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Around world, Obama's presidency a disappointment
AP ^ | 5-12-12 | DON MELVIN and ROD McGUIRK

Posted on 05/12/2012 8:36:00 AM PDT by Mikey_1962

In Europe, where more than 200,000 people thronged a Berlin rally in 2008 to hear Barack Obama speak, there's disappointment that he hasn't kept his promise to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and perceptions that he's shunting blame for the financial crisis across the Atlantic.

In Mogadishu, a former teacher wishes he had sent more economic assistance and fewer armed drones to fix Somalia's problems.

And many in the Middle East wonder what became of Obama's vow, in a landmark 2009 speech at the University of Cairo, to forge a closer relationship with the Muslim world. In a world weary of war and economic crises, and concerned about global climate change, the consensus is that Obama has not lived up to the lofty expectations that surrounded his 2008 election and Nobel Peace Prize a year later.

Many in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America were also taken aback by his support for gay marriage, a taboo subject among religious conservatives. But the Democrat still enjoys broad international support. In large part, it's because of unfavorable memories of his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, and many people would still prefer Obama over his presumptive Republican challenger Mitt Romney. "We all had high hopes for him," said Filomena Cunha, an office worker in Lisbon, Portugal, who said she's struggling to make ends meet. "But then things got bad and there's not much he can do for us over here." Obama's rock-star-like reception at Berlin's Victory Column in the summer of 2008 was a high point of a wildly successful European campaign tour. The thawing of a harsh anti-Americanism that had thrived in Europe was as much a reaction to the Bush years as it was an embrace of the presidential hopeful.

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Evidently Obama wasn't Socialist enough for the rest of the world .
1 posted on 05/12/2012 8:36:06 AM PDT by Mikey_1962
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To: Mikey_1962

He’s plenty enough for me.


2 posted on 05/12/2012 8:37:48 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Mikey_1962

You got that right!


3 posted on 05/12/2012 8:39:19 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Criminaliens or Crimigrants...0bamao's people?)
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To: Mikey_1962

Well, when you present yourself as the savior, you’re bound to disappoint.


4 posted on 05/12/2012 8:39:34 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Mikey_1962
Obama was (and is) the international “Balloon Boy.”

Lotsa hype but he wasn't in it.

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5 posted on 05/12/2012 8:42:46 AM PDT by Happy Rain (Apparently the song "Ebony and Ivory" is a political ditty about Barrack Obama and Barney Frank.)
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To: Mikey_1962

The world is STILL jealous of America’s capitalist and democratic processes’ success. The losers of the world are so upset that Obama, in his first term, could not destroy it.

And based on the Supreme Court decision about Obamacare (his Marxist takeover vehicle) and the election results, America may survive further aggravating the nation-fools of the world that still think that socialism works. In spite of a 100% failure rate....


6 posted on 05/12/2012 8:42:46 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Mikey_1962

The headline is great for its “Obama = disappointment” message, even though the reasons for that disappointment quoted in the article are largely based in his failure to do sufficient damage to America during his first (and hope-fully, change-fully only) term.

The good news is that the suckers who really believed that the US electing Obama would raise America’s standing in the world are probably too dim-witted to read and comprehend the article, and so they can probably be swayed by effective headlines such as this one.


7 posted on 05/12/2012 8:45:26 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Mikey_1962
Illustrates how ignorant the rest of the world has become. As available information increases exponentially, critical judgment deteriorates at an equal rate. Of course we had 70 million people here at home just as foolish as the foreigners, who at least have the excuse of never having known much us in the first place.
8 posted on 05/12/2012 8:47:59 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: EagleUSA
And based on the Supreme Court decision about Obamacare (his Marxist takeover vehicle) and the election results, America may survive further aggravating the nation-fools of the world that still think that socialism works. In spite of a 100% failure rate....

It will be a big help if we can kick Obama out in November.

9 posted on 05/12/2012 8:54:34 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: All

Enjoy...

Old Butch

John was in the fertilized egg business.
He had several hundred young layers (hens), called ‘pullets,’ and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.

He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced.

This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached them to his roosters.

Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing.

Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells.

John’s favorite rooster, Old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but this morning he noticed old Butch’s bell hadn’t rung at all!

When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.

To John’s amazement, Old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn’t ring.

He’d sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.

John was so proud of Old Butch, he entered him in the Saint Lawrence County Fair and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.

The result was the judges not only awarded Old Butch the “No Bell Piece Prize,” but they also awarded him the “Pulletsurprise” as well.

Clearly Old Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the unsuspecting populace and screwing them when they weren’t paying attention.

Vote carefully this fall, the bells are not always audible.


