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President Obama has won strong reviews for his first trip abroad. (AP Photo by Burhan Ozbilici)

President Obama won't wrap up his eight-day tour of Europe until tomorrow but early reports suggest that the American public is widely approving of the trip.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey -- in the field from Friday through Sunday -- showed that a strong majority (61 percent) believed Obama had accomplished either "a great deal" (16 percent) or "a fair amount" (45 percent) during the trip while just 24 percent said he had not accomplished much and 11 percent said he had accomplished nothing at all.

The poll also showed a widespread belief that Obama's trip has had a positive impact on the way in which America is viewed in the world. Nearly one in three (28 percent) said Obama's actions have made other countries "much more positive" in their view of the United States while 51 percent said foreigners now have a "somewhat more positive" view of America. Roughly one in five said that the way Obama had acted abroad had made the view of our country somewhat or much more negative in the eyes of international residents.

Those numbers echo a new Washington Post/ABC News poll in which 43 percent said America's image in the world had gotten better under Obama while 14 percent said it had worsened and 42 percent said it remained the same.

Before the White House begins celebrating the political success of this trip, however, it's important to remember two caveats.

First, former president George W. Bush was so despised by much of the world that an improvement in the way that America is seen by the rest of the world was almost inevitable once he left office. (The Post/ABC survey showed a whopping 61 percent of voters believed that America's image in the world had worsened under Bush.)

Second, first appearances are not necessarily lasting. Remember back to the campaign when Obama received rave reviews for his tour of Europe including over the moon analysis of his address to several hundred thousand people in Berlin.

But, the trip quickly turned sour -- from a political perspective -- as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) used the footage of thousands of cheering Germans to paint Obama as an empty celebrity, a tag that stuck for the better part of a month and slowed the Democratic candidate's momentum.

While the Obama White House painted the G-20 and the NATO summit as unmitigated successes, neither produced everything the administration was hoping for. If the world economy doesn't begin to pick up, the inability to get commitments for more stimulus money could well turn into a problem for Obama. Similarly, if no other major countries are willing to commit troops to Afghanistan over the next months, that conflict could well be painted as yet another example of America's go-it-alone-ism.

Predicting the political future is impossible because so much of it is influenced by unforeseen outside events. Obama and his team have to be happy about the early reviews -- both by the press and the public -- of his first major trip abroad but also must guard against overconfidence as perception can change in a moment.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 6, 2009; 2:36 PM ET
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Chris-
I normally like you, but this article is the silliest piece I've ever read and Maureen Dowd is alive and well so that's saying a lot. I'm not sure if they sent you the memo, but John McCain lost the election and failed miserably with his silly celebrity/Paris Hilton fiasco. No one bought it, but the Washington "Village" Press. Heck-you guys will buy anything-as I remember it you guys were running around breathing hard telling us all at the time that the Obama team was finished--McCain had them on the ropes. How did that work out for you? Every time a Republican sneezes you are there with the hanky.

Also, you really think the ONLY reason Obama did well is because Bush was so despised? Is that your argument? Funny, I never heard you say he was despised while he was President. You spent most of the eight years helping to prop him up, but you are spending the first 77 days of Obama's tearing him down--how does that work exactly? Well I guess I know how it works, but how do you explain it to your phony journalistic ethics? Did you get a little call from the wing-nut cabal telling you to go ahead and tamp down expectations? Maybe because they have some new lunatic conspiracy to spring on him that you are planning to go on every show and tout like it actually means something? Like we as Americans are going to believe you/them or our lying eyes? You really need to cut the cord from the fanatic right and start thinking for yourself or if this is how you think--it is time for a reboot.

Posted by: Poopsybythebay | April 7, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

You folks keep saying that you are not biased. To wit:

"Nearly one in three (28 percent) said Obama's actions have made other countries "much more positive" in their view of the United States while 51 percent said foreigners now have a "somewhat more positive" view of America."

Maybe it is the school you went to, but 1 in 4 is 25% and 1 in 3 is 33.33%. Which one is closer to 28%???

Posted by: vitaglubet | April 7, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I love watching the wingnuts spew their B.S.

Too, bad 'nuts. you wrecked the country. We'll forgive you someday. Now get out of the way while we fix it!

That top ten fat list above tells me that folks in Wingnutistan needs to give up their twinkies and pork rinds.

Wingnuts, watch out. Us lefties are getting into our black helicopters right now and we're coming to take away your AK-47's. Boo!

Posted by: gwbush2323 | April 7, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

May I just add a third caveat, perhaps even more relevant than the two you've noted? Before the White House gets too excited about the political success of this trip, I would just point out that I did not have time to cook bacon and eggs for breakfast this morning.

Posted by: cadejo4 | April 7, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

there's no guarantee that "anyone but Bush" would have gottenas warm & responsive a response as Obama. mentioning McCain, who disintegrated in the closing weeks of his campaign invites comparison to whether St. John could have pulled together a competent trip.

Context matters and the "celebrity" thing was designed to be a way to bring Obama down a peg with domestic voters. It's really different to think how Obama was able to use his personaility to be effective as an elected leader.

The Republicans are great at packaging little soundbites for lazy journalists like Cillizza. It's a shame that he so obviously recycles the junk they give him w/o much thought.

Posted by: thebuckguy | April 7, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Dislike of Bush globally & nationally was never an anomaly, but rather a result of his disastrous tenure. So Obama's apparent approval is not simply in contrast to Bush but also a result of Obama's finesse, expertise, style & substance.
All of which translates into Americans & the world no longer feeling embarrassed by the President of the U.S.A.!

