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October 21st, 2008
01:50 PM ET

Why do citizens in 70 countries prefer Obama to McCain?

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This billboard in Belgrade, Serbia states, 'Change that we can believe in' posted by a group called 'Europe has no alternative' and depicts an image of John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP PHOTO)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Senator John McCain says when it comes to foreign policy he's light years ahead of Barack Obama. Over and over again, McCain has insisted Obama lacks the necessary experience to conduct business with foreign countries on behalf of the United States.

So how do you explain this?

Citizens of dozens of foreign countries prefer Barack Obama over John McCain as our next president by a margin of almost 4 to 1, according to a massive poll conducted by the Gallup Organization. About 30 percent of those surveyed prefer Obama, while just 8 percent favor McCain.

Watch: Cafferty: Obama favored abroad?

This was no daily tracking poll either. Gallup polled people in 70 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and North and South America, representing nearly half the world's population, between May and September of this year.

Citizens of the Philippines and Georgia were the only ones who preferred McCain to Obama. Not exactly the super-powers we're looking to mend fences with.

Here’s my question to you: Why do citizens in 70 foreign countries prefer Barack Obama to John McCain by a margin of nearly 4-1?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Justin from North Carolina writes:
Barack Obama is the candidate of reason. Only a fool would think of supporting the ticket with the oldest presidential nominee and a woefully inept vice presidential candidate are in the best interest of America or the world especially when the current disaster of a president proves to be more coherent than the both of them.

Kevin writes:
They prefer him because he's a patsy and they know he's going to pander to them. Kennedy was on medication during meetings with Khrushchev and Khrushchev called him a pygmy. No fear whatsoever. Good thing Kennedy did stand up to him during the Cuban missile crisis. Obama needs some testosterone shots. Putin, Chavez, the Castro’s, the Girl Scouts of China...anybody could chew him up, push him around, and spit him out.

F.S. from Rollinsford, N.H. writes:
Jack, just to let you know that from my wife's and my visit to Europe for 3 weeks just recently, we couldn't find anyone in 4 countries that wanted McCain for President. They all think he is warmonger and that Palin is a joke. Do they know something we don't?

Jackie writes:
To be fair, I think McCain’s negativity rests with the "R" after his name. He is a decent man who, because of his age and knowing this is his last chance, sold his soul to the Republican National Committee.

Mike writes:
It's simple. It may sound racist, but it's really not. Foreign countries are tired of old white men bossing them around and looking down on them. They finally see someone who will respect & approach them as equals.

Zach writes:
Let's see, Jack...where to begin...They don't want to get bombed? They want to work with a well-spoken, even-keel U.S. President for a change? They're smarter than almost half of the people in our own country?


Filed under: Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (1,083 Responses)
  1. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Hi Jack,
    Am so HAPPY you are back. You are our shining light on CNN.
    Barack Obama is presidential. He has the respect of other
    dignitaries. They recognize his intelligence. They feel
    secure with his temprement.
    They realize, like the majority of us, that he is the only
    one that can save our country.

    October 21, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  2. Carol c.

    We missed you, Jack!

    Why would they not like Obama better! He does not go around threatening to bomb, bomb, bomb. McCain's first reaction to anything is to fly off the handle and say something stupid. Foreign countries are seeing the difference between the two candidates under pressure and the level-headed one is the one they want!

    Knoxville, TN

    October 21, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  3. David Gerstenfeld

    Jack, They prefer Obama because they KNOW that he's the candidate that can bridge the enormous gap between the USA & the rest of the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  4. KarenB in Polk County, Florida

    Welcome back Jack. You were missed and we all hope all is well with you.

    My question to your question would be: Since so many of those countries are not our "friends" and "do not even like us" (possibly even "hate" us),

    1. why do we put so much emphasis on what they think/prefer?

    2. Has it not occured to anyone that since they "don't like us" then
    perhaps what they prefer is not in our "best interests"?

    October 21, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  5. Bob Maher

    Welcome back, Jack. The world prefers unity to unilateralism. No one likes a bully.

    October 21, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  6. Jim in British Columbia

    His charisma. And his offer of hope. The US isn't the only country that needs a dose of hope. And he recognizes that he is a citizen of the world, just as we all are,

    October 21, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  7. Debbie, Illinois

    Because they are smarter than us. Period!!! I can not believe the stupidity and the bigotry of the American people. Gosh Darn IT!

    October 21, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  8. C in South Florida

    Because they dont see color like the people in the U.S.
    They are more open minded.

    We have not been leaders when it comes down to race in this country.
    They see a smart and qualified candidate.

    Welcome back Jack!

    October 21, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  9. John from Boston

    Welcome back Jack.
    I was beginning to think McCain had you lock in the trunk of one of his 13 cars. I even put your face on a Milk Cartoon! lolll

    Well it quite simple the world realize how badly things can turn up if we make the wrong choice.

    October 21, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  10. Pat, Pa.

    Welcome back Jack. You have been missed.

    Obama shows the rest of the world that we are done with the " cowboy mentality ". He listens, he asks for advice from knowledgeable people in the world, he keeps his cool and " non threatening " tone, and he is a true gentleman. He always looks presidential in contrast to McCain who always looks like he will explode any minute.

    What's not to prefer ?

    October 21, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  11. Willow, Iowa

    McCain has based his past years in Politics in "Democracy's enemies", unable to talk to other countries because they are not like us. Obama is wanting to bridge the differences and see people as the same, wanting to respect other countries, even if we don't agree. Obama had an African Father, an American Mother, and has lived and travelled extensively. He sees people as worthy of respect and help. McCain has a warmonger's ideas that anybody that does not think like us deserves "Bomb bomb Iran."

    October 21, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  12. Peter

    It would seem they're smarter than we are. They see the bigger picture.

    -Peter
    Boulder, CO

    October 21, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  13. mitchell ,arkansaw

    the iraq war!!!! mccain will continue it. barack will end it.

    [welcome back jack!! missed ya!]

    October 21, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  14. ajks

    Glad to see you are back!

    The people of those 70 countries know that every other line that they hear from McCain is about war or the military. They want to see a U. S. President who can relate to the world without everything having to be war and military.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  15. Bill-Tampa

    There you are...We've had Cafferty withdrawal every since you left. You are the sense of reasoning.

    Jack it's simple. The US and the rest of the world are tired of War, and Violence. Everyone sees Obama as a futuristic President who can bring people together. Every country wants to see the US as a symbol of Freedom, but they found it hard to do with Bush, and even harder if MCcain gets in.

    Bill, Tampa Fl.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  16. Greg

    Why are the Republicans so afraid of helping other people in their own society?

    The Republicans are using the word Socialism as if it is not already present in the American system.

    Does the United States not have these systems in place with their Police forces? Is it not in place with your Fire protection services? Is it not in place with your library system? Is it not in place with your very own enormous military?

    These are all perfect examples of services provided by the government and funded by your taxes. These are what the Republicans keep defining as “socialistic systems”.
    Why is it that Americans are so afraid of servicing the health and the education of the people in their society in a way that betters all of them, making their country stronger? Isn’t that truly the purest form of putting “Country first”.

    How ironic, the republican mantra of “Country first”, only suites those that have the money to belong.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  17. Josh

    They are intelligent........duh!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  18. roger dowdle lockhart, tx

    They would like to see america retake the moral leadership position in the world and they do not want us to be a war mongering natiion like the last 8 years. The world needs leaders who are intelligent, and calm- who won't go running around trying this and that response to a crises. The way the campaigns have been run attests to the leadership style of each candidate- Obama steady, focused, calm and reassuring; McCain erratic, frantic, unable to stay focused, displays of poor judgement and failed grandstanding! Who comes across as the more presidential and inspires confidence? Who will reestablish america as the preeminate role player in the world? O B A M A!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  19. Pat_Pinehurst NC

    Having you back helps us feel safe and sane and having President Obama will prove that the American dream is still attainable. The rest of the world will then still have hope and something great to which they can aspire to emulate.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  20. Rose in Az

    Because they know he is the weaker candidate and many of those countries don't like us very much. Joe Biden knows it, everyone heard what he said in Washington. Even Joe Biden said in the primariers he is not fit to be CIC and repeated he stood by his comment. Interesting how being the VP candidate can change ones's mind.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  21. Louise

    Jack–Welcome Back!! you have been missed.

    Why? Some people here get so caught up in the political process that they can't see the forest for the trees. Some are just stupid. Some wouldn't vote for someone not like themselves for love or money. But those people in 70 countries have the benefit of space distance to give them added perception. Or. . . maybe they're just smarter than about 45% of the population of the United States.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  22. Mike Foerster

    Because Obama is speaking of inclusion and not division. He wants to help all Americans which will, as always, lift the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  23. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    Hmmm... let's see... Obama is intelligent, inspiring, thoughtful, inclusive, calm, steady, charismatic, diplomatic, natural leadership qualities and has a sophisticated world view. Basically, everything Bush is not. And damn if it doesn't just look very presidential!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  24. Carol in Durham Maine

    First Jack.. so very, very glad you ar back! Missed your dry wity and wry observations!

    If he wins: They sense Obama is a more open minded person who is not afraid of dialogue and negotiations with adversarial countries. Even during the coldest war with Russia, the President spoke with leaders.
    And perhaps the recognition that in America people can overcome adversity and we are moving beyond the predjudice years which is more respectful of our Diversity.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  25. Lynn

    Being a foreigner, I have a pretty good idea why. Obama is not only America's hope, he is ours too! I watched your last two elections, was suprised when Bush won the first time-(although- i still can't figure out how he won) shocked when he won the second time. If Mccain wins- I will lose all hope that there are smart Americans out there. Here in Canada- a lot of people look at the war in Iraq as an Illegal war, that should be reason enough to vote for Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  26. Dan M, Laurel, MD

    Barack Obama has consistently been an advocate of open dialogue even with nations who have traditionally been the subject of US hostility or been hostile to the US themselves. It's not surprising that they would prefer a reasonable voice to another four years of Bush doctrine. Obama is precisely what the US needs to change our bully image and to start being a part of the world community and most countries realize that.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  27. Shari

    Dear Jack,
    Most counties are old and have an extensive history of wars. They know problems can not be solved with wars and being a bully. They know Obama will not act like George Bush and Mccain and the world will be safe again. We, as Americans are the baby of the world and need to learn more.
    Regards,
    Shari

    October 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  28. JD in NH

    The world is looking forward to an intelligent, thoughtful foreign policy that promotes peace and prosperity, not war and economic nightmares such as the one we're saddled with now. Thank heavens you're back, Jack. We can't get through this election without you!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  29. Jon Long, London, UK

    Obama is aware of the rest of the world. In the very first debate, he showed an awareness of the position of the US in the world, he rightly said that the US has dimished is ability to exercise power / influence around the world with its unilateral actions, and there is some mending to do. That's spot on: the world always had a lot of respect for the US, but lying about weapons of mass destructions and other unilateral actions with no respect for the UN made the US less credible as a world leader. McCain was going on about how dangerous it is to sit down with the president of Iran, going on and on about the stinking corpse quote. Although he joked about bomb-bomb-bomb, bombing Iran... that joke may go down well with US veterans, but scares the heck out of the rest of us.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  30. Steven L.

    Because John McCain will lead us into World War III, and possibly Nuclear War. They believe he poses a threat to International Security. And the world looks at John McCain as the last "Burning Bush". His bomb, kill, destroy, and ask questions later approach, is VERY VERY TERRIFYING!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  31. Susan Geear Medford Or

    People all over the world are tired of a bully cowboy. McCain is exactly the same kind of bully. The world is tired of angry men. Obama is a rational adult, and a breath of fresh air.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  32. Morlene

    I missed you terribly. Thank goodness you're back!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  33. Catherine, Sheboygan Falls, Wi.

    Jack, the fact that people in foreign countries have a preference for Obama is purely symantical. Those people have no voting rights in our country.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  34. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Perhaps they have bought into the US media's Obama obsessive brainwashing – it's been going on now for about a year and a half, and has certainly done the job on millions of Americans. And what a job that is: taking a neophyte politician with hardly any credentials and turning Him into a demi-god who possesses all superlative qualities, and whose followers automatically attack anyone who would stand in His way.

    Polls have been conducted in seventy countries pertaining to our election?? One might think they would have more important things to do.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  35. Nabeel from Toronto, Canada

    Most of the world follows the US election closely and we get to know the candidates quite well. At some point, it becomes personal and we think of who we would vote for in our country if we had personalities similar to Obama and McCain running. The clear answer that emerges is Obama, because we all want a leader who inspires.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  36. Pat, Canada

    We all missed you. Good to see you back Jack!

    As a Canadian I'd be very happy to see Barrack in office. McCain would only continue the wars, ban abortion (guess where Americans come to get their abortions done when Roe v. Wade is overturned), and set gay rights back two centuries.
    His running mate might be a neighbour of Canada, but I'm sure she knows less about us than Russia. Look! Over dem-dar-hills you can see Canada!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  37. Brian Becker

    Obama is a uniter, while McCain is a divider. Obama is a diplomat, McCain is a war monger. Obama is inspirational, McCain makes people want to throw up.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  38. Mariel, SC

    One of the very few groups in the world that does not 'get it' that we are more globally intertwined on economic and security issues more than ever are American conservatives that have held onto exclusiveness as a defense mechanism. Only thing, that type of defense and self-promotion only makes their group more vulnerable.

    Welcome back, Jack! We really missed you!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  39. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    I'm so glad you are back!!!!

    Reasons people in other countries prefer Obama:
    He is well educated and can actually communicate with people.
    He is bi-racial.
    He is young.
    He has shown a consistency in temperament.
    He is open to discussion with those who are not exactly like us.
    He shows ability to inspire and invite all people to join in his vision for America.

    John McCain has none of the above qualities.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  40. Rosalynd Florida

    Americans and Citizens of other countries can easily see Obama has a level headed message and a vision for the future that will improve the standing of the USA at home and abroad.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  41. Ed McDuffie

    They do not see Barack Obama as the Marshal from the West. They feel or know that he will look at any situation ,and think bout how this will effect everyone not only from the American view, but from on how it would effect the rest of the world. Barack will not shoot and ask question later

    October 21, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  42. Azalia Lopez

    Jack,
    Here is a simple answer to your query, most citizens in 70 countries prefer Obama to McCain, for two very simple reasons:
    1) Sarah Palin is not his V.P. choice and 2) because they recognize, what most Americans fail to realize, Obama is SMART. Obama is not a stupid man by any stretch of the imagination, he did not rank795 out of a class of 800 a la McCain, nor did it take him 6 years and/or 5 Universities, to complete a degree in Journalism a la Palin. I hope this helps in answering your query.
    Azalia Lopez, Esq.
    NYC

    October 21, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  43. Ron K.

    Hi Jack:

    Barak is a much more compassionate individual.

    Ron San Diego

    October 21, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  44. Meg Ulmes

    Jack–
    I think that many people in other countries of the world are less racially sensitive than Americans. In other words, his race doesn't matter. Also, I think that McCain and the Republicans represent the country that attacked Iraq and gave us a bad name with the world. The rest of the world is as tired of the Bush presidency and the Republican world view as many Americans are. It's time for something new.

    Troy, Ohio

    October 21, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  45. Michael watching from Canada

    Jack,

    Bush's foreign and economic policies over the past eight years have been extremely divisive and have resulted in a worldwide economic crisis.

    The world needs to unite and work together to solve economic, environmental and human rights issues.

    McCain has repeatedly shown that he is no different than Bush in that his ugly attack, attack, attack, win-at-all-cost approach reflects an attitude that will continue to generate diviseness with other nations, and.......

    a continuation of the long-held Republican free market deregulation policy, which is one of the major reasons why the WORLD is in an economic crisis, will NOT bring the real change the WORLD needs.

    Good to have you back, Jack.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  46. Tom, Bradenton,FL

    First of all people outside the US are more educated and informed then Americans. Religion, Abortion, War hero or fear tactics do not play such a big role in other peoples decision whom to vote for. They evaluate more like how have the last four years enhanced our lives and vote for another party if necessary. Germany's Schroeder was voted out early, Berlusconni left early and Blair stepped down early, whereas American support a corrupt, incompetent and war mongering president no matter what. Now having lived many years overseas, other countries would like to see stability again, dialog, diplomacy, mutual agreements and feel safe and secure. They do not want an erratic, old American President. People are looking for new leadership. They are also aware that Palin would be a disaster. Palin would lead us into a nuclear war. She already said we may have to attack Russian and conduct military operations in a Pakistan that has nuclear weapons.

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 21, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  47. Mansfield

    Welcome Back Jack, was beginning to think CNN was sensoring your commentary!

    The citizens of other countries are hoping for the best for the USA, to return to our leadership, fairness and balance in handling the worlds problems. By voting for Obama, we walking the walk, and not just blowing smoke their way. They have taken the time to analyze the worlds problems and looking at the canidates, knowing McCain is a third term for GWB administration. Realizing that McCain will lead the world to disaster, not improving our way of life.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  48. lyn

    Welcome back Jack we miss you. Obama is truly a man of honor and intregrity. He has been running a very successfull campaign,reaching out to the people in our great America, the countries can see that he will unite us as one around the world, that is why these countries perfer Obama. McCain they see will take us back to War and lies.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  49. Amber Chicago Illinois

    Because most the time people don't realize that they have something precious with them until someone else tells them.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  50. nelson

    The world (even our sworn enemies) want a leader that is level headed, as well as calm and cool under pressure. The world loves America. They love what we stand for. They are mad at the way the Bush administration has handled foreign policy. They fear MC Cain is going to be another Bush/Chaney. Humanity wants peace. That is why you see revolutions like Tienanmen Square. Obama may not side with Iran or Chavez, but the rest of the world knows there there is one less war lord out there, with the most powerful military ready to invade at the drop of a hat. The world sees security coming back to America. They also want to see the earlier America rebuilt that will cooperate and solve problems, rather than cause them.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  51. jyll from TEXAS

    WELCOME BACK Jack!!!!! Maybe they don't want 4 more years of Bush, either...

    October 21, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  52. Jim Amstutz

    Welcome back Jack!

    For eight years the United States of America has been out to prove by force and arrogance that we are the greatest, strongest and most powerful country in the world.

    The fact is, that before the last eight years, we were.

    The world is looking for leadership from us. We must mend the alliances and relationships that have been so devastated by this administration.

    The rest of the world sees John McCain as a continuation of the same negative and destructive policies that have soiled our reputation abroad.

    Obama will reach out and mend the broken fences so that the nations of the world can once again deal as allies in facing the global obstacles ahead.

    Jim Amstutz
    Boulder City, NV

    October 21, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  53. Greg

    All you have to do is listen to them. The Gop ticket is all we will fight for this and we will fight against this and them. They never say any examples of who or what they are going to fight. I still think that's why Hillary lost. Obama is the complete opposite. He says he wants to sit down and talk to allies and rebuild the connections that Bush destroyed. He eventually wants to smooth over problems in the middle east and save American lives not end them. On the other hand though he isn't taking any crap either. If he has info as to Binladdens position and Pakistan refuses to act then he will. He has said that from day one.

    btw , great to have you back Jack

    October 21, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  54. LGH

    Welcome back Jack. People prefer Obama over McCain for the same reason "WE" prefer you over Lou Dobbs. You,Mr.Cafferty along with Senator Obama are fair and honest people and you report things fairly. Lou Dobbs & Senator McCain both are very one sided. They lie and report things that only benefit them,but not always the truth. If you look closely I think they may be related. An "rotten apple doesn't fall far from the tree.Again Mr. Cafferty welcome back. We have really missed you.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  55. Tom in Desoto Texas

    The citizens of other countries probably prefer Obama because he wants to talk about differences. McCain's idea(?) is to bomb, then talk.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  56. Donna

    Welcome back Jack!

    Because he has the "pause" so crucial for that 3am telephone call; because he's willing to listen to both sides and search out the best solution; because he's a good listener; because he's intelligent; because he's genuine, because he is one of the few polticians that has truly walked in other people's shoes. Because, because, because...........

    October 21, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  57. Richard

    Obama because he is smart and does not just want yes men around him He wants to solve problems and is willing to talk to other countries that we disagree with and look for a soluation and not be the bully on the block Richard in Sunnyvale Califorina

    October 21, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  58. Allen from Ga

    Nice to have you back Jack!! Let's get some fair and balance back on CNN. Now here's the reason because America is stuck in the Good Ol Boys way. We need to progress to the 21st century.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  59. Al, Atlanta

    That's easy Jack. Because the world isn't chocked full of xenophobes, unlike much of the United States.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  60. Rosa

    Because Sen. Obama may be able to change the poor image many parts of the world, including many of our allies, have of us. The rest of the world is watching us closely, Jack. They are looking to see if Americans care and want to change.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  61. Dee

    Welcome back Jack; hope you are doing well.

    Maybe, in Obama, they see someone who will accept them as worthy human beings who just happen to have been born in another country, rather than as simple inhabitants of a colored blob on the map – a blob suitable only for exploitation or conquest. McCain's military background and the Republican party's history of exploitation for corporate interests are not positives for much of the world. And the rest of the world is not as dumb, or simple, as many Americans think they are.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  62. Bill from Pennsylvania

    Why wouldn't they? McCain and the republicans promote Joe the Plumber and Obama promotes "Bill the American". The past administration has turned this country into "ME" First, not Country First as the McCain campaign would have you believe. Evidence of this is all over the Economy now. I think is about time we have a generational change in this country and promote more of an "US First"
    because "divided we fail"... I believe a lot of "Americans" and our Allies feel the same.