10 posted on 05/12/2012 8:54:58 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: hinckley buzzard
Illustrates how ignorant the rest of the world has become.

Almost the entire rest of the world has always sucked. That is why so many came here.

11 posted on 05/12/2012 8:57:01 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Mikey_1962

What did anyone really expect? His work experience was limited to a little ivory tower, a lot of community agitation and running for office.


12 posted on 05/12/2012 9:07:38 AM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: EagleUSA
Not everyone in Europe ‘hates’ the US. There are many people there who admire us and want us to stay strong. The problem is that what others see of us is controlled in large measure by the media and the entertainment industry. Actually, it's amazing to me that we have been able to sustain ourselves and our world stature even to the extent that we have given that we have multiple huge propaganda machines working to diminish us.

That said, it seems to me that many in Europe believe the media and entertainment characterization of the US as a ‘racist’ country, and that all minorities are struggling against the white-dominated system. In 2012 this is utter b.s., but still plays over there. It's irritating, to say the least. We're not a perfect nation, but we do equality better than pretty much anyone.

13 posted on 05/12/2012 9:08:43 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Mikey_1962
He is a big disappointment around here too.

I need to clarify that. He is exactly what I expected.

14 posted on 05/12/2012 9:14:05 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: Mikey_1962

What idiots these people are.


15 posted on 05/12/2012 9:23:36 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: tumblindice
But they support Obama just the same as the article notes.

This is exactly what we'll be seeing when the time comes to vote for President. By then Romney will of course show that he's undependable in what he states and how shallow he really is. They'd prefer a tyrant over a fool......

I have chosen not to give my consent to either candidate. They do not reflect even remotely the will of our founders for this nation nor mine.

16 posted on 05/12/2012 9:30:59 AM PDT by caww
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To: Mikey_1962
...many people would still prefer Obama over his presumptive Republican challenger Mitt Romney...

Slow learners, aren't they?

17 posted on 05/12/2012 9:44:46 AM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Mikey_1962
"wasn't socialist enought"

My sentiments exactly. Too many non-Americans still believe in socialist utopias and a misguided belief that if you just talk nice to bad people (Islamists), they'll stop being bad. The leftist bacteria had infected a great many of the world's populations. Makes me despair for the future of this planet.

18 posted on 05/12/2012 10:35:12 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
"believe the media"

People like Michael Moore are very popular overseas. I have a Brit bro-in-law who read Moore's account of the 2000 prez election and believed every word of it. I had to do a lot of explaining to my b-i-l about what really went on in 2000. The thing is, he really wanted to believe Moore.

19 posted on 05/12/2012 10:42:21 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Mikey_1962

“Around world, Obama’s presidency a disappointment “

Why? The Undocumented Kenyan is destroying America quickly. Isn’t that what they wanted?

An undocumented, unqualified, un-American poser.

Gee, what could go wrong? /s

Idiots.


20 posted on 05/12/2012 11:20:17 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: driftless2

Just turn the tables on him and tell him that the papers here say that the British are absolutely responsible for all the violence that occurred in Northern Ireland and the bombings in the UK carried out by IRA, that the Queen had Diana killed, and the British are losing their teeth.


21 posted on 05/12/2012 11:40:14 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Mikey_1962
Gee, you mean awarding a Nobel Peace prize to a new American President that had a history of voting present in the US senate, was a bad thing ? You might have thought that voting present so much, might have given someone a clue that the man had no core convictions. All that matters to him is the money and the power.

Precisely the type of person who would eventually earn the Nobel War Prize !

22 posted on 05/12/2012 11:49:23 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: SandRat

LOL!


23 posted on 05/12/2012 12:06:00 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?)
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To: Mikey_1962; potlatch; PhilDragoo; bitt

The German crowd came for a rock concert. Zero used his brief stage poaching for a photo op.


24 posted on 05/12/2012 12:09:52 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: Mikey_1962

Seriously, what did they expect? Only the most gullible, self-deluded ass would have believed this complete political neophyte could deliver on any of the vapid garbage he promised. And now, when the unicorn doesn’t crap golden apples, they’re acting surprised? In this case, the fault lies as much with their adolescent naivete as it does with Obonehead’s incompetence.


25 posted on 05/12/2012 12:10:08 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

See you had a good laugh, hope you also got the message in it.


26 posted on 05/12/2012 12:21:27 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

What took ‘em so long? Thanks Mikey_1962.


27 posted on 05/13/2012 7:03:56 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SandRat; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Great! Thanks SandRat.


28 posted on 05/13/2012 7:05:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ntnychik

At least he didn’t sing......I hope, lol.


29 posted on 05/14/2012 3:47:27 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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