Posted by: kladinvt | April 7, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

here's the thing I don't you people to spin the facts and try to complicate a simple question...bottom line is he did great, now i can apply for my united states passport and not worry when i travel overseas.
Tired of the spin lets call a spade a spade

Posted by: jamsbond55 | April 7, 2009 3:29 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans have been practically silent during this trip by Pres. Obama. One wonders what they must be doing: is it

(a) working on hatching their next plan to try to gain back some semblance of relevance?;

(b) waiting for the next cocktail party at the White House?; or

(c) listening to Newt Gingrich torpedo at an ever increasing speed their chances of accomplishing (a) above?

Posted by: jrosco3 | April 7, 2009 1:53 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans have been practically silent during this trip by Pres. Obama. One wonders what they must be doing: is it

(a) working on hatching their next plan to try to gain back some semblance of relevance?;

(b) waiting for the next cocktail party at the White House?; or

(c) listening to Newt Gingrich torpedo at an ever increasing speed their chances of accomplishing (a) above?

Posted by: jrosco3 | April 7, 2009 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Could the sysadmin please reboot the zouk bot?

It seems to have locked up sometime during the campaign last year, the one that McCain lost.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | April 6, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

So here we are. Obama campaigned on calling Turkish treatment of Armenians "genocide." I'm way to the left of this guy, but a fellow named Jim Geraghty at National Review Online has a saying, "All of Obama's promises have an expiration date."

I've yet to see any evidence proving that man wrong.

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | April 6, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I think we are seeing first hand the meltdown of Washington Post.

Where do you get your mitigating facts from? FOX

Posted by: danson1 | April 6, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

I think we are seeing first hand the meltdown of Washington Post.

Where do you get your mitigating facts from? FOX

Posted by: danson1 | April 6, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

kenpasadena wrote "Next time, North Korea's rockets could reach Hawaii or Alaska. Then let's see what Americans think of Obama's foreign policy. So far lots of flowery words and very little substance."

Kenny my boy, if I were you I'd be much more worried about the nut case two blocks down the road with an AK47 and membership on an internet hate site than I'd be worried about Kim lobbing one into SoCal.

Just to make this official, let me add, YMMV.

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | April 6, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama to world:

I am sorry we are rich. I regret we are powerful. It is too bad we aren't racist. I aplogize for our success. I understand profit is evil. I wish we hadn't won all those wars and liberated all those people. I retract our yearning for freedom. I am doing my best to erase all these things.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 6, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Next time, North Korea's rockets could reach Hawaii or Alaska. Then let's see what Americans think of Obama's foreign policy. So far lots of flowery words and very little substance.

Posted by: kenpasadena | April 6, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

the socialist spineless cowards of old Europe think obambi is just right and fits right in on the sidelines.

Quelle surprise.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 6, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

When the subject of debate comes to China, it may be that some economists have a fair argument that China has contributed to the economic mess by artificially depressing the value of their currency.

The strength of that argument is mitigated by the USA's eager snapping up of Chinese investments in our national borrowing frenzy.

It's hard to tell the difference, here in the USA, between someone with a good theory, and someone who's badmouthing another party simply because they find themselves indebted to them.

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | April 6, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

And, while we're on the "threats to American global dominance"... Our GDP is substantially larger than any individual nation in the world -- China and Russia included (or even combined). In fact, according to World Bank estimates, our GDP is even larger than the all of the EU's eleven member nations combined! So, as long as we remain an economic powerhouse, no one's gonna be pushing America aside anytime soon. Moreover, if we handle this recovery properly, we may have even greater international influence, particularly in developing nations.

Posted by: associate20 | April 6, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse
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Typo above...

The EU does not have 11 member nations; it's 27. That makes our economy even more impressive.

Posted by: associate20 | April 6, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe, if indeed Obama can repair the situation between the USA and Russia, your point is well taken. That would be a lifetime A plus.

However, if his foreign policy advisors are as unimaginative as his economic advisors, I'd guess that he'll have Russia honked off within a year or two.

I hope I'm wrong. I see no reason whatsoever why the USA and Russia should be at cross purposes.

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | April 6, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Did everybody else miss the news out of China today? How in the world can anybody characterize Obama's trip as a success when China is proposing changes which will crush the dollar following the meeting?

Or are the people cited in the poll too stupid to figure out what China's proposal means for the American economy?

Posted by: alstl | April 6, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse
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I think people should so some research on this stuff about the dollar. The approximately 65-70% of ALL assets in the world are in the US dollar. So, no one will be replacing the dollar anytime soon.

The Chinese and the Russians are simply testing the waters to see if they can get some traction, since many people blame the US for starting the financial crisis. But, virtually no other "major" (i.e., G20) nations believe that getting rid of the dollar is a good idea. People simply have too many assets tied up in it.

Also, even if the Chinese were miraculously successful in pushing for the change, it would take many, many years for the dollar to lose prominence. But, again, this change is highly unlikely. (Read some financial analysts discussion of all this.)

And, while we're on the "threats to American global dominance"... Our GDP is substantially larger than any individual nation in the world -- China and Russia included (or even combined). In fact, according to World Bank estimates, our GDP is even larger than the all of the EU's eleven member nations combined! So, as long as we remain an economic powerhouse, no one's gonna be pushing America aside anytime soon. Moreover, if we handle this recovery properly, we may have even greater international influence, particularly in developing nations.

Posted by: associate20 | April 6, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

A+

Highlight: Snapshot of O with the Italian and Russian Presidents.

magnifique...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 6, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

And Obummer, the biggest turkey, is sending $50,000 to Italy for relief efforts after the devastating earthquake. This after giving terrorist Hamas $900,000,000 and terrorist-harboring Pakistan $7 BILLION.

But only the cost of one of Mee-Shell's dresses or of one of the Obummers' Wednesday night soirees to our NATO ally.

And the leftwing KoolAde drinkers deny that Obummer is a closet muslim. Riiiiiiiiiight.

