Obama's Plan for Improving Relations with the Philippines

Philippines
November 8, 2008 9:49am CST
Hmmm! I am just sitting here wondering what you think the new President-Elect Obama will do for building a stronger relationship between the USA and the Philippines. My husband is an American and sometimes he tells me of his disappointment in how his country has let him down because the Philippines has always been one of the USA's strongest allies militarily and diplomatically and he says the USA seems to always focus its effort to get involved in trouble spots rather than taking care of their close and loyal friends first. I am curious what the rest of you think? I mean, Obama is not really a well-traveled guy from what I see on the news and it will take him a while to learn how to deal with foreign leaders around the world too. I hope he surrounds himself with wise and seasoned travelers to avoid making errors and judgement due to a lack of experience or information. According to the news, Obama is already getting briefings from the CIA every day on world affairs, but we all know the CIA usually gets Presidents into trouble rather than out of it.
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@albert2412 (1782)
• United States
9 Nov 08
I personally think that the United States would be better off if the US annexed the Philippines and Canada. Everyone who lives these three countries would be better off because we would all live in one large, strong country.
@urbandekay (18308)
9 Nov 08
This statement basically sums up everything that is wrong with America all the best urban
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
Ah. That's an interesting response. But, my husband suggested annexation would not be the way to go because that would be forced on the people of the Philippines. We should spread the word throughout America and get public opinion on our side then elections should be held to see what the people want. The current state of affairs or something different. Oh. My gosh. Am I starting to sound like Obama? "Yes, we can".
@sierras236 (2740)
• United States
8 Nov 08
The truth is we don't know. We really don't know his position on foreign affairs. So far all he has done has made some tours around Europe. I don't think he has been down to the Philippines. I guess we will have to rely on his expert VP for any kind of information. That is the biggest problem with him right now, we don't know.
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
Yes. I think you are right. He is the "mystery man" right now when it comes to international affairs. With the world as it is today, we really need creativity as well as stability.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
8 Nov 08
I hope that President-Elect Obama works on improving our relationships with all countries, globally. I think he brings new ideas with him, not just the 'business as usual' viewpoints of previous presidents and administrations. While he, of course, is listening to and considering information given to him by others like President Bush and the CIA, he is also (hopefully) incorporating his own ideas too. He has united our country, he can do it too, with our allies and other countries who aren't our allies.
@rsa101 (23720)
• Philippines
8 Nov 08
It is hard to know it for now as he has not even seated in his office. It will be on January next year when he would finally be able to act as the president of your country. I guess what your husband is saying is true. US has considered as an ally but they have not considered us a good economic partner. They would rather spend million and billions of money to protect an Oil Rich Iraq from being taken over by not so friendly leaders of their country than try to help us who has been supportive of them for so long a time. Ever since we rejected their military bases to stay in our lands they started to become cold with us.