He is OUR president, not yours

@xfahctor (14126)
Lancaster, New Hampshire
January 21, 2009 11:24am CST
Time for a selfish rant and a hefty dose of reality for some. I have seen thread after thread and comment after comment on here, other forums, blogs and even some news posts, talking about how much Obama is going to do for the world. SO many people from other countries putting faith and hope in a man who doesn't have any say in the afairs of another nation, so much from so many who did not have any say in this election whatsoever. I have seen so many references on how Obama is going to "save the world" or "make the world better". Let me say this and selfish as it sounds, I say it with out any apology what so ever. Barak Obama is now President of the United States. Not france, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, the U.K, the Philipines, Nigeria, or ANY other nation. He is OUR president, not yours. His obligations extend no further than the borders of our own nation and it's own people. We will help allies where we can and we will still no doubt lend aid to others, but he is first and formost obligated to US the American people. You should not rely on or hope for any more from him than I could expect of, or hope for, from President Sarkozi of France, Or Gordon brown of the U.K. We have a lot of issues here at home that need imediate attention and will require great effort and a lot of time and focus, and, sorry, but that comes way up on the priority list over the troubles and issues in other nations. If you have to put that much hope in the leader of another nation, then perhaps you need to take a good long hard look at who it is you are electing in your own country, what they do for you and their ability to deal with the responabilities of serving your country. Get your own Obama.
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• Canada
21 Jan 09
Actually his decisions have a huge impact on the world. So in essence yes everyone does have a right to put so much faith in him. He will determine how long or how short this deficit is. By your theory alone the states should be the only country baring the brunt of this recession. Truth is countries came in and helped out banks loaned where they could and other countries such as my own (Canada) are suffering because the US is the biggest place we export our goods to. US has their foot in many disputes right now so in essence other countries reserve the right to say what they're saying. Yes he's 'your' president. But look at your last president who entirely botched the world over and has now caused this huge recession for the rest of the world.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
21 Jan 09
The economic situation goes far deeper than the fault of one president, it is far more complex than that. I don't doubt some of our actions effect other nations, but his first and only obligation is to this country, if it benefits another, great, however, if one has to put so much hope in another nations leader, what is that saying about your own? If one is banking the future of their nation of the actions of another, it is almost like saying the destiny of your own country is out of the hands of it's own citizens and in the hands of those of another, is it really wise to relinquish de facto control over your own country to another? Surely there people in other nations of Obama's caliber to elect and lead? I meant no offense to anyone by the way, just a pet peave of mine I guess.
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• Canada
21 Jan 09
Umm not really because the banks involved who weren't watched properly were all done under his nose. Now granted yes it's not one president. But you see how your argument doesn't make sense because you in fact do acknowledge how your nation affects all of us. His decisions is crucial to the world whether you want to think it or not. His obligation is to the nation and right now your nation owes a lot to the world... Sorry but this is true this recession is mostly on the states. For valid reasons, the war, the fact that Banks aren't properly watched. Irregardless of how you think feel or what you say He is your president but he is OUR saving grace or will put EVERYONE in the hole. It's how the world goes and how America is portrayed. It's like the chain effect what he does affects us all and this point you can't dispute and it is this very point as to why EVERYONE has a right to voice their opinions about Obama and his effect on the rest of the world.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
21 Jan 09
Well, if you wish to put faith in and bank hopes on a leader which you had no controll over either electing or removing, that is of course your perogative. Still sems to me better to have put the destiny of your nation in hands you yourself choose.
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@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Bravo! I think Obama has a big heart. But it would be wise for other nations to look at him, and America, as an EXAMPLE. Not as the solution. Im sure Pres. Obama will do whatever he can to help those in need, and the world should know that America is a generous and compassionate nation. But one country cannot shoulder the entire burdons of the world. "Get your own Obama" - hahaha... LOVE it! Of course time will tell of Obama is worth his salt. I'm glad we have given him the chance at least... we need amazing leaders at this moment in history. Can the rest of the free world elect leaders that inspire hope and good will the way Obamas has? Yes, they can. And yes, they should.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
21 Jan 09
Exactly. I did not vote for Obama, or McCain for that matter, but he is who we have to work with now. This should be an example, not a hook to hang ones hopes on. I imagine there are plenty of "Obamas" out there in the world, find them support them and elect them. I don't know what this president will do for us yet, but if he does in faact turn out as great as the expectations of many seem to point to, then this raises the bar signifigantly for the example of the types of elected servants one needs for their nation to be sucessfull.