Posted by: segeny | April 6, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I give him an "F", for having emitted this effluvia (nods to Scrivener thanking him for the useful term):

"I think that it is important for Europe to understand that even though I'm now president and George Bush is no longer president, al Qaeda is still a threat, and that we cannot pretend somehow that because Barack Hussein Obama got elected as president, suddenly everything is going to be okay."

That's just remarkably arrogant. Democrats may not hear the arrogance, but it hits Republican and Independent ears like a gong.

Bush, by the way, gets a lifetime "F" and has placed the nation and its president in the most unenviable international position in which we have ever found ourselves.

We won't dig our way out from under that, however, by worshipping an extremely talented, johnny-come-lately politicians who seems increasingly to believe in his own cult of personality.

Perhaps too many renditions of "Hail to the Chief" and "Ruffles and flourishes" have gone to his head.

I grade him as I would grade the most promising freshman in a college class: harshly. The good ones take correction well. The rest have personality problems that will at some point begin to interfere with the realization of the promise of which their God-given talents hint.

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | April 6, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama just met with Hu Jintao and the topics were the N Korean missile launch and the global economy.

The missile launch went off and the Chinese are calling for changes which will leave us on our own economically.

So Obama didn't get what he wanted on Gitmo, Afghanistan, or the economy but the trip was a success.

Posted by: alstl | April 6, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Whether one considers this trip a success depends on how one defines succcess. for many Americans, just having Obama travel to Europe and apologize for the last eight years was enough. The fact that the Obamas dazzled personally was icing on the cake. From a policy standpoint, Obama accomplished little if anything, but that did not make his trip a failure. Nor do the gaffes, like saying Austrian is a language. Those were rookie mistakes from a rookie. Not a big deal. What really troubled me was when he said in Turkey that the EU should admit their country into the union. Can you imagine if Sarkozy had gone to Columbia and declared that the US should sign CAFTA? You simply do not embarass your allies like that, especially on a tour in which you are there to listen, not lecture. In a larger sense, Europeans realized Obama is quintissentially American. He's the kind of American they like, but an American nonetheless. Any of you who have lots of European friends or have spent much time there will know what I mean.

Posted by: Compared2What | April 6, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

what a shame for libs that Iraq turned out to be such a success, including the surge.

All that freedom and democracy must be a huge liberal dissappointment.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 6, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Aprogressiveindependant says:

"Given his wisdom shown in Barack Obama's early opposition to the war in Iraq, his preoccupation with seeking an essentially military solution in Afghanistan is puzzling."

Maybe its because he realized Iraq had nothing to do with September 11th.

Posted by: rharring | April 6, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse


well, when President Obama talked with China a couple weeks ago, that was their main concern:
"our dollar"

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 6, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Did everybody else miss the news out of China today? How in the world can anybody characterize Obama's trip as a success when China is proposing changes which will crush the dollar following the meeting?

Or are the people cited in the poll too stupid to figure out what China's proposal means for the American economy?

Posted by: alstl | April 6, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Zouk - Viscous is something that flows slowly, kinda like your neurons. I suspect you're thinking of another word.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 6, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama showed Europeans, as she has displayed to Americans, how she is a great, gracious First Lady. Michelle earned an A+ during their trip to Europe.

President Obama was already, before his visit, widely popular among Europeans. He did not seem to accomplish must of substance during his trip, which may be just as well as his two main initiatives, both mostly rejected, were unwise or unnecessary policies.

France, Germany and most western European countries spend, on a regular basis, vast sums on social programs, creating a social safety net vastly superior to the United States. The leaders of these countries, unlike American leaders, Republicans and Democrats, take huge deficits and likely inflation seriously. There seems little reason for them to spend hundreds of billions as an additional stimulus for Europe.

The European leaders are also wiser than Obama in refusing to send significantly more troops to Afghanistan. Given his wisdom shown in Barack Obama's early opposition to the war in Iraq, his preoccupation with seeking an essentially military solution in Afghanistan is puzzling.

Obama merits a B+ on his public rhetoric, tone and willingness to listen to others. On substance, though he should receive a C-, which is being generous and taking into account his two main goals were unwise to begin with.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | April 6, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse


Ipod
-DVD of her 2007 trip to the U.S.
-and signed copy of Richard Rodgers music (as in Rodgers and Hammerstein)
don't know if it was music, his song book, or what "original" she got.

and First Lady Michelle gets an A PLUS too.

yeah, very irrelevant.
in fact, this whole trip was irrelevant, wasn't it??????
who cares about global cooperation..
who cares about finally joining the UN Humanities Council..
who cares about getting some promises to help the global economy....
who cares that it was successful?

he's just a president taking a trip and having fun.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 6, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

If they are giving irrelevant gifts, President "Purple Lips" should have given the Queen a case of Stay Soft Fro.

Posted by: NadeemZacharia | April 6, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

King of Zouk, keeping zippers closed has nothing to do with intelligence. Read your history. There is still no concrete proof about Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Clinton's problem was a private matter. Clinton never, I say again, never disappointed me in his public role as President. Perhaps Bush kept his zipper closed, but he would have been better if he had kept his mouth closed.

President Obama and his family, up to this point, have shown us what a first-class model of family life is. Perhaps you can point to the Reagans and the Bushes as models for family life in America. To be honest, Ron Reagan is about the best thing to be sired by Ronald. It is sad that Nancy is too busy with her astrologers to take notice.

