October 07, 2009
And Doggone It, People Like Us (At Last)

The Anybody But Bush effect? Obama magic? The president’s blackness? The American people’s willingness to choose a black president? Whatever.

Anyway, here’s the amazing news, from Reuters:

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – The United States is the most admired country globally thanks largely to the star power of President Barack Obama and his administration, according to a new poll…

“What’s really remarkable is that in all my years studying national reputation, I have never seen any country experience such a dramatic change in its standing as we see for the United States for 2009,” said Simon Anholt, the founder of NBI, which measured the global image of 50 countries each year.

He believes that during the previous administration of George W. Bush the United States suffered in the world ranking with its unpopular foreign policies but since Obama was elected, and despite the recent economic turmoil, the country’s status has risen globally.

“There is no other explanation,” Anholt said in an interview, referring to the impact of Obama.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 07, 2009 09:43 AM
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Canada deserved to take a hit for Harper. And by the way, Free Marc Emery.

Posted by: Mike Goldman on October 7, 2009 1:33 PM

Love that foam rubber finger. It's somewhat at odds, though, with the ideals that have raised our country's status so much in these post-Bush months. You know, the ideals that made the country great in the first place...written into the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Humility. Diversity. Classic femininity. Submission. Willingness to admit our mistakes, and talking endlessly about them as if no other country has made any, even when it's grossly off-topic. Cutting our carbon emissions. Making deals with people who want to kill us. Arugula. Yes, these are exactly what America has always been about, and it's high time we got back to it. No wonder the world loves us again.

Posted by: Morgan K Freeberg on October 10, 2009 10:14 AM
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