    Respectfully,
    Bill the American!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  63. Niki, New Jersey

    Because much of the rest of the world is much more progressive than we are here in America. We have seen Germany place a woman at the helm and England did it years ago, as did India and Pakistan. We see world leaders of all colors and yet it is in the good old USA that race could derail one of the most prolific and intelligent candiate for president since JFK. In those "pockets" that Gov. Palin was winking at when she refered to "pro-American" areas is where the US shows how stuck in the past we really are. I hope for the sake of my children that my fellow Americans prove me wrong and elect Barack Obama and show the world, we do in fact practice what we preach.

    Signed,
    A white suburban republican female voting for Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  64. Domenic from Montreal, Canada

    Hello Jack and welcome back. I missed you and am glad you are back!

    From a Canadian stand point, majority of Canadians feel that Barak Obama has what it takes to bringing this messed up world together again. He is by far the coolest and most intelligent person for being commander and chief of the most powerful nation in the world. Now let's hope and pray that all goes well and on January 20th, 2009 we can all celebrate his inauguration as President of the United States of America.

    Canadians for Obama/Biden 2008

    October 21, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  65. Valarie in Castro Valley,California

    Jack, For years we have been the country that says "do as I say and not as I do". It doesn't work for children surely it doesn't work with foreign policy, race relations and invading other countries. It is clear that many see Obama as a breath of fresh air and new representation for this country. One who will finally admit our mistakes and try to turn this country in the right direction not only for ourselves but once again restore that beacon of light to this nation. McCain and Palin only shows what is wrong with America same failed policies of Bush.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  66. Michelle Morden

    Jack ,welcome back CNN is not the same without you.

    The rest of the world is ready for America to be America again,
    and frankly so are we.

    Michelle
    Arkansas

    October 21, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  67. Patsy Vaughn

    Simple, most rational people want "peace" and Obama offers HOPE for that among other deciding factors. The world knows McCain AND the ruling Republican Party has almost completely followed Bush in every direction for the past eight years. Being smarter than a great many Ame ricans, they recognized our failure and have been waiting for America to wake up and regain its "leadership" world wide.

    patti*tn

    October 21, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  68. George - Indiana

    Welcome back Jack – They just want to see a "SMART" President take the lead in actually doing something positive in the world!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  69. Kenny in Va.

    Obama is intelligent, progressive, seemingly level-headed, y'know, everything our current president isn't. Also, and this is something that I am surprised hasn't been paid more attention to, he is inspiring.

    Things are kind of a mess all over right now and people want something, someone, hopeful and inspiring. McCain may be a decent guy but he doesn't look like one. He doesn't look like one. And that will keep him from being elected.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  70. Jasmine

    Welcome Back Jack! I think people in other countries prefer Obama for our next President because they know the whole world has suffered with the Bush Administration. They know that those policies did not work for anyone.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  71. Dan

    Welcome back Jack, you were sorely missed.

    We are a microcosm of the world. Superpower yes but still reasonably sane people. Take one look at our polls and its evident that the world only wants what we all do...A fresh beginning in dire times. Nothing against Sen. McCain, but, is the world willing to accept another 4 years of the same foreign policy of snubbing our nose and rashly invading countries?

    October 21, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  72. Ryan, Cleveland Hts, OH

    Jack,

    Could it be that foreign countries don't have the US media telling them how to think?

    Glad to have you back, we could have used your pointed commentary these past few weeks.

    Ryan

    October 21, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  73. P. J. Shipman

    I just watched Sarah Palin campaigning in Nevada this noon and noticed that her very cute youngest daughter was in the audience in the front row yawning. Her school age children are in in the audience at many rallies. I am just curious as to why these children are not attending school since in most states it is required by law. Is campaign more about what Sarah wants than the children's wants and needs? Scares me!!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  74. chuck

    It's simple Jack,John McCain is a deciple of George Bush. He still wants to continue with the war and people around the world are watching at him.Everywhere George Bush has gone in the last eight years,he has been rejected by the people-–why? he lied to the world about IRAQ's weapons of mass destruction.America is known to the world for her LEADERSHIP and she is given that oppertunity once again and it's obvious who the world thinks will be a BETTER LEADER. Barack Obama,point and case-–BERLIN a few months ago when over two hundred thousand turned out to welcome not a BLACK MAN but a future GREAT LEADER in their eyes and imagination.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  75. Joseph, Ontario

    Hi Jack,

    The people from these 70 countries want to live in PEACE. They are disturbed by these senseless WARS and killing of innocent civilians.
    They know McCain-Palin will be continuation of past 8 years of reckless US behaviour. They know, in order to survive in White House, McCain-Palin will start more wars accoross the globe. It's time for Peace. It's time for Obama-Biden.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  76. Tom from Virginia

    Jack –

    The same reason why Americans support Obama. He has judgement, has a plan to fix the economy, is calm and even handed, he is Presidential.

    They understand like Obama that the world issues are not black and white. The war in Iraq, impacts Afganistan which effects nuclear Pakistan, which impacts India, which affects China who owns the US debt, which affects our economy which has an impact on Europe, Russia and the rest of the world.

    He gets it. McCain is stuck in the cold war of the 1950's.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  77. Dietrich, AZ

    The world knows that with McCain/Palin, they have another Bush/Cheney administration – contrary, arrogant, incompetent, and willing to pick a fight with friend and foe alike if they don't get their way. Obama at least promises a vision of a friendlier world, someone who is willing to listen and take advice from other nations, rather than treating them with contempt like Bush and Cheney. We Americans still haven't learned that, apparently, otherwise the race for the presidency would be a shoo-in for Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  78. Annie, Atlanta

    Welcome back, Jack! I've missed your voice of reason in this sea of madness.

    Look at the McCain and Palin campaign – that's your answer. In my life I've never seen politicians hold hate rallies, starting with their convention. And I live in GA and watched Chambliss destroy Cleland.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  79. Rosa in Virginia

    Because Sen. Obama may be able to change the poor image many parts of the world, including many of our allies, have of us. The rest of the world is watching us closely, Jack. They are looking to see if Americans care enough to want to change this image. Oh, and the McCain campaign's small minded, anti-Muslim message is not helping.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  80. shirley

    Jack,

    I missed you!!! It's SO GOOD to have you back. God bless you!!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  81. Bev from Canada

    Welcome back Jack, really missed your straight talk.
    George Bush alienated other countries with his "You are either with us or against us" talk. While saying that, at the same ignoring those in the US that did not agree with his going to war. We all grieved with the US during 9/11 and truly wished we could show you how much. Along comes Barrack Obama who is a BEACON OF HOPE. He brings with him authenticity, sincerity and geniuses that many of us do not see in our own leaders outside the US. The man's rise to "fame", struggles with finding his identity and dedication to help those less fortunate, not to mention solid family values speak volumes. He is dedicated to unite and reconcile his countrymen and also give some of that to the rest of the world. Obama challenges us to bring out the best in ourselves and remind us to play a role in making where we live (no matter where on planet earth) a better place. It is not in his genetics to divide people and the world has been waiting for this type of leader who will find ways to problem solve world issues without having to sacrifice more young lives of our men and ladies in uniform. It is his time and we can’t wait.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  82. Greg in Cabot AR

    Bill Clinton said: People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power.

    McCain and his fellow Republicans only understand using raw power, based on "experience" to get their way while Obama wants to set an example by using good "judgment" as his foundation for decisions that will affect the rest of the world.

    Nuff said.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  83. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    I think they were impressed with Obamas cool and calmness when the financial crisis hit the fan as opposed to McCains frantic and "I'll suspend my campaign and save the world" behavior. Plus, I think that people really think that McCain is too old and befuddled to find his butt with both hands and a flashlight, let alone run this country!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  84. Shirley -- Virginia

    Welcome back Jack!

    Some of us were afraid CNN had banished you to Palin's front porch to guard the Russians while she and McCain are trying to convince 70 countries that are obviously smarter than the Republicans in this country that she can help lead our great democracy.

    Me thinks those 70 countries learned more about what it takes to lead this country from Abraham Lincoln than the modern day Republicans did.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  85. Dave

    Not to make everything about race but, maybe they don't carry the race stigma with them That's with us all the time. Maybe they can see that he's the best for the job because he's talking about a new politics but whatever it's I wish that it take whole here.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  86. Robin Grand Rapids, MI

    Well for 1) McCains an ass and for 2) They do not trust him, period!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  87. Dave in London, Ontario

    It is because we have evolved, Jack! Remove the biased, racist cloak that so many Americans secretly wear, and it is obvious that the only qualified and candidate capable is Barack Obama. With the Republican machine rearing it's head with the ugly and horribly divisive tactics we have seen lately, they may successfully stir your motley crew of extremists, and fuel this ridiculous fear for so many fence-riders. It will be a sad day if a washed-up war monger wins your election over an intelligent, curious and compassionate man because of his middle name, or the colour of his skin.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  88. Faith from Milford, Massachusetts

    Simple – the world is tired of war and endless bickering. It goes to show that citizens all over the world just want to get along. They understand that Obama will talk first, and try to work things out. Whereas McCain will rather go to war to try to resolve differences. Make Peace, not War.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  89. Allison Sloan

    Welcome back Jack!

    As a Canadian I watched in disbelief When George W. Bush was elected in 2000, then in utter astonishment and dismay that after four years of him ,Cheny et al. he was voted in again.
    The world is watching closely, and praying that America gets it right this time. I heard a "redneck" say" who "cares what the world the world thinks?" He should care.You all should, but unfortunately there are still many Americans who are isolationists.
    I read in an article here that if Canadians were allowed to vote in your election, 80% would vote for Obama .I would be one of them.Why is the world on Obama's side? There are many reasons, but the top of the list? The disaster that has been the war in Iraq.
    Allison Sloan
    Vancouver B.C.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  90. Debbie in Indiana

    WELCOME BACK JACK!!! – You've been missed greatly.

    One reason the United States of America has always been a leader in the world on so many levels and it is sorely missed.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  91. Rodrigo

    Welcome back Jack!

    Very simple: we foreigners known the size of the damage that George Bush has cause to the image of the US outside the country.
    I can guarantee you that if the US elect another Bush, the rest of the country's credibility around the world will "disappear".

    October 21, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  92. Christine Lindberg

    How can the world take McCain seriously when his choice for back-up leader of the free world is the back-up for Tina Fey? Sounds like I'm making a joke, but I'll bet I can name you 70 nations that don't think this is so funny.

    Christine in Edmeston NY

    October 21, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  93. Ken in NC

    HI Jack. Other countries around the world see Obama as a smart man capable of speaking without the threat of a baseball bat in his hand. That does make a difference. I cannot greet you like that on a plane. So glad you are back. You were missed. Without your input the nation almost went to hell in a hand bag but now that you are back, you and President Obama can lead this nation forward. .

    October 21, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  94. vern-anaheim,ca

    jack,they know a democratic president would sit down and talk with our opponets unlike the republicans who would threaten them with force if they didn't comply with our wishes.welcome back jack i missed you very much,you are my favorite on the "situation room" and cnn

    October 21, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  95. Jolly Potter, NY

    Welcome back Jack !!!! we've missed you !!!!!

    Well it's obvious – the appalling Bush Doctrine of pre-emption has spread malice and discontent around the Globe to the point that mere mortals can take it no more. People all around the World want to see America lead by example and make the right choices to fight for freedom and democracy in a balanced way – free of prejudice, following the Rule of law and being honest with the World regarding its intentions. They see Obama as the first step to achieve this goal. Elect Obama and the wave of elation and real empathy towards Ameriica will be astonishing.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  96. douglas in minnesota

    Jack, its great to have you back. Most countries prefer Obama for obvious reasons:

    Obama– represents a fresh start; willing to TALK about differences, will not appease belligerents; will not dictate America's "terms" (in order to stay on America's "good side"); appreciates diversity; has long term vision for the good of all.

    McCain– represents current establishment; been around a long time, and not seen as someone open to change; perceived as promoting ONLY America's interests (arrogant and domineering).

    I think this is especially apparent (and obvious) from the McCarthy-esque type comments that we are beginning to hear (more loudly) from the far right. This is very worrisome for American's; and even more so for other countries.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  97. Sydni Watson

    Hello Jack, I have been debating on whether or not to leave a comment on your blog. I feel what I believe cannot go unsaid any longer. I can tell you simply why Obama is preferred over Mccain. Because not everyone owns 13 Cars and 7 Homes in this world. Obama represents the people who have been forgotten for so long. Mccain represents the people who have been thought of for so long, the politicians who think only of themselves. People want this change, they want to be heard, they want to trust their government, they dislike being in the dark, and most of all, they want what every "normal" family wants, what every family who does not have to worry about money wants, to know their future is secure, safe, and that their children won't have to bear the consequences of someone else's greed and pride. Obama is a good man, this is only an opinion, I am sorry that I can look into Mccain's eyes and already see that he is lying to my face. Most of all I am sorry that others do not see this as well.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  98. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Obama is viewed as the one who can heal and improve international
    relations. I suspect they also see the value added with his integrity, his
    astuteness about governing and his wanting to taper off the Iraq War.

    I also suspect they see McCain's rage and dishonesty in his campaign, as well as Palin's inadequacies as a VP or President.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  99. Teri in St. Augustine

    Thank goodness you are back, Jack. I missed you.

    Easy one – because Obama doesn NOT represent an extension of the failed Bush policies. Not only will he bring hope to America, he will bring hope to the world that America is back on the right path.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  100. Jim

    Jack.

    Good to see you back!

    The world sees that Obama is cool under pressure, intelligent, articulate, instinctively kind, and listens to all sides. In, short, he is the opposite of George W, Bush. He's like a drink of cool, fresh water after eight years of wandering in the desert. He's the one who has the best chance of rallying this country and the world to face up to current political and economic crises.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    October 21, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  101. JoanneBuck

    Because he is a Citizen of the World, and American last. His Kenyan Citizenshaip he says expired in 1982 , that due to his Father's Kenyan Citizenship he was had dual Citizenship.
    Does not amaze us.
    Joanne Buck
    Minnesota

    October 21, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  102. Michael C Moman

    Why do citizens in 70 countries prefer Obama to McCain?

    Easy, he promises many things that are unrealistic and communist!

    Other countrys see him as a weak minded young man. He will give other countrys what they want out of fear for standing up for OUR country that my fellow brothers and our forfathers have died for.

    I fear what will become of our contry if he becomes the next president aka Fure

    October 21, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  103. Dave

    Despite claims that this is the greatest country in the world, the US lags woefully behind the rest of the Western world on so many social issues (health, equality, education). Citizens of many countries, like many of us here, are eagerly anticipating American society catching up.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  104. Marjorie / Canada

    Missed you Jack! I am writing to you from Canada.... and from an outsiders view all is very clear – Barak Obama is a breath of fresh air. He is intellegent, well-spoken and even-tempered. Most importantly he has one house, one vehicle and has had one wife. Someone who has been well-to-do all his life & then married his billionaire mistress – will never understand what it is like for the common man to struggle and create their own wealth because he never had to make his own. If Barak were to have run for Prime Minister in Canada I would have proudly given him my vote!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  105. SG (Ontario, Canada)

    Our thoughts are with you Jack. Good to have you back.

    Why do citizens in 70 countries prefer Obama to McCain? As a citizen of one of those 70, the answer is because they too are angry at what America has become. American leadership, policies, decisions, actions (and inaction) affect us all.

    What we want is a leader with intelligence, vision, insight, dignity, tolerance and character, A leader who exudes optimism, hope, respect, inclusiviness. A leader with a voice of reason. A leader who is presidential. In 14 days America can elect such a leader. These choices do not come very often – sure hope you guys accept the gift that has been offered to you, and that the count is 71 countries come November 5th!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  106. Jim from Chicago

    Because it is readily apparent that Obama believes that loving the U.S. does not mean you have to shove it down every other country's throat.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  107. Chhaya Mani

    Good to have you back Jack, hope all is well with you. Unfortunately, there are still those who feel that way. I just hope they are a minority.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  108. Sydni Watson, North Carolina

    Hello Jack, I have been debating on whether or not to leave a comment on your blog. I feel what I believe cannot go unsaid any longer. I can tell you simply why Obama is preferred over Mccain. Because not everyone owns 13 Cars and 7 Homes in this world. Obama represents the people who have been forgotten for so long. Mccain represents the people who have been thought of for so long, the politicians who think only of themselves. People want this change, they want to be heard, they want to trust their government, they dislike being in the dark, and most of all, they want what every “normal” family wants, what every family who does not have to worry about money wants, to know their future is secure, safe, and that their children won’t have to bear the consequences of someone else’s greed and pride. Obama is a good man, this is only an opinion, I am sorry that I can look into Mccain’s eyes and already see that he is lying to my face. Most of all I am sorry that others do not see this as well.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  109. Candy West Virginia

    This is a duh question right? For one, most people outside of America are not as bigoted and prejudiced as we are and find the gutter campaign tactics of mccain and palin revolting. Two, palin – could you possibly find anyone more clueless than her to be second in command of this nation? Three – Obama is progressive, open minded, for the people not the rich, for the environment and these all appeal to our progressive minded neighbors around the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  110. Karl in CA

    Welcome back Jack. It's good to see you again. As for those 70 countries, those folks are a hell of a lot smarter then the brainwashed Republicans who think they are the only real Americans left but have gone very far afield in the past eight years. Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Bush-41 held the worlds respect. Bush-Cheney and the hacks they have around them have led us and the world down a dark road that was never traveled in our history. The world sees Obama as the return to normalcy. It's sad that so many Americas don't see it.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  111. James JOnes

    Because they prefer someone who does not put America first !
    James Jones
    Wisconsin

    October 21, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  112. Samuel

    Welcome back Jack,

    What most people do not realize is that the countries that supposedly hate America, do not hate Americans, just the politics that America has implemented in the past decade or more, and I believe most countries see a change in direction in American politics through Senator Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  113. Jay- (Ohio)

    Jack,

    Glad you're back finally! Simple answer. Obama will bring the country and the world together, where as McCain is an old, useless, same tactics kind a guy who will bring no change and togetherness. He has an old age vision, which reflects his old age and that kind of politics has not got anyone anywhere. The beacon of the world will always shine no matter who is president, but McCain will turns off more people with nothing new to offer.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  114. Matt Lorain,Ohio

    Glad you are back Jack!
    I believe these countries prefer Obama because they have had to put up with Bush for 8 years just like we have. these people are not as easily fooled and brainwashed into fear and racial divide like us Americans. they are not fooled by this anti-American propaganda the Republicans have thrown at Obama. Republicans are so desperate they will split this nation in 2 just to gain a vote and these countries see through this and hopefully so will we. on the bright side! at least now I know I have 70 countries I can move to if McCain and Palin somehow worm there way into office!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  115. Joe in DE

    Because of Bush's unilateral actions and McCain' s 90% support of Bush.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  116. Leah from Toronto, Canada

    Jack,

    As a non-American, I can tell you the list for why other countries prefer Obama is endless...but how about this: he is intelligent, calm, inspiring and has not alienated your country from the rest of the world by continually refusing to acknowledge that the global economy will rely more and more on unity/negotiations instead of unilateral bullying. If all that weren't enough, add to it that McCain chose a running mate who has only once left the USA – not exactly the type of person I want making decisions that will affect so many internationally.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  117. barbara graham

    Citizens in other countries see Obama as a statesman.
    They also see him as aggressively dedicated to diplomacy first. I think many countries may be afraid of us as aggressors, an opinion that I never thought would apply to America.
    They see McCain as hot headed and erratic.
    I think their assessment of both candidates is probably more correct than our assessments because of our party affiliation filter.
    Smiles...Annie for Obama

    October 21, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  118. Alan from Delaware

    Nice to see ya back Jack. It's really quite simple. McCain sounds to the world like a grumby old man. He has no idea how to deal with 21st century issues. He's been all over the place on the economic crisis.His healthcare policy is horrible. Can you imagine what social security would look like if invested in the stock market like he and Bush wanted. His selection of Sarah Palin says volumes about his judgement. I could go on and on but one only had to hear what Colin Powell said about him to understand why America & those 70 countries prefer Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  119. Gordon from Southwest Virginia

    People around the world have been in total disagreement with our foreign policy, and are hoping that with the election of Barack Obama as our next President, America will finally do something about getting the heck out of Iraq. We sure don't need another four years of a Republican Administration. What we have now, and especially ever since 9/11 just hasn't worked. It is time for a "change", and there's only one candidate who can deliver on that promise, and that's Barack Obama. It is imperative that we re-establish better relations with other countries so we can restore America's good name in the world community once again. I couldn't agree with Barack Obama more. Those of you out there that are still undecided as to how to vote how about trying the Democrats for a "change". Let's make peace not war!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  120. Jordan Johnson

    Obama will be easy to step on !
    Obama hid in the cloak room couple of months ago when their was as resolution against Iran......
    Iran is one of the 70 countries we are sure.
    Jordan J
    Denver CO

    October 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  121. John, Fort Collins, CO

    The whole world is hungry for the America that used to exist before Bush and Cheney hijacked our country. They long to see the United States emerge again as a positive, stable partner in international affairs. Like many of us, they see Barack Obama as the only candidate that can make this happen.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  122. Trev - Vancouver

    The McCain-Palin ticket projects a gun-toting, my-way-or-the-highway, freedom-or-death philosophy. Many people abroad realize that there are other countries in the world besides the US of A, that the GOP does not have a monopoly on democracy or freedom, and that the world cannot and should not be Americanized through military might. This kind of thinking is foreign, if not un-American, you betcha.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  123. Willie ...Rio rancho, Nm.

    Welcome back Jack....We really have missed you.