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@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Of course no one can know what his legacy will be... positive or negative. My guess is it will be mixed, just like every other President in history. But in my short life I have never wittnesed the movement this man has inspired. Yesterdays inauguration is just one example. Millions of people in once place, and not a single stich. I heard one man say "I'm here with 3 million of my best friends." I dont think what Obama does is as important as what he inspires us as citizens to beleive in and work for. If we can keep this good will going, every task we set out to accomplish will be just that much easier to overcome. I respect Bush for making the hard decisions. But I respect Obama more for holding up a mirror, and inspireing America as a whole to make those decisions instead. I know I'm just romancing hope... but at this point I dont see any harm in that. Sorry for going off topic lol...
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
21 Jan 09
I agree with your second comment. I am more inspired of Obama as a person rather than a president. I don't know what he will accomplish and fail during his term but up to this point he has given a lot of inspiration to many and that is pretty powerful and I give him a lot for that. I think a lot of the other nations are really depending on America because we all have something to do with each other, one time or another. Just because of the economic crisis here, it's affected many people all around the world. We do have a lot of problems we need to face here just inside this nation also, but at the same time, everybody else is investing and watching too.. and as a representative of this nation, people are expecting A LOT from Obama from every corner of the globe... and I think that is important because we all have the same beating heart after we rid rest of the political correctness away.
@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Wow XFahct. I dont usually reply to the same discussion twice, but I'm am in awe over the responses you have gotten so far. Americans agree with you. The non-Americans are outraged, acting like Obama is president of the universe. Amazing.. I had no idea it was this bad. Hey. Cmon, I like Obama but seriously hes only the President of the United States. Hasent anyone ever heard the old proverb... "God helps those who help themselves." Sorry - but for a foreigner to hitch their wagon to Obamas star, to me, seems irresponsible, niave, and downright stupid. Nothing Obama has done could not be duplicated by someone else. Anyone with grey matter between their ears can make a difference. Isnt that what the Obama-mania is all about?
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
21 Jan 09
It does seem the larger point is being missed. Instead of worryina about what Obama is going to do, they should concentrate on finding such a leader for their own nations. If Obama turns out to be as great as expected, how much better a world would this be if this greatness was duplicated in other countries.
• Canada
21 Jan 09
My fiance is American and agrees with my points.. so technically it's just people agreeing and disagreeing. You'd be surprised at how some Americans agree to the points made by the opposing argument.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
21 Jan 09
I guess you guys are missing the bigger picture and the position the US has put itself into over the last century plus. BTW, since when is KY not part of the US... because that's where I live.. Looks like it's not only non-Americans who can grasp the bigger picture.
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• Canada
22 Jan 09
Who cares what other people say? Any of the US's allies are going to put faith and hope into Obama. How about all the war? Don't you think those countries might be putting faith in him to stop the war going on? If he was as selfish as you he would not get very far in this presidency. Whether you like it or not the surrounding countries to you will be going through a recession and if the US gets out of it then the other countries will too. So how does that not affect any other country but yours? I am from Canada and we have been told that we will go into recession and in my opinion if we can help eachother out is that not better than trying to make enemies out of people that may be able to help?????????????
