As a non-American I would like to give my modest opinion about him too. To start with: Obama played a good role in lowering the hate that exists
towards an America that has been arrogantly controlling and messing up international relations - and actually the whole world, for that matter - for
years. Bush drove that hate to the ultimate top (Not speaking for myself, for I refuse to hate, but I must say it was hard not to).
Obama is seen (at least in Europe) as a far more sincere, intelligent and morally correct person in comparison to Bush. And I believe that’s not
just due to charisma and good speeches – there’s some wisdom and common sense in his words and (some of) his deeds.
I believe he is
trying to change things in your country for the good – although you can’t see it yet because basically he was dropped in
office while America and the rest of the world were/are a total mess. Judge his efforts in a couple of years…
And true, he isn’t doing enough, far from it – mainly because his powers are limited by dozens of other factors: his entourage, administration,
economical powers, international alliances … He should have closed all illegal prisons already, backed out of Afghanistan, stand up against Israel,
start constructive dialogue with Iran instead of demonizing them, abolish your so called war on terror, dismantle all nuclear warheads (or at least
remove yours out of our country
) … But hey, what can you expect from an American president eh? And he’s in for what, just almost a year
As for your fear and misconceptions about socialism: come on! Please please please educate yourself first on what the concept is (and isn’t - Read
Marx and Engels first, for a start) before thinking it can’t rhyme with personal freedom or believing America is turning into a socialist country.
Far from it, my fellow earthlings, you’re still living in your liberal economy, a better health care and welfaresystem is not gonna take that away
There was a thread here a couple of days ago which gave an international welfare ranking, America dropped to a 17th place, if I’m not mistaking
(can’t find the link right now). Most or even all 16 countries who scored better have more socialist aspects in their national policy – and
overall more personal freedom (no patriot act, reasonable cops, less restricting laws …). Economic liberty is not
the same as personal
liberty. On the contrary, economic liberty is personal liberty for the happy few, but screws a majority of the population.
Anyway, for the outside world, America has become a little more of a friendly place since Bush is gone, but that might just be appearance, of course.
Good luck y’all, try take an objective look at your president – he ain’t too bad