    Obama is as fast a learner and keen observer as he is eloquent and intelligent.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  124. Dave

    Jack,

    Many of us also need some education on the systems within the political spectrum and how real communist, socialist, fascist societies operate. If the politcal spectrum is a mile long, the actual distance between the two US political parties is about 10 feet. Throwing around extreme terms to describe simple social programs (including those that already exists here) makes us look really stupid to the rest of the world,

    October 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  125. Connie Perry

    Unbelievable that they would want to deal with an intelligent thoughtful man after dealing with the idiot in the white house now or deal with his understudy who shows the same eratic policies not to mention his sidekick Palin who will never be ready for the white House. Give me a break

    October 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  126. Don from Florida

    Glad to see you back Jack... we missed you, hope your doing well.

    I think that Barak has a perspective of worldly issues and "mankind" that resonates to forgieners who truley understand the recovery that United States currently faces and how its percieved in the world's eye.

    He represents and is one of " the people", not the same old rich out of touch families that have intertwined themselves with politics through no true intellect but entitlement (i.e. one becomes president, then their kid becomes president, c'mon). He understands the fight of his countrymen and has the ability to transend cultural, social, and ethnic backrounds.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  127. Amy

    Jack, guess what...the world also needs change, a change we can truly believe in.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  128. Dave in Phoenix

    Jack, we are so happy and fortunate to have you back. You have been sorely missed.

    No one likes a cowboy mentality except maybe the McCain hooligans that attend his rallies. Other countries appreciate a strong, INTELLIGENT leader, and not one who flies off the handle as does McCain, or someone as ignorant as Palin.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  129. Tim

    Glad you're back Jack!
    I think, Jack, that it is because people around the world recognize the 'rightness' of the principles this country was founded upon. I think they, like many of us, are scared that we are in danger of losing touch with those principles. Obama seems to exemplify a commitment to upholding the principles that so many people around the world feel are slipping away. And if they do slip away, it seems that we will have lost what we are fighting for - even if we 'win' whatever conflict we might be engaged in at the time. Obama is the guy that sees to remember what we're fighting for.
    Tim in Texas

    October 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  130. Matt in Las Vegas, NV

    Because they know that election Obama is the only chance the US has of turning its back on the insane policies of the Bush administration. They, like many Americans other than Sarah Palin, accurately see John McCain as a continuation of the 'Bush Doctrine'.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  131. Mary

    Obama is willing to talk to our allies and enemies. We can no longer solve problems and disagreements by force. The world is so inter-dependent that we must work together for the good of all. Senator Obama exemplifies this notion. McCain/Palin have demonstrated, by their negativity, how they would govern in the White House. We need a leader who will listen as well as act. McCain showed how rude and angry he is, showing obvious distain for his opponent. We don't need 4 more years of this. Obama will improve our image and standing in the international arena.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  132. Kathy, Calgary, Canada

    Because Obama is willing to talk and work disagreements out with other countries. He prefers the diplomatic approach, rather than the bully approach. Obama also seems to care about everyday people. He has walked the walk and that resonates with people around the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  133. Cynthia

    Jack,
    I'm sure that people in these countries are just like most of us here in the United States, We need change! and with McCain it would just be four more years of Bush policy, and it also scares me more that Plain maybe come President. We just can't take it anymore.

    Atlanta, GA

    October 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  134. Karen - TN

    Welcome back, Jack. I had no idea you were such a big part of my life.

    I have dual citizenship, and have taken a lot of ribbing from my Canadian friends and relatives about McCain's ridiculous choice for a running-mate. My suspicion is that intense loyalty to one party or the other has blinded many Americans to the faults of their candidates, but citizens of other countries don't have this bias. You wouldn't pick up just anyone in the hallway of a hospital to perform your heart surgery. Why would you entrust the future of this country to someone who promotes themselves as being just an everyday hockey-mom?

    October 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  135. Lisa in Pittsburgh

    Obama is a fresh face for the other nations. He doesn't represent the our way or no way policies of this president. This country needs to get back into the good graces of our neighbors and Obama can do this. Change is what we need!!! So get out and cast your vote, not for more of the same!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  136. Doug from Bloomington IN

    The reason for this phenomenon is that the world need not cower in fear of President Obama. If he plans to unleash the military, the target will have had plenty of opportunity to avoid it by participating in our new strategy of diplomacy first. There will have been ample warning.

    McCain's "ready, fire, aim" foreign policy should be feared not just by our enemies but our friends who won't toe the line. Look out, France and Germany. You'd better have military flight plans to Tehran or you won't have any airports to leave from. Vladimir? We want your oil. So go ahead and attack somebody. We'll be along shortly afterward.

    Obama has a cool intellect that McCain can't match. That explains why a growing number of voters are finally making their decision in Obama's favor.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  137. Bella from St. Louis

    Hi Jack, so glad ur back, hope ur ok.
    Ur not being here created a real vacuum.
    Your blog is very popular with us.

    There are many reasons that the world
    likes Obama. I think mostly because Obama
    is one of them, he's really not an old school,
    dyed in the wool middle American like McCain,or Biden, etc. He's more exotic, even
    Palin is exotic (the world should really fear her!)

    October 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  138. Nicole (Massachusetts)

    That's easy, Jack! He's progressive and isn't the same cookie-cutter president we've had since forming our nation. Senator Obama represents the proverbial melting pot, American dream, and mindset of the oppressed people of our nation all-in-one. We've waited 8 years for change and here he is! Now I just wish McCain would stop trying to claim he's the agent of change – it's like Hummer's claiming to be the car company for the environment.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  139. Joann

    Jack, I 1st got to say. I'm so happy your back i really missed you. you are the main reason i which the show. I hope everything is ok with you.
    To answer your question, I think it's because obama is honest. and would unite all. make america a better place for all

    Joann

    October 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  140. Mike Cavanagh, So. Haven MI

    Welcome back, Jack;
    We all missed you. Now to answer your question, people around the world are looking for a more reasonable, compassionate, and less threatening leader in the USA. Not more war mongering and bomb, bomb, bombing if you disagree with me President. They would like a President that will sit down, measure and reason with all world leaders. A President who wants to once again work for peace in the world. It's quite simple. Barrack Obama and he can

    October 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  141. Subod Sharma

    Jack,
    Are there other countries in the world?

    – A Conservative Republican

    October 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  142. Catherine, Sheboygan Falls, Wi.

    Cnn producer for Jack Cafferty, why does my comment require moderation. You are right back practising your censorship again arent you.? I am making a perfectly legitimate comment but you people are so biased you cant even see that.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  143. C from GA

    The rest of the world is a lot smarter then apparently 40 something percent of the US electorate. They know that Obama stands for intelligent and logical policy making that is inclusive of all Americans, not just the white and rich. They recognize that he doesn't have all the answers, but will work on behalf of the American people to restore trust and rational foreign policy that includes diplomacy instead of cowboy antics. And most of all, Obama knows that the VP choice needs to be realistic and not "mavericky" or pit-bullish.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  144. bill in british columbia

    at this time the world needs a united states that co-operates with like minded nations, not an international bully with a shoot first mentality and a do as i say not as i do foreign policy. i believe that most canadians like and admire you as neighbours, unfortunately we think your foreign policy stinks as it is only about yourselves and this is why it appears the world is not"friendly". Obama exemplifies what the "friendly" nations want in a leader of the "free" world.
    p.s. 'neighbours' is not a mis-spell here.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  145. Roy - IL

    Welcome back Jack and best wishes! Just got back from a week in London, I'd have to say, now that I am back that here in the U.S. we seem to have the most narrow news coverage I have seen outside of perhaps China. People in a lot of other countries see a news perspective that covers more of the globe than we see here in the U.S......by FAR! I think this lends to a more global-minded view than we have here in the states. This view seems to align with Obama's views, and as such finds a sympathetic ear outside the U.S. The age of 'listen to us or we'll kick your a**' should END in this country, and unfortunately, McCain is more of the same tired litany. Our friends overseas have mostly seen the light, I hope we do also.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  146. Michael watching from Canada

    Jack,

    Like the US, Canada is primarily governed by a free market economy and also wants to put an end to terrorism.

    But......

    unlike the US, Canada enjoys a publicly funded health care system, which McCain insulted Canadians by twice stating, during the primaries, doesn't work well! (the Canadian health care system is one of the best in the world), and......

    contrary to Bush's and McCain's unwarranted invasion of Iraq, Canada and NATO have continued to focus on the real source of terrorism in Afghanistan (which is consistent with Obama's long-held policy on terrorism).

    October 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  147. Theresa Williams-Cruz

    I missed you...welcome back.

    The answer is plain and simple. Barack Obama looks more like the rest of the world. He sounds like the rest of the world in his expressions. Imagine what could happen if all the poor, in all the world, stood up, in one voice, together against that top 1%. WOW!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  148. thomas , michigan

    Welcome back, Jack. we did, indeed, miss you. (CNN should give
    you a big fat raise!, too!). TO THE QUESTION: Obama is a statesman,
    he is intelligent and open-minded. He thinks inclusively for the
    benefit of mankind. He can restore some of our greatness. He's
    not a grump like John or a grating hate-monger like Sarah.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  149. Ena, FL

    I'll be happy with Obama in the White House. He is intelligent person and educated. He knows how to lead this country.

    McCain Only cares about the rish people like his wife and is a copy of Bush.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  150. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    The Jack is back!! You were greatly missed by millions of viewers and everyone of us hope you are well.

    Barack Obama is relevent to the times we are, and will be living in, and represents all that is bright and hopeful in the world. The McCain/Palin ticket offers only narrow minded thinking coupled with low brow behavior, and that is something the rest of the world will not tolerate. The world community looks to America for leadership with integrity, and that integrity is something the Republicans just don't have and never will.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  151. Jesse Tatro Massena NY

    McCain could have taken it one step further on debate night by saying..........."Sen Obama needs to be reminded that he is not running against George Bush,George Bush is not on the ballot on Nov 4th...........he also needs to be reminded that President Bush has kept the American people safe from another attack on the Homeland in more than 2,600 days.............and that Sen. Obama is a whole lot more than you have accomplished in your 2 years in the Senate !

    jesse tatro
    Massena NY

    October 21, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  152. Ricky Hargrove

    Jack, I believe it's because Obama has said his administration would be open for diplomatic talks with other countries to try to find some common ground to start building constructive relations. If this can be achieved, the world will be a much safer place for everyone.
    I think McCains Image around the world is percieved much like it is here in America, a bitter, angry, out of touch politician of days gone by that promotes fear instead of optomism & hope.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  153. Josh in Sylvania, Ohio

    Well, people in other countries are generally a lot smarter than Americans in this country are. They want the same we want: intelligent, smart leadership which is what Barack Obama can only bring. McCain means more of the same failed Bush policies that caused our current situation. The last thing we need is the leadership of an Bush Clone and a robotic puppet. Barack Obama for President in 2008 to 2016.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  154. Chris Morgan

    From Chris in Winfield Mo. Welcome back Jack you have been missed and our sorrow is with you for your loss.

    Our country with it's abuses of power has reflected poorly around the globe. Any time a leader thinks they are always in the right and could care less what others outside his circle thinks is lost in his own ambition. I was in Kirkuk in 2003 and could see for myself the long range commitment even back then, as we were digging in for the long haul.
    The world knows under McCain we will never give up a foothold where we should of never been in the first place.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  155. Connie

    Jack, I can not think of anything wise to say, just want to say , thank God you are back. We all love you and have missed you deeply. We have to go through this election without Tim Russert , we need you.
    Connie from Indiana

    October 21, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  156. Pauline, Netherlands

    One simple word: change.
    – Aside from that, great to see you back!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  157. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Hi Jack glad to see you back! I hope you get through these rough times! Anyway Barak is liked more because he would rather try diplomatically to avert war where as McCain would rather take on the fight! But I hope Barak is not willing to talk to the Islamic extremists which I call the anti-Christ who are killing Christians around the world without regard to their sin of the ten commandments thou shall not kill!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  158. Precious Coker

    The 21st century is heralding a world of "open doors".
    America is supposed to be the leader of the free world.
    When America "sneezes" the rest of the world catches a cold.
    Therefore Jack, The leader of America shouid be and be seen to be above petty, childish "Bigotry" and mean classification of other people.
    If you as a supposed leader(McCain-Palin) can classify your fellow Americans into "real Americans" and Unreal? what then would happen to the rest of the world outside the shores of America?
    Obama has shown that he is citizen of the world. He has tried to understand the position of America viz-a-viz the rest of the world. RESPECT FOR OTHERS EVEN WHEN YOU DISAGREE WITH THEM ON ISSUES.
    May God grant him the wisdom to lead America and the rest of the world into the 21st century. Amen.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  159. JD in NC

    The same people selling McCain are the ones that sold us Bush in 2000 and 2004. I'm sure folks abroad share the view that if you get sick twice at the same restaurant, you don't go a third time.

    Glad to have you back Jack.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  160. Bubbles

    The reason being....the tide has turned. It is a new era. We need honesty, transperancy and peace. If the US continues to be a divided nation, we all fall. It is not about Obama or McCain, it is bigger than both of these men. This world is in trouble, all one needs to do is turn on
    the TV any hour of the night or day and you will see we are in so deep.
    We either come together as a nation or we fall apart as one. I feel sorry for the people who feel that they are the only heirs to this world.
    We all will stand in judgement and a lot of souls are going to be in for a rude awakening. Open the news paper, any newpaper and it falls right in line with the book of Revelation,Romans and the book of Daniel.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  161. Lou Simboli-Buffalo, Ny

    They prefer Mr. Obama because the conservative republicans have proven to be WAR MONGERS. Conservative republicans shoot first and ask questions after the fact.
    In addition, conservative republicans have proven to be liars, who have complete disdain for FACTS.
    In addition to that, as a whole, the conservative republicans have very few bright bulbs in it's ranks. Actually, most of them are very dim bulbs.
    I like to call them: "The Party Of The STUPID!!!"

    October 21, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  162. Yvonne from Kamloops BC, Canada

    From a political junkie in British Columbia, it seems very simple, Jack – McCain is just an angrier version of Bush. Both demonstrate contempt for the rest of the world as well as all the underprivileged, especially those in their own country. Both also appear incoherent most of the time.
    In contrast, Obama demonstrates empathy and compassion, brilliance and vision, he's in touch with the world as a whole and he's OHHH!, so very attractive!

    Yvonne,
    BC, Canada

    October 21, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  163. Amy Noir

    I hope not, but you have to unfortunately politically correct. My personal experience I was visiting restaurant with American friend who were not "White" we were asked to leave the restaurants.
    I write blogs, if anything I dare to point out facts which are negative to McCain I am blasted with hate messages. sadly.
    We have to be united as American no race no color no religion have any preference. We are all American in United States of America.
    I feel if McCain is elected we will be alienate from the world.
    World is colorless and care for Human values.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  164. Cheryl, Westfield, MA

    Hi Jack, welcome back! They see the world as a global community, and that is a view we here in the states are going to have to embrace to stay competitive negotiating in global markets, be a respected (as opposed to feared) military power, and be to be well received guests when traveling internationally. McCain, particularly Palin, and their ilk, have a very narrow minded view of the world. They view the world as "us" vs. "them" and believe that only their ways are the right ways, with no respect for other viewpoints. It's time for a 21st century leader, one with a more encompassing view not only of this country, but of the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  165. Parvez Ahmed

    Excellent question. I have often made the point to friends and family alike that Obama represents not only the first viable black Presidential Candidate in American history but also the first global Presidential Candiate in American history. His extended family comprises multiple ethnicities, nationalities, and yes even religious traditions. I think that his candidacy sends a powerful message to the world that America is not only the driving force for globalization but that it has also embraced the global village.

    Parvez

    October 21, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  166. odessa ohio

    hello jack!!.i'm glad that you're back!..mostly because he doesn't owes 7 homes as well 11 foreign cars and he isn't an elist..the real word that the current gop want to use is uppity ..the gop that i used to know are gone..this new neocon gops are listening to nerds from sean hannity and rush limbugh making the country becoming more divided than ever..barack wants everyone to have the whole pie unlike mccain only half of the pie or none at all..obama is uniter unlike mccain a divider..palin is very obnixous as well not smart to run a country as a vp or pres..it's time for all americans to wake up and stop being in the closet or else nothing won't never change for our future.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  167. Ray,Florida

    Maybe the rest of the world is as sick of war, as most of American's are Jack!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  168. Tom

    The rest of the world looks at Mccain and sees George Bush. Bush has ruined it for all the old white guys. The world is truly scared of George Bush and the power he has to invade any country that benefits his needs. And I beleive people of the world see the military side of Mccain and fear him also..... I do...... We all should.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  169. Carol in Wyoming

    Jack, it's so great to have you back. We've missed you!

    I believe the world can look beyond the narrow-minded ideas the McCain campaign has been trying to force on us by labeling Barack a 'socialist', among other things. He has shown his intelligence and his cool to the best advantage in dealing with the McCain/Palin smears. It is sad that no one seems able to ask the tough questions of Ms Palin, who is so NOT ready to meet with the rest of the world. She is an insult to all women of intelligence and integrity in the world. Incidentally, why is no one mentioning the "Make Believe Maverick" article in Rolling Stone magazine? It presents quite a picture of John McCain and his escapades.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  170. Michael watching from Canada

    Jack,

    Most Canadians would be embarrassed to have Sarah Palin as our Prime Minister.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  171. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    These countries that prefer Obama believe that he will be easier to deal with than Mccain because of his lack of experience in foreign affairs. Hopefully he will chose a good person for his Secretary of State.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  172. Glenn : Florida

    Jack,

    Over the past eight years America's standing as the World Leader has evaporated as has our economy. The narrow minded "my way or the highway" Bush approach to diplomacy had driven our friends into hiding. America has become a Diplomatic and Economic World embassasment . The world views our invasion of Iraq as a american ploy to get our hands on Iraqui oil that went terribly wrong. Now their positions are far less safe than they were when Sadam had his fingers on the throats of the waring tribes.
    The world wants fresh new ideas not tired old worn out methods that not only don't work but don't apply to the social norms of the rest of the world. The truth is that we are no longer isolated. We are for good or bad interlocked with the rest of the world's population just to survive.
    That's why the 70 countries look at Obama as a New fresh breath of air and a glimmer of hope that America can regain its status.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  173. Gina in Racine, Wi

    Because these Countries see that Obama is intelligent ,diplomatic a has the capacity to talk to other Country's Leaders. They know Obama will lead our Country in the right direction.

    And they know he is not a warmonger and that he will be good for regaining some stability in the World......because the USA is the most powerful Country in the World and we need to be aware that others are looking towards us to lead.

    Welcome back, Jack.....we missed you.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  174. Chuck

    Welcome back Jack: John McCain has lost all control and know's he cain't win the White House. I think that would make him eight.
    The world can see in Obama the level head and future pans that McCain doesn't have. I have had to retire because of a company going bankrupt, two daughters,one lost her job and her husband has been out of work for two years. The other daughter is holding on to her job but her husband lost his job. Does anyone out there get know what GOP stands for? Well it doesn't stand for prosperity!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  175. Byron

    probably be cause so many of those countries don't have American values, many countries have more socialist values (I am not saying socialism is bad, just not traditionally an American theme). Also the media has done a good job of associating Bush with McCain, however erroneous this may be, and internationally Bush is very unpopular.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  176. D. Rushing Texas

    I think it's because of Palin

    October 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  177. Gisell in Missouri

    Hi Jack,

    As a registered republican, I am ashamed of my party in this election. McCain has sold his soul to the far right and has lost my vote and belief in him. I'm fed up with his devisive attacks on Obama and offering absolutely nothing to help the American people during this time of crisis.

    To answer your question, Obama is the man we need right now to lead this country and to be respected in the world again. Obama has a vision for unity while McCain only sees more war and division. The world is desperate for US leadership that will seek diplomacy before using force and who inspires everyone to make the world a better place :)

    October 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  178. fred hughes

    Barack Obama"s approach toward other countries is more inviting than John McCain's and it is more of a invitation to going for peace rather than war. In short, it is much more inclusive to other countries. Fred, Livingston, AL

    October 21, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  179. Jesse Tatro Massena Ny

    The reporting by CNN, the NY TIMES, and MSNBC has been so blatantly biased that they should lose the protections afforded by the Constitution for a "free and Independent press"

    Why else would we have more people investigating "Joe the Plumber" than the Acorn voter fraud scandal or Obama's ties to Socialist Bill Ayers

    jesse tatro
    Massena NY

    October 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  180. ken crow

    ken from arkansas: maybe it is because the people around the world are getting sick to thier stomachs just like alot of americans at the lies and hypocrisy of john mccain and sarah palin,s campaign.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  181. Docb

    Jack- so glad to have you back.

    Think they see the thoughtfullness and calm as opposed to the cowby ex-maverick ill tempered kneejerk in Mccain...He is also more considerate of the audience without being condescending...He has tried to include not divide the nation and that gives hope to the world ...

    Many friends throughout the world see Obama as opportunity to be heard and possibly understood..The 'stateman' quality hold great hope in troubled waters...

    October 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  182. JoLynn in Illinois

    I am so glad that you're back, Jack!

    People in other countries see Barack Obama as an intelligient human being that represents all races. He is willing to reach out to the world without the "cowboy mentality" of the last eight years...shoot first, ask questions later! People in the world want us to be the country that we profess so loudly to be. Actions speak louder than words. They are hoping that Barack Obama will bring an intellectual awareness back to an intellectually starved nation and lead with integrity while reaching across the aisles of the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  183. Stephen T. from Murfreesboro

    From the Cowboy to the Maverick, they've simply seen enough of the Republicans' old west style 'shoot em up' mentality.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  184. Charlie (Bethpage, NY)

    Welcome back Jack!!!!!!!

    The citizens in these 70 other countries like Obama over McCain because the world is looking to America to once again be the example of all that is good, and for us to lead. They know with McCain, it will be the same way it has been for the last eight years, where America has not led by example, where America has lost respect and our standing in the world. Obama will be a breath of fresh air for them, as well as for us. I can't wait!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  185. Len of Colfax

    Obviously there is no way to really tell, but perhaps those citizens see in Sen. Obama what those of us who have been energized by him and truly support him.

