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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
“The world is waiting to love America again.” That is a quote from a recent editorial in a British newspaper, and many Europeans are hoping Barack Obama will provide them with just that chance. When Obama travels to Europe later this week, it's expected he'll be treated like a rock star – mobbed by cheering fans in Berlin, Paris and London.
A recent poll from England found 70% of Italians, 67% of Germans, 65% of the French and 49% of Britons would vote for Obama. Compare that to Republican John McCain, who gets support from 15% of Italians, 6% of Germans, 8% of the French and 14% in Britain.
Books about Obama are hot sellers in France, and some European newspapers describe him as a "John Kennedy of our times." After eight years of unilateral "my way or the highway" George Bush, Europeans are hungry for the change Obama is offering, especially when it comes to America's role on the world stage.
It's been a long time since the visit by an American politician has been so highly anticipated in Europe. Some European supporters are mindful that too much swooning over Obama could actually hurt the candidate back here in the states. The Illinois senator could be seen as elitist among some working-class voters if he's perceived as being too chummy with the Europeans.
The other caution flag for Obama is his relative inexperience in foreign affairs, which might explain why Obama was careful to point out that this trip was going to mostly be spent listening rather than offering a lot of his own views.
Here’s my question to you: Why do polls indicate four European countries prefer Barack Obama to John McCain by a margin of 5 to1?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Byron from Oregon writes:
They're tired of either being ignored or bullied by the Bush administration, and they think McCain would be too close to more of the same. They see Obama as charismatic and someone who will respect their views and they can work with. The election of Obama would open a lot of new possibilities for cooperation on major issues like climate change and the war on terrorism.
They are Europeans. What difference does it make what they think? We are the ones who will be stuck with him if he wins. And let's hope we are not left with an amateur for a President.
As a British citizen, and 7 year resident of the U.S., it's easy to see that the rest of the world knows what a lot of Americans are still struggling to understand: If we want the whole world against us, we can just continue as we are and try to control the world instead of help guide it to a better future for all. If we want to re-gain our standing in the world, things have to change.
James from Atlanta writes:
Having resided in Europe some years ago, I found that many Europeans love America. They love our culture and imitate our love for democracy. I found that they wondered how we elected Mr. Bush and if he truly represented American feelings about the world. Here comes Mr. Obama with talks of unification, hope, and peace.
Europe historically has been more liberal than the U.S. It should come to no surprise, therefore, that Europe drools over Obama and winces at the thought of McCain. But since when did America ever chew her fingernails over what Europe thinks about her?
Peace, Jack. Simply peace.
F. from Oklahoma City writes:
Because McCain referred to Czechoslovakia, twice?
Apparently European's too see McCain as a Bush third term.
Vision, intelligence, youth, charisma, diplomacy and a complete severance from Bush.
Jack it is not just the Europeans who prefer Obama you could include Canada and likely most other countries as well. Sometimes I think people outside the U.S. pay more attention to and know more about the U.S. than many of their citizens.
There is no comparison in the 2 candidates with Obama light years ahead of McCain on appearance, thought process and policies. You could also add honesty to this one as well.
since these are the people whose governments sat back and let hitler take over, one presumes they really like a good old fashioned wimp. or maybe they believe all the american media hype glorifying obama. either way they don't seem too bright.
After the last 7 years, who wouldn't prefer an Obama administration to McCain who thinks joking about bombing Iran and killing the citizens with cigarettes is cute. Sequels are not just bad for movies.
Because he's not George Bush. They want anyone in there that won't screw up the whole world. Obama hasn't been in office long enough to screw up to badly yet. That gives everybody hope that he's not just another mistake. Seems we're going to find that out in a few months.
Most Europeans know that their country will be safer if the United States is no longer run by the oil conglomerates. No matter what language you speak, you need only look at the two candidates and realize which one represents the future, and which one represents the past.
The Europeans, like many of us, are hopeful that the USA will finally wake-up and elect a leader that has vision, solutions and will THINK before he goes to war!
And...... as my friend from Scotland says, " At least Obama is intelligent and can speak English!"
The answer is simple. The are able to take a clear look at the facts and discern the truth for themselves. They haven't been bombarded with the right-wing smear machine.
After the last 7 1/2 years of the Bush Administration, our country was, for the first time in our history, being viewed very negatively on the world stage. Bush and his cohorts squandered the sympathy and good will that occurred after 9/11 and through their efforts, created a whole new generation of terrorists that view us as the big bad wolf.
There are so many reasons to choose Obama over McCain, but on this one point alone, we have the opportunity to restore our good standing in the rest of the world and become a partner in the fight for peace and prosperity in the world, rather than the aggressor and school bully.
As evidenced by the responses of non-US residents on the CNN blogs, the audiences expected to see Obama in Europe and polls such as the one cited in your question, Jack, the rest of the world loves him. Are they blind or are 40% of the Americans who won't vote for him the ones who can't see through their fear?
How could anyone with a reasonable amount of intelligence vote to preserve the status quo?
Most Europeans are more politically involved than Americans;
they tend to not be single issue voters and value intelligence and insight in their leaders rather than whether they would like to have a beer with them.
Europeans (and the rest of the world) or tired of the bullying and arrogance of the U.S. How many times do Americans "remind" Europeans that the U.S. saved their A****S during two world wars. The whole "do it my way or else" line with all nations has worn very, very thin.