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
22 Jan 09
Is it the fault of the United states that Canada won't make full advantage of the wealth of natural resources it has? Is it the fault of the United States that your political process is based on an invisable corperate monarchy giving it's citizens no voice in such matters? So because I'm not a globalist sheep and I am standing up for my own nation's good above the world's I'm selfish? ***"Don't you think those countries might be putting faith in him to stop the war going on? " I found THAT absolutely fascinating. I am sure that is exactly what they are thinking. They are in for bitter disapointment if they truly believe this. There is gong to be ZERO difference in Iraq, the plan being implimented was in place long before Obama even became president, it had nothing to do with him and we will STILL have troops there until Iraq says we all go. The only troops being withdrawn will be "combat troops" which itself is vague. We will have a military presense there for a long time to come. Afghanistan will actualy see a dramatic increase in combat activity, Obama has said this time and time again, will people call Obama a "war monger" for any of this? And what happens when strikes within Pakistan escalate? Obama has alredy openly stated he wouldn't hesitate to do so if inteeligence gave him reason to. The middle east, do yout hink The gaza dispute is going to go away because Obama is now in office? Do you think Hamas is going to suddenly give up it's no isreal existence policy because Obama was elected? He supports Isreali soveirngty as much as the last presidents have, all the diplomacy in the world isn't going to stop things.
• Canada
23 Jan 09
"The world is looking to Obama like a mesiah thatwill save the world. He is a man, one elcted servant of one country. People putting blind unrealistic hope such a mortal are in for certain diaspointment." None of that was missed in this discussion, by me anyways, All I am getting at is WHO GIVES A RATS AZZ if people want to support him and pray he does a good job because in the end it will help everyone that is in alliance with the US. It is not your job to criticize people for having faith in YOUR president. I seriously don't understand why you would care so much... The more support he has from the rest of the world is better for you guys.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Lol, unfortunately it is important to the rest of the world what is going on in this country and what Obama's plans are. What happens in America does have an influence on the rest of the world, often a major influence. Over the last century or so the US has established itself as THE world leader, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It's the place most look up to and aspire to be like. Of course there is countries who would love nothing more than to take over that status such as China and Russia. But as of now that has not happened. American trade spans around the globe with many countries depending on it, even pegging their currency by the value of the dollar. This kind of economical power has been used quite frequently in the past by our leaders in order to pressure another country into doing whatever the US and/or the world thought was right. Trade embargoes are a powerful weapon especially if one can persuade so many other countries to follow ones lead. Sounds a bit like high school with the US being the leader of the popular crowd.... With Bush starting wars in two countries and having other countries join in ... along with the casualties and costs... the collapse of the economy... it very well illustrates how far the American influence reaches worldwide. So did the blame. People here blamed Bush for everything, so did people in other parts of the world... The hope for the people around the world is that Obama will be a better and kinder leader. They hope he'll bring peace but also will have understanding for their plight and offer a helping hand. And yes, they hope just like so many here that he'll somehow wave a magic wand and the American economy and with it the world economy, will recover. In short, if you are elected to be the leader of a world-leading country, then you are a world leader and the majority of the people around the world will hope that you do the right thing, don't abuse your power but use it to the betterment of the world. Like it or not, that comes with the superpower status the US has at the moment. It's just the way it is. So, sorry to say, you will have to share Obama with the rest of the world;)
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
21 Jan 09
I made this argument in an above comment, but will repeat it here. The actions of this nation do in fact effect others. However, the first obligation is to this nation, if the actions benefit antother nation, great, lucky you. If the do not, well, sorry. How wise is it to put the destiny of your nation in the hands of another, "world leader" or not. Why not use this as an example, surely there are Obama's in other countries to support and elect. why not let this raise the bar for leaders others elect instead of abandoning hope in their own political process?
• Canada
21 Jan 09
hahaha wonderful response!
• Canada
21 Jan 09
The fact of the matter is x is that yes I'm sure there are plenty of Obamas around the world. However how many of their voices will be heard? What you fail to see is that because he's residing over the US he has more voice power then he ever would have had say in any other country or a third world country. In this case power is everything. Power gets the job done and gets heard the most. The little guys have to stand by and watch what happens. America effects everyone's economy because of who they trade with who they import from and export to. That's how countries gain their status and wealth. US has power and with that power comes the obligation of having the best interest in all countries at heart. IF you don't like that fact I'm sure there are many countries who would like to be like US right now who would rid the world with black skies... To say that what they do doesn't affect everyone else is Naive at the very least. With your status comes obligations, requirements, downfalls and successes. It's called the cause and effect. What the states decides rides heavily on how the rest of the world will do. You want proof all you have to do is read the papers. Take a look out your window and see that because of the USA the entire world is facing RECESSION. I would be more than happy to let you have that all to yourself!