    We see someone who is intelligent, gracious, and eloquent. I think that they see someone who will think through our relationships with other countries and not jump to irrational conclusions. I think that they see someone that will take this country and our relationships with other countries in new directions. I think that they see and expect Sen Obama to put the USA first, but that he realizes we are in a world that is connected as is exemplified by the current world wide economic crisis. I think that they see someone who will truly communicate with other countries rather than talking at them.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  186. Terrence , NC

    Jack, I think its John McCain's charactor. The world can see he does not show the patients to understand and think through a problem. He seems to "shoot from the hip"....His privileged background is bothersome too. He has never seemed to have been held accountable for his failures, the crashing of 3 naval planes, getting poor grades in school, abandoning his first wife and family. Everytime he has failed he was promoted to a better position in life. With his quick temper, lack of interlectural curiosity, and needed discipline I'm afraid of him being the commander-in-chief.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  187. Charla in Texas

    We love rationality and dry wit, and we love you Jack! So glad you are back and hope all is good.

    The majority of people in the US do not see the US as the world does, and yes, the opinion of the world DOES matter. The world has long viewed the US as a shining light of hope and justice in the world, and in the last 8 years the US has represented destruction, bullying, and selfishness. The world wants us to mend our ways, and so do the rational people in this country.

    My grandma used to say, you attract more bees with sugar than vinegar......the US always claims to be the savior and justice of the world.......maybe we should get back to the saving and justicinig.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  188. Liz in West Hollywood, CA

    Because they're smart, that's why.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  189. Mary Burke

    Jack, welcome back, missed you, but above all missed your thought provoking commentary. You are a voice for thinkers, lord knows we need to do more of that. Keep it up, maybe you can wake up some of these comotose, low information voters out there. America is hurting.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  190. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    because they fear McCain, with his p.d.s. they don't want him anywhere around the red button. his choice of v.p. is frightful, they can rest assured in 14 day's the people of the u.s. are going to experience the same joy the french people did in world war 2 when they were saved for the German regime. liberation day is near......

    October 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  191. Joyce

    Not only the citizens in the 70 U.S.A. states prefer Sen. OBAMA, but the mayority citizens of the other countries in the world prefer Sen. Obama. We are sure that it will change the opinion that we have about the U.S.A. and He will mend the hostility that exist now against the U.S.A. President Bush did a lot of damage in the way that the world see the U.S.A. and Sen. Obama has give us all in the world the confidence that he will change it. Sen. Obama will do a lot of good for the citizens of the U.S.A. The world has a lot of respect for him. And we are sure that Sen. Obama will be a once in a lifetime president for the U.S.A. and the world!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  192. Vee in Valdosta, Georgia

    Since the inception of great democracy, our country was born out of the ideal that all men were created equal. America became this great melting pot where one could pursue life, liberty, and happiness. With the possible election of Obama, no longer is equality merely an ideal. It is a dream that may become a reality. As much as Americans want this reality, foreign countries hope that the ideal of America is true. Simply put they want equality to be a truism.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  193. Amy Noir

    We are lagging behind the world in Education. Education doesn't mean collection of degrees. But a capacity to understand, listen and collectively promote better-ness.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  194. Diane/Allentown, PA

    Because those people are listening to his message, not consumed by his race.

    We can only hope to be that smart this time..............

    October 21, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  195. teri from Mi.

    Yeah! Jack the voice of reason is back. You were very much missed, hope all is well.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  196. Ken Beck

    Jack,
    The rest of the world sees the danger a McCain/Pailin administration threatens.
    John's military record is high profile. He is a hero. He was a prisoner of
    war. all of the Viet Nam veterans I know, including myself, carry a lot of emotional and mental scars from that experience.
    Given the severity of McCain's captivity his baggage is most likely comparable.
    The world should be fearful of that baggage being brought into the office of the president of the United States.
    I still have nightmares. I bet John does, too.
    Flashback in a crisis situation, anyone?
    And miss muffett speaks for herself!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  197. Holly in Knightdale, NC

    The reason 70 other countries prefer to have dealings with "THAT ONE" as opposed to McCain is simple...he is willing to sit and talk instead of shutting out others concerns and issues.

    McCain has shown himself to be a trigger happy politician not really interested in international unity. Obama on the other hand would take the time to actually listen and isn't that what anyone wants after all?

    October 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  198. Scott - Manila, Philippines

    There are several reasons.
    (1) Obama is a Harvard graduate while McCain went to War College. People feel that Obama is better educated to handle world and domestic affairs, wherein they feel McCain will look for the next war.

    (2) They have witnessed the ignorant people who continually, even after the existence of 24 hour news coverage, think that Obama is Muslim or Socialist which they consider a BAD thing at McCain rallies, and are appalled at such ignorance in the 21st century from the US.

    (3) They do not have blind loyalty to a party, therefore are better able to use their brains w/o influence.

    (4) People are afraid of McCain's age and the scenario of a Palin Presidency exists, which concerns them regarding the safety of their relatives living in the US.

    Great to see you again Jack!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  199. judith, nyc

    Obama is more worldly with an understanding of different people both within & beyond our borders, a "wholistic" approach. McCain's tendency to use the military to solve problems is not appealing.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  200. Caroline Winter

    I am French and I have been living in DC for 4 years now. I think that people overseas are not necessarily for Obama or against McCain. But for sure they are AGAINST George Bush's politic (both International and national). And John McCain can scream as much as he wants that he is not George Bush, I am afraid that for foreigners he seems to be exactly the same especially with Palin at heartbeat away from him...

    October 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  201. Eileen, Santiago, Chile

    Dear Jack, With so much bad news these days, I must tell you that having you back just "made my day", You were sorely missed by so many and I want you to know you are in my prayers.
    I voted by absentee ballot just the other day as I am a resident of Santiago, Chile. Having been in South America for almost 30 years, I can tell you that the Bush Administration has alienated the United States by its unjust and agressive policies. People here are looking at Barack and Joe Biden as leaders who will look upon all people everywhere as iguals and treat them as such. God willing, we have something to cheer about on Nov.4th. Once again, it is so good to have you back

    October 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  202. John in Arizona

    simple answer: George Bush

    October 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  203. brett mullins Phoenix,Az

    The world is a better place with Jack back in The Situation Room and the world will be with Obama on the White House

    October 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  204. carolyn - utah

    Because he is perceived as someone who is rational, not arrogant or belligerent. Someone who wants to restore America's credibility in the world. Someone who will not dictate what another country will do. Someone who will work with our friends to stabilize relationships around the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  205. john

    You want to know why jack? It's because people around the world see George W. Bush in John Mccain. People want a change not, only in our our country, but around the world, because clearly none of Georgy's objectives in his teniure as president have had any positive impacts on the world. People don't want another Gorege W. Bush.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  206. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    I've never cared what they think about our politics. US Politics is our problem, just like France's is Frace's and Russia's is Russia's, etc.

    None of them are going to convince me that either of these "upstanding citizens" has what it takes to run the country

    October 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  207. Paul

    Before I begin rambling... We're happy to have you back, Jack!

    I think people around the world see Senator Obama as a breath of fresh air. I think his campaign has reflected his intellect, his integrity, and his interest in bringing about change that is meaningful to people in our country. (And we all know that what happens here effects the rest of the world). I think he is viewed world wide as someone who can restore the world's trust in America. That trust was obliterated by the Bush Administration and I think the rest of the world sees McCain as another Bush. I think they see Palin as inexperienced and a poor choice as VP.

    I don't know about the rest of the world, but I see Obama as someone I can believe in. To coin a phrase from my favorite movie, "Shawshank Redemption", "Hope is a good thing, perhaps the best of things and no good thing ever dies." Hope (our faith in government) was all but extinguished during the Bush administration. Obama gives me a reason to hope and believe that we can truly bring about change in our country. I haven't felt this way about a presidential candidate since Bobby Kennedy in 1968.

    Obama's message is positive and meaningful... it isn't full of empty political promises and slanderous remarks. I think he will make an excellent president. Colin Powell was right when he said that Obama has all of the elements of a truly extraordinary leader. We need extraordinary... not another four years of the same tired policies and the fear that Gov. Palin would be one 72-year-old heartbeart away from being our president. We need change... Obama is that change.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  208. Bit in Alabama

    Obama is articulate, level-headed, cool, calm, considerate.......................i can go on an on.

    For McCain...............one word McPalin (Enough Said)!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  209. Mike, Canada

    Simply put, "HAWKS"! People are concerned about their lives, and country. They worry about preemptive strikes, sanctions and other ideals that affect their livleyhood from a world power that has over the last 8 years acted unilaterally on a nmer of issues. people around the world believe in cooperation, discussion and the global community. They are fearful of more hawks and what it means for the global community.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  210. Tawab

    4-1! I am surprised that it is not all to none. Reason for 4-1 is because Sen. Obama truly is an intellectual and he cares deeply about our great country (THE USA). The perception around the world is that we are a nation don’t care what other people around the world think about us. I believe that Sen. Obama will restore our damaged relationship around the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  211. Bruce H

    Welcome back Jack. You were missed.

    Obama has an even keel temperment that has international appeal. Clearly he will use diplomacy first and weapons as a last resort. The last eight years of Bush foreign policy have been a disaster no matter how you look at it. McCain has yet to offer any policy, foreign or domestic that will clearly be different that the past eight years.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  212. Barbara in Las Vegas, NV

    Welcome back, Jack! We have missed you! The answer has different layers, I think.. First, Americans have seen what eight years of a Republican presidency have done to this country and its standing in the eyes of the world. But moreover, I think it is that Obama simply IS more "presidential" than McCain and further, the fact that he is bi-racial and has lived different places in this world, adds to his image as a "world citizen". Face it, with McCain dissing Obama for "flip-flopping on the Phillies" while Obama holds economic Q&As with folks from different states, WHO seems more like the President?

    October 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  213. Azeb

    Dear Jack,

    We really missed you !

    It's all about CHANGE which Obama is offering. We are a role model for the whole world. That's why he is the answer.

    Good to see you back.

    Azeb

    October 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  214. Meredith Wales

    People recognize hope over hate!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  215. Shane from Montreal

    McCain is just another warmonger like Bush/Cheney

    McCain even insulted Spain....Can you believe it Spain!!???

    Obama represents calm, intelligence & a rational approach to foreign affairs and problem solving which is very much needed from a President

    Not all problems can be resolved by endless war!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  216. Denis Duffy

    Because they hate Bush and anything to do with him, including the republican party and McCain.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  217. John in Arizona

    Jack, we are so happy that you're back, and hope you are dealing with life with an optimism that transcends the dismal daily news that is being faithfully reported on CNN.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  218. Rob

    Glad your back -hope everything is OK

    they know Obama is the only one that si honest ! McCain isn't more of Bush–he's worse and we need a change of direction–the whole world does..

    October 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  219. Marie

    Oh so happy to have you back, we missed you.

    Barack Obama is very respectable , extremely intellectual.
    Compassionate , and very trust worthy.

    Winnipeg Mb.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  220. Andrew, Tampa, FL

    I imagine this is the way the rest of the world sees it:
    Bush was bad for the world.
    McCain = Bush
    McCain will be bad for world.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  221. Jack is Back!!

    So happy you are back jack, can't take any more of Lou Dobbs and the rest of the Republican hacks. The answer is easy – the rest of the world has common sense and good judgement – something according to the latest "Poll of Polls" by CNN that says 50% of Americans lack. Big surprise, they voted the moron Bush in 2x. We can only hope some wake up before it is too late!

    Go Obama, the world is cheering for you!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  222. MsAnnette, Little Rock, AR

    WELCOME BACK, JACK!!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  223. Randy New York

    Welcome back Jack;

    McCain agrees with the Busn doctrine and Barack Obama doesn't.

    1. Barack Obama was right about Iraq when many of us were wrong. Iraq had nothing to do with attacking us and that was the general consensus of many European countries. Diplomacy first – war as a last resort. John McCain should know better and that’s one good reason why General Colin Powell supports Mr. Obama.

    2. Unilateralism an agenda that supports one-sided action. Such action may be in disregard for our allies.

    3. The idea that America is a nation famous as the land of opportunity but is spawning a growing underclass for whom the American Dream has become a cruel myth. The middle class, never mentioned by McCain even once in three debates, is shrinking. An America that includes everyone is truly what the United States should represent.

    4. The ability of Mr. Obama to unite us rather than divide us. John McCain is doing his best to undermine an Obama Presidency.

    It’s time to get busy fixing what the GOP broke!

    The John McCain you see before you is weak. Mentally, physically, and morally.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  224. Harold

    After what bush has done to the country and world, do you really need to ask this question.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  225. Nancy, Tennessee

    To these other 70 countries McCain looks like George Bush, just like he does here in the states. President Bush made or kept few friends while in office and there is no reason the people of these countries should want 4 more years of the same either. They think they are ready for a change. They should try living here in the good old United States under the failed Bush policies!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  226. phat joey

    I think Barack will be a better leader for the U.S although I am from Canada because Mcain is just going to continue Bush's retardedness, I also support Obama's policy. This election concerns me a lot bcecause whatever the U.S does either afects us in some way. Plus I hate sarah palin, I can't believe shes the governor of alaska. I hope all you american's vote for obama or we are gonna be in some deep trouble

    October 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  227. Vi

    Jack: WELCOME BACK. YOU ARE SURELY MISSED.

    Obama acts and talks like a President we can all be proud of. He listens, discusses and then acts like the decent human being that he is. With the 'fly off the handle' and 'hot tempered' John McCain and Sarah Palin just don't' get it'.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  228. Pam Baker

    Because McCain stirs hate and Obama fans hope.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  229. Joan (Canada)

    Obama cool and intelligent, McCain angry and old.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  230. Erik

    Jack – it is simple really.
    Obama provides, nay exudes, charismatic leadership. He helps you to believe that things can and will be better. Many of these countries look to the US for leadership. In Barack, they see a little of themselves, the hope and desire that tomorrow will be better – and so they identify with him. They know what most of us in the Unites States already know – that an Obama-led United States will set a shining example and lead the global economy, war on terror, proliferation of peace and the advancement of the human race.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  231. Carlos

    Hi Jack, welcome back !

    I recently visited several countries in europe. One of my surprises is that in some of them, I saw cars running around with bumper stickers "Obama '08". I never saw that before with any other presidential candidate.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  232. Simon in Syracuse, NY

    Hey Jack, do you think it could have anything to do with the fact that ACORN promised each and every one of them a free year's supply of rice if they registered and promised to vote absentee for Obama?

    October 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  233. Pam

    NO COMMENT– Wanted it to say Welcome Back–I really missed you.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  234. hurriCAIN PALIN

    they just cant see obamas inexperience, he will be the downfall of the united states

    October 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  235. CJ in Roanke, VA

    Glad to have you back in action Jack. I think the world is just tired of Bush, and like the USA, just wants to get somebody different in the oval office. McCain doesn't fit the description of "different" to the rest of the world. As much as we would like to think we don't need the rest of the world, we do. Just look at how the world had to come together to save the financial system.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  236. Rich from KS

    Jack,

    People in other countries perfer Barack Obama because they haven't been exposed to the GOP's sorry attempts to scare voters....All the republicans ever do is try and scare voters...

    October 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  237. Ryan in NW Indiana

    Jack, welcome back! We missed you! The people around the world see the same things in Barack that we do and it gives them hope after 8 dismal years of "W".

    Ryan in NW Indiana

    October 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  238. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Of course the McCainiacs are going to say it's because so many of them are socialist countries. But the truth is, they see the election for what it is, the potential triumph of competence over curmudgeonliness, hope over horror, and sense over senility.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  239. Beartrack Truckee,CA

    Maybe they hope that the US, under an Obama administration, would like to rejoin the World Community again. Maybe even show some real leadership in dealing with all that needs work worldwide.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  240. Afroz, Toronto, Canada

    Because we are fortunate enough to alive and see a the rise of a great leader. We normally read those stories in history classes. How do you feel when you think you have ever meet with a great leader like Mahatma Ghandi or Abraham Lincoln? Do you need more clarifications!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  241. R in CA

    There was a time when all those nations were proud to be our friends, our allies, and closely work with us. It will be nice to once again have a President that can evoke those feelings.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  242. Doreen, Cornelia Georgia

    Jack,
    I was beginning to think you really did have to crawl through barbed wire naked to see the last debate! Glad you are back.
    To answer your question, every person in every nation has a desire, a wish, and a prayer that they hope brings peace to this world we share and love. They can see that there is far bigger chance of that ever elusive "world peace" to be acquired by someone who believes in diplomacy rather than threats and in talk rather than war. Albert Einstein said "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding". No understanding can come without first listening and hearing what others want and dream. I bet we would be surprised how often it's exactly what we hope and dream.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  243. Julie

    Nice to see you back ...and just in the nick of time !

    Why do people in other countries want to see Obama as President? Because other countries do not have racist, backwoods, predjudice, hateful, fear mongering rednecks living in their countries.

    I have never in all my years seen such hateful, disgraceful, and disrepectful actions and words towards a race of people in my life !

    Some ignorant jerk actually killed an INNOCENT bear and wrapped him in Obama signs...all I have to say is "may God have mercy on his soul" because I wouldn't show any mercy towards these ignorant cowards that don't have the balls to say it to his face.

    These people that hang ghosts in their trees and write Obama on them do nothing but spread hatred and fear in a country that doesn't need to go back to the hate filled 50's and 60's. Barack Obama has more class in his little finger than McCain does in his whole body.

    John MCCain's camp does nothing to quell this hatered and if anything ...fuels the fire. Obama stands up to people who boo McCain -and tells them not to do it- he stands up for what's right and has the respect, dignity and professionalism that we need in a President. HIs mother and grandmother taught him that....I guess John McCain's mom was absent the day they taught manners-because she sure as heck didn't teach her son any.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  244. Caroline, Hamer SC

    Easy because he is SMART and has repect for all people no matter what race they are.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  245. Len in Washington

    Jack it means they're smarter than the Bush Bonzos EVER gave them credit for.

    Glad to see you back.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  246. DV

    As a proud Canadian who's been following this year's American election with unabashed enthusiasm, the only answer I can give to your questions is because Barack Obama does not only reach across the aisle, he reaches across national borders. In a world now so prone to divisiveness, there is no denying that the world is attracted to someone who represents the recognition of difference, be it thanks to his charisma as a public speaker or his qualities as a political leader. He is the voice for all who have ever felt different from the majority but wanted to make a tangible difference in the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  247. Valerie in Florida

    So glad to have you back. We all missed you.
    As for your question, my thought would be that Obama represents a true slice of America today with our diversity and cultural mixtures. I also believe that Sen Obama is a fresh face with ideals that the world is looking forward to engaging with in the future.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  248. Frank H.

    You were getting me nervous big fella, glad you're back.

    Obama is proactive McCain is reactive. We have had eight years of a reactive presidency. The world is yearning for a proactive US.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  249. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Don't leave us again, Jack. The prejudice toward McPain/Liar by some of the other "hosts" is too great to bear !!!!

    Could it be that the people in those 70 countries are smarter than the brain-washed, brow-beaten, people here that believe the fear, smear, and distraction gushing on airwaves and robocalls?

    I voted early for "That One" – So I change the channel when the two wingnuts are on.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  250. Gigi in Alabama

    Hi Jack . . . welcome back; you've been missed!!

    Now to your question. They have seen so much of Bush and his like that Obama seems like a breath of fresh air. We need to be able to interact with other countries, not antagognize them. McCain/Palin will be more of the same that we have had for the last eight years. Just think how good it will feel to know that we are actually like by the other citizens of this earth instead of loathed. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will bring us back the respect that we have so sorely lacked for so long.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  251. Rebecca from WI

    Welcome back Jack! I have missed you!

    The reason they prefer Obama to McCain? Simply put, their education systems have not failed them and therefore they are able to make an educated decision on who will best serve not only this country, but the world as a whole!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  252. Adam B

    On the Pat Bay Highway on Vancouver Island – B.C. Canada, there is a large billboard in support of Sen. Barrack Obama from Canadians.

    As a Canadian and a historian, I can tell you that Canadians have maintained a very close alliance/allegiance with the United States, excluding the past eight years; our alliance may be in tact with U.S. citizens, but the majority of Candians are starkly in disagreement with the Republican governance and policies.

    I am not voting in your election, but I see this election as the most important election in North American history, and I urge all my close neighbors to the South to support Sen. Barrack Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  253. karen Raleigh

    Because he is an intelligent , hard- working individual with strong family values. He also is very natural when he speaks which is important when you are dealing with foreign leaders and yet to go through this election for 20 months , primaries etc shows a very strong will and discipline. He and Biden are a great team and they will make us proud. Paint this country BLUE.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  254. david

    Jack, I am genuinely too deeply moved by your return to say anything but, "Thank you."

    October 21, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  255. richard of cedar city utah

    I believe that people feel that McCain/Palin would be quicker to go to war at the drop of a hat where as Obama would try to iron out problems with negotiations. Lets face it, if the rest of the world as been watching the McCain/Palin rallies, they see alot of hate, racist, and bigot remarks. Obama would be a good diplomat, and be good for the image of the US.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  256. Terry Conour

    Jack,

    Citizens of foreign countries overwhelmingly prefer Obama to McCain because they are fed up with the one remaining super-power that browbeats them into supporting American policies, right or wrong. For nearly eight long years the Bush administration has ignored other countries' legitimate concerns about America's dominance in the international community and its willingness to impose its policies by force, if necessary. It's long overdue that we toss out the clowns in the current administration and replace them with responsible politicians, diplomats and military leaders that respect the concerns and priorities of other countries, especially our allies, while calmly negotiating solutions to our differences.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  257. Michelle - Los Angeles, CA

    Welcome back, Jack! You were dearly missed!

