Originally posted by phoenix103
reply to post by lpowell0627
I disagree. Speaking as a Brit, we love him. He's a progressive and liberally minded politician, couldn't be more different from Bush (and we hate
him with a passion).
I did see the Chicago bid video and to be perfectly honest, it put me off supporting Chicago, it was nauseating.
You'd be better off analysing this as "some you win, some you lose" as opposed to it being "the world falling out of love with Obama".
The honeymoon period is over, he's now just starting to get his agenda established. I think you should hold judgement until the end of his first term
to get a holistic picture.
As a Brit who also hated Bush with a passion, and had immense hope when Obama took office, I am extremely disappointed.
In my view, Obama has done very little to change anything. I'd dare say that the only thing that has changed from an international perspective is
that the world is no longer looking at America every day just watching in amazement. It seemed that every time a person turned on the news there was
Bush, repeating the same old BS. Obama just does it maybe a couple of times a week
And the Olympics is no indicator of a leaders power.
It doesn't mean that Obama has less political power in any way. This is a sporting event, and the IOC has made the decision based on the proposal set
out by Rio and the other cities, their future infrastructure goals, how hosting the Olympics can improve the city/country, the existing facilities and
infrastructure, the publicity...
If it was as simple as political influence, Britain wouldn't have won the bid for 2012, and China certainly wouldn't have won the last
Yes, Obama's leadership is failing around the world, and opinions are changing, but that's not shown by this decision. He's losing support globally
because he's a leader, and all leaders right now are making the worst economic decisions ever seen.
On top of that, he's failed to deliver on any meaningful problem.
He's divided America at the worst possible time by introducing a vague plan of health reform, and such uncertainty has fuelled the rumours and fears
of the far-right.
He's not changed Bush's policy of making people the enemy. The Patriot Act still exists, rights have been seen to have diminished further (G20),
spying laws and draconian measures have not been removed or even challenged by his administration.
The CIA openly threatened him (POTUS plane over NY) and he caved, grovelling to them publicly (remember the public "thank you" he gave them?) and
then dropping any investigation into the illegal torture of detainees.
He's refused to hold the previous administration accountable for their actions.
Seriously, where is the "Change" he promised?