Europeans (and us in Canada) see a refreshing change in Obama from the past. He seems intelligent, personable and approachable, something we haven't seen in a U.S. president in a long time. Yes, the U.S. is a leader in the free world, but they are not the free world. It's about time the U.S. led rather than bullied their way around the globe.
Because Obama claims he will put diplomacy first– before war.
Think about it this way. Europe, for the most part, has already dealt with war-mongering dictators in their past. They've made the mistakes that we're making today and they have fantastic forsight on how a country should be managed. We are a relatively young country with a current dictator in office. When we improve our standing in the world, only then will we be more humbled and less arrogant.
Europeans? Who gives a flying bleep about Europeans? Why are you idiots polling Europeans about our elections? They only like Obama because he's a push over and sympathetic to liberal policies.
I think its because the Europeans are smarter than we are and they have had 8 years of dealing with Bush and if McCain gets in it will be more of the same. I think the Europeans want a CHANGE in foreign policy and Obama offers that change. Now if we could only get the American voters to vote 5 to 1 for Obama America would stand a chance to regain our leadership as a peaceful nation in the eyes of the world.
St. Augustine, Fl
They feel that not only he is a third bush, but they feel Obama's thought on the wars, and they think over world peace, and Obama seems to be the one to do it.
Perhaps they see an opportunity in Obama that the U.S. will mature finally and realize that we are "members" of a world community, not the neighborhood bully.
Because they see an Obama presidency as a chance for a fresh approach to diplomacy, while they see a McCain presidency as just more of the same old "cowboy" diplomacy they got from the Bush administration. And you know what? They're right!
Perhaps Americans can not see the forest for the trees.
Perhaps because they will not have to live with him as their own president; the fact that he is as unqualified as George Bush does not cancel out what they see as glamor. Also, maybe they think the Dems would not nominate someone who is not ready to be President – they think erroneously.
I wouldn't say that too loudly if I were you - winning the European primary is a non-plus for many Americans - you know, the same ones who still say 'Freedom Fries' and 'Freedom Toast.'
I have changed my middle name to Hussein on MySpace and Facebook to show my support for Obama and got a congratulatory email from a "Mohammed" who was not an American. I think Europeans see Obama as the death of the ugly American.
They see the news from here and and see through the spin that some are trying to put out about Senator Obama. They know that he is smart, has a vision for this country that will spill over into other areas of the world. Besides, Senator McCain represents four more years of Bush or worse.
After John McCain's rendition of "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran," I imagine the Europeans recognized a third Bush term when they heard it. Obama, trite as it sounds, offers hope. Hope for world peace. Hope for world prosperity. Hope for a better life for billions of people. The American president sets the tone for the world and 8 years of war and Bushenomics is about enough for all of us.
European countries have a whole different perspective on our nation and its dilemmas. Europeans are more likely to tell it like it is, I think – express their intuition and be frank in their opinions. The know that still-young America needs a new vision and new approaches to achieving her goals – and they know that Barack is the one to do that! Just think of the interest, the excitement and the support America may once again have if he is elected!
It's because Senator McCain is seen as closely aligned with President Bush and the Bush Administration has very little support in Europe. President Bush has given Europe the impression that he does not respect them; he has called them "old Europe", said the Geneva conventions were outdated, and that the World Court had no juristiction in the U.S.
its kinda simple Jack, nobody wants to find out what will happen if 6 billion people fall asleep due to a speech.
From Dallas, Currently in Ohio
Because the Republican smear campaign looks silly to people that don't hold the same steriotypes, prejudices, and biases.
Perhaps the world is tired of the United States bullying everyone around.
They possibly see the end of war in Iraq for starters. They were against the war from day one. Diplomacy , common sense,intelligence , an adult ! Co.
They don't want another cowboy that does not think before he speaks.
Sen Obama is willing to talk to others and not impose their will on others like the Bush Administration has done. Europe is ready for a Democratic Compromise on issues that takes in the needs and wants of all parties and find a compromise to achieve this goal. That is what a Democracy does. Bush has used a Dictatorship approach to Foreign Policy and we have seen where so many countries have come to hate us.
While America claims to be the greatest nation, the LAND OF OPPORTUNITY it has yet to be proven to all of the world untill now. We do so much talk about equality and this idea of a melting pot, why has there been no black president? hispanic president? asian president? looks as if the"white man" is running this land of equality, land of OPPORTUNITY. The world is tired of the same ole same ole, and John mcSAME is offering more of the same!! this is exciting that we are even this close to having not only a black president , but an intelligent, fresh with ideas, qualified president. This whole qualified and experience talk means nothing at some point experience is a hinderance when you can't change with the times, and learn new ways.
Perhaps they recognize a true leader when they see one! I am so hoping we will finally have a president again who won't embarrass me everytime I hear him open his mouth!
Jack, I have gone to Europe for the last 3 years and they want things to change as much as we do. They have had 6$ gas for years. As you know, in the "Global Society", when America suffers everyone suffers. Bush and the republicans have led us on a path of fear and Obama is trying to lead us back to a path of leadership in the world.
Because European's don't like angy old men!
Am I right Jack?
I believe the Europeans are more in favor of B. Obama for the same reason I am in favor. He's not a defensive, warmonger that calls everybody enemies if they are different than we are. He's willing to talk, he's friendly to everybody he meets. He isn't Bush. I think he will have to make some tough decisions in the future, on energy, economy, etc. and he's smart enough, and will surround himself with good advisors with good ideas. And he's willing to be part of the world, instead of acting like he's above us all.