    I tend to think that Barack's international appeal has a lot to do with his intelligence, thoughtfulness, respectfulness, and overall demeanor. Considering America is a world "power", it only makes since that its leader would be intelligent, commanding, inspirational, and thoughtful. The world has outgrown the "cowboy" and "sheriff" mentality... its time we're represented by a human being!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  258. Ray Lawson from Danville, VA

    They prefer Obama because he is a socialist and all the other countries are socialist. We are a capitalist country and that is why we are more successful. They envy us and they believe that if Barack Hussein Obama is elected our country will sink to their level. They don't want us to be successful even though they depend on us to protect them from the evils of the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  259. Susan from Culver City, CA

    Welcome back, Jack – you were sorely missed.

    The rest of the world is waiting for us to do the right thing and elect (President) Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  260. Mike

    I think you should ask Joe Biden!!!

    He seemed to sum it up pretty nicely about the 47 year old freshman senator.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  261. Peggy from Connecticut

    Jack,
    Perhaps they prefer Obama because he is not rattling any sabres threatening peace and the economic stability of other nations. In addition, as we present the face of equality and democracy to the world, shouldn't our leader represent that equality? The President of the United States must be a careful, centered leader who recognizes how great our country can be, and that this greatness can be achieved and maintained without force and the destruction of other nations. Thank you

    October 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  262. Aaron in Virginia

    This isn't just an ideological question, Jack. It's not just Right vs. Left, it's hamburger vs. steak. McCain is a fine man, but a terrible candidate for President. Obama may be the best candidate the American voters have had in generations.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  263. Erik - Belgium

    The reason we love Obama here in Europe is that he seems to be a highly intelligent, pragmatic politician with a very reasonable personality. This is what we like to see in our leaders, rather than someone who is as ordinary and mediocrely talented as possible.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  264. Frank, MO

    The fear of a person of color – or call it racism to make it a little more plain spoken.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  265. DV

    As a proud Canadian who's been following this year's American election with unabashed enthusiasm, the only answer I can give to your questions is because Barack Obama does not only reach across the aisle, he reaches across national borders. In a world now so prone to divisiveness, there is no denying that the world is attracted to someone who represents the recognition of difference, be it thanks to his charisma as a public speaker or his qualities as a political leader. He is the voice for all who have ever felt different from the majority but wanted to make a tangible difference in the world.

    Quebec, Canada

    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  266. Judy Ann

    Everyone knows that Obama has a visoin for our future and that is include everyone from birth to over 100 years old. McCain don't have a vision pass this nose.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  267. Julie from Washington

    Welcome Back Jack.
    I think what these countries see in Obama is that he is an intelligant person willing to talk with other countries. This is something that has lacked in this Administration and to listen to John McCain/Sarah Palin would happen in their Administration.
    Obama is change from the ways things have been ran..not only does Americans need a change so do all our neighbors of the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  268. Dennis North Carolina

    Glad to see you back, Jack. After Bush and Cheney taking our country from a leadership nation to being a bully country by trying to force our opinions on them for the past eight years our status in the world has fallen and McCain would follows Bush's ways. Obama will talk and listen to other countries so that they can be included in world policies. We cannot rule the world or dictate policies by ourselves.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  269. Georgejon

    dear jack today oct 21st on friends@fox (am) they incinuated by posing it as a question. that the attack on the news anchor woman who was stabbed and robbed in her home could have been because she portrayed a conservative on this new movie. GD jack this is getting lower and lower the attacks. FOX news keep saying they are fair. Come on jack.I have a 151 iq and find this offensive. what is fair incinuating this crap? You are my political mentor don't let me down,
    sincererly Georgejon Malboeuf- sweet home, oregon

    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  270. Michael

    Its not respect your silly morons. Its becuase they see him as weak. They know they will be able to get away with stuff that they wouldnt with MCcain as President. After all, The Terrorists have even endorsed Barack Nobama. That should tell the American people something. THAT, my friends, is very scary!!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  271. Amy Noir

    Jack welcome back, we missed you.
    Foreign country are more enlightened sad, we are falling behind in education

    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  272. Nancy from the Jersey Shore

    Bush ruined our relationship with the vast majority of the world. It makes sense to me that they would embrace the candidate from the other party. It amazes me that so many Americans still support McCain after the last 8 dismal years under Republican rule (I'd say leadership but there hasn't been any of that). I think Europeans have the right idea when it comes to social welfare/healthcare. No one should profit and live high on the hog while others suffer.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  273. Filipina

    Hi Jack,
    Welcome back,,,,,You were missed specially me lol.
    So happy to see you back!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  274. Bryan

    This is easy: McCain and the Republican party are viewed by the rest of the world as pompous, arrogant, hypocritical, lying bigots. They are a party of big business and are only concerned about their own bank account. They are not concerned with the people. Obama is a "transformational" figure, as Colin Powell said. He'll move this country forward, not back. McCain is a disaster, but Palin is Armageddon.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  275. Mike - Hot Springs, Ar.

    Well, when you look at Obama you are sure he is not Bush.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  276. Mark, VA

    Because they know that they will get more from Obama. More money, more give aways, more concessions, more compromise, and more freedom to destroy us.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  277. Vince

    I think part of it is because of America's unique historic position as a shining city on the hill, that people throught out the world look upon as a beakon of hope. Obama represents a rebirth of that hope, an example to the world that we are ready to lead again in a positive way. That we realy follow our own national creed that "All men are Created Equal"

    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  278. Janine

    KarenB in Polk County, Florida October 21st, 2008 1:55 pm ET

    1. why do we put so much emphasis on what they think/prefer?

    2. Has it not occured to anyone that since they “don’t like us” then
    perhaps what they prefer is not in our “best interests”?

    Well Karen, we actually live in a global economy. Every country is dependent on one another. Have you not noticed that when our market crashed, other countries markets fell also?

    October 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  279. Michael in Albuquerque

    There are a variety of reasons, but one big reason is because many of those countries have better educated, more informed, and more independent-minded citizens.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  280. abc

    great to have you back Mr. Cafferty.

    what people around the world see should be taken into consideration for us, evaluate from all angles. we no longer can nor able to ignore voices from the world, try to alienate others... we need to move to a new direction so we can restore what was lost and bring new, innovatives ideas to the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  281. Jay

    "Why do citizens in 70 foreign countries prefer Barack Obama to John McCain by a margin of nearly 4-1?"

    Stupidity.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  282. Joyce, Kentucky

    Bush/Cheney–McCain/Palin –they just make me very tired. Guess most of the world feels the same. It's time for the United States to get back to the policies that make us the United States. Vote Obama/Biden.

    Jack, so glad to have you back. Hope everything is ok.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  283. Michael watching from Canada

    Jack,

    It is an insult to anyone outside the US to suggest that Obama is a socialist when.......

    it was the Republican-led administration that just voted for a $700billion bailout to buy banks and rescue Wall Street and.....

    McCain suspended his campaign to strongly support this "socialist" bailout!

    October 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  284. Jim From Chicago

    Jack, THANK GOD YOUR BACK.

    I think people in foreign recognize someone with a brain. The real
    mean old McCain comes out more everyday, and then he has
    the gun totin Palin right by this side. She is a disgrace.

    October 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  285. Maria

    Because they are smarter than half of Americans who believe John McCain will be different. If onle the rest of the world could vote in US elections. They should be able to since it affects them too.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  286. Charles at Atlanta

    Hi, Jack. Welcome back. The GOP needs to move into 21st century. They are still arguring socialism which has been greatly adopted partially by all capitalism countries during 20th century. What do you think about the Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, unemployee insurance, Union? These are all product of socialism. BTW, we don't have wealth, we are 10+ trillions of debt. Half of that is contributed by current republican president.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  287. Nick from Chicago

    WELCOME BACK JACK!

    The rest of the world prefers Barack because they're tired of the United States bullying everyone around. They hope that finally this great nation will show some cooperation and good faith for our brethren around the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  288. Tom

    Possibly the most interesting aspect is that only 38% of those polled had a preference either way...

    October 21, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  289. John in Rohnert Park

    Where have you been young man? Glad you're back Jack. We were all about to boycott CNN if you didn't return. If Dobbs can have his own show . . . so should YOU!

    The rest of the world lacks the stupid racial hatred that we continue to fearfully thrive upon -AND- they realize Barrack is the greatest connecting link to uniting the globe since John F. Kennedy.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  290. nora CC TXAS

    So glad you are back, we missed you Jack! I think Obama is a favorite because he is an intelligent, distinguished individual. He does not look like the cranky old man that is going to yell at you and tell you to get out of his country or he will declare war on you.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  291. Mark, Vancouver, WA

    McCain grew up fighting in the Cold War. Obama grew up studying the Cold War. It is difficult to forgive and forget your enemies that you fought against, but it is easier to learn from studying about our past mistakes. The world wants to move on to a brighter future, a future that an Obama administration can help reach, while McCain seems stuck in an outdated political/diplomatic time period.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  292. Carol from Delaware

    Jack, I am just so glad that you are back – we need your common sense and 'tell it like it is' more than ever! The world has looked to the US for global leadership for the last 100 years, and feels lost without it. People all over (definitely myself included) clearly sense that Obama is the answer.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  293. Jackie

    Nice to see you back ...and just in the nick of time !

    Why do people in other countries want to see Obama as President? Because other countries do not have racist, backwoods, predjudice, hateful, fear mongering rednecks living in their countries.

    I have never in all my years seen such hateful, disgraceful, and disrepectful actions and words towards a race of people in my life !

    Some ignorant jerk actually killed an INNOCENT bear and wrapped him in Obama signs...all I have to say is "may God have mercy on his soul" because I wouldn't show any mercy towards these ignorant cowards that don't have the balls to say it to his face.

    These people that hang ghosts in their trees and write Obama on them do nothing but spread hatred and fear in a country that doesn't need to go back to the hate filled 50's and 60's. Barack Obama has more class in his little finger than McCain does in his whole body.

    John MCCain's camp does nothing to quell this hatered and if anything ...fuels the fire. Obama stands up to people who boo McCain -and tells them not to do it- he stands up for what's right and has the respect, dignity and professionalism that we need in a President. HIs mother and grandmother taught him that....I guess John McCain's mom was absent the day they taught manners-because she sure as heck didn't teach her son any.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  294. Scott from Atlanta, GA

    Jaaaaaack's Baaaaaack! Your candidness (to say the least) was indeed sorely missed.
    The answer is, Obama is willing to talk to both friends and enemies to resolve international issues. Bush wasn't even willing to talk to friends–and McCain is (SURPRISE!) perceived the same way, but perhaps even more belligerent. McCain's right, he's "not George Bush." Perhaps Obama isn't been fair–to Bush.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  295. Albert D, VA

    Citizens in other countries prefer Obama to MCain because they dislike Bush and even if McCain will not be a continuation of the last 8 years, that is what citizens in other cuntries assume. Also, as mentioned above, Obama has a Kenyan father, and was raised for part of his life outside of the US and so the people of this world take this to be more important in foreign policy than the years mcCain had stuck in a prioson in Vietnam. Also, they see that he is very well educated and represents a more diverse and acepting United States, partly due to his race.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  296. Ria Remila Seattle, WA

    Obama's persona and his intellectual is the reason. He is positive individual and He CAN mend the broken bridge between USA and the rest of the world.
    Love you Jack!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  297. Josh

    They prefer him because they are quite able to discern the voice of reason and intelligence, and they know who alone will provide the steady leadership that will benefit not only the U.S. but their own countries as well.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  298. bill pike

    common sense works for me.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  299. common sense

    Is seems pretty obvious to me. If you we're a foriegn country, wouldn't you stand to benefit greatly from the most inexperienced, liberal and socially minded person holding the purse strings to the worlds largest cash cow.
    And, if you we're a communist regime, a dictatorship, or a country that harbors terrorist wouldn't you stand to gain from the very same type of person. The bottom line is this; we do not need a "citzen of the world" at this juncture in history.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  300. Matt

    Hey Jack,

    Who cares what they think actually. They don't vote and therefor their say does not matter. They are also the same people Biden said want to test Baracks mettle don't forget. Wasn't that another way of saying kill and hurt people to see what he is made of? Innocent people need to suffer so that Barack can finally gain some experience? How can you support him when his own VP said that? The same VP who said Barack did not have enough experience when he ran against him.

    They perfer him because he is weak and therefor having him elected weakens America which is what they have wanted for a while now.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  301. Patricia F Pine Plains NY

    Jack, So Happy to see you back. Truly missed you.

    Countries all over the world can step back a little further than we Americans and see these two for exactly who they are. One a hot head, the other cool and calm. They are comparing Obama, as many do, to JFK and they're already falling in love with him. Only once every 40 or so years does a man like this come along. Let's hope that we don't blow it.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  302. Carolyn Morrison

    Welcome back Jack! We missed you big time.

    Because he is the more reasonable and level-headed of the two. He seems to have a better grasp of economics and also knows that the US must restore its standing in world affairs. People all over the world are following this election with great interest and concern. What happens in the US will have an impact on all of us. Go Obama Go.

    Kingston Ontario Canada

    October 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  303. N.S , Huntsville Al

    WOW your back Jack!!! yeah They need to get rid of all the other CNN non reporting facts people. Good to have you back

    October 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  304. Murf

    Jack,

    It is good to see you back, you and your family are in our prayers.

    Murf

    October 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  305. Rich G. NYC

    I'll tell you why, it's a no-brainer!

    McCain DOES NOT have the temperament to handle difficult situations and would resort to military actions over diplomacy. It has become quite evident to other countries who the correct choice would be.

    Senator Obama has experienced all "walks of life" here in the US and internationally and has shown humanity throughout the entire campaign to ability to unite and compromise.

    Thats the Fact JACK!! Welcome back

    October 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  306. Lou Mullin

    Yeah!!!!!!! Your back!!!!! Now the world is better.

    Barack speaks "world". He wants to talk to them and get to know them. He looks like "world" and he is smart enough to listen.

    The world is a good now. You're back.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  307. cr

    They prefer Obama because if he wins the U.S. will become just like they are. Liberal countries who don't believe anything is worth fighting for and who belive that the goverment should provide free housing, education, welfare and healthcare – because they're ENTITLED to it.

    Carol
    New Jersey

    October 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  308. Pavi, NC

    I am sooooooo happy to see you! We all really missed not having you in CNN.

    Btw, I am not an American but I like Obama because to me he is a true American. He has good values that people all over the world share. He understands the west and the east. He respects people and people respect him.

    Obama is humble and wise. How could anyone not respect this man?

    October 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  309. the other jd

    'Cause they are afraid McCain will kick the bucket, and they will be stuck dealing with President Palin. (How is that for a scarey Hallowe'en scenario?)

    October 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  310. KATHYG

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY YOU ARE BACK... I MISS YOU ..
    WELCOME BACK....................

    October 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  311. Bridgette-PA

    Who in their right mind wouldn't prefer OBAMA over McSame? When you look at the two of them, side by side, one of them is always calm and charismatic while the other is agitated, frustrated, swinging his arms all over the place, rolling his eyes in the back of his head while giving you a fake smile that reeks of hate. Which one would you want giving you a life saving surgery if you had to have it? BTW, good to have ya back, Jack!

    OBAMA/BIDEN -9!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  312. Michael

    80 percent of you on here have already drinken the cool aid!!! Sorry Losers!! You are all being fooled!!!! You are all the same idiots that are for Higher taxes for the corporations that make over $200,000.00. Did it ever occur to you that they dont and never will pay taxes. The American people pay the corporate taxes. They pass them off in the sales to us! Geezz.......... People! GET EDUCATED!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  313. Jan - Toronto , Canada

    Jack, welcome back ......

    Jack, we have had a number of fun polls up here during our past election .
    The last such poll that I heard of here in Canada, put Obama at 70%,
    Our Harper at around 15% and Mccain at 13% ......Simply put "WE GET IT"

    October 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  314. Linda32

    Glad to see you back Jack!!!! You were missed!

    Maybe because they see the opportunity to return the US to the standards of the past. McCain will probably cost this country additional allies.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  315. Gary - Woodhave, Michigan

    It's great that you're back, missed your voice.

    Compassion transcends the great challenges of life with grace.
    Obama is of a grace McCain will never know because of his narrow mindedness.

    The world wants to be accepted for who the are with compassion, gratitude, and love, not what another Republican wants them to be.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  316. RRE, Kansas

    Because they see him as a Socialist like their governments. They like Obama because he will bring down America's super power and we will become the UNITED SOCIALIST STATES OF AMERICA. Welcome Back Jack.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  317. Kevin in Portland, Oregon

    This country has been ran by old, white men long enough. If we do what we always have done, we're going to get what we always have gotten.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  318. Liz in Towson, MD

    Welcome back, Jack; we missed you! Hope all is well.

    70 other countries prefer Obama for several reasons:
    1) he doesn't want to "bomb, bomb, bomb" them.
    2) they're used to progressive leadership, including having someone of an atypical gender or race in a position of leadership.
    3) they want peace and know how to attain it peacefully–unlike our current President and his heir apparent.

    The problem with the US is that our politicians tend to be so full of themselves they refuse to admit they could learn a few lessons from other countries. Thankfully, Sen. Obama is one of the rare few who possess that talent.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  319. Mark K

    Many foreign students I have spoken to have noted the connection most Europeans make between George W Bush and John McCain. The majority of the world did not agree with our involvement in Iraq, and the majority of the world would like to see some 'change.'

    October 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  320. Matt

    Medford, MA

    Hello Jack! People all over the world support Obama because they are not as gullible and easily fooled by the McCain campaign's alluding to religious accusations, racial undertones, and warnings of communism. People in the rest of the world Care about the issues, and when it comes to the issues, Obama takes it hands-down.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  321. Jordan, New York

    Hmm, that's a tough one Jack. Why would people prefer a young inspiring advocate of change and improving America's standing in the world to an old warmonger who wants to continue America's tradition of senseless invasions and useless violence?

    October 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  322. John S. from Denver, CO

    I am concerned with many of the responses which suggest the theory that Obama has higher approval ratings outside of the U.S. simply because these countries hate us and wish to see us fail.

    I believe that Obama is more favored by foreign powers out of a self preservation instinct. Other countries would prefer to see this man who is the more peaceful of the two major candidates in office because it lends greater hope to the prospect of more peaceful resolutions. Although the U.S. does have many problems currently that await resolution, we are still the dominant superpower in the world, and people will prefer a peaceful man to a purely military mind.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  323. jm for sc

    Jack,
    People in other countries prefer Obama because they probably feel that he sweep around his own doors rather than sweeping around theirs.

    Who in their right minds would want a president who shoots first and read reports later?

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  324. Obama Central (a.k.a. sheep herding)

    They know inexperience and a pushover when they see one!!!
    4 out of 5 countries hate the US. They want to see us fail. Probably the same 4 that want Obama elected.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  325. Tylen

    Jack,

    I think it's really this simple: Barack Obama has more appeal.

    Of course, by "appeal" I mean that he's: more articulate, better educated, warmer, more engaging, and more inspiring, than John McCain.

    I think many people out there in the world might be fearful that John McCain snubbed them by choosing a VP pick who is disinterested in visiting the world outside her front lawn. They may worry that his eagerness to go to war might draw their sons and daughters into battles they don't support. They may worry that his campaign's strategies and tactics reveal a man who is unwilling to work with people from different backgrounds than his own.

    Conversely, Obama chose a man with a stellar foreign policy background as his running mate. He thinks diplomacy should play an expanded role in conflict resolution. He has demonstrated a profound willingness to work with people of all backgrounds to accomplish goals to make the world better for all of its inhabitants.

    Again, it's really simple: Obama has more appeal.

    Tylen Darling
    Laurel, Maryland

    October 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  326. Carl

    Obama wants to open relations between the US and other countries.
    McCain wants to send more troops in other countries

    Offer of friendship vs Military action...not a hard choice there.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  327. Murf

    Jack,

    They prefer Obama for the most simple reason. He is clearly the better person for the job. He is calmer, more intelligent, a better speaker, and more representative of what is good in our society.

    Once in a while the rest of the world just might be right.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  328. Lynette of CA

    foreign countries prefer Obama because the world is at a defining moment in history. We now depend on each other more than ever before to tackle issues affecting our financial markets and issues like global warming. America is the leader in applying the glue, and Obama represents a 21st century world.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  329. Chryssa

    People who live in other countries tend to have more exposure to foreign cultures. Their borders are closer, the tourism more mixed, the language education more comprehensive. These citizens look beyond skin color and strange middle names and focus on the actions, judgement and record of a person. Clearly Obama's the winner.

    Boise, ID

    October 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  330. John Air Force Vet

    Most of the world has looked to the U.S. as a beacon of hope and advocate for human rights. This image has been fading. Those who once admired us are loosing faith in our motivations and questioning our brand as the supporters of democracy. Obama gives them hope that American will live up to what it professes to be.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  331. wrigley

    Nice to see you back Jack ! We really missed you...I hope you're doing much better. You've been through so much lately , I hope you are taking care of yourself. Please know that we are all here for you and if you need anything at all- just ask... :) You're a real trooper and we will help you through this trying time.

    No comment- just wanted to say hello.

    We love you Jack !

    October 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  332. Carolyn in Oregon

    So glad you're back with your honest observations, etc. You bring a refreshing outlook to all of us!

    As for Barack Obama being preferred by the countries of the world......they cannot see why we always pick the good old boy that we want to party with. A friend of ours from Germany says we should pick the most intelligent person to lead the country. Hopefully Obama will be elected.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  333. John in Ohio

    Obama is clearly the more stable and reliable candidate. The rest of the world loves him because he is unlikely to go to war with them. McCain seems like he is still fighting the Cold War, still obsessed with a world dominated by the threat of Communism and Russian aggression, when McCain's world doesn't exist anymore. Obama seems like a much safer and more agreeable candidate. It's that simple.