• United States
22 Jan 09
xfahctor, I will agree with you that he is the President of the United States of America, which means that he is OUR president (I am from California, so of course I am American), but I will disagree with you and say that by him becoming president, he is going to change the world a great deal because people will react differently towards Americans. We won't really be known as a racist nation anymore (I cannot tell you how many of my friends from other nations look down on Americans because of the treatment they received when coming to this country).
• United States
22 Jan 09
If you reread the post you will realize that the poster was not saying Obama would change the world, he was saying what other people were talking about it around the web. I will be the first to say that not every American is a saint or even nice, although most are. We are one of the most compassionate countries in this world. Just perhaps your friends came over here expecting a bad experience and said things to the Americans that were just offensive, or perhaps they just met a few ignorant people. Oh and with as many illegals we have in this country are they absolutely sure that it was actually americans that were being mean. We can break this down all night long the fact of the matter is that people have different personalities and with as many different cultures that reside in the states I believe lots of times we offend one another through words, unless you ask a person what they meant, then you do not know if they were really being rude.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
22 Jan 09
yes, go back and read my original post again, you misunderstood me. I was actualy railing against that notion.
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• United States
23 Jan 09
I don't think I misunderstood it, you are saying that Obama is America's President. I get that. You are also saying that he cannot change the world, but I think that he already has changed the world. People's perception of America is different now.
• United States
22 Jan 09
Hello world, I've read through every post on this discussion. I'm happy to see that the issue isn't racial in content. Someone mentioned Kentucky as well. I live in Kentucky and yes we are a state too lol. I personally think a lot has been placed on the plate of just one man. It not only takes a great president, but a great nation as well. I was so proud to see this man take office. I get a lot of static at work because I voted for the "black guy" with a "foreign name". I haven't watched a presidential election since Clinton appeared on MTV. Perhaps I like people with personalities who are not afraid to think outside the box. There may be an apparent Obama craze, but I'm just happy to see that we are taking notice of the world around us. That is definitely a change for the better. An overwhelming number of voters showed up to the polls. It is a sign of the times that we are changing as a nation. We have grown to accept different cultures and ideas. I can honestly say that in the small town in Kentucky that I live in, people voted for McCain just because he's white. Simple as that. They are clueless as to what he even campaigned or what Obama campaigned. That was the only basis for their decision. I hear discussions at work and they still don't even recall that he's from Hawaii! I'm not kidding! There's nothing sadder than voting for or against a leader based on personal prejudices. Maybe I'm off topic here. Sorry, but the input from all of you seems like a best selling novel compared to what I have to listen to daily. I commend everyone here for stating their points of view. All I really wanted to say is that I do hope Obama has some great helpers to guide him through this mess. That poor guy will likely have gray hair by the end of his first term! Anwyay, I hope I haven't offended anyone.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
22 Jan 09
Well, I didn't vote for Obama OR McCain for that matter, I'm actualy a constitution party supporter, Chuck Baldwin was my guy. Mostly because I am tired of the 2 party stranglehold and neither of the 2 bog parties truly represent the american people or the constitution anymore, the same document which, if adhered to , we don't have as uch of an impact on the world and it doesn't have as much of an impact on us. My irritation and whatstarted this thread, was that many in the world seem to thin that just because Bush is out of office now and Obama is in, the world is suddenly going to be a better place. It is just plain naive and demonstrates a great ammount of ignorance as to how things work here. It also furthers the entrenchment of the 2 manin parties, deluding people in to believeing that there is over all a big difference between the 2.
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• United States
22 Jan 09
Hi xfachtor, Thank you for responding to my comment. All in all, I have to give you praise for voting for the under dog. I usually do myself just because I get tired of people with all the power getting even more power. It does seem the 2 main parties get all the attention and any third party is just left on their own, for the most part. I wonder if an independent or liberal party will ever take the presidency. I'd like to see that day in history too! Anyway, I'm so glad you started this discussion. I've enjoyed reading all the responses. And, I'll just add to the record here, no matter if the US has a "great" president or a "lousy" president, I will support the more positive aspects such as using online medical records to save $80 billion annually. Thanks again for such an interesting topic! It's nice to see some brains at work here!