Posted by: EarlC | April 6, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

These are the 10 states with the highest levels of adult obesity, according to a 2007 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
1. Mississippi, 32.0 percent
2. Alabama, 30.3
3. Tennessee, 30.1
4. Louisiana, 29.8
5. West Virginia, 29.5
6. Arkansas, 28.7
7. South Carolina, 28.4
8. Georgia, 28.2
9. Oklahoma, 28.1
10. Texas, 28.1
Source: Associated Press"

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | April 6, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

To all you relentless Obama-haters out there:
Has he taken away your guns yet?
Has he pushed for "the fairness doctrine" yet?
Is Rev. Wright in the white house yet?
Has he given away trillions of dollars to banks yet? (no, that was done by GW)
Has he surrendered to Al Queda yet? (no, in fact he's upped the ante in Afghanistan)
Has he turned America into a socialist totalitarian state yet? (nope, that was done by GW)

Please articulate (that's ar-tic-u-late) in FACTUAL terms why you hate the guy besides the fact that he is half-black.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 6, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

a resounding A PLUS.

and the Rahmster was with him too!!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | April 6, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

LoveDianne72: The QUEEN requested the iPod. If the Queen requests a tricycle with handlebar streamers then that is what you give her.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 6, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

There will be a big campaign in 2012. It will be the time when all true Americans rise up and finally put the hard-core rightwingers out of their misery. Take them out of governmental offices because they hate government anyway. These rightwingers spend all of their time trying to show us how incompetent government is - by being some of the most incompetent people on the planet.

To see crowds in England, France, and the Czech Republic cheering our President is a wonderful sight. Those Americans who do not like to hear words of truth supported by the cheering masses have lost American pride.

The better man won the election in 2008. Just like the better team will win the NCAA mens championship tonight, we should all have good reason to respect the winner. Sportsmanship for both winners and losers has become a real challenge for many in America. For me, I prefer to make my choices based on the best of the available choices rather than on choosing the lesser of the evils.

Based on the two major campaigns last year, Obama was hands down the better of the two. He was the only candidate that told you exactly what he believed and what he would do as President. Since he won, I expect him to be able to carry out his platform. If the losers do not like it, then they must get busy and prepare a better campaign in 2012. Again, tearing a President down is not the answer. This goes for Cheney also. He should prove that he can be a statesman.

Posted by: EarlC | April 6, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

king of zouck,

As usual you offer nothing but hate. Get used to the idea he will be around over 3 more years and probably over 7 more years. Just like the party you support you offer nothing but criticism yet you somehow can point that criticism at your own party. That is fascism at its finest. You should change your name to King of fascism..........

Posted by: rharring | April 6, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

when you refer to Jefferson and Clinton are you euphsmistically referring to the inability to keep ones zipper closed?

I thought the lib thuggery in this case went beyond bimbos.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 6, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Take a good look at a map that shows the "Bible Belt." I barely made it into that region. Now, overlay that map with the region with the most slaves prior to the Civil War. Now, overlay that map with the most radical Republicans. There is a pattern. It is indeed sad that the Bible Belt is also the region with the most racial prejudice and hence the least Christian of attitudes in the country.

I cannot imagine any Black person in the South who is a Republican in the present day. The party of Lincoln deserted Lincoln when Reagan entered the White House. Many in the Republican Party like to utter the phrase "Jeffersonian democracy," without having a clue what it means. The group called the "neocons" have just about destroyed the values that we hold the most dear as Americans.

Intellectually, President Obama is right up there with Jefferson and Clinton. It will be a rare day when any present-day Republican can out-think Obama. Hence, they must try to tear him down.

Posted by: EarlC | April 6, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Obimbo is running a lose-lose approach. First we will never be able to borrow enough from the Chinese to pay, not in four lifetimes. Second, we are busy surrendering to every petty dictator on the planet.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 6, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

so uhh, Zouk is maybe representative of the moat you built around your ability to think? Get it out of the way is my endorsement. Get back here rustle up like a laser beam some economic directional objectives. Pretty obvious the team he has now are the guys that created the system and are in a conflict of interest. I think Obama needs to sit down for a Camp David week-end with the briefing books and outside experts to answer questions and come out with a new system that DOES NOT reward those that placed their millions on a crap shoot. They lost, and to make them whole to formulate another way to achieve 30% returns is not something a struggling economy can ever stand.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | April 6, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Based on some of the inane remarks on this blog, you would think that some Americans are just programmed to be obstinate and negative.

Both Michelle and Barack were stunning, pleasant, articulate, and ambassadorial. Former President Bush just could not get past his fraternity antics. Backrubbing heads of state and barely being able to articulate any positions, he was an embarrassment. No doubt that many people find Bush pleasant and jovial. However, when it came to policy and etiquette, he was simply not up to the task. Can you imagine translating Bush-speak into a foreign language?

I say again, cheers are preferred over jeers any day of the week. Way to go, President Obama. You did not embarrass us.

By the way, the totality of the gifts given the Queen is not generally known. The iPod seemed to take major billing. The Queen didn't seem to mind the iPod, the touchy-feely greetings, and Michelle's sweater. Obviously, some people do not have enough to do. Many of these people would not even think about taking any kind of gift to a host or hostess. Yet, they can criticize those who do. Get a life!

I just cannot imagine the Queen or the Prince being so giddy about McCain and Palin. The Queen knows class when she sees it. She knows that Obama ran one of the best campaigns in the history of American politics.

It is ashame that too many people would prefer to tear down others rather than to offer a better alternative. Obama is running a win-win Presidency. Too bad that others prefer the old game of tearing down the opposition so that they can look good. The better way to beat the opponent is to be a better competitor. Let me say this again: be better than your opponent if you want results worth having.

Posted by: EarlC | April 6, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I love the right wing goose steppers, like Newt, Hannity, Rove who criticize Obama talking realisticaly about America and Europe's past. But the best critique came from Jack Welch, the past CEO of General Electric, a Republican, who said he's never heard a better description of American 'exceptionalism' that Obama gave at the press conference in France. He said the town hall was masterful and it is clear Obama is a real leader. And that is after he stated that he didn't agree with many of Obama's policies. So wingnuts, kiss my rear end. That's what class is all about. And if you conveniently failed to listen to Obama's description of how much he loved America and that America had done more in sacrificing its blood and resources for the good of the world than any other country. So, unless you are ignorant (which is highly possible) or playing politics with this country's well being, please close your trap.