    John in Columbus Ohio

    October 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  334. Keith Omemee, Canada

    Hi Jack. The Iraq war, a dropped ball in Afganistan, a tanking world economy primarily resulting from U.S. inspired de-regulation and greed. We want change too! Hell, we should be allowed to vote!

    Keith, Omemee, Canada

    October 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  335. Diane

    Two points: (1) Thank you for bringing to the fore the fact that most countries of the world prefer Obama to McCain. Generally, the American media don’t do enough to inform the electorate of the way in which their leaders are perceived. Thanks for being the exception. And a large portion of the American electorate either doesn’t care as a result, or doesn’t think it matters. Both are dangerous in a globalized world. (2) Why did a recent poll discover that the majority of countries prefer Obama? For the simple reason that his thinking (on economic, social and international issues) is far more in sync with that of the rest of the Western World. His running mate is also a better “fit” among the community of nations. And wait till these countries hear what McCain had to say, i.e. that he is the better candidate because the world will immediately set out to test Obama, if elected, whereas they wouldn’t with him as President. What is this wonky argument all about? This is the kind of attitude that caused ridicule to rain on Bush for 8 years.
    It’s also what prompted me to send in this comment.
    Diane, Ottawa, Canada

    October 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  336. Stefan from Hoffman Estates, IL

    They prefer Obama because he doesn't ask "what have you done for me?" Or "what can you do for me?" He doesn't shun countries and leaders for having different goals, instead he talks about building relationships that ask "what can we accomplish together?" It is not hard to see what they find appealing in Obama...it is hard to believe that so many people in this country dislike Obama and his agenda.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  337. Anita Lesko

    McCain pals with Bob Stumpf, former Naval Aviator who was at the top of the TAILHOOK SCANDAL that rocked the Navy. Stumpf is also one of McCain's Delegates. Also, when McCain was a fighter pilot, he dropped bombs on people for a living. Before he slings mud at Obama he better look at what he's done in his life.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  338. Kev in Saskatchewan, Canada

    good to have you back Jack....

    Here's how the rest of the world is viewing the election.....we are scared. The United States is the greatest, most powerful nation in the world so it is very concerning to see all the garbage that the McCain campaign has decided to push instead of actual issues. Ayres....ACORN....Jeremiah Wright.....Joe "The Plumber"(?!).....today he even attacked Obama on baseball.....sheesh. In Barrack Obama, the rest of the world does not see a black man with a Muslim name running for president. We see a cool, confident leader. We see a communicator. We see open doors. We see hope for a better future. We see a man who will restore the rest of the worlds faith in your great nation. The world is waiting to love the United States again......McCain and Palin are frightening to us. Obama is our future as well as yours. God bless.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  339. Mike Ryan

    Rest of the world wants to live in peace. Obama sure looks like a peacemaker.
    MIKE
    Snellville, GA

    October 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  340. Jill in Wichita, Ks.

    They have seen what poor listeners McCain and Palin are. They are aither unable or unwilling to understand or accept facts. They have misrepresented and distorted Obama's view to the point of insiting hate against a great diplomat and public servant. I can only assume, as those polled did, that they would do the same in their relationships with foreign leaders as well. What a disgrace, how un-American.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  341. Rob Spectre

    As Gen. Powell said in his endorsement Sunday, the world is expecting generational change. The host of issues we face globally is so large and rooted in the past sixteen years of governing, the passing of the torch has become an international imperative.

    Beyond his comparisons to Kennedy, intellectual vigor, and once-in-a-lifetime leadership potential, Obama more than anything represents a new generation of government and, hopefully, a new age for the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  342. Dr. Zion Solomon, Nigeria

    Because President Obama will be the hope of World in solving the Financial crisis after Christ Jesus the Saviour of the World.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  343. Gloria Steinberg

    OK, let's try it THIS way. Your readers are so smart and they have the right ideas....nope, can't do it. JEALOUSY! Like I said the first time, but you obviously do not agree. And no one gets posted unless you agree.

    Fine.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  344. Allan, Folsom, CA

    Why do citizens in 70 countries prefer Obama? For the same reasons that Americans prefer Obama, of course.

    People are people wherever you go. And given a choice between hope and fear, the future and the past, unity and divisiveness, people will always choose hope, the future, and unity.

    Welcome back, Jack, you have been missed.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  345. Andrew Mitty

    People in other countries prefer Obama over McCain because they see his intelligence... Many McCain supporters are ignorant... and either McCain and Palin are ignorant as well, or they are manipulating the ignorant population of America. What they don't realize is that America isn't stupid and they will vote for Obama if they have any brain at all. Obama has better plans for health care, the economy, and education (including college and grade school). All these issues are things we need to focus on in order for this country to advance. We will never advance if all we do is fight a war for an endless amount of time and keep using up all of our oil. We need new technology, we need a smarter population.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  346. Jim

    Although I would like to say that Obama is better liked because of his policy proposals, I think that it comes down to foreign incomprehension with the religious conservatism that is so strongly associated with the Republican party. The majority of today's first world nations have very progressive attitudes on issues ranging from healthcare to gay rights to foreign policy. For people who live in these countries, the Democratic party candidate (no matter who it is) would almost automatically be prefered. And when you add the world's simmering resentment over America's "imperialist" war in Iraq, which is blamed the world over on George W. Bush, and you begin to see why the Republican candidate has fallen out of favor. Perhaps McCain's forceful quote "I am not George W. Bush" needs to be translated into 80 additional languages.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  347. fredoiknowitwasyou

    Senator McCain has been tested with his country first mantra ...He put his country first, right behind Charles Keating. We're so stupid as to let this guy return to the seen of the crime to pick the bones from his last road-kill, the senior citizens & American taxpayers to the tune of $125 billion dollars. That's what associations can do for you. That's what "experience" can do for you. That's what deregulation has done for US. Ayers & Wright hasn't cost US a dime, just a penny for thought.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  348. marie Mtl, Can.

    Youppiiiiiiiiii Jack is back.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  349. Monica

    Soooo glad you are back!
    Simple, Obama is open minded and doesn't look down at the rest of the world. I believe the world looks at the US for leadership, and Obama offers a view of the world that is not as self centered and is much more inclusive, INTELLIGENT, respecful and collaborative. He is a transformational leader who is appealing beyond race, gender, generation and even nationality and he has the potential to be an exceptional world leader.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  350. Obi Ogueri

    Hello Jack,

    Not only is Obama presidential, he exhibits charisma. Also, listening to Obama, one would realize that he is diplomatic in his decisions and would not just go attacking countries all over just as Bush did and as McCain would do since he (McCain) has always supported Bush's Policies.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  351. Praetorian, Ft. Myers

    Because the past 8 years GOP leadership and foreign policy have been a dismal failure.

    Obama has shown his willingness to change–not just Washington–but himself and his strategies–in real time to situations over the past two years. He's taken it all–remaining civil, with presumably great thought and accepted guidance from a historical number of conservative and liberal experts–who have come to admire him.

    He may not be the one...
    but a majority of Americans and our friends around the globe believe he deserves the chance. After our historic decline in prestige, wealth, and diplomatic weight–how much worse could he be?

    October 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  352. Ginny

    I suspect that foreign countries welcome the more open approach Obama has. He is willing to meet with them and discuss our differences as well as those things we have in common.

    Following the Bush approach of separatism hasn't worked too well for us and we shouldn't continue down that road.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  353. Ashok

    Welcome back, Jack !

    I'm a naturalized US citizen who chose to become a citizen ( not for economic or political repression reasons) but because I truly believe in the American Ideal.

    Having lived in various parts of the world, I know first-hand what a beacon of hope America is to folks all over the world- and how puzzled and upset they are when the beacon is dimmed by actions such as those of the Republicans/Bush. McCain is seen(rightly or wrongly) as an extension of Bush, and Obama is seen as someone who can restore the world's perception of all the good things that America is about.

    If you look at the results by country, it is clear that our biggest allies are among those most disappointed by Bush/ McCain and most enthusiastic about Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  354. Adam

    Good to see you back jack.

    The World's economy is all conected to the U.S.'s economy and everybody else around the world knows that. If we fail they fail, so they realize who would be the better leader that can lead us out of these crises.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  355. ****

    Obama is the leader preaching CHANGE! people around the world want change! in addition, he is bright and influential! people trust him! his words and directions will be more accepted by world leaders and he will have more likely to make global changes. it is very simple! worlds has been waiting for him!
    Calgary, Canada

    October 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  356. Alexis in Austin, Texas

    Jack it is good to see you back! I think they prefer Barack Obama because they are probably like the rest of American citizens and are tired of Bush and his Administration.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  357. Bruce, Vancouver BC CANADA

    While it would be ideal to have you elect someone who didn't depend on their faith in an unprovable, all-powerful entity to guide them in their daily affairs, Obama seems to the less dependent on faith, more educated, and more emotionally in control of your choices.

    As a neighbor, I'd sleep better at night knowing the guy in charge down south with the fingers on the buttons was less interested in getting into heaven & more concerned with the here & now.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  358. richard a. winkler

    Because they know McCain is just four more years of Bush.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  359. Ananik

    I only want to add that the caption under the huge poster in Belgrade you depict does NOT say "europe has no alternative"...It says in Serbian "Kosovo is Serbian"..
    Europe may well not have an alternative and I am a strong Obama supporter, but, really, don't assume no one can understand any foreign slogan you put up and translate very very losely..In this case really off..FYI-I lived in Serbia for a year...

    October 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  360. Sean from NC

    Welcome back Jack. We missed your honesty. The reason why 70 countries prefer Barack over McCain is clear. Americans are still apprehensive to a black man leading the country. Barack has not ran his campaign as a black man, but as an American. There's a lot of bigotry and ill-informed people that still thinks that Barack is the first Muslim/Christian/Arab/Black/Terrorist/Socialist/whatever the Palin-McCain ticket can think to call him next. This is horrible and I'm fearful.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  361. Ratka, Serbia

    This billboard is from Serbia, I passed it couple of times feeling very satisfied and hopeful that the next president of the USA will be Barack. Why? Because his presence just radiates hope, intelligence, strength. That is why, from the South of Europe, I was so deeply involved in your primaries and debates. I respect him and I admire him. He makes people feel like they're valued, regardless of the geographical background. Think about that when you cast your vote in November. Hopefully, for Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  362. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Welcome back Jack you were truely missed.

    To answer your question, Sen Obama is smart, intelligent, educated and would rather talk to you first to try to come up with a peacefull resolution than to BOMB BOMB BOMB your country.

    Val
    Atlanta, Georgia

    October 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  363. Firefly

    Because he inspries people of all colors, because we live on earth and we are all differenent and he does not remind you that you are different, but instead inspires you to rise above the difference and join to do good for Children first among other things. His principals are simple but down to earth. He understands that we need to protect people from people who do not think and create War...he understand that before we think about WAR, we need to be human and reach out to talk...he is going to be well respected by all the countries around the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  364. Dan

    This is an easy one, Jack. Barack Obama sees the world in a very different way than John McCain. In John McCain's world, America is still the lone superpower; the righteous global dominator that is somehow "different" from and "better" than other nations. John McCain thinks that America is a special place–and a place that every other nation should envy. Well, America is a special place, I'll give John McCain that. But Barack Obama sees America as special because we have the ability to be global leaders; a nation which acts as a role-model for the entire world. We should be leading the charge into the 21st century– and citizens around the world see Barack Obama as the man that can best move America into a new era.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  365. Tyra Nartey

    Hi Jack!

    I am soooooooooo glad you're back.. my family and I are still praying for you and your family.

    Foreigners like Obama because he's personable, humble, decent and a Leader.. he's shown he can lead this nation. He has carried himself very well through out the past 20 months. I had my doubts about him when he first surfaced but I have followed this election process and I truly ADMIRE and RESPECT him. I also applaud his campaign staff and above all his WIFE.

    Thx,

    Tyra

    October 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  366. Tim, Clemmons NC

    Jack!!! Your back!! About time. We need some honest opinions for a change. That's because the world known McCain is a loose cannon.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  367. Judy Whitney

    Simply put, they see the difference between WAR and PEACE.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  368. Kiah G.

    JACK you're back! Man you've been missed, I can't tell you how good it is to see the Cafferty File!

    Anyway, Obama is loved all over this world because McCain is a complete and utter disappointment not just to the American people but the human race. They see what he is resorting to just to win an election and they know he's not good for America or this world. We are a nation that needs a leader who respects one another and sees past our differences into our similarities. Not one that uses those differences against each other. Simply put the world knows what a lot of America's also know and that is Barack Obama is what America needs because the alternative is stuck in the dangerous and ugly past.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  369. PJ

    Why? Because misery loves company you bonehead. The rest of the world wants us to veer towards European socialism. Then where will they get their charity money from? Pelosi, Reid and Barney will have spent it all will have spent it all.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  370. Deborah

    I think I speak for so many, Jack....we are so very happy to have you back!

    The answer to your question is hope. The world sees hope in Barack Obama - hope that America will once again be the country it was during the Clinton administration.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  371. Matt in MN

    I'd say several reasons.

    First most of the countries throughout the world have a dislike for Bush, thus they will pretty much automatically favor someone at the opposite end of his policies.

    Second, a lot of the European nations see Obama moving the United States away from the model it's had since it's inception, and moving it towards the same socialist model they're countries use.

    Third, and last and IMO would only represents a small portion of the people/countries polled - they see Obama as a "weaker" (in terms of how he'd respond) to threats to the US compared to Obama. There are dictators/rules out there, who have sworn destruction to the US who have thrown support behind Obama. I believe it's because those individuals feel they are more likely to get away with things under Obama's watch, than that of Mccain. - Again, I think this only represents a tiny fraction of those polled, and I think the largest reason has to due with a vast majority of the world's distain for GWB.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  372. Suzanne

    They prefer Obama because our liberal media prefers Obama and thats where they get most of their information. Also many European countries are much closer to socialism which is what Obama is advocating.

    I don't want to be like all of them. I want to be the United States of American with freedom to fail or succeed and where hard work is rewarded not taxed.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  373. Sebastian (Carlsbad)

    Obama would mark an end to Cowboy diplomacy and the US acting like a righteous bully in world affairs.

    Right now, no other country believes that American will ask for, or consider, its input in a foriegn policy or military crisis.

    In this day and age of of leadership being "inclusive" and "persuasive", being the "bully" is not what we say we value in executive managers.

    McCain, like Bush, would continue to be more of the bully. Barack would be viewed as a team builder.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  374. Mike D from Michigan

    The rest of the world prefers Obama because they realize he has a better approach to working with other countries. McCain wants to lead with guns, whereas Obama looks for solutions first. They understand his ideas and judgment are more reasonable in the modern world. All this while staying calm and collected throughout his campaign versus the erratic McCain. Looking presidential + best judgment and ideas = world popularity.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  375. Ken in Dallas

    Put very simply, the world thinks McCain's dangerously unbalanced.

    I live in the world, Jack.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  376. Steven Wilson

    Bravo, Jack! It boggles the mind that Barack's positive reception overseas is being used against him by the narrow-minded McCain campaign. After years of watching Bush burn in effigy by our allies, you'd think McCain-ites would understand it's time to repair the damage and put America back in the "they like us" column.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  377. Dr. Zion Solomon, Nigeria

    Obama,s Presidency will be the Hope for quick solution to the World,s financial crisis.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  378. Will from Berlin

    Welcome Back Jack!

    I think I can sum it up after living through the last 8 years of the Bush Administration here in Germany...

    Europeans, as we Americans, ALL WANT A CHANGE!!!

    Good to see ya back!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  379. Peter (CA)

    Jack,

    It's because Obama is willing to establish his own relationship with them. Although he has a sense of who can be trusted and who cannot, he is givng the leaders of the other countries enough rope to hang themselves. If they are willing to work with us, he can work with them.
    It's called diplomacy. It is something that was seriously lacking in this current administration and it is a quality that Sen. McCain (the 2008 version) has been unable to articulate. Also, the ineptness of Gov. Palin to show some understanding of world affairs does not help.
    Of course, the right wingers will give their own negative spin just like they did when he took his trip abroad and was able to mend several fences that the right wingers destroyed.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  380. Chipster

    There's really very little left to be said about McCain and Palin. They're all over the map with contradictions, exaggerations, outright lies, and panic – panic – panic. This is certainly NOT the leadership we need in these troubled times. People all over the world are nervous about McCain's volatility and Palin? well, there's hardly enough space or time to cover the problems there.

    Pennsylvania

    October 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  381. Will

    It's quite simple really Jack: Those countries want to see a militarily and economically WEAKER America, and Obama would ensure that happens. Who cares what foreigners think of our country? Hamas also wants Obama to be President, does that mean Hamas is right?

    October 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  382. Joe in Fl

    They are tired of being treated like you're either with us or against us.
    If the USA is to regain the status of the World leader, then we need a leader who will include all the World, with a superior intellect capacity, than we have had in the past 8 years or possibly the next 4 years.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  383. Ian Lynch

    It's everybodies economy stupid!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  384. Andrea, Maryland

    We missed you Jack! Smooches!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  385. Lorenzo, Lawrenceville, GA

    I think that the rest of the world is ready for some change too. They see the policies that Obama offers and its different than the policies that we currently have and would continue to have if McCain were elected. Just the fact that he is willing to sit down with leaders of other countries instead of calling them an axis of evil tells a lot about is character, and it shows that he really wants to improve the U.S. standing in the world,

    October 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  386. Greg Pottstown Pa

    Jack,
    To answer that question I think people would need to know which countries we are talking about. It is a known fact that America is the most hated country in the world. Most countries would like to see America suffer out of plain jealousy. It is also noteworthy to mention that many of the countries America may consider enemies are included in your stats.
    If you want a real answer to your question then hear it is, they like him because they don't know the truth of who this man is. The Only thing they know for shore is that he is socialists and so are they (in most cases).

    I have a question of my own. Since when dose America let other countries tell us what is best for us?

    October 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  387. RealityKing

    Misery loves company! Unless of course, Jack also believes all these other countries are better off than America??

    October 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  388. Ian Lynch - Jamaica

    Its the economy stupid!!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  389. Eric

    Jack, before I answer, you got to promise me to do something about Dobbs. I can't stand his lies and right-wing propaganda going on everyday. Is there any way to burn the cables before he goes on air?

    As for Obama, beyond anything else, it's his lack of arrogance. He does not think US is always right, always the best, the greatest, something others countries can not stand, especially when it's compared to facts. You have the highest crime rate in western countries, the higher infant death rate, the lower results in education, the greatest disparity between citizens, and so on. Obama recognizes the greatness of the US without being bling about all his shortcomings.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  390. Elaine Ontario Canada

    The reasons so many countries like Obama over McCain is obvious.
    All you need to do is look at their campaigns. McCain's campaign is causing violence and hatred stirred up mostly by Sarah Palin's rallies.
    Is this really the side of USA that you want to broadcast across to the world, I don't think so. 90% of Americans don't feel like this but for the 10% that do it ruins it for the majority of Americans. The 90% of Americans that don't feel like this should stand up against the 10% that do. Obama shows the side of America that the rest of the world wants to see. I never thought that McCain would allow his campaign to stoop to this kind of sickening politics. Obama is about uniting the country and McCain is about dividing the country, at least that's what it looks like.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  391. JD in Moraga, CA

    People who say that other countries' opinions don't matter take a dangerously naive position for any number of reasons, the most obvious of which include:

    1) the safety and security of the United States depends on cooperation with our allies

    2) we owe a lot of money to a lot of those countries

    The difference seems to be that the Senator from Illinois is running for the office of President of the United States, while the Senator from Arizona is running for Commander in Chief.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  392. Karen C

    No matter what language you speak, people recognize hope, dignity and true leadership. When we look back in 4 years, the real message of why McCain lost will be because he really didn't understand the big picture of love, peace and unity. There's a shift going on.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  393. ADU from SEATTLE

    Forces of division, hatred and bigotry, BEWARE.
    JACK is Back.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  394. NICHOLAS, ASTORIA, NEW YORK

    Hi Jack,

    People are tired of the Republican arrogant way of politics.Its quite insulting to the American People and the World and i do have to blame George W for their decline of political power.When you have someone vote on more than 90% of the same politics,the same politics that got us to this point to begin with,then people look to fresh & new and that is Barack Obama.His demeanor is presidential and his pick for VP couldnt of been a wiser choice.We see more of the same partisan politics coming from the McCain/Palin camp especially Palin who is causing the American people more harm than good.We need someone,that someone is Obama to restore faith in government,restore our ties with the rest of the world and bring this illegal war to an end.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  395. Doris - Pgh.PA

    Because they recognize a grown up when they see one. They have an
    overall view of the world, unlike us. They know he would he would be a true leader of the world, willing to bring back that good feeling many countries used to have about us. Obama encompasses all that it means to be American with his diverse background. I agree, they are smarter than we are. Welcome back, Jack.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  396. Barbara, Montreal

    Jack,
    I hear it all the time from politians that other countries does not like the US. I am Canadian and it is not the people of the US we do not like, its the government of the US. I think may countries sees Obama as a different type of leader and I am sure with him in office many countries that is said to not liking the US will now start liking the US. Most leaders in the US treats other countries with NO respect and feels that they must always dictate to everyone else. If you do not agree with them you are on their hit list. They try to bully everyone around instead of working on creating peace. Obama is different, he will lisen to other countries no matter how small they are and work with them to solve problems not bully them into doing what the US thinks is best.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  397. Lynn, Frustrated Republican for Obama

    The rest of the World can see the effects of the last 8 years probably better then we can – we are no longer the Best of the Best to the rest of the World, we are more like the Bully not to be trusted. They can clearly see that it is not cream at the top of our society, but mold. Lets hope we can bring the change that Obama has in mind and not keep feeding the mold in the McCain plan. Lynn, Republican for Obama, SD County

    October 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  398. Emerson in Mass.

