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  • That man impresses the hell out of me period. Perhaps it’s because we’ve been listening to W for the last 8 years, but Obama is just so well spoken…

    Hell, even my right-wing republican parents are saying they “kinda” like him and that if he were president “that wouldn’t be so bad.” Trust me, coming from my parents, that’s a jaw-dropping shocker of a statement.

    I don’t usually talk about politics in “public” but what can I say, I’m an Obama fan girl.

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  • shirley
    July 25
    12:08 am

    The correspondent had it right. It doesn’t really matter what the world thinks of Obama, it’s what voters here think.

    Personally, this is just one more slash in the kiss the world’s ass column. He needs to be here, talking to the people who will elect him about the things we feel need clarifying and talking about. Not there, trying to make us look better. I don’t know anyone who is going to vote for Obama because the rest of the world thinks they should.

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  • Whatever. The problem with the last eight years of hell known as the Bush administration is this idiotic notion that we can thumb our noses at the rest of the world and expect them to cooperate with us when we need them.
    Any American that thinks we live on an island is fooling themselves. In this interconnected global economy, it is critical that our leadership be able to navigate complex relationships with allies and to work together to secure all of our futures.

    Oh and yeah, the speech was fantastic. 🙂

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  • Marianne LaCroix
    July 25
    2:38 am

    I will be highly surprised if he doesn’t become president.

    Why is he there and not here? Because there is such a low view of the war here in the States and anyone giving some hope of an end is thus viewed more favorably. At least that is my take on it.

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  • He’s the man.

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  • Laura
    July 25
    7:08 pm

    Actually, I won’t vote for him because the rest of the world thinks I should, but I because I agree with his stance that we need to quit pretending that we alone control the fate of the western world. Europe doesn’t work for us, and the Bush admin. has treated those countries as if they do.

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  • Personally, this is just one more slash in the kiss the world’s ass column.

    It’s that kind of myopic thinking that got the Bush administration in trouble in the first place.

    Anybody who thinks that the next US president, whomever he shall be, doesn’t need to make nice with the rest of the world, is living in cloud cuckoo land.

    I don’t know when you last left American soil Shirley, but let me tell you, that in too many parts of the world, America is public enemy number one, and whoever becomes the next president, will need to repair the damage done by the current administration.

    America needs allies now, more than ever, and Obama is at least forward thinking enough to have realised that. It may not help him to win the election, but if he does, then at least he’s laid the groundwork for those bridges that need to be built with Europe and the rest of the world.

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  • Anybody who thinks that the next US president, whomever he shall be, doesn’t need to make nice with the rest of the world, is living in cloud cuckoo land.

    I don’t know when you last left American soil Shirley, but let me tell you, that in too many parts of the world, America is public enemy number one, and whoever becomes the next president, will need to repair the damage done by the current administration.

    This is so very, very true. I spent time living abroad in both Peru and Russia, and I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to some wonderful places, including the UK, Europe, and northern Africa. I found that nearly everywhere I went, I first had to prove I didn’t suck simply because I was American.

    I’m glad to see a politician who is taking a forward stance on improving our imagine as a country.

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  • In terms of being elected, what matters is what the results at the electoral colleges turn out to be–not what the popular vote is. Which doesn’t quite point to democracy (a government by the people… what people?) to me, but still better than many others.

    And with that said, the USofA is not an impregnable fortress with unlimited resources to feed its people, to keep them safe, and/or happy. Hell, there are no guarantees on keeping them in shelter and food, let alone fuel and luxuries.

    Isolationist policies and unbridled arrogance spell trouble for any country’s leader–and that’s nothing new either.

    And for the record? I had hoped Hillary Clinton would be the democratic nominee. Oh well.

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  • MissKitty
    July 25
    9:18 pm

    Should he win the election alot of people in Germany will breathe a sigh of relief.
    Not because we dislike McCain, but because we distrust the Bush administration and Bush is a Republican like McCain.
    In Afghanistan for the first time in 60 years a German soldier died in a German operation on foreign soil.
    We´ve been keeping a very low profile for 60 years, trying to change the way the world looked at us and we ourselves looked at our country. And first participating in the Nato in former Yugoslavia was a hell of a step (first German operation on foreign soil since WWII) and then comes Afghanistan.
    It may sound whiny, but many German´s aren´t ready yet to send troups into the fight in Afghanistan´s south.
    We´re not used to saying good bye to our loved ones with the knowledge in the back of our minds that they wont come back or come back injured. We´re not used to saying that it´s ok to fight a war, because for 60 years we were told the exact opposite.

    Yeah and because of that the Bush administration basically called us sissies.

    Obama did not change the request, he still said, we need to send more troups to Afghanistan and not only for surveillance and training jobs, but for fighting.
    BUT: He said it in a respectful tone. He gave Germany the feeling that, even if we refuse, the US might not be happy, but they´ll accept it.

    And that is the one huge difference. Treating another country as a sovereign nation, respecting their individual problems.

    Besides, the woman in me just finds him incredibly sexy. *g*

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  • shirley
    July 25
    10:12 pm

    Anybody who thinks that the next US president, whomever he shall be, doesn’t need to make nice with the rest of the world, is living in cloud cuckoo land.

    I notice that most of the replies here seem to think I’m saying that smoothing the choppy – hell the sixty foot seas GW has created for the US isn’t important. That isn’t what I said. I said Obama trying to smoothe waters before he’s landed the job doesn’t go down so well with this old lady. And maybe that’s part of the disconnect – to you young folks it seems to me you see his actions as being proactive and positive. To me, an older person, it looks like arrogance and brown-nosing. A young man jumping the gun, so to speak, a sort of display for the world, and the US, that he’s the heir apparent and he’ll be changing things.

    Except, according to the numbers, Obama isn’t a shoe in at all. And for the record, I like him – for a politician. He doesn’t come across as insincere or passionless about what he sees for America’s future, according to what little speaking he’s done on this topic. A definite plus. When he talks I don’t see the figment of filaments dancing above his head – another major plus.

    That said, I don’t care about the rest of the world’s opinion of the US. And it has nothing to do with being insular – it has to do with the fact that I DO NOT think the US should be the world’s protector/defender/police/bank/arms dealer/whatever – whether ‘we’ think we should be or others do doesn’t matter. I absolutely think we need to keep our nose out of other people’s business and get back to the business of taking care of America. And I’m just not sure that is one of Obama’s priorities. On the other hand, I’m pretty dang sure it isn’t one of McCain’s.

    While lots of bad things happen a lot of places, I have a real problem with feeding the poor of other countries while people here starve. I have a problem with giving medical aid to other countries when people here can’t afford to get an antibiotic, let alone pay for things like AIDS drugs or cancer treatment. I have a problem with paying mercenaries – private military contractors, excuse me – three or four times what we pay the men and women who volunteer their lives in service of this country. Those are things I want to see change – not whether Germany thinks we’re headed in the right direction.

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  • SandyO
    July 26
    3:28 am

    Karen, I’m sure Sen. Obama was using a teleprompter, so notes weren’t necessary.

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