Maybe because many EU countries favor socialist policies and Obama's policies are more socialistic than McCain's.
Europeans are generally more liberal than Americans and Obama isn't George W Bush. And the bloom is off the rose for the French and German leaders these days so the liberals may be making a comeback in America and Europe at the same time.
Obama reflects the international and ethnic diversity that the rest of the world is made up of. McCain is the poster child for everything Europeans dislike about Americans, and rightly so. Of cousre, if Obama is elected, and fails to reform Washinton in any real or meaningful way, then they will fall out of love with him faster than a sinking dollar. Now that's pretty fast.
It is the same reason the American media is in love with him (all three major anchors covering a senator's trip from overseas???? This is news?) He is new and he is a liberal, African-American candidate coming out of a highly conservative political system. And the Europeans want to see American make these kinds of changes. They were in love with Kerry, too. And, like many here, could not believe Bush got a second term.
The bad news for Obama might just be all this positive feedback overseas. The American electorate is notoriously anti-European.
The Europeans are just as sick of War as we are. They are also historically more willing to use Dilplomacy and not do things unilaterally which is what Obama has been preaching. If our gas and food prices are destroying us then imagine what it is also doing to them. John McCain only talks about War and how we are going to win.
The War on terrorism is in Afghanistan not IRAQ. Our allies are with us in Afghanistan. I think Europeans know the truth and that Obama, not McCain, will get us out of the big lie, IRAQ, and restore our place as leaders of the "free world".
I'm sure Barack Obama is tickled pink with these poll results. Just imagine how happy he'll be on election night when he tallies up all those European electoral votes. With the European vote strongly behind him, he's a shoe-in to win in November!!!
Because he's not old like McCain and you. But us old cronies must stick together wherever possible to help us remember where we left our car.
It means 6 people were asked if they liked Obama or McCain
and 5 said they liked Obama and 1 liked McCain.
Hows that for a tracking poll?
Jack, That is simple they have seen McCain.
Connie from Indiana
My guess would be that 5 out of 6 people in the poll said they liked Obama more than McCain. Or am I missing something in this question?
After having dealt 8 eight years with this administration, they would FINALLY like to see their leaders sit down with an president that can actually read and write....
Because he represents a refreshing and positive view for all Americans, even thou some of the Americans are still very prejudice as hell, he is smarter than the current one and through God's help he will do much better here and the world over. He is the only one to save THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA from all the negatives and evil ill that the Repulicans has caused out of power. They respect him because he speaks not for the purpose of politics, but from his heart and for all people. This man is colorless and only want good for the country and the world. We are still amazed that some Americans would rather choose a white person, even if he/she is not educated. Brillance is always helpful in any business. But some people rather you "baffle them with BS than dazzle them with brillance." The current administration fail to do what's right for American and the world.
Jack, you would be good for the VP spot, my family and I admire you and love to watch your program. God bless you and your lovely family including your six daughters.
Peace from Jamaica.
The simple answer to your question is that there are very few republicans in Europe. We have universal healthcare, abortion is not a political issue anymore. European conservatives are more in tune with US Democrats, so Barack Obama appeals across the political spectrum in Europe.
Why Europeans like Obama and hate Americans? Let me see......................its because Obama is only half American,and he is half African. Maybe they see him as being committed to more than just America. At any rate,it is a plus for McCain!.
Jack, Europeans respect someone who is intelligent, not a slave to religious dogma, who is well spoken, can communicate and is very rational. President Bush lacks every one of those characteristics and presumptive nominee Obama has them in many times over.
Deep down inside Europeans like Americans. After watching us endure 8 years of failed policies, massive mismanagement, and the most corrupt administration in the history of the US, they would like to see a change.
Because Europeans live closer to Iraq and Iran and al-queda then we do and the Europeans know the threat that's about. Some of these countries sent a symbolic number of troops to Iraq to come to the aide of the U.S. while others sent none. They respect Obama and know that his approach to the Iraq war and al queda is the best they've seen since the war began and support this through their enthusiasm for him.
They saw through GWB as an impetuous and self serving leader and now see McCain as more of the same. What they see in Obama is a man who sees the bigger picture of the United States as part of the world community and who will act intelligently and rationally.
I’m sure Barack Obama is tickled pink with these latest European poll results. Just imagine how happy he’ll be on election night when he tallies up all those European electoral votes. With the European vote strongly behind him, he’s a shoe-in to win in November!!!
Jack, They prefer him because he’s young, interesting and full of hope. He’s a beacon of light for the U.S. compared to the low opinion around the world of the Bush Administration. They feel the same as most of us Americans do that Barack Obama brings and new image to the United States that the rest of the world hasn’t seen from us in a long time!
Europeans are much smarter than we are. Is that simple enough to understand? They don’t start needless wars, they keep their economies relatively stable and much stronger than ours, particularly now, and they don’t elect morons to run their countries. Obama promises to think like that while McSame insists on following failed policies for at least then next 4 years
It's no mystery why Europeans prefer Obama. McCain has no strikingly new foreign policy ideas – in fact, he's promised nothing but a continuance of the Busch administration. The Bush administration was bad for our relations with Europe, and they know McCain comes from the same school of thought. As always, Obama promises change, and right now, that's enough.