Posted by: dkress1 | April 6, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

On opening day of the all American sport of baseball, obama, the first foreign born Muslim president is not throwing out the first ball. Instead he is in Turkey begging foregiveness for American arrogance and hiding under the table from Korean missiles.

How democrat (aka carter esque) of him. I look toward to the hard choices of wearing sweaters as a substitute for energy policy And boycotting olympics instead of having a spine.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 6, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

The righwingers continue to get dumber, crazier and more violent. How many many cops and citizens will die [like the one in Pittsburgh this weekend before the final embers of this bloodsoaked cult are extinguished? When will those that incite this kind of violence be prosecuted?


"As ThinkProgress has noted, the right wing continues to escalate its fear-mongering that President Obama will take away Americans’ Second Amendment rights. In a New York Times op-ed this weekend, Charles Blow reported that such rhetoric “has helped fuel the panic buying of firearms.” On Saturday, the Washington Independent’s Dave Weigel went to the bi-annual Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot in Kentucky and saw this phenomenon first-hand:

Weigel noted that all three boxes of the Hitler-Obama shirt had sold out by 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. In November, ThinkProgress went to The Nation’s Gun Show in Chantilly, VA, which featured similar fear-mongering. For example, an ad in the Washington Post for the event read, “GET YOUR GUNS WHILE YOU STILL CAN!!

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Dianne, when your only skill and accomplishment in life is reading from a teleprompter, what better gift from the narcissist massiah than ipods of his speeches.

It wasn't like bowling trophies were an option. When your worldview is made up and motivated strictly by adoring masses, there is little else of substance to call upon.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 6, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Got a trillion into IMF for third world help, but otherwise completely failed at any new binding agreements on financial transactions, nor any pressure on tax havens. Obama should cut off Europe from AIG reimbursement. HSBC closed shop here laying off 14,000 after getting 5 billion from us. Take care of U.S. institutions. The banks have over a trillion in worthless paper on their sheets and a trillion backed by houses/malls. They can sell one but not the other, so the asset backed mortgages can be sold. Guaranteeing banks on consumer/small business loans is less costly than shoring up failed insurance companies and banks with a better hit to the economy.

Posted by: jameschirico | April 6, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

What else you got, zuke?

Posted by: mattintx | April 6, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Drivl is over medicated again. Taking an equal amount of uppers and downers does not balance out to sane, moonbat.

Most amusing is this rabid nut calling anyone viscoous and disgusting while using @&& in her lunacy.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 6, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

We Americans must be ridiculous to expect a one week trip to several countries to change everything. Please, lets show some common sense as our President does. He has said it will take persistence and definitely years and decades of good leadership to begin to solve our problems. Let's hope we have years and decades to resolve them, especially the environmental and nuclear ones.

Posted by: Barbara5 | April 6, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I would like to agree w/drindl and Omyobama but w/a language that is a little less harsh. I will try.

It was absolutely strange last week to watch U.S. reporters do the one-hand-on-the-other-hand commentary that passes for "analysis" these days. Young Todd and others trying very hard to make their marks as "critical" and "thoughtful" reporters simply showed their inability to grasp some basic realities:

(1) To even ask the question whether or not President Obama got "everything he wanted" seems to me not to understand diplomacy (little steps - over extended periods of time).

(2) As President Obama (and the other world leaders seemed to agree) said: Times have changed. The questions posed by the U.S. reporters seemed not to understand that the moment of U.S. Presidents shaping the world (w/the rest of the world silently seething in resentment)has passed.

(3) The constant search for "failure" by U.S. press was never more on display than last week when I got to see and compare the quality of questions posed by print, cable, network journalists - and compare U.S. questions w/reporters from other parts of the world. Just like the during the campaign, a bar was set, and then when met - Obama still had failed because he didn't reach to re-set bar.

(4)Young reporters trying to mark their mark were actually funny to watch. The difference in the quality of the analyses of the writer of this column, Todd, Henry, Cooper (NYTimes) and others - compared to Harwood, for example, who had nothing to prove - was stark.

(5) Finally, Newt??? NEWT??? NEWT??? You actually think anyone cares what NEWT says???? If CNN were truly interested in a thoughtful discussion from a Repulican about the trip, why didn't they ask Senator Lugar?? Or Senator Hagel?? There may have been points of disagreement, but they would have been spoken by thoughtful, smart, non-ideological and therefore SMART people - not sideshow clowns like...

NEWT???!!!!

BTW: Your caveats are presumptious at best. Do you think that these people (President Obama's political staff) who ran 2 masterful campaigns don't know the ups-and-downs of public opinion????

Geez!!

Posted by: mphillip3455 | April 6, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The one person that knows you can't change anything overnight is President Obama. He was just laying out the perimeter for the foundation of his global plans on this trip. Some want the building to be done already, others don't even want it started, and a few want to destroy any brick he puts down, out of pure hate.

He learned all he needed to know about how to achieve an agenda on the mean streets of South Chicago, his community organizing skills fit well on the world stage.

Posted by: OleLadySquawking | April 6, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

LoveDianne72: Hey dumb dumb... Jackie O would never have given an iPod as a gift on a state visit because... wait for it... iPod's hadn't been invented yet. What an incredibly stupid person you are.