@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
I am not really much into politics not even my own country politics. but I can understand what you mean. he is your leader so his people should be first and foremost in his list. Mine has done a good job reducing taxes although of course he has his flaws somewhere else but Harper is ours and if anything I would post discussion about him rather than Obama. I think people put so much hope in Obama fixing the US economy which later on will help improve global economy but then again global trade is about all countries in the world not only US. so while US is fixing theirs, other countries should find alternatives or contingency plans. pretty much we shouldn't be putting all the hopes on Obama alone because as a human being there is always possibility he fails. just my 2 cents.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
22 Jan 09
I spent a lot of time traveling in Ontario, I had a girlfriend there who was a political junkie, so I learned a lot about politics and government up there. It seems her chief complaint was how your government hinges so much of it's own success on events here in the u.s., rather than stand up for itself or enacting policies that made Canada more self reliant. With Canada's vast land mass and more vast wealth of natural resources, your nation could be at least on equal par with the United States as a "super power".
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@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
22 Jan 09
very true. I am an immigrant to Canada and I see no reason why Canada can't be self reliant. I don't know about becoming super power, but at least Canada should put our countrymen first and foremost. unfortunately greed is greed. I have read that some years ago a lot of our companies are sold to the US and the Supreme court saying that govt broke law on Unemployment rates. Now for all those more savvy in politics. here is one link for you : http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/081211/national/scoc_ei_surplus I can't say US recession will not cause recession here. but we have let greed consumes us and there isn't much left to hold on to when times get rough. now it's too late to point finger and there is no way to recover what is gone or stolen. US recovery for sure will help trade, but it won't last or it won't be much of an effect, if we don't do the work within our own country first.
• United States
22 Jan 09
Obama is a good man with really good ideas, ones that will help our country and as an after affect the whole world. He is a hope for the world as well as this country because we as somewhat leaders we affact the world. Yes there is a need for other countries to pick a better leader than they have. That is easier said than done considering the corruption in the political arena all over the world including the good ole USA. What everyone is so happy about is that we have a chance and with that so does the world. It is going to be a long hard trip. If Obama can stay true to his ideals then we have a chance.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
22 Jan 09
Actualy the more he strays from his original ideals the better, I found most of them abominable and constitutionaly blasphemous. As far as other nations' difficulty in changing their leadership being easier said than done, well, too bad, it really isn't our problem. I find the fact that the world relies on us so much for their own well being pretty sad and it really does put us in a "damned if we do or don't" situation.
• United States
23 Jan 09
I agree with the other countries leaning to much on us. With the economy in such a rotten condition and so many people in this counrty out of work. Also the huge amount of people that have lost their homes like me, mine was due to an injury not the interest rate thing. It would have been nice if there was something that could have helped me save my home of 29 years. Now that so many have lost their homes there are programs to help keep people in their homes, but nothing for those of us that are homeless because of it. I am disabled with 2 disks missing in my lower back and in 03 another vender backed into me crushing both my legs at the knees. Being homeless really sucks and i am not able to work to make enough money to get myself into some rental and I have a dog and a few caats as well. So yea if we didn't have our hands and money in so many other countries then there might be some help for those of us that are really down. How are you doing? Hope you are secure. I know so many people that are hanging by a thread these days.
@Galena (9124)
22 Jan 09
yes, he's yours. but I'll tell you what, here in the UK I feel safer with him running the US than Bush. the thought of that man having so much power was terrifying.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
22 Jan 09
That is evidently a very big misconception throughout the world - our President's powers are severely limited - he can't do much of anything without Congressional approval - so you see, all the blame that has been aimed at former President Bush should rightfully be aimed at Congress (which was Democratic in majority for the past four years).