Obama represents most of the world's basic values in a non-threatening way.
For the same reason most thinking people in the US prefers Obama. He offers hope and change; and it seems clear that our European friends have been "stuck" with the Bush/Cheney oil-focused policies for too long. I think he is someone who is intelligent and articulate, who can speak well for America, as did other great people - Jack Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and others.
Jack, why is no one talking about the improvement in Iraq being the result of Barack Obama's stand toward getting out? As his popularity grows, the Iraqi government knows he's the likely to becone president. They know that we'll be leaving under Obama and they know they better get ready!!!!
europeans have been keeping up to date with our elections. I.ve read their newspapers and blogs are far as new zeland where the people are very opinionated about having a 3rd term of bush. the world is looking for new leadeship in the US that is progressive and obama represents that to the world. also plenty of americans are in living in europe ,and visa versa and have family here and travel here to shop and visit . Obama is genuine that is something mccain lacks the transparency the world can see that. they are afraid mccain will start another unnecessary war as we do here.
Americans view Barack Obama as an African-American man first, then as a politician second. Even African Americans do the same thing: I have heard phrases like "for a black guy, he is a pretty good politician." In Europe race is "less" of an issue. They like Barack Obama for his political positions, charming disposition, and his leadership qualities. I believe Europe has been waiting for America to "turn the corner" on the issue of race for some time. They are excited to see the possibility for change, and look positively towards the prospects of America's future.
Europeans are much smarter than we are. Is that simple enough to understand? They don’t start needless wars, they keep their economies relatively stable and much stronger than ours, particularly now, and they don’t elect morons to run their countries. Obama promises to think like that while McSame insists on following failed policies for at least then next 4 years.
European like Obama over McCain because Obama share's their understanding of the importance of diplomacy and interaction between countries, both enemy and ally. McCain constantly criticizes Obama for wanting to talk with countries. Europe with their many countries rely on diplomacy and communication with each other to survive. The US may not be packed together with many countries, but we sure have more interests in foreign countries than any other nation in the world, so we share that need. Besides, Europeans don’t want a third term of Bush policies, with the exception of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a close friend of Bush. McCain's policies would hurt their interests as Bush's have. That is why Europeans like prefer Obama over McCain.
Because it demonstrates how fundamentally Obama will improve the way people around the globe - and especially young people - view the United States.
Obama's calm, friendly, but decisive style is perfectly suited to the world of international politics. If he is elected, his own story and background will instantly engage the imagination of young people - especially the 80% of young people who live in India, China and the developing world. The very fact that our country would elect a person of color - someone like them - to lead us will say more to them about the soul of our people than thousands of pronouncements of policy or millions of dollars spent on "public diplomacy."
The Europeaian's know that the Republican Party has taken the U.S. in the wrong direction and they see the need for change. Take any field and grow the same crop year after year and it soon wears out.
The European's are effected more by the Dollar than most realize and they again see the need for change and Barack Obama is that change the are looking for in the leadership of the free World.
This is Jack Kennedy all over again. Europeans are fed up with George Bush and they are afraid that John McCain will be Bush all over again. The World needs a change not just the United States.
Because McCain has shown them how much like Bush he is. Look where we are today. It matters to them because if our economy tanks anymore, theirs will go with it.
Who really cares what Europeans think of Obama! It's the American people who will ultimately decide if Obama sit's in the Oval Office chair in 2009!
tampa, fl. the italians surrendered to him already. the germans are afraid mcamnesty will bomb them, the french are smelly and like someone that panders to anyone, and the brits, they still think they own us. obama is truly the answer to all of their needs.
They may see a person with a brain. they see a person who will talk before using a gun. they see a person who will have the true facts before re- acting and will consult with his friends before moving his military on another country they see someone they can work with on world problems.
Europeans have real news programs and get the facts, the US is bombarded with right wing media smear, they throw everything at Obama and hope something sticks. The Europeans are informed about the world,and travel a lot, by the way someone should buy McCain a map, so he can see what countries border on Pakistan.
It's easy Jack, just look at how many bombings have occurred in Europe since Bush has taken office. After all, he will not only be our President, he will be the leader of the free world. They want us to elect someone with a brain this time.
maybe they are ready for change now because their country is viewing him as someone being different for the first time as a presidential country...bush gave the united states of america a bad name and now it's time that this country to let someone run it and fix the mess that he created.. obama is very smart and intelligent and mccain wish that he had his youth as well sense.. european countries want a fresh new person on the scene and isn't john mccain..
Euopeans fawn over Obama, for no other reason than he is not G.W. Bush. That's about all the Europeans have been able to agree upon, the past 7 years.
They are excited as Obama says he will listen to them. Which brings us right back to square one. Which European voice shall we choose to listen to?
Europeans read the papers and watch tv, so they know that MCcain is Bushes little boy, and they like most people have had enough of Bush
Besides they regard Obama as a new dynamic Kennedy, with which I fully agree and it will be nice to see some respect for the US once more.
William N.B. Canada.
I think the Europeans would prefer Obama because he is weak on foreign affairs, and really has no plan or ideas and McCain is strong and has a plan.
Because Europeans are more intelligent than Americans on average. Most Americans are too busy watching American Idol and MTV. Meanwhile, Americans know very little about the United States let alone the rest of the world.
