Skip to comments.Analysis: Obama falls short of meteoric expectations abroad
Posted on 04/29/2012 2:44:22 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It was not just U.S. Democratic voters who were looking forward to "hope and change" when Barack Obama became the 44th U.S. president.
Around the world, many anticipated the United States would behave very differently under the new leader. They wanted to hear less about Americans swaggering and throwing their weight around. Some, perhaps, wanted more talk of U.S.-style freedom and democracy, but not if it meant Washington imposing its will.
A scandal over the hiring of prostitutes by the U.S. Secret Service in Colombia, killings and Koran burnings in Afghanistan and drone strikes in Pakistan have helped fuel an impression of a United States that globally does what it wants regardless of others.
Even the "Arab Spring," some complain, showcased U.S. hypocrisy: Washington withdrew support from autocratic allies like Egypt's Hosni Mubarak only when it became clear they were on the way out ..
The failure to close the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba, .. despite Obama's promises both before and after his election, has added to the disillusionment.
A poll released last week by Gallup and conducted across 136 countries showed 46 percent of respondents had a positive view of U.S. global leadership. That has fallen gradually from 49 percent in 2009 immediately after Obama's election, the highest since Gallup began polling on the issue in 2005.
It remains well above the 34 percent recorded in 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration.
Obama is also seen as much more popular internationally than his presumptive Republican challenger in November's election, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who has indicated he would take a hard line with countries such as Russia and China.
The enthusiasm verging on euphoria that initially greeted Obama, however, seems to be gone for good.
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Are these the same people who expect to win the Lottery someday?
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Correspondents Association
annual dinnerin Washington April 28, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing
NO problem.. the inventor of Obama-care is running for President against the inventor of Romney-care..
WHAT COULD GO WRONG?..
True... damn one of them could get elected..
“The enthusiasm verging on euphoria that initially greeted Obama, however, seems to be gone for good.”
Because the kind of initial praise the media and other libs gave him prior to his even being elected was bound to dissipate once a little thing known as reality hit.
“Washington withdrew support from autocratic allies like Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak only when it became clear they were on the way out”
Now, that’s not true. Obama opposed Mubarak. And then he supported Mubarak. And then some senior State Department guy said Obama opposed Mubarak. And then Hillary said the senior State Dept. guy was wrong about Obama opposing Mubarak, and that Obama actually supported Mubarak. And then Biden talked about the pretty flowers in the Rose Garden.
I tell ya, that was one busy Friday afternoon!
The end of the Audacity of a Dope.
Reuters via Yahoo ?!!!
I think a lot of foreigners thought that once Barry finished his shakedown of the “rich Americans”, he’d send all of our money to them. Unfortunately, America went broke instead.
This proves that people in other countries read our newspapers.