Posted by: hiberniantears | April 6, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama haters, go over to Politico, you will be welcomed. Face it, the world loves him. He is classy, smart, confident, honest, and knows the meaning of diplomacy. His trip was a huge success. Whoever even paid attention to the G 20 or the NATO Alliance or the event in Prague before President Obama? It was a big yawn. Furthermore, his trip to Turkey and remarks in Parliament took courage. I am immensely proud he is the President. He gives the world hope that America will lead again, with her ideals and her willingnes to work with other countries and abide by international law. I felt all those old leaders absolutely energized by him, in Turkey as well as UK, France and Prague. "Together we can do great things." I felt they felt that. He was a smash. And Michelle too, and all they did was be themselves.

Posted by: anitapreer | April 6, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, Diane. all those gorgeous pictures of Michelle wowing the crowds in Europe must be really galling to an ugly troll like you.

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

An American Saquatch visits Buckingham Place. I am sure HRM was not amused.

Posted by: LoveDianne72 | April 6, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I just don't think you are right about the trip last August. Obama got a huge bump from the trip that faded relatively quickly as people stopped paying attention. It was midsummer and the campaign had been going on for two years already. Give us a break.

As for this trip, I do agree that Obama did not get all of the commitments that he would have liked, but he accomplished several key goals diplomatically. The real question is whether anyone else could have done better with the hand he was dealt. I think that for a solid majority (~60%) of the American population the answer is no. Obama's support will remain high until Republicans start to present a credible alternative again. That may take years, unfortunately.

Posted by: Nissl | April 6, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

It’s sad that the American people worry about the “image” or “standing” of the United States in the world and mean by this roughly what high-school students mean by “popularity.” Do the British, the French, the Germans, the Russians, the Chinese, express such worries? No great nation in history has done. It has sufficed to all if they were feared enough to be safe. Obama caters to this unfortunate American mentality by devoting his efforts, at home as well as abroad, mostly to grandstanding, instead of statesmanship. Some day we will learn what Merkel, Sarkozy, Brown, etc. really thought of him. My guess is that they held him in contempt as a leader, though of course admired his oratorical ability.

Posted by: gmdim | April 6, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Grade A at being a non-embarassing president, for speaking in complete sentences, for being willing to weigh into prickly diplomatic situations at the G-20 (Russia/China) and at the Nato summit. Grade A foreign trip.

Posted by: fangorina | April 6, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Ah, Dianne, our favorite bigot is back. Must kill you to read all those articles about the glamourous Michelle Obama. Ta ta, darling. Off to tea with the Queen.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 6, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I believe most Europeans want Americans to be the "good guys" and are hoping for the best from the new President. But our continued involvement in Iraq and growing involvement in Afghanistan ultimately will convince the Europeans that while there are new faces in Washington, the U.S. still believes it rules the world.

Posted by: jalewis1 | April 6, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I think President "Purple Lips" just grinned his way through Europe. Nothing was really accomplished.

Posted by: NadeemZacharia | April 6, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

The earthquake in Italy is Obama's fault.

Posted by: hayden1 | April 6, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

drindl,

Well he may be taken seriously by THE BASE as you say, but this same base also listens to Palin. Shows you how smart the base is. And from what i read, that base is shrinking daily. They are down at least one member the guy who killed those 3 Pittsburgh policemen. He bought into the base's claim that Obama was going to take away his guns. So he stockpiled them. Very nice GOP Base....

Posted by: rharring | April 6, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"I think Newt's opinion has not been taken seriously for quite sometime. "

oh, but you are wrong, rharring. newty is taken quite seriously by the base. he is putting together the groundwork now to run for the repub nom in 2012, on a christian nation and anti-tax platform. they are trying now to raise money to 'teabag' Congress.... LOL.

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know iPods were around in Jackie O's day. Nonetheless, the right wing wackos who bowed and scraped before the likes of George Bush, those who made countless excuses for his constant failures are now dismissing Obama because he hasn't completely solved all of the crises left him by his incompetent predessor in his first 60 days in office. What a hoot! And racists like LoveDianne72 don't even get it!

Posted by: raqualung | April 6, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

The administration gets an A for public relations with the populous of Europe. He is definitely repairing our "image" abroad

However, on policy a B- or a C
he did not get the economic stimulus packages he stated he wanted from any Western Governments at the G20. He got only some "on paper" support in Afghanistan from NATO. He did not speak out on human rights issues and promoted several Bush agenda items (missle defense).

So far this is the majority of what we have seen from him- which is a vast improvement over the last administration that had Fs in all areas-

it would be nice if we could get some A level policy however

Posted by: nycLeon | April 6, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Addendum to "GLOBE-TROTTING POTUS," below...

* Team Obama adopts a Bush-Cheney course on Afghanistan, a Pentagon-advocated build-up that seems eerily reminiscent of both Iraq and Vietnam.

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 6, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I feel better about the U.S. when there is a bad replica of our leaders being broiled. It's like a sign of respect..

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 6, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

asja,

I think Newt's opinion has not been taken seriously for quite sometime. Maybe it had something to do with him having an affair with his secretary while he was trying to have Clinton impeached for the same thing. Those dang rules trip up the GOP every time...

Posted by: rharring | April 6, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Pres. Obama behaved in a most presidential manner. Even though he seems one of the younger leaders, people gave him respect and a very very warm welcome. For this, we Americans should be appreciative. Obama was literate, articulate, friendly without being sappy, diplomatic, serious (no massaging of Merkel's neck) and confident. The US should be proud. As one poster said: there was not burning of the American flag, or Uncle Same effigy or "Death to AMerica" slogans.

Posted by: mstratas | April 6, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

IS GLOBE-TROTTING NEW BOSS THE SAME AS THE OLD BOSS?

WHO EVER THOUGHT WE'D HAVE TO ASK?

While POTUS again dazzles the Europeans...


* Team Obama adopts Bush position on NSA warrantless wiretapping, moves to block legal challenges by citizen watchdog groups such as ACLU, citing "State Secrets Act."