    Yeah ... and given the choice, most NFL teams would prefer that the Indianapolis Colts bench Peyton Manning and use Jim Sorgi as their starting quarterback.

    I, too, would prefer Sen Obama, but the choice of those outside our country is irrelevant ... sometimes their interests happen to collide with ours.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  399. Anita

    We love you Jack, and we miss you. Sorry about the terrible, terrible pain you are going throught. My best wishes are with you. But please hurry back, we really need you with only 2 more weeks to the election. We need your common sense and rabid humor to help clarify all the nonsence out there. Anita, Columbia, MO

    October 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  400. kjs/alabama

    WELCOME BACK JACK! Why the other countries prefer Obama/Biden?
    No disrespect to Senator McCain for his service to the United States...but there is the BIG picture and right now that is getting American back in stable conditions with our economy so that we can all LIVE!...we can't fix the economy reminiscing about McCain's war services no matter how great an honor is due him...we need a PLAN to take this country forward and Senator Obama has that plan. Fact number 2. They all know Palin is a token, not to be taken seriously. How many times have we heard on camera a foreign dignitary say to H. Clinton, C.Rice or M.Albright..."If they ask me to shake your hand one more time, I am going to get me a hug?"..it was said to Palin on camera......they know she is a McCain token.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  401. uncle jimbo - Chicago

    Welcome back Jack – we missed you.

    1st. – There are plenty of guys I'd like to have a beer with, but not a single one would I like as Pres of our Country.

    2nd – A choice of a Constitutional Law scholar vs. a party boy with a chip on his shoulder that finished 3rd. from the bottom of his class at the Naval Acadamy, which he most likely would not have even been admited except for his daddy and grandpa being Navy Admirals.

    3rd. and finaly just look at the judgment used when choosing their VP running mate. No explanation needed on this one.

    Obama will unite the Country and bring back a sence of respect to the U.S in the worlds eyes once again.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  402. Brian

    Jack, its simple. Obama is the best person for the job and most of the world can recognize that without any of the fears and predjudices that people have here. And welcome back, I missed your point of view on this presidential campaign.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  403. Kerryn

    Jack! I hope your rested, and don't you ever wonder off like that again;)
    Senator Obama exudes respect and leadership...both for others and for his country. He is a Global kind a guy. And it is about time too, a citizen can rest easy when they know that the leader of thier nation is competant and all is under control..constitutionally...I guess other countries know that too.
    from Iowa.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  404. Alice

    Because they see Obama as a serious figure and McCain as another a power-hungry nut job. They see through the guy whose campaign is based questioning his opponent's patriotism.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  405. Rockett in waverly

    Why would they not, He shows he has a heart and doesn't care what color your skin is. People in other countries are not racist like so many americans are, this I say with a tear in my heart.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  406. Richard Silberg

    Perhaps the foreigners don't get robo-calls,watch mud-slinging deceptive ads, or attend rallies but listen to what the candidates actually say about their plans and ignore the negativity of the desperate. The choice of the candidate who foments divisiveness and the one who talks about one America makes it surprising the foreigners are not even more in favor of the clear choice for restoration of our once lofy reputation.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  407. Paul

    Actually, the billboard in the image says "Kosovo is Serbia". It does *not* say "Europe has no alternative."

    October 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  408. raymond j. lopez

    mccain voted along with his cowboy buddy better than 90% of the time. how can mccain expect to be received favorably by any foreign country. we need a new leader with a fresh idea on how to bring our allies closer to our side and not drive them further away. we need help from other countries in this battle against terrorist, we can not afford to fight this battle alone.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  409. Arpit Dave

    Barack Obama represents what "could be" in their own lands.

    A nation where, in spite of fighting a war against Islamic fascism, we can elect a man with the middle name Hussein. A nation where, just when the hegemony seems ready to crumble, the people stand up and say, "No, we will not go readily into the night."

    People worldwide aspire to the democracy we have. Barack Obama represents the dream of achieving the freedoms that we have, that an individual can be rewarded for merit, for integrity, for intelligence. They want the United States to inspire democracies around the world, not force-feed them.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  410. an educator in Boston, MA

    Call me naive, but I think most people want world peace, not a US President who thinks it's funny to sing "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran."

    Then there was his refusal to commit to meeting with President Zapatero of Spain, who just happens to be one of our NATO allies? That is not exactly good for international relations...

    October 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  411. maliha nazeer

    wishing you the best Jack in these trying times may allah give you strength to bear this great loss.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  412. Joao Teodoro

    Well Jack, being a Portuguese currently residing in Duluth, MN, I can tell you that Obama's posture and announced policies resemble Europe's and I'm guessing the rest of the world also connects with it.
    "Capitalist Socialism" is the most just and socially balanced (to some extent) form of democracy there is, and his political stances are very similar to it.
    Also, there's the "Bush factor". No one in the world can now forgive him the caos his presidency has caused, on so many levels (the economy is just the latest) and, to this day, McCain has failed to distance himself from those failed policies. It's like communism, it may be a good idea in theory, but it just doesn't work!

    Great to see you back!!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  413. Grace Needed

    Europe knows an insightful and intelligent leader when they see one. They have reason to fear Senator McCain, with his aggressive SURGE mentality and "Country First" ideology. They know there is a lot riding on our choice of president as they've seen what destruction of their way of life can be wrought by our current president (two wars and economic downturn) and they would prefer someone who thinks more globally and more tolerantly of other cultures and people groups. Europeans see with Senator Obama a just and fair-minded man who will deepen and broaden Americans' mindset to be more open to the world and how we view ourselves as partners on this earth.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  414. Starr

    I think it's closely related to the fact that these nations also have a more effective education system and lower religious involvment than the US. These nations are producing intellegent people who support a US presidential candidate based on their concern for the welfare of the world and not out of sheer stupidity or a religious litmus test.

    Los Angeles, CA

    October 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  415. Roger, California USA

    it is purely and simply a matter of being fed up with the Bush doctrine and bully boy tactics and a clear indication for wanting to deal with the US on the basis of diplomacy and intelligent dialogue

    October 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  416. Raine, Bel Air Maryland

    Because they all know that McCain is looking to relive the war time he missed while he was a POW. War War War... that's not the vision of the world.

    But........... who cares? As long as you're back Jack, so I can continue watching CNN. I had to check several times to be sure I wasn't watching Fox News!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  417. Adam, Orem Utah

    I think it has a lot to do with his willingness to compromise. He is willing to be patient as well and learn both sides of the situation before acting. McCain is very reactionary. A situation happens and he reacts to it. Obama is the kind of person who sits down and talks things out with others before there ever is a situation. He believes VERY strongly in diplomacy and that has got to have the rest of the world happy after the last 8 years.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  418. Jackie

    To be fair, I think McCains negativity rests with the "R" after his name..he is a decent man who, because of his age and knowing this is his last chance, sold his soul to the RNC.......the RNC is the most corrupt entity in the USA.........they "sold"us Bush and look what we got..

    October 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  419. BJ in KY

    Welcome back Jack your voice of reason was certainly missed!
    Because they see a man that is fair minded with judgement & intelligence! I sure have had more than enought of the shoot first and ask questions later or "My way or the high way" type of leader! which is the leadership the USA has had these last 8 years. But I also feel that if the hard decissions need to be made they will be done the right way.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  420. Justin- NC

    Jack,

    Barack Obama is the candidate of reason. Only a fool would think of supporting the ticket with the oldest presidential nominee and a woefully inept vice presidential candidate are in the best interest of America or the world especially when the current disaster of a president proves to be more coherent than the both of them.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  421. ANGIE, PA

    HEY JACK GREAT TO HAVE YOU BACK!
    Other Countries like Obama because they Know he Brings the Real change we so need, And they are tired of working with a my way or Highway President like Bush, and Mccain will only be the Same!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  422. BIG FAN

    JACK WE LOVE YOU AND IT IS SO NICE TO HAVE YOU BACK.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  423. Diane New Brunswick Canada

    I agree with the following comment 100% Diane from Canada

    LGH October 21st, 2008 2:08 pm ET

    Welcome back Jack. People prefer Obama over McCain for the same reason “WE” prefer you over Lou Dobbs. You,Mr.Cafferty along with Senator Obama are fair and honest people and you report things fairly. Lou Dobbs & Senator McCain both are very one sided. They lie and report things that only benefit them,but not always the truth. If you look closely I think they may be related. An “rotten apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.Again Mr. Cafferty welcome back. We have really missed you.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  424. David from Kentucky

    Welcome back, Jack. I think the rest of the world sees hope in Obama, just as so many Americans do. Bush has alienated us the last 8 years,
    and the rest of the world sees Obama as a fresh new start.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  425. Bobby, Triangle, VA

    Welcome back Jack!!!!
    The world knows good leaders when they see one. It's impossible for the majority of the people of this world to see Barack Obama as a leader and a good presidential candidate and if he has not shown it throughout this general election.

    I am really glad you are back Jack, I can not wait to see you again on CNN!!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  426. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Good to have you back Jack, there's been a lot going on and I've missed reading what you have to say about it.

    I'd say the most important part of that poll is the fact that 62% of the world has no preference between Obama and McCain. Either that or they all support Nader. What does that say about the two of them that with all that's going on in the world only 38% of people can decide who will do a better job?

    October 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  427. Silvia M.

    Welcome back Jack, you were truly missed and I hope all is well with you.

    The World’s economy is all conected to the U.S.’s economy and people around the world realize that If we fail they fail. So of course they know the Sen. Obama will be the better leader that can lead us out of our econonmic crisis.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  428. Abby

    Welcome back

    October 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  429. Bazz, Salisbury, Md.

    I believe most foreign countries concentrate more on the issues and the substance within the discussion. In the United States color is still king.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  430. David E, Stockholm Sweden

    Hey Jack, welcome back you have been missed.

    The way that I see it and everybody I talk to over here see it is that America has lost almost all its credibility when it comes to international affairs. Sweden is a small country but we follow your election almost more then we do our own, and it is absolutley clear that if Amercia wants to once again be the superpower it was and have the support of the international community, then you can't miss this chance to elect a man that has inspired not only millions in the US but hundreds of millions worldwide. Sen. Obama has indeed shown that not only is he ready for the job, he is the only man for the job.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  431. Leonard

    The Bush administration has destroyed all credibility among the European Nations. John McCain wants to bomb! bomb! bomb! whoever gets in our way. Senator Obama will restore the respect and credibility of our allies throughout the world. This is what the European Nations see in Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  432. Rebecca in SC

    Citizens of other countries prefer Sen. Obama because there is not so strong a thread of anti-intellectualism in other cultures. Only in America could so many people see intelligence and education as liabilities. I hope that in this election we will show the world that that thread is only one thread in the tapestry of America and that millions of us are excited and energized at the thought of an intelligent, thoughtful and open-minded president.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  433. Natelege Anderson

    I've been following this election almost obsessively from England. The reason why Obama is soo popular around the world is because he reflects the old aspirational leadership of the US that made people want to imigrate in droves. He is inclusive and has fresh ideas. The world is aware that a US president is the leader of the World and so long to be proud of a US leader again: Iraq, Guatanomo and refusal to exhuast diplomacy with rogue nations has put a stain on The Bush Administration Globally and America's image in the World. Obama can restore the American dream not only for American's but for those abroad who long to be a part of that dream.
    Natelege Anderson
    London.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  434. Geoffrey in Lowell, MA

    Hi Jack, welcome back.

    I really think it is because education is better in those lands and their citizens have better critical reasoning ability. I am sorry to say this but I think we have some especially narrow minded and shallow thinkers in the US. Fortunately, I'm pretty sure the majority of Americans will agree that Obama should be our next president.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  435. Pauline(London UK)

    Because Barack Obama is simply the light the world needs right now. He is intelligent, articulate, thoughtful and measured in his responses to situations and he has the diplomatic integrity that is needed to deal with other world leaders...... unlike the gun-totin, moose-huntin pair of 'mavericks'.

    By the way, Jack – we've missed you over here in Blighty and are so glad youre back. xxx

    October 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  436. Alexia - France

    The answer is quite obvious to anyone who lives outside the United States. In the past years, even before the war in Iraq, the US have been widely critizied in Europe and elsewhere for their unilateralist and imperialist attitude. I am not lying when I tell you that the day after 9/11, when the french mainstream newspaper "Le Monde" titled "We are all americans", I heard many, many people make the exact same comment: "No. We're not." Barack Obama has the support of people all around the world because he brings the hope that we might, perhaps, once more love your country.

    Please post.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  437. Tylenol 666

    Isnt it obvious that not only the United States is Hungry for Real Change, the world is as well, all countries look up to this great nation and the past 8 years they decided to look away after seeing the chaos in Washington and not wanting any part of it.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  438. Marc

    These foreigners know nothing. They don't like Bush and Obama is black and from a different party. That's what they see. The results would be the same if for any idiot nominated by the Democrats this election. Obamabots, quit patting yourselves on the back.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  439. Jaxon

    Because people in this country (US) have become so used to the divisive, our-team-vs-your-team politics in this country that many are completely unable to be objective.

    Also, other countries are able to see the destruction the USA has caused, both physically and metaphorically, in the world without being colored by 'patriotism'.

    We (the people of the world) need Obama, if only to show that we won't put up with this crap any more.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  440. John in VA

    First of all, Jack, let me say how glad I am to have you back!

    It should not come as a surprise that Obama is supported by the rest of the world. Prior to 2000, the US was looked to for guidance, then when 9/11 happened the rest of the world expressed the condolences – even countries that we weren't necessarily on the best of terms with. It all went downhill after teh axis of evil speech in 2002 when Bush said "it's us against the rest of you", which led to a series of events such as protesting France for not backing the Iraq war (can you say freedom fries?). As a result, we lost a lot of respect around the world.

    McCain is seen as a warmonger, and carries the same "it's us against the rest of you" mentality. Obama, on the other hand, recognizes that work can be done by diplomacy and is more willing to make friends than enemies.

    "That One" 08

    October 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  441. gl

    Jack where have you been? I really missed you.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  442. Robert

    People outside the U.S. tend to be more serious, thoughtful and intelligent than Americans when it comes to politics/government. Most Americans are intellectually lazy, too busy shopping and watching mindless TV to do serious reading and thinking about candidates or issues. If we elect McCain/Palin it will just confirm how naive and uninformed most Americans are - by choice.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  443. becky in Ohio

    Welcome back, Jack! My prayers have been with you during this very difficult time.

    In a nutshell....

    Obama gives us and the rest of world "HOPE".

    October 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  444. Lynn Bullock

    WELCOME WELCOME BACK, jack! missed you

    obama's philosophy is inclusive - in our global community, someone needs to be - he IS the one to lead the way into the future

    October 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  445. Beth

    Oh Jack, great to have you back!!! We need a sane voice on CNN!!!

    The world likes Senator Obama, because he is intelligent, he is for the people and he supports talking our enemies not just to our friends. I don't know what it is about Americans. How can they not see that the McCain/Palin ticket is a joke on the middle class. McCain actually think that the American people will be sane enough to elect an old/sick man and a beauty queen. Wake up America and vote for Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  446. Scott from Atlanta, GA

    Jaaaaaack's Baaaaaack! Your candidness (to say the least) was indeed sorely missed.
    The answer is, Obama is willing to talk to both friends and enemies to resolve international issues. Bush wasn't even willing to talk to friends–and McCain is (SURPRISE!) perceived in the same way, but perhaps viewed as being even more belligerent. McCain's right, he's "not George Bush." Perhaps Obama isn't being fair–to Bush!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  447. Jed in Texas

    Welcome back Jack,we thought Sarah kidknapped you and was keeping you in an igloo somewhere in Alaska. Obama is their choice because McCain would forget which country he made a deal with, and when he made it.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  448. Marie Ontario

    Well Jack being from another one of those countries I can tell you what I've encountered. Since no one in other countries have any political affiliation they simply side with the candidate that makes the most sense and who talks of policies that look like they would benefit Americans.

    There isn't anyone I've met who doesn't want to see America get out of the mess it's in and restore her moral authority in the world.

    The other fact is most people fear McCain as they see him as very irrational and irratic with what seems to be a failing mind and consider him a war monger. Then his VP choice is a complete air head like her answer today on what a VP does. This proves most people outside of the U.S. know more about the VP's job than the person trying to get the job.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  449. Ivan

    You have been missed beyond your wildest dreams...Thank God your back.

    I am from Canada and I am so jealous that your country has a leader like Obama. He offers new life, hope and optimisim to many nations. He will be a Global leader on the Global stage and unlike Bush/Cheney who lied to so many people and cost so many lives.

    Ivan
    Ontario, Canada

    October 21, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  450. skott daltonic

    Obama represents the better nature in the USA. that a man can come from humble beginings and literally work himself to the top. he is the American Dream incarnate. he is hope, he is freedom, he is a literal turning of the page on the past 8 years of this extreme right wing slant the US took.

    People around the world WANT a United States they can be proud of, be excited and inspired by.

    Just like Americans do! Thats why there's 100,000 people in St. Louis to hear one man talk. inspiration!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  451. jenny

    John McCain says it every day that he is a fighter and the world is looking for a LEADER. John McCain will be worse than Bush who has an approval rating of 20%.Spain is already on his unwanted list of friends with Russia and he's not elected yet. The world sees Barack Obama not as a Black American but as a GREAT LEADER and EXAMPLE . One thing I know is that Obama will be welcomed with red carpet and warm greetings that Bush has never recieved during the last eight years.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  452. patj

    I'm so glad you're back. Take it a day at a time. It's because Americans are stupid.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  453. gl

    I am from Pittsburgh and the answer to you question is becasue Obama is one every country feel will reached out too every country to bring about peace thoughtout the world. NO MORE WARS!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  454. JO-ANN FROM NEW YORK

    Hey Jack!!!

    I missed you....

    Cause the other countries see that McCain & his choice of VP is a joke.....the see McCain as a erratic war monger and I have no words for his VP pick....

    October 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  455. Weldon

    Other countries, including many of our 'unfriendlies', are considerably more sophisticated than we in international relations and global politics. America's world hegemony of the last half century, the Kissinger geopolitic as extended by recent Republican administrations, has not served us well. This poll result is a natural expression of the resulting unfavorable views of such American cowboy evangelist gambits across the world stage. Obama clearly offers the most relief from such policies and practices in the future.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  456. Christopher reilly

    I am an American citizen living in Canada. I have never heard anyone here say that they do not prefer Obama as the next US President. In fact there's a joke going around that sends a message to Americans: "If you don't elect him President down there, would you mind sending him up here so we can elect him Prime MInister"?
    People recognize that the US has been way off track over the past 8 years with regards to everything from the wars, Kyoto, the environment, the economy..etc Obama has shown that he thinks in a new way – even just by the way he managed his campaing to win the nomination from HIllary. The world desperately needs new thinking leaders right now who are able to negotiate and collaborate to solve the dire problems facing us. MCCain qwould just give us 4 more years of fantasy, like Bush, that everything is ok. The world just can't afford that.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  457. Vinnie, West Texas

    YES...Jack is back!!! Your one of the good guys.

    They have the advantage of looking-in "From A Distance."
    We're in the fish bowl and their on the outside observing what's going on over here. It's similar to what are neighbors up in Canada say on your website. They seem to prefer Obama to McCain.

    One observation - how much change can we generate from a 72 year- old senator. Where will the fresh ideas come from? (Wasilla, Alaska).

    I would invite you to consider having them share with us why they prefer Senator Obama to Senator McCain. I'd love to read what they have to say.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  458. Dana from Illinois

    Hi Jack. it is good to have you back.

    The reason other countries prefer Obama over McCain has to do with Obama's demeanor. He is very presidential, with a personality which instills hope and pride.McCain is too old and is stuck in the past, and I don't think he has the personality to deal with world leaders, and they see too much of Bushs' policies in his ideals.I just hope and pray that if Obama is elected ,he represents what we all want in him.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  459. Robin in SC

    Hi Jack! Countries around the world look to the US for leadership, guidance, and protection. Unlike our current president and McCain, Obama is dignified, respectable, diplomatic, just downright Presidential. The world has seen McCain singing "Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran", heard his support for an illigitimate war in Iraq, and they want no more of the bullying. The US has got to regain the respect of our allies AND our enemies. Obama has the temperament and tact, among many other qualities, to earn their respect.
    Robin in Greenville, SC

    October 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  460. hurriCAIN PALIN

    cannot believe so many people in the U.S. and the world are falling into the fairy tale of obama, kind of like lemmings, so to speak

    October 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  461. Courtney- Gatorland,Fl

    It's simply because Barack is intelligent. here's what is unnerving, when Bush get's a question of difficulty he saids "that's a good question" before offering some unifrom answer. Well McCain and Palin do the same thing! I think all three need a new coach, the playbook is played out!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  462. Scott Hughes in Atlanta

    Nice to have you back Jack! Where ya been?

    October 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  463. Erica

    Hello,

    I am from a south-american country and reside in Canada. I am amazed and happy for the United States to have such a wonderful candidate running for President as Senator Barack Obama. His inspiration and what seem to be his values and ideals are values and ideals that transcend border and societies. What he stands for is needed in every single corner of the planet and I am sure that we would all love to have "Barack Obamas" (Obama-likes) running our own countries one day, but until that happens...to see it hapenning in the United States which has long been the "father" nation of the world (despite its terrible reputation under the current administration); that is a great first step that gives hope to the rest of the world. Not only does he stand for human values that we thought were lost in these times... but has the necessary mix of values, ideals, temperament, humbleness and wisdom to have great people surround him. Be certain that people around the globe will regain respect and will be looking forward to his presidency.
    Congratulations USA.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  464. Dave in Cinhcinnati

    Are you kidding? Who cares about the opinion of other countries when it comes to electing the President of the United States. There is a time and place for the world stage...electing our president isn't it..