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
22 Jan 09
He didn't have that much power, you misunderstand our system greatly. Take a read of our constitution, good reading and an easy to understand outline of the distribution of power in this country. I have to ask, what about Obama makes you feel safer in your own country? Should your safety not be Brown's responsability? Also, from what I understand, the near police state policies of the U.K's security would make me more fearfull of my own government than any forign power and, despite Bush's pushing the envelope of his constitutional authority, what he did here pales in comparrison to the conditions you have there.
@grammasnook (1877)
• United States
21 Jan 09
I hear what you are saying. It is agreed that big decisions are made that do effect the whole world, but I think what you were trying to say is he is not going to make decision based on helping the world for the United States citizens are frist on his mind. Fact if we go green the impact on the world would be huge because we would not be buying all that oil, but as he stated he is looking at every way to make us self reliant as far as energy therefore he did not take into consideration that many other countries will suffer the financial loss. Please let me know if I am mistaken, but I think I have it right.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
22 Jan 09
That would be true and that is the way that it should be - our government should work for the best interest of our country and our citizens first. I don't recall of too many times (actually don't recall any) where the leader of any other country in the world put the best interest of the United States before the best interest of their own country.
• United States
22 Jan 09
Yes indeed myfriend, I was more commenting on other people that were suggestions in statements above that he should be thinking about the world. We are always damned if we do damned if we dont. We have put ourselves out there and helped many and they have the nerve to say we should not have done it. Time to take care of HOME and only after that should we consider helping others.
@anniepa (27121)
• United States
21 Jan 09
That's a great line - "Get your own Obama"...lol! I both agree and disagree with you; I certainly agree he's OUR President and his first responsibility is to US, meaning the U.S. but I also realize that in so many ways as the U.S. goes so goes the rest of the world. So I guess I say let them pay attention, let them be as interested as they'd like to be and certainly let them express their opinion. However, they should also realize that we're not responsible for every other country in the world, we can't solve all their problems or give them everything we need especially when we have plenty of our OWN people who are in need. To those from other nations who are in envy of our way of life I say try to follow our example, try to elect your own leaders who will help you to have a life closer to what we in the U.S. enjoy even in bad times. To those of you who don't live in a country where you have a democracy or elections, it's up to you to try to change that and while we always do help when asked, and sometimes even when we're NOT asked, realize we're not going to be "nation builders". At least I hope our days of nation building are over especially for those who don't want us to do it. Annie
@anniepa (27121)
• United States
28 Jan 09
We really don't disagree much, do we? I couldn't agree more about us going to ever corner of the globe and trying to give every nation everything we have and trying to make them believe in the same things we believe in. We can't afford it and we don't have the troops to do it and our own people need help first and foremost. That's been my biggest problem with all the foreign conflicts we've gotten involved in or NOT gotten involved in - there's no consistency. Hussein was a horrible dictator but so are a lot of other world leaders, some of whom we're pals with and others of whom we simply ignore. I'm also with you about our leaders; it's just like with our family members or others we're close to - WE can complain about them but no one ELSE better do it...lol! Annie
• United States
22 Jan 09
"Get your own Obama." This is great advice. I'd like to point out that in the western world of all the countries with populations of a minority of blacks, the U.S.A. is the only one to have ever chosen a black man to be the leader of the nation. Others think blacks have no opportunity here? So, to all you other countries critical of the U.S.A. who think 0bama is so great, what's stopping you? As my friend said, "Get your own Obama!".
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
22 Jan 09
The race thing. I notice Canada, a nation that is suposed to be far more racialy inclusive, has never elected a black Prime Minister and from my experience, in rural and urban Ontario, people there are just as racist as they are here, particularly in the more rural area's on the St. Laurence river valley. The first question my Ontarian girlfriend's father asked her, after he freaked over his daughter dating an american, was "is he a darky"?
• India
22 Jan 09
Dont be possessive, no one is going to take your obama. Most of the problem of countries depends on which type of people live there. If in a country of white people , some black person become president its very good news for everybody. Now country who is highest in racism, depends on one black man.We, indian are strong enough to prove india as well as attract your president.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
22 Jan 09
A country who is highest in racism?? Are you KIDDING ME? You really don't know my country. Pretty tall talk. You come from a country that still runs under a de facto caste system and you say WE are highest in racism??