Easy Jack; they hate Bush. Finally they see America possibly electing a president who has some intelligence and one who will work with other world leaders to solve problems and not ram an agenda down their throats.
Because the world is tired of Marshall Dillion and his cowboy way of pushing his way to what he wants.
The europeans heard there will be more wars from MCain and that freaked them out..
For Europeans, Barack Obama represents hope – hope that the Bush era of cowboy diplomacy in America is coming to a long overdue end. McCain, on the other hand, is viewed as a frightening more-of-the-same politician
Since Obama's stock is so high in Europe, I propose a trade. Obama, 6 senators, 12 representatives, and a second pick from the next presidential election for Karla Sarkozy. Do it quickly before they find out Obama can't walk on water.
Could "bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran" or "I know how to win wars" (what wars?) have anything to do with it? They're paying attention over there. We all have a lot to lose.
Sarah from Indiana sounds bitter, I guess she thinks the USA won WWII all on its own. If you don't like Obama don't vote for him, But don't hate the player, hate the game!
The world is sick of the same ole' same old crap like yours. Sarah you and those like you are just plain haters!
Its like you said. instead of a presedent who says shut up and listen, they want one that asks, what do you think we should do? Ideas over threats. thats the way to go
Why? This is simple Jack.
Europeans mostly think in terms of rationality. Since nothing Bush has done has any merit when considering reason, to say nothing of the open criminality of his administration, it makes perfect sense that a continent that values intelligence, reason, the death of religion, common sense, and not killing people for profit (as they have already learned their lesson on that-see “Imperialism”) would embrace somebody like Obama. Maybe once this country stops valuing "National Machismo", religion, blind militarism, television as truth, and starts to question why the most powerful nation in the world can't seem to find a 52 year old guy on dialysis in a cave maybe it will make sense to people voting for McCain
Easy, Obama is a young fresh face while McCain looks like the old guy yelling, "Get off my lawn you young punks."
Jack, I’m sure you know the answer to this question, but for the rest of America that want to pretend to be naive. I can summarize it with one phase; they are not like West Virginians (Prejudice).
They also love Obama in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and here in the United States of America. He's a man of the people Jack, a man of the people.
Personally, I do not know why the Europeans favor Obama because, thanks to W's lousy economic policies, I cannot afford to travel there. The reason that people I've met in Asia and Africa prefer him is that Obama recognizes that there are people in the rest of the world, with faces and, just like us, with dreams for a good life.
It means that America is perceived as being pompouse and arrogant, my way or the highway, we are bigger, smarter, faster, than everyone else, that perhaps a man with truly humble and disadvantaged beginnings may be willing to listen and discover other people (other countries, othr cultures) have something to contribute to the world and if we listen perhaps some of the terrorism may come to an end.
Does this surprise anybody? The majority of Western Europe is liberal. It doesn't matter who the candidate is as long as there's a D next to his/her name. I get the feeling Obama's numbers are not as high in the former Eastern Bloc countries. It's really just that simple and has nothing to do with "hope", "change" or any other buzzwords being thrown around.
The rest of the world is hoping that, for once, we'll give Smart a chance.
It's probably because he's the better candidate.
In 1963, I was in a crowd of thousands in Weisbaden, Germany as President Kennedy's motorcade drove past. I'll never forget JFK's warm smile and the deafening roar of approval from the German people. I believe all of us, Europeans and American alike, long for the day when the United States has a president with his kind of stature. Many see that same potential for greatness in Barack Obama.
Not only do the Europeans feel that Obama is an antithesis of George W. Bush, but politically speaking many of the European nations, particularly Scandinavian ones, tend to be much more liberal in persuasion. Let us all keep in mind that Obama is considered to be one of the most liberal senators in the United States Senate.
Because they know that Obama will treat their people and country with respect. After Bush and his packs of lairs, they want someone they can believe in...and that is not McBush
The reason the people on the other side of the pond llike Obama is simple. They are mostly socialist countries. We are not !! Let the Euros have him and America will be better off.
I think the Europeans probably have a clearer view of America than Americans do – they see how much damage this Republican Administration has done to the entire World and know that McCain will be 4 more years in the same basic direction – putting another wolf to guard the hen house.
Not only do the Europeans feel that Obama is an antithesis of George W. Bush, but politically speaking many of the European nations, particularly Scandinavian ones, tend to be much more liberal in persuasion. Let us all keep in mind that Obama is considered to be one of the most liberal senators in the United States Senate
He smells better than McCain!
Well apparently Europeans are smarter than us.
There are other polls out there that prove it too.
I can predict that if OBAMA is not elected, the world will be in disarray
The answer is CHANGE-simple as that. Enough with the old, time to clear way for the new generation. At least someone who knows how to use a cellphone and the internet. John McCain doesn't; I was surprised. We can not have a US president whose only qualification is being a POW.
Jack, I think that the reason that Obama is considered a more reasonable choice than McCain. This can be seen in Obama's comments during his trip that he came to listen, not to talk. Europeans value intelligence, thoughfulness, and the ability to listen...all of which traits Obama has.
McCain is just another extension of the "Ugly American" that GWB has caused a resurgence of over the last 7+ years. We've had enormous loss of prestige world-wide because of him...
I think most countries are just fed up the Bush Administration and the Republicans in general. McCain is following his policies, so countries are looking for some fresh new ideas. BTW, I don't think experience is a big plus. Bush didn't have any experience. I really am very undecided about either guy at this point. Ralph Addison, Tucson, AZ
It's simple....he is intelligent.....he has class.....and he is not a war monger.
