Saturday, March 28, 2009

Can Obama Win Them Back?

The Telegraph gives us some insights into how Obama is perceived overseas.
  • While the troop surge in Iraq that Mr Obama so vehemently opposed has succeeded beyond his imaginings, the "good war" he championed in Afghanistan is spiralling downwards and there are dark mutterings on the Left about it becoming his Vietnam.
  • Mr Obama's demands for more European boots on the ground in Afghanistan have already been rejected by the French and Germans.
  • The leak-proof, supremely well-organised campaign and the post-election transition that was hailed as being one of the smoothest in history are over. They have given way to an at times stumbling administration that struggles to fill the cabinet, botches its message and has all but abandoned the bipartisanship candidate Mr Obama promised.
  • Far from changing the world, Mr Obama has barely looked over his shoulder at it. 
  • During his first, chaotic weeks in power, Mr Obama's focus has been almost entirely domestic.
  • Gordon Brown's visit to Washington earlier this month was a public relations fiasco. Minutes before his meeting with Mr Obama in the Oval Office, British officials were still negotiating details with reluctant White House aides.
  • For some in Europe, the reality of a President Obama may disappoint. 


World's most alienating airport:

Welcome to the Democrats' utopia...a nightmarishly impersonal and bureaucratic world.


robert verdi said...

the real threat to Europe, ng is the insane protectionism that Obama is helping to unleash.

Franklin's Locke said...

At least someone in the media is showing how much of a doofus this guy is.

Anonymous said...

"Can Obama win us back?"

I don't know about anyone else, but he can't win MY vote or MY support.

adagioforstrings said...

For some in Europe, the reality of a President Obama may disappoint.

Well, that's rather vague. For whom will the reality of Obama not disappoint? The people who don't accept reality &/or the people who harbored low expectations to begin with?

RightKlik said...

RV: yes, that and the diminished military strength of their cousins on the other side of the pond.

FL: It's refreshing

AAG: Support for Obama is steadily decreasing. For me, that is very reassuring.

AFS: I think the authors are starting to see that Obama is going to be an utter disappointment, but Obama is still so popular in Europe they are hesitant to come right out and say it. said...

AAG: He was so charming at the beginning but just like the others, we now know how is he.

adagioforstrings: I was full of hope to this guy, but not today...

RightKlik said...

CO: I had low expectations for Obama, but even with low expectations, I've been disappointed.