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
22 Jan 09
I understand, i think, what you are trying to say here. The fact is that our president does actually have an impact on the rest of the world. If you don't think so, just ask the people in Iraq or better yet, Iran. Yes, he is our president first and formost but there can be no denying the impact that he can have either good or bad on the rest of the world. We all impact each other one way or another. Bush had such a negative impact on the world in general that I think this people are looking forward to a change as much as we are. I am in the U.S and I find it refreshing to hear people from other countries speaking good of our president as oppossed to how the spoke of Bush.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
22 Jan 09
As mentioned above, part of this is the misconception of both many American people and the people of other countries that our President (whoever it is at the time) actually has very little power and control over what takes place. Congress is more than willing to let the President take the heat from the world for decisions they have made.
@tarheel (151)
• United States
21 Jan 09
Let us all hope that Obama will be able to inspire the best in others.....cause as all of us Yanks know well.....it's all good as long as things are good for the majority. The minute he slips and falls and pisses off the wrong folks we will be getting the verbal attacks from all sides. Much like Bush didn't screw things up all by himself Obama can't fix it all by himself. What is needed now is diplomacy and a level head. Obama has a big mess facing him---honestly, ANYONE that got elected would be in a position to come out the hero. If he manages to fix ANY of the problems we've got we can rejoice. Our domestic issues are pretty numerous. I do agree with you that other countries should try to find an inspiring symbol for change in their own countries. think how mych better off the whole world would be if each leader was concentrating on finding domestic solutions to domestic issues.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
22 Jan 09
The world economy is just that - it involves/includes all the countries of the world and other countries are just as responsible for the state it is in as the United States and they should be just as responsible for doing whatever it takes to bring it back to where it should be. Other countries are way too quick to expect the United States to take all the responsibility - and then to criticize us when we do!
@murderistic (2280)
• United States
21 Jan 09
I think the extent that people overseas can have faith in Obama is that he will not invoke an unnecessary war. And they're also expecting him to put more value in diplomacy - something that I am really hoping for as well. Although I must say, I have seen that he has been inspiring a lot of people to do community service and even volunteer overseas, so if people can put more effort into nonprofits and Obama can encourage that through USAID (which needs a lot of reformation) and just by his words, that would be great as well. I think the main thing that people over the world are excited about is a change in administration from Bush.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
21 Jan 09
Oh, no doubt alot of this hope is just a post bush high, but that kind of blind optimism can lead to a pretty bad hangover when a lot of foriegn policy, such as Iraq, Afganistan, Pakistan issues, turn out to be pretty much the same, and they will. Would Obama start a preemptive war as Bush did? probably not, but in many minds even a defensive war like afghanistan, makes us evil. We as a nation have been trying to be all things to all nations and it simply isn't working anymore, nor will it no matter who is in office.
@CRIVAS (1822)
• Canada
21 Jan 09
I disagree with you. Although he might be the president of the United States, his actions will effect a lot more than your country. I think that you are being selfish and instead you should be happy and thankful that so many people are putting their faith in "your" president. I think honestly that he would be ashamed to hear you speak about the situation in this matter. The world is effected by our actions as a whole and yes that does include your president. You need to be a little more understanding as to why people think this way.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
21 Jan 09
So then, why not elect leaders in your own country that govern in such a way that we have less of an impact?
@urbandekay (18314)
22 Jan 09
Yes, thank goodness all the best urban
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
22 Jan 09
I have to disagree with you. Even if Obama is YOUR president, part of his job is to maintain good relations with other countries. the United States is one of the most "social" country in that you guys always step into other country's affairs. When the US government decides to import oil from Saudi Arabia, or when you send troops to fight in Iraq, when you allow migrants from Kashmir into your country, when you build military bases i the Philippines, when you allow Chinese goods into the country, or when you send spies to Russia, then you are affecting the social and economic environment in other countries. Everything that goes on in the US from the crashing of the stock market to the bombings in New York City affects the world.