* Team Obama adopts Bush position on torture memos, holds up promised release of additional Bush Justice Department documents that could shed light on Bush torture policy -- possibly including allegations of domestic torture via radiation weaponry (a/k/a "directed energy weapons").


* Team Obama remains silent on alleged civil and human rights abuses by the ongoing "extrajudicial punishment network" comprised of federal and local law enforcement agencies and government-funded, gang-stalking citizen vigilantes operating under the cover of volunteer "community policing" and anti-terrorism programs.


The old rock lyric, "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss," is starting to reverberate throughout the "new left" echo chamber of Obama's increasingly disillusioned base.


What powerful "psy ops" could transmogrify, perhaps nullify, Obama's promise of "change we can believe in"?


I wrote about a potential, institutionally-induced chameleon effect during the campaign.


Perhaps the article is worth another look.


Take a read and feel free to leave your comments, at the link below:

"PRESIDENTIAL PSY OPS: WHO'S GOT THE VOO-DOO?"


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/get-political-vic-livingston-opinion-presidential-psy-ops-wars-whos-got-voodoo


See also:


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | April 6, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

It seems Michelle Shaniqua Obama lacks the style, taste, and good-breeding required to be a competent First Lady. The iPod was entirely inappropriate and reflects poorly on the United States. Jacqueline Kennedy would have never committed such a faux pas. I guess an affirmative action education will only take you so far.

Posted by: LoveDianne72 | April 6, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Lovediane72,

Well she didnt pick out the gift, but tell me what is worse. Her giving the Queen an ipod or someone who one day would become President plopping his boots on the table next to the Queen at a formal function and asking her "Im the black sheep of the family, who is yours?". I can only imagine what she thought when this guy became President. And who was this guy GEORGE W. BUSH..........

Posted by: rharring | April 6, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know who the 11 percent who said that Obama accomplished nothing at all are. Let's put as polite a spin on this as possible - there were no American flags burned, they were waved, and no presidents burned in effigy. Cheering is preferred over jeering! I liked what I saw.

Posted by: EarlC | April 6, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Think I would give Michelle Shaniqua Obama a big F. She is so inherently ghetto that she thought it would be in good taste giving the Queen an iPod."

Well, I see the racist c*nt Dianne is back. Chris, this individual is really disgusting and vile. Can you not ban this sort of hateful, repulsive language? Do you really want a WaPo site to be contaminated with this kind of sewage?

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I would give Obama an 'A' for his public relations tour.. so far as any result, we won't know for a while. The biggest favor we could do for the world is being more attentive to our domestic situations (which affect them greatly) and do a better job of minding our own business.

You have to also remember that Europeans will be nothing but kind to your face..

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 6, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Think I would give Michelle Shaniqua Obama a big F. She is so inherently ghetto that she thought it would be in good taste giving the Queen an iPod.

Posted by: LoveDianne72 | April 6, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

has anyone kept count of how many hundreds of times the king of fools has mentioned 'teleprompter.' yet? he does it at least a dozen times a day on his hundreds of posts an hour....

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

blert: you seem to know the Republican playbook well. And everything you say the GOP will do will work just as well as it did last time. It didn't. Using fear, spin, "outrage", only insults people's intelligence, and only works with the people that agree with them anyways. It's nothing new, and neither is Chris's big spin about how people are losing patience. People are losing patience with biased
media spin, not how long economic recovery is taking. At least the Pres has been honest that it would take awhile.
Not like the "we'll be greeted with flowers as liberators" previous administration

Posted by: katem1 | April 6, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

here's a compendium of rightwing nuttery about the strasbourg remarks, just so you will have a source for where the parrots on here get their material:


"Speaking in Strasbourg, France, last Friday, President Obama sought to turn the page on the American-Europe relationship. He admitted that in the past, America had “shown arrogance” and had “been dismissive, even derisive” of Europe. He also said that Europe’s rampant anti-Americanism was “insidious.” Neither attitude, he said, was “wise,” nor do they “represent the truth.”

Apparently, maturity and nuance from a U.S. President gets interpreted as anti-American hatred to the radical right. On Friday night, Fox News’ Sean Hannity said Obama’s speech was evidence that “he harbors deep resentment” of America. The right wing continued its hysteria over the weekend and today:

KARL ROVE: There are ways to make the point that he made without running down America.

SEAN HANNITY: I am tired of Obama pandering to what I consider to be the worst instincts of those who hate this country.

NICOLE WALLACE: I think at his core he does not seem to believe in American exceptionalism, the way more Republicans define it.


Not surprisingly, Hannity tied Obama’s comments back to his favorite topic: Rev. Jeremiah Wright. “Where did he get these ideas?” Hannity asked on Fox & Friends this morning. “Could it be that he sat in Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years? Could it be that he hung out with Father Pfleger? Could it be that he was hanging out with his buddy Tony Rezko?”

For months, the far right has sought to peg Obama as some sort of anti-American “Manchurian candidate.” In October, Michael Goldfarb said that “Obama has a long track record of being around…anti-American rhetoric.” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) warned that an Obama presidency would turn America into a “totalitarian dictatorship,” while Tom Delay prided himself on being among the first to declare Obama a Marxist. Dispensing with nuance, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) proclaimed flatly last fall, “Barack Obama’s views are against America.”

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I keep trying to figure out what higher office mr TelePrompTer is making all the empty promises to attain.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 6, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Chris,
This is a lazy piece of writing. It's not going to be more credible just because you quote numbers. Stay away from this, you don't do it well.

Something more significant is that Newt Gingrich is saying he would have disabled the NK missile on the launch pad. The reason we're in the mess we're in is that people say such nonsense and journalists from serious newspapers look the other way instead of asking the tough questions.

