The Republican presidential candidate is transforming himself from charming outsider to aggressive tactician. What’s still unclear is whether that’s helping him against Obama.
The question remains how the Americans see the global enthusiasm for Obama. Will they be positively impressed ...Or will they see it as meddling in their election and, precisely because of that, vote for McCain just out of spite?
7:21 PM: Barack Obama appears on screen, the Victory Column in the background. He waves, laughs, waves, waves, waves, waves, laughs, waves, laughs, waves, waves, laughs. In that order.
7:22 PM: He says, “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you to the citizens of [Read more]
If Obama actually does become president, the first disappointments won’t be long in coming.
The last eight years haven’t been a rejection of America and its values, but a rejection of the policies and persona of George W. Bush. Barack Obama has already changed how others see America.
Obama wants more NATO troops in Afghanistan in order to finance tax cuts in the United States. German politicians see it quite differently.
German political leaders have criticized Barack Obama’s suggestion that more NATO participation in Afghanistan would allow the United States to cut taxes at home. “More [Read more]
This “anti-Americanism,” if we even want to call it that, was likewise a phenomenon of disenchanted love. It was as though George W. Bush and his gang, along with America’s conservatives, had hijacked our imaginary America.
Americans were already used to how the eloquent Democrat with the charming smile could attract tens of thousands of people like a rock star. What they saw on their television screens, however, shocked even them: a mostly German audience of 200,000 cheering him wildly.
If Barack Obama is elected to the office of president of the U.S., then it will be his duty to represent the interests of his country. Charisma will mean nothing.
What the progressive scene in America thinks of the Democratic presidential candidate
Barack Obama’s public appearance in Berlin has become a mega-event, thanks mostly to Angela Merkel, and all the bickering about the location for the holy deed. Now the entire world is watching, even though it’s not easy to [Read more]