The world wants to see something different. Since this country was founded, we've had an old white guy at the helm. America is a progressive "mixing bowl" that's using a 200 year old spoon.
They probably saw McCain discuss the non-existant "Iraq/Pakistan" border or the nation of Czechoslovakia or maybe they heard him singing "Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran" and figured that he is nothing more than another Warmongering Cowboy Bush who will keep there troops stuck in a war for 100 years...they want their troops home too!!!!!
ANYONE would be a breath of fresh air compared to McCain...
As a European who now lives over here, I can say that I never stopped loving America, but I've never been comfortable with the Republican Party and especially this administration.
Europe is generally further to the left politically than the US. If the Democrats were to run in Europe, they'd be considereed centre-right by most people. The Republicans, especially recently, are considered borderline fascist.
For those reasons, you could put a Democratic lapel pin on a cadaver and it would be more popular in Europe than John McCain. When the candidate is as charismatic as Barack Obama, then you have all the makings of a love-fest.
Dear Jack, everyone prefers equality in friendship and Obama seem to be willing to provide that kind of friendship with Europeans, and other allies of the US.
Jack, they're just like most Americans . . . they are sick and tired of George Herbert Walker Bush. Europeans have always loved America, but the last almost eight years have put a bad taste in their mouths with this administration. They are probably wondering why we haven't kicked the bums out before now.
Can you spell education?
Cause even Europeans know McCain doesn't have a chance in Hell!
Obama isn't viewed as a threat to the world but as an atonement of peace and understanding. John McCain has handed Obama to Europeans on a silver plater by repeatedly following Bush's policies.
Jack – you know how Americans feel about British or European royals? You can see it every time you walk by a magazine stand. Evidently since we don't have a royal family, they've been waiting a while for us to export a president, presidential candidate, or a hip presidential family for a while. The Brits had Di, and we gave them Laura Bush – Laura's a nice lady, but not someone that the Europeans are going to think of as paradigm-changing.
Evidently they've been waiting for Americans to show the world we don't all wear fanny packs and brightly colored shorts over pasty-white legs for a LONG time – since, well, Jackie Kennedy's day, when we last managed to impress.
They don't live in America where the people are easily influenced by Republican propaganda. Obama sees the light at the end of the tunnel that means success and prosperity for all men and women alike.
Like the rest of us Jack, they're had their fill of an administration that doesn't stand for anything that Americans, or the world value. Yes, it's hard to be secure and uphold the Constitution, but that's what we do. That's who we are–not some torturous country that does not care about human dignity, or decency.
They, like us want America to go back to its greatness. It will after November 4th when we elected Barack Obama as our next president.
I don't think Europeans are any smarter than Americans. I just believe that humans rather love than hate. Agree to disagree than just disagree.
Europeans are wise as we are and it's about time we as Americans and the whole world learn about working together instead of against each other.
We all know how serious Euopeans are about their music. They prefer Obama because John McCain was off-key when he sang "Bomb, bomb, bomb... bomb-bomb Iran". Obama knows that silence is golden – in more ways than one.
As a Brit living in the USA for the last 10 years it is very clear to me.
After the 2004 election British newspapers ran a poll on "Should a minimum IQ level be necessary as qualification for USA President". Over 80% felt Bush did not have the minimum IQ necessary.
Europeans want a leader with vison, a uniter not divider, somebody who can bring the world together on all major issues especially global warming. Somebody with common sense, integrity and honesty. They see Barack Obama as that person.
They see McCain as a continuation of America's self appointed "world policeman" role – which is universally despised in the rest of the world.
I traveled in Europe 2 years ago and most people said they loved America and its people, but they did not like George Bush at all. I think the rest of the world is very tired of what America has represented over the last 8 years and are just as hungry for change as we are.
Europeans favor Obama because they have something in common...they both dislike gun-toting, Bible-thumping American bigots.
Europeans see an intelligent, well spoken breath of fresh air for our country. I am an independent and do not necessarily agree with all of Obama's policies, but he is certainly on the same page.
It seems Europe is like Obama supporters,they like him and have no earthly idea who he is,what he stands for, and most haven't even met the guy. And after all of the unseemly characters he was friends with for 20 years,they still believe his crazy Rhetoric,when everything in his real life seems to go against his current preaching. Why ,because the media tells them to! Obama is nothing more than an Idea that has been grossly promoted by the media. I'm with Winston,above,Obama can take those European electorial votes to the bank. Or should I say "Banco"?
Because Mr. Obama is seen as a sincere person who is eager to change the perception of US by leaders of other countries as a true leader but not a bully. McCain does not reflect that with his intentions to contune the policies of Bush administration.
Because as a whole they are better educated than we are.
The IQ challenged half of the population in Europe is apparently smarter than the respective half in the U.S. If it was up to them John McCain would've been the republican nominee in 2000 and bush would have never had a chance in 04, and we all be in a much better spot as a result.
Probably they care for Obama as he seems to treat all people as equals intead of the USA first everyone after.
Everyone is tired of being bullied
The Europeans countries are tried of the old way that things are done and are looking for new ways which they believe Obama can present them with. Obama is just a very charismatic person and who can resist that.