1. Would Newt Gingrich be willing to re-institute the military draft to raise the manpower to fight?
2. Would Newt Gingrich be willing to massively raise taxes on everyone immediately to pay for a New Korean War? China won't pay for it.
3. Can the United States afford to be in AfPak, Iraq and Korea at the same time?
4. Would Russia and China sit back quietly and allow US combat troops to invade a country that borders them?
5. Is the ballsy Newt Gingrich willing to risk the total destruction of Seoul by North Korean artillery just to prove he's a tough guy?

I mean, this is just stupid. There's no other word for juvenile posturing about matters of life and death for millions.

Posted by: asja | April 6, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

here's some meat for the simians currently on the site--the nutjob Bachman never ceases to entertain with her loony conspiracy theories. the righwing just keeps getting crazier every day:


"Last week, Congress passed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which expands AmeriCorps and increases volunteer opportunities at home and abroad. Appearing on Minnesota’s KTLK this weekend, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) joined in the right-wing frenzy over the bill, claiming that it could lead to “re-education camps for young people“:

I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically-correct forums."

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

First, I am an Obama supporter and second, I am really happy that Europe likes us again blahdy, blahdy, blah.

Now, the cold reality: The same nations that have been attacked by Al-Quaeda did not produce a single troop for the battlefield in Afghanistan. Perhaps it is an ideological difference in that we are fighting a "war" where they believe it should be treated as a criminal matter, or maybe they are just not willing to risk the political consequences of sending their civilians into battle since the last time they went along with it several nations leaders wound up getting replaced.

Whatever it is it's time for them to show the same kind of backbone that our leader showed.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 6, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"And Obama made what could be a serious mistake in a speech this past week when he opted to pander to the crowd rather than think about his political future."

He wasn't pandering, he was telling the truth. Big difference. And one of the qualities that make him a leader, trying to solve problems, instead of a political hack always in campaign mode.

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm really disappointed with the President's European trip and it has nothing to do with G-20 or NATO. While in the Middle East, President Obama made no effort to visit American troops in Iraq or Afganistan. He never mentioned Iraq even though we have 150,000 soldiers stationed there. Obviously, this trip wasn't to improve America's relationship with Europe but to improve Obama's relatioship with Europe.

Posted by: tiotom77 | April 6, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Obimbo set out with two goals- get money and get troops. Denied on both counts. He will have to settle with giving empty speeches and apologizing for being American to find a way to get the world socialists to adore him.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 6, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

A for effort, and d for results. He could do so much with his popularity abroad, instead he practices appeasment, and blameing america. Boo. hmm, this is one of the issues tackled in
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Posted by: pastor123 | April 6, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I realize this is your "analyses", but how about some facts? I have heard not one single WH source call the trip an unmitigated success, and you did not provide any. Opinion about your country went up when you elected him, and has not gone down. Why? Because he is a citizen of the world, he doesn't look at America alone but the big part of a whole. Be thankful that the world is getting a better impression of you. actually it couldn't have gotten worse than when you re-elected Bush, or Katrina hit. We here in the world were worried you'd never wise up. Phew, thank goodness you did, that bullying theocracy thing was getting old.

Posted by: katem1 | April 6, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

the promised serious consequences for NK has just been announced. No tv for a week and no more chocolate milk.

Boy that obambi is strict.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 6, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama's trip received good press coverage, and the Obamas were generally well received in Europe (minus the rioting protester at the G20 meeting), but to say that Obama got good press is simply to say that the press still treats Obama as a superstar, and little else at this point.

Obama's trip was not a failure, but how successful it was hinges greatly on what happens next. Will Obama be able to bring about reductions in nuclear arms? Will relations with Russia actually improve? Will countries be able to agree on international finance regulations, and will the U.S. Senate agree to any such treaty? Will Europe start committing more to NATO defense efforts and to economic spending? All of the talk of this past week was just that--talk.

And Obama made what could be a serious mistake in a speech this past week when he opted to pander to the crowd rather than think about his political future. If the 2012 election is hotly contested with a decent Republican candidate, Obama just gave the Republicans some exceptional footage. The image of Obama criticizing America and Americans on the international stage will get played again and again, and Obama may come to regret his comments, and those comments may give some traction to the "anti-American" label that some opponents tried to hang on him last year. Now it's not just Reverend Wright trashing America, nor Michelle Obama saying that she's never been proud of America until now, but Obama himself poking jabs at Americans.

Maybe some of the jabs were deserved, or maybe not, but the words will not play well with a lot of people in this country.

Posted by: blert | April 6, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, so glad the cheap "straw man" form of "analysis" is still alive and well. I thought the article was about how Pres. Obama was being received overseas -- overwhelmingly positive from all reports. So then Cilizza sets up the "straw man" of how the pathetic McCain campaign sought to use this strength -- 200,000 admiring Germans -- against then-Candidate Obama (never did quite understand the rationale -- that it made Obama more "other"?) and tries to equate that "backlash" to current circumstances. Ummm, no Chris. The point is, Americans LOVE our Presidents (and First Ladies) to be LOVED overseas ... it's like an affirmation of our public will. Apples and oranges Chris ... guess you'll have to find some other drek to try to rain on the sterling Obama foreign excursion. And, in case you missed it, the fact that Bush was reviled (making our selection of Barack Hussein Obama all the more important) IS the point, idiot.

Posted by: Omyobama | April 6, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"While the Obama White House painted the G-20 and the NATO summit as unmitigated successes, neither produced everything the administration was hoping for. If the world economy doesn't begin to pick up, the inability to get commitments for more stimulus money could well turn into a problem for Obama."


C'mon, Chris, it took years for the world economy to sink into this mess. Do you really expect one guy to solve everything overnight? And I have yet to see any global summit as producing 'everything the administration was hoping for."

Let's try not to demand miracles, shall we?

Posted by: drindl | April 6, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

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