older are now far less pro-American (49 percent) than Germans ages 18 to 29 (61 percent)."Three quarters of a century ago, who would have thought that Germany--of all places--would harbor the best hope for salvaging the wreck of Western Civilization???
I have never understood the Euroscum fascination with “Obama”.
Even in 2007, Eurotrash of my acquaintance were going on and on about the bright new future under Teh Won.
Apart from the fact that it was none of their damn business, what did he represent to them that was so great?
The people who did this are not our dear old West Germans.
In other words he isn’t left wing enough for them
this was just an International Festival of Military Music in Moscow a few years ago, in which this German military band had been invited to participate.
Not a real military parade in the strictest sense of the word, thank G-d.