Maybe because Obama wants to get us out of Iraq. Maybe Europeans and the majority of Americans share the same sentiment. We must get out of Iraq. Or maybe because they want Obama to spend his hard earned campaign millions on souvenirs. What’s the exchange rate now?
The Europeans prefer Obama to McCain, yet everyday on Cable news the question is asked "why is so little no known about Barack Obama". It seems to me that the European are either more attentive to the news or American simply can not read.
It's simple....Obama is intelligent.....he has class...and he is not a warmonger
He is nice. Unkike President Bush..
Ron San Diego
Because "elephant" is destroying our livelihood!
Jack..... it is simple.........EVERYBODY WANTS CHANGE!
The more I hear the Europeans countries love Obama the more I want to vote for McCain. The funny thing is that this question you are asking does not matter because the Europeans don't vote in our election. Has it occurred to anyone that watching Obama have a love fest with the Euros might actually hurt his cause? Some people here in the middle of the country are not as in love with the jolly old people across the pond as Mr. Obama!!
Europeans want a US president for Europe. We as Americans need to remember that we need a US President for the United States
I scent the magic of the Kennedy era in the air when the rest of the world liked and almost loved us. These are exciting times. A man with intellect, charm and charisma possibly inhabiting the White House again. After 8 years of Bush disaster, what a relief it will be if Obama is elected.
because the Europeans see great danger if McCain is elected and continues the Bush administration's unilateral foreign policys like forcing ABM bases on Poland and the Czech Republic. the Republican NeoCons and their "Defense Industry" masters are trying to start another "Cold War" with Russia which could get VERY cold for the European counties next winter IF Russia cuts off their natural gas supply in response.
Obama is looking to create more ALLIES against international terrorism for America while McCain, with his obvious "Cold War" mindset, is looking to create more ENEMIES.
All any reasonably person has to do is listen to both men, look at the people in their compaign . One is an intelligent man who gives us hope for the future, the other is a Bush clone.
Like the American voter, the world can tell Obama is Bush free. Unlike John McCain who they feel will continue on with the failed policies, or cowboy ways, of the Bush Presidency...
C.I., New York
Bob S Philadelphia sounds a little bitter too. Obama has a plan. To get us out of iraq in 16 months, to put more soldiers in afghanistan and too talk to other countries regardless of status. Seems like bush is trying to steal his plans actually from his actions recently of talking to iran saying there is a horizon withdrawal and afganistan....Bob Whether you agree with the plan or not or trust McCains is your choice. But dont say he doesnt have a plan. Sounds like he has a plan right there to me.
Because Obama is a hope for the World that maybe just maybe we will think before we act. Thinking has been a thing of the past for eight years. Also Obama is believable and does not say with every other word my friends. I have began to see my friends is a pharse to avoid AHH. The World knows Obama would bring at least some change and McCain will just bring more of the same
So do we Jack or should I say so will we......
Bill, have you met John McCain? Are you best buddies or something? Just because he's a senator from AZ for over 20 years doesn't mean everyone knows him, either. Your ignorance is astounding.
All we can do is read up on the candidates and learn as much about them as we can. For all you know McCain is a closet liberal...
"Obama was careful too point out that this trip was going to mostly be spent listening rather than offering a lot of his own views."
This is what Europe would like to see: thoughtful leadership instead of some half-bright hubris-filled fake cowboy invading countries and torturing people becuase he thinks it's his God-given right as supreme ruler of the universe....
Change everyone can believe in...
Europeans see an intelligent well spoken leader arising who seems to be more JFK and less Darth Vader. Is it any wonder they like him so? Of course, this won't help Barak here at home where the Dixie Chicks are evil incarnate, waterboarding is a fun summertime beach activity, and popularity anywhere other than here and Israel is the political kiss of death.
Heaven help us.
The European Community understand that Senator Obama is intelligent and a communicator. Willing to meet with leaders and be truly a diplomat as the next President of the USA.
Unlike the Bush and McShame! Who only want to go to War with no respect for others, especially the American Public.
Out with the old and in with the new. The world is ready for change...
Europeans are always intrigued by American pop culture icons, and that is what Obama has become in this country thanks to the mainstream media. I, myself, prefer a serious leader to guide the country as opposed to a pop star. Another reason, Europeans are liberal so, of course, they are going to favor a liberal leader in the U.S.
Jack, there are many reasons. First, McCain is so closely tied to the Bush administration and the world is tired of the isolationism of his administration. Second, Obama is seen as a new fresh face much more worldly in a diplomatic way and much more open to negotiation and compromise.
Lastly, since the overwhelming world's population are people of color, the world is gratified to see the US finally break from "the old white men" who have been in power forever. Obama is young and calming while having a very broad world view. (See today's Newsweek article.)
He is seens as being everything that Bush is not
3.) A Consensus / Team Builder
4.) An achiever from common roots.
5.) Visionary / Strategic
7.) Hands on manager
8.) A complete opposite of STUBBORN
9.) Good, Proactive Judgement
10.) Honorable and Genteel ... will restore lustre to the Presidency.
I read it somewhere, MacCain said he will rather lose an election that lose a war.. .. this entails he his a war monger and prefers war to diplomacy. Alot of europeans cherish intelligence and diplomacy, thats what Obama represents..
They are smart enough to never want to see the US elect another President that Limbaugh or Hannity would vote for. Let us hope the American voters show the same good judgement.
Europeans love Mr. Obama because they know he will create a weaker America, impose more taxes so businesses send jobs overseas and stimulate the European economy at our expense. He also is big on bribes; promising to give our money away.
Because they are smart enough realize when they see a one in a life time leader, here in US we are divided by party lines Conservative Republicans are not smart enough to differntiate between good and bad leader they will vote for any body as long as she/he is repulican.
For the same reasons that most Americans prefer Sent Obama: he has a much better and defensible plan about everything (war, economy, environment, education, international relations, etc.).
It's because the world as a whole needs a change and positive directions from America. The rest of the world has lost hope and confidence in America for the last 6+ years. The fear mongering strategy of the current administration, by refusing to talk to the countries who disagree with some of our policies, and our immature behavior towards the United Nations.
The soaring oil prices are directly related to this 'bad' administration in Washington. The Europeans and the rest of the world see hope and promising future in this intelligent young leader. John McCain is a continuation of W. Bush – no prosperity but unnecessary wars. It's time for USA to lead the world as expected.
The world needs peace, again. It's a global village, after all.
Because most of the world thinks that its time the US had a president that is smarter than a 5th grader.
because he is intelligent and articulate!
Sure it has lots to do with Obama's charisma but also with European indifference to McCain. McCain's experience and his veteran status from Vietnam does not mean a thing for Europeans. And why would they?
Europeans generally have a more worldly view than Americans, They live in close proximity to other countries, languages and cultures. They have a much longer history of dealing with the Middle East and Africa as well as their neighbors. In short, they recognize Obama as a potential world leader and naturally embrace him.
I think it shows that the world, not just the United States is tired of the Bush/Cheney administration. Obama gives them a reason to hope.
John McCain is just another (4) years of Bush and I think it scares them as much as it does us. I would rather have someone who is more inexperienced in Foreign Affairs then someone who would like to see us in Iraq for 100 years.
I don't know Jack, but if Obama is not elected President do you think I could defect to any of the European Countries.
They recognize one of their own.
Easy. They see with Obama as Pres, the US will have another Jimmy Carter and we will fall from our #1 position in the world. Also, most of Europe have socialist type govts and Obama is plain and simple, a socialist. And on election night when those votes come in from Germany, Italy, Greece etc for Obama.... oh wait, they can't vote in our elections, can they?!
because there tired of laughing at us for re electing bush..
Because the Bushers have had Europe walking on eggshells for eight years, and McCain is Bush Lite.
The world is a more dangerous place because of George Bush's power trip. He's continually itching to bomb the hell out of some new country that doesn't play by America's game, and McCain goes right along with that crazy line of thinking. Bush and McCain enjoy being bullies on the political playground.
Obama promises a new direction for America, and Europe is keeping its fingers crossed with hope that he's more than just a pretty face speaking hopeful words. Just like some of us here at home.
They're hungry for change. They're tired of tough talking presidents who are more interested in talking tough than talking smart. Obama has shown that he's just what the world needs-a president willing to listen and eager to restore our standing in the world.
Jack, you make it sound as if Obama’s picture is hanging in every European living room. This is exactly what is wrong with the media as far as this election is concerned. The media is obviously selling Obama to the American public and now that he visits Europe you are probably trying to do the same to the European public. I am Dutch and live in Amsterdam, to be honest with you; there isn’t much of Obamania up here to support your notion.
They're hungry for change. They're tired of presidents who are more interested in talking tough than talking smart. Obama has shown that he's just what the world needs-a president willing to listen and eager to restore our standing in the world.
Barack Obama may win the Nobel Peace Prize just for getting elected! He has promised to get us out of a war that has caused a riff with the French (remember the Freedom Fries), Germany opposed the war, Italy has had enough – they're withdrawing all troops, and the British feel about the same as most Americans when it come to the war. They have to prefer Obama over McCain. Obama has promised that there is an end in sight for the war not a hundered more years.
It is simple. They see an inexperienced leader in Obama and one who they can sway to their own interests, not America's.
Jack, sometime you ask the easiest questions to answer,
Europeans want a U.S. leader who will talk with them, not at them. Someone who will listen, not preach. A leader who is ready to deal with world issues with constructive diplomacy instead a pointed gun.
It is easy to see why they can like him.
for the same reason us Canadians like him
Because he is 'sane'.
Almost every country in the world pays more attention to the politics of America than we (Americans) do.
We are too busy working for gas to pay attention to our politics.
Jack, European life is looking more appealing by the second.
It is just the old Europe that likes Obama.
I believe that Europeans have always been more progressive than Americans and since Obama is by far the most progressive candidate it goes without saying that Europe would get behind him and his message.
Good judgement! That's all.
Because America is finally presenting a fresh face that will listen to the world before terrorizing inocent countries without cause. Its too bad we cannot require an IQ test before one is allowed to vote.
They and we prefer Barak Obama because we want an intelligent well spoken, think before you speak President who is not looking for War.
I can assure you most brazilians prefer mr. Obama as well. Brazilians are peaceloving people and look forward to a more balanced World, especially in the Middle East.
Very simple. They would prefer an elected Democratic dog catcher to the Republican Party. And, with good reason.
Africans love him because he is from Africa, Arabs love him because he will end the war, Asians love him because he is in Japan, Europeans love him because he will talk with them and not do things unilaterally. Everyone would be involved in matters concerning everyone and he won't really need the veto pen.
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