    October 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  465. Cheryl, Hawaii

    Hi Jack,

    Although this is off the subject a bit, it's important. There's all kinds of reports that electronic voting machines in Florida are changing Obama/Biden votes to McCain/Palin votes right before the voters eyes – this needs to be reported ASAP.

    Always request a paper ballot when possible.

    These voting machines and their programming are distributed by republican-leaning companies.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  466. Linda from Prescott AZ

    McCain is a shoot from the hip cowboy and that's not good when you are dealing with other global communities.
    He's a loose cannon.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  467. Doug - Dallas

    Welcome back Jack, we missed you!!

    I think the answer is simple, they view McCain as four more years of Bush and as we know, Bush is very unpopular in Europe. They also see Obama more like them, more even handed, better able to handle a crisis and willing to listen. Gee, all the reasons we like him.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  468. GOLDFINGERS

    Hey Jack,
    Good to have you back.
    Everyone felt bad when the Titanic sank, right?
    In the movie, someone was glib enough to say "even God couldn't sink this ship". Its clear that the "ship" of the USA is taking on water big time. This calls for a competent leader. Its not like the American public does not realize who is the more competent leader.

    Who has run a better organised, more positive, more hopeful, less cynical, less negative more inclusive, more compassionate, less divisive campaign. The answer is obvious.

    No one can know tomorrow, but even a deaf man knows when there is war. It will truly suck to see this great ship captained by the wrong man for another four years. Across the length and breadth of this great nation people are saying enough of the failed policies of George Bush which McCain and his Caribou Barbie doll want to continue. Lets have more sensible leadership. Little wonder even the rest of the world agrees.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  469. Connie, Chicago, Illinois

    Jack: Thank you for returning to CNN and giving me and your vast legion of admirers something to look forward to.

    In response to your question, I believe in brevity, these people are ... S.M.A.R.T.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  470. bib

    Over the past decade, foerign countries have seen their muslim populations grow exponentially. With this growth has come appeasment and adoption of increasingly restrictive principles of sharia law. When people in those conutries push back, they are portrayed as non inclusive, racist or are threatened and bombed. The USA is the last bastion of hope against the unrelenting advance of islamic fundamentalism. A liberal government, headed by Barak Obama will be more open to letting these same changes take place in the name of inclusion. A strong republican government will stand up against such subterfuge and fight back. Of course they want Obama. If you cant see that, then you are truly blind. Better start learning what direction Mecca is in for your 5 a day prayers.

    Check out the evidence http://www.liveleak.com/browse?q=dutch+islam

    October 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  471. Dina from California

    Wow Jack! Whose the rock star now? YOU!!! LOL People have been asking about you for the longest and finally you appear in the waning days of madness and hope. Glad you are back.

    My answer to the 70 countries question? Because there is no greater allure or beauty than thoughtful intellgence and common sense heart in an imperfect man (or woman) who embraces those imperfections anhd is perfected for that very reason.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  472. Jack

    They prefer Obama because he is intelligent and diplomatic, while Palin and McCain are ignorant and erratic. The Republican party is trying to instigate a holy war under the guise of a global war on terror. The rest of the world sees the USA as a powerful rogue nation under McCain. An Obama presidency offers up a USA that will work with the rest of the world instead of against it.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  473. Dennis from Albuquerque

    First welcome back! We missed you.

    I think that Obama is so well liked is his vision for America and the rest of the world. After 8 years of cowboy diplomacy and the liklihood of four more years with McCain, they are ready for a reasonable and articulate leader of our country, like the majority of people in the USA.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  474. Bill in Michigan

    Welcome back Jack!

    It's obvious Jack, the majority of the world prefers considered, thoughtful leaders, that are deliberate in their actions as opposed to cowboy "mavericks" that charge off alone with guns ablaizing.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  475. Laura

    Why do the citizens of 70 countries prefer Obama? Perhaps, if you look at the general educational standards of the USA verses those 70 countries you will get your answer…

    October 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  476. George

    Jack, I am a retired vet. I was stationed in the UK when Bush was elected for a second term. I heard a lot of comments from my neighbors, how can the American people be so stupid as to elect this guy for a second term. Guess what, they were right.. If we elect John McCain and that idiot Sarah Palin, we will be heading in the same direction as before. Believe it America, we need our Allies.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  477. Phil P. in NJ

    Welcome back Jack ! Now to answer your question. People around the world probably view Obama as a breath of fresh air compared to Bush and the last 8 years. Since McCain represents 4 more years of the same old failed Bush policies, people around the world want change. I also believe the 70 countries around the world want America to take the lead again. Obama represents hope to many people around the world. Obama has both the judgement and the wisdom we need in the world today. Obama's JFK like vision and first class intelligence is recognized the world over. The people around the world obviously prefer Obama over McCain, simple as that.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  478. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    McCain's expertise is solid in the areas of: unilateralism, shoot first-ask questions later, and nation building. These policies have led to contempt for us and the strengthening of tyranny and corruption.

    The rest of the world has had a front-row view of how badly we've interacted with all of our "friends", and knows that Obama has a real understanding of how to bring stability to our international affairs.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  479. Ku'ulei, Hawaii

    Because they have hope for the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  480. Yupik1

    Go figure Jack...Most other countries have better educated students than we do. The Republicans "No Child Left Behind," does not foster independent thinking. Maybe that's the intention of the Republicans. Welcome back Jack!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  481. DB

    The obvious answer is because the rest of the world does not have the US interests at heart.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  482. Penny - Canada

    Jack,
    In the past decade, we have come to detest the U.S.A. on every political and foreign policy front. Bush didn't even bother to thank Canadians for taking in all those airplanes and passengers in flight on 9/11. How totally contemptable.

    We are tired of hating Americans. Obama is reasonable and neighbourly, and comes across as the best of what we have forgotten Americans can be. He is realistic and shrewd and not afraid of using the tools fo war if he needs to, but prefers to negotiate.

    McCain and his character, speeches and politices embody the flailing, irrascible American aggression we have come to detest as "typifying" what it means to "be American".

    Why would tjhe rest of the world NOT support Obama?

    October 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  483. Adel

    Good to see you back Jack.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  484. Carl

    Jack,
    It's quite simple. The people of the world are tired of the same old politics. Barack Obama is a new face, a breath a fresh air. Obama represents a wave of change to come over the US. The rest of the world is hoping that as a nation, we can come together and elect the one who has the right vision for this country and world, end the war over seas, and try to bring peace and balance back. Barack Obama really does represent hope.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  485. Sean

    Pretty simple, really.

    A foreign government would be at a huge advantage in negotiations with an inexperienced president.

    Obama, if elected, wouldn't have clue how to handle foreign policy. This would be a major advantage to each and every country except the United States.

    Of COURSE they are for Obama. It is in their self interests!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  486. Stuart

    Because, at the end of the day, we in the rest of the world LIKE the American empire. Or rather, we want to like it. We want to be proud allies, not ashamed toadies.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  487. Pete

    SO what !!!

    Who cares what other countries, FOREIGNERS , have to say about the next U.S. President ?

    Last I knew their votes don't count here anyway .

    Unless Obama's ACORN group registered all of them too.....

    October 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  488. Elizabeth Brooks

    Oh, gee, maybe other countries would rather have a conversation with us than be bombed by a senior citizen who is humming Barbara Ann while he pushes the button.

    Elizabeth, Port Angeles, WA

    October 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  489. Susan

    How can other countries have faith in McCain or Palin to change things and work with them, when they do nothing about the HATE outside their rallies in our country. In fact they seem to be fueling it even more.
    When people and CHILDREN are yelling Bomb Obama and racial slurs. They are acting no better then the terrorist they claim Obama is. They are becoming their own breed of Racist Terrorists. How can you believe as a parent that teaching your children this kind of hate is American. ...........McCain and Palin, say or do nothing.
    If we can't come together as Americas, we will destroy this country more then any one man could EVER do.
    McCain need to address the hate that is begining to form outside his and Palins rallies that continue to tear this country apart..
    I agreed with Obama and McCain on different issues. The hate has become my number one concern in this election. That is why I am now voting for Obama and Biden. McCain can't even control facial expressions, does he think other countries cant see how disrepectful he is.

    Brenham, Texas

    October 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  490. Pat in Baltimore

    Jack –

    Im a white boomer. McCain is more Bush and has pushed his war Hero story a bit too far. The World is sick of War. Americans definately are

    An Obama Presidency would show the world that America has grown up on the race issue and is shining a new light and a new Chapter in its young history. It is in effect a beacon of hope that Obama brings with him.

    .

    October 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  491. John in Los Angeles

    You are so gross, Jack. You should really stay out of this campaign, but you are lucky CNN (aka obama news channel) supports you.

    MCCAIN 08

    October 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  492. Babbs Cazadero, CA

    The rest of the world equates McCain to the Bush administration. Its that simple.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  493. Fred T. Black

    The difference is the difference between watching a documentary and a cartoon. I find it difficult to believe that any American, except those referred to in your second question, take J.'mcnasty' McCain seriously.

    His attempts regarding the economic crisis was ridiculous. His proposals domestically, are not reaganist, in fact they are far worse than those implemented by shrub and shooter.

    Common sense? graduated Magna Cub Laude from Harvard, graduated 794th of a class of 799 from an academy where Granddaddy, and Daddy had a lot of pull as admirals.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  494. Cc

    USA is the most powerful nation in the world, and their (rest of the world's) security is significantly impacted by how US behaves. And that's the reason.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  495. Brad

    Good to see you back Jack.
    The reason why they prefer Obama is because US is a leader among the world and it has failed to lead for the last 8 years. So now, everyone wants a leader and they see it in Obama. He has shown the strength and composure. He came up with the right kind of policies. The other major reason will be he has a running mate who is already accustomed to the foriegn policy and does not need any schooling if at all Obama is busy in fixing the countrys' economy.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  496. Jann in Denver

    Because the people in those 70 other countries are much smarter than Americans.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  497. L.A. Saugus, MA

    Jack:

    Glad to have you back where you belong..We missed you!

    Most of these countries want Obama because the United States has always been seen as the country who carries a big stick. Based on Obama's comments that he would sit down with rogue world leader's without precondition shows these countries that they can finally take that stick out of the hands of the U.S.

    Based on what Joe Biden said some people (in one of those countries) are going to generate some form of attack to "test" Obama. If Joe Biden feels this way, I want John McCain at the helm. He will not give in to any nation and will keep us safe. I don't want to wake up on 9/11/2009 and live through the nightmare of losing more innocent Americans. The economy is important and for the most part all the steps are in place to improve it; but, today it is Joe Biden's words that are weighing heavily on my mind. I am rethinking my vote!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  498. Linda Reeves

    Jack – It is wonderful to have you back.

    General Colin Powell said it best – "Obama is a transformational figure " the United States and the world needs someone to lead us in the right direction. Obama is the one !

    Linda
    Columbia – SC

    October 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  499. Alexandra - Grand Forks, ND

    Jack,
    As my favorite meditation goes "No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind."

    The U.S. is not an island. Obama knows it and the rest of the world knows it. Of course it should matter to us Americans how the world views us. Unfortunately there are a lot of chauvinistic people out there who could care less about the billions of people around the world who count on the U.S. for leadership and diplomacy in troubled times.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  500. Paula in the middle of America

    The reason is visible even in the type of campaigns we have seen these two indivduals run. McCain's campaign is full of half truths and hate. Obama's campaign is based on hope, and fairness. We need the most intelligent, fair, and even tempered President possible. We are the "one" the rest of the world looks to for leadership. Obama brings hope to the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  501. Pablo from Asuncion, Paraguay

    Hi, Jack! Great to have you back.
    I'm from Paraguay but I've been reading yuor blog since July and finally I can participate with confidence.
    Here in Paraguay we prefer Obama because, and you may know this, George W. Bush really damaged all of the U.S. image of a land of prosperity and peace. We were looking for a Democrat as a President, it's true, but we felt something in Barack Obama that other candidates dind't have: nor Hillary Clinton, nor John Edwards: and it's the spirit of someone who has gone through a lot to be where he is. He really is the personification of an American dream, and that's something that helps rebuild an image. He is pro-talks with "conflictive" Presidents such as Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and could really improve the American message in this region.
    We see an erratic John McCain that everyday is heard more and more like George W. Bush and we won't really like that for the next four years.
    But, anyway, it's up to the American people to decide. We hope you get to decide what is really the best option, not just for you, but the whole world. Americans not only choose their President, but the Leader of the Free World.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  502. Wally B. Watkins Glen, NY

    Jack,
    Could it be that they feel that Obma respects them and they respect him. Could it be that they think that Obama uses reason and that McCain acts before he thinks. Maybe it's because from Russia they can see Palin in Alaska. The important thing is that they are right.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  503. brad

    hey jack the whack, can you say spread the weatlh all around the world? or maybe they just want the chance to "test" bambi within the first six months like senator foghorn leghorn suggested sunday....... either way I am sure acorn is registering anything that breathes (or not) around the world to vote in the US election via absentee ballot.

    Thumbs up for caribou barbie and thumbs down for kenya ken

    October 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  504. Issam from Tunisia

    Well Jack, the whole world is tired of hostile Bush politics and see in Obama the breath of fresh air which is more than needed to restore The USA image around the world , those same politiics that spread hate against everything American. Obama is remarkably humble, intelligent and transparent .
    I really think the reason that non-american citizens are watching closely for the outcome of the '08 elections isf the Obama effect, he represents every aspect of change people were looking for from the world's super power.
    At first he rose interest due to him representing a "minority" but during the campaign he proved to be really insightful about the issues the USA face especially economics, health care and even his tax plan which was thouroughly criticised seems pretty wise to me . Not to mention his stand on USA's foreign policies ( what foreing countries really care about :) ).
    I am really looking forward to the results of this election, I believe that Obama is really going to be one of the best presidents of the United States.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  505. Ingrid, new york

    unlike so much of the USA, the rest of the world actually appreciates and knows that intelligence and intellect are necessary to understand the complexity of the world today.

    jack, i am always quite flabbergasted when people give voice to such anti-intellectual rhetoric- i mean we want to be the best, have the best inventions, the best industries, the best educational system, but we do not respect the intellectuals that can get us there???? does that make sense.

    the world knows.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  506. Michael Allen

    Foreigners love Obama because they smell weakness.

    The world longs for a weakened America, and they sense that Obama is the best candidate to weaken the US.

    Ask those same non-Americans if they want to see a stronger or weaker America, and you would see the truth.
    Polls of similar questions have been done in europe and other places worldwide. The same people who love Obama also feel that US superpower status should be dimminished.

    In Obama, they see the best hope that it will be.
    That is why those such as Chavez, Castro, Putin, Ahmadhinijad, are among those foreigners that support Obama, and stated so.
    It's not because they have America's best interests in mind.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  507. Terri, Atlanta

    Hi Jack – so glad you are back and hope you are feeling well.

    Obama is so thoughtful, he is really the "American Dream" story. As he likes to say – no where else on earth could he be living this life and be our President. He will bring back that positive feeling and respect for our country once again in the world.

    I'm so happy to see almost 99% of the postings here positively for Obama – could that indicate the LANDSLIDE we are all hoping and praying for?

    October 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  508. mg in nc (Jack is da man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

    I missed you JACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The world loves Barack Obama because he has said that when it comes to national security that we shouldn't fail to act but that we shouldn't bully these countries into submission either. These countries are tired of the McCain-Bush approach of being hawkish and bullyish and they want America to have a president that will unite and not divide and not want to police the entire world. i.e. when russia invaded georgia...mccain impulsively called for georgia to be a part of NATO asap and that on that day "we were all georgians." Obama believes that Georgia should be a part of NATO in theory but i believe obama said that McCain shouldn't have called for that action at that time to inflame the situation and make the United States be a part of a third war. the mccain-bush approach is to act first and think later. Obama has said that he believes that the United states shouldn't be everywhere all the time during the second debate and I concur. the bush administration has run up the national debt by funding the iraq war while the iraqi stock market is booming and the entire world is in a financial crisis because of the american economy. mccain wants to continue these policies. we need to police our on nation first. i just hope americans are able to follow the intelligence of these other countries by seeing that obama is what we truly need.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  509. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Welcome back Jack,I missed you. A day without Jack is a day without a curmudgeon.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  510. My Opinion

    Welcome back Jack.

    Yes, the world thinks Obama would be better because he is better. He has the temperament and intelligence to deal with the world. McCain just has sabors that he can't wait to rattle.

    The world, like most Americans, know that John McCain would be the same.

    I also think Michelle would be an awesome first lady. Cindy McCain has the money and the time. If she wants to help world peace, she can do it on her own. I doubt she will, because as soon as John retires she'll retire to her boudoir. She couldn't care less about helping anyone.

    Obama/Biden

    October 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  511. Don in Centennial, Colorado

    Because they too have suffered at George Bush's hands. They can see through "Caribou Barbie" and scary McCain.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  512. Kristen

    This is why — because, in Obama, they not only hear the word "change," but they can actually see that his presidency would be a change from all others before him. Blacks in America are generally viewed by the rest of the world as victims, underdogs, martyrs of a government that has oppressed them historically. Obama's presence represents, for many onlookers, a Phoenix of sorts, that which has risen from the ashes of oppression. If this type of hope can exist in America for an entire race of people, then perhaps the same format for hope can exist for entire nations around the world, they surmise.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  513. Jann in Denver

    Because those people in the 70 other countries are smarter than Americans.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  514. Jan/AR

    Glad your back Jack! Three words the world wants to scream out loud "Yes we can".

    October 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  515. Marilyn

    Because he is a socialist, Jack, and he will bring European style socialism to the United States. Besides, it doesn't matter what people in other countries think. They do not get to vote in our elections, so who cares ?!?!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  516. Bill From the Heartland

    This is an easy one – they see a candidate whose intellectualism and expressed desire to cooperate with teh world community is at direct odds with the ride the horse into the ground unilateral cowboy mentality they have had to deal with the past two terms. They see a person who embraces the best ideals of America that reminds them of America as that shining city on the hill that helped stabilize the world community with high ideals, an embrace of the future, and bilaterla leadership tha tincludes the best we have to offer, regardless of class or income. They see a figure who has worked with the disenfranchised in his own country, and offers hope that he will similarly offer hope to the dienfranchised of the rest of the world. They have seen someone who, in direct contrast to what they have had to endure recently, makes decisions based on astute analysis, surrounds himself with supporters that sharpen his policies instead of Machiavellian puppeteers. They see someone who is not afraid to face his detractors, and in the face of their opposing convictions, exudes calm, control, and reasoned responses that actually seem to take their points of view into consideration. It reminds them of a better era, a better America, a better time when unity was embraced more than divisiveness.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  517. Shiva, Northern VA

    Welcome back Jack!

    Bottom Line: Obama will bridge the gap between the USA and rest of the world while mending the relationships with the countries we have alienated for the past eight years.

    He is diplomatic, charismatic and has the finesse that McCain obviously lacks. As president, I think Obama will restore our standing in the world as a leader in every category.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  518. Christiaan, Norman OK

    Because they see in Obama someone who doesn't automatically think that what the U.S. does is right and is willing to listen to another point of view. It never seems to have occurred to the McCain campaign and the idiots still behind him that maybe those "countries who don't like us very much" might have a reason.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  519. Edna from Altadena

    Hi Jack!

    Hope all is well with you and that you heart is at peace.

    In answer to your questions:

    I once heard that the evolution of mankind goes something like this:

    self, family, neighborhood, community, city, state, country, world

    Obama represents the next step – world
    The Republican party wants to stay at self

    October 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  520. Maggie in NY

    Jack – welcome back! I think it's because Obama is more likeable and a lot smarter. McCain comes across as mean-spirited and dangerous. Obama comes across as presidential. And I'm being nice to McCain here.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  521. Bruce

    Why do we care? Their campaign probably paid for the Serbia billboard. Is he running for a one world govenrment or the leader of the USA. Pilgrims will always follow blindly as has occurred so many times in world history. Scary!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  522. Steve

    Because reasonableness, open-mindedness and intelligence lead to peace, and most of the world's people want peace.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  523. Terri, Canada

    Living outside the US, there is not a country on the planet that hasn't been affected by what the US has been doing outside its borders over the past eight long years. We are losing our home boys and gals in Afghanistan in higher numbers than we Canadians can remember, we have had our own innocent citizens shipped off to Syria for torture before proven guilty, with total disrespect from to our national law force and citizens from Homeland Security, we lost 50 jobs in a city only 3 hours from me the second week of the financial meltdown because of "anticipated decline in US imports and failing US economy", and we've all been living on the edge of our seats not knowing where in the name of God we're all going to be pulled along to next by your current regime.

    Oh yes, and "If you're not with us, you're against us." How do you reason with that??? Any more questions, Jack?

    October 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  524. Yupik1

    Go figure Jack…Most other countries have better educated students than we do. The Republicans “No Child Left Behind,” does not foster independent thinking. Maybe that’s the intention of the Republicans. Welcome back Jack!

    Writing in from Bethel, Alaska

    October 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  525. Ray

    Look at how our financial crisis affected the rest of the world. As the United States goes, so does the rest of the world. Their futers depend on our government and the decisions they make just as much as we do!! It has become obvious to the majority of this country and to most of the world that Barack is the only chance for hope any of us has. If it wasn't for the racism that still exist in this country the election would already be over. Ray New Hampshire

    October 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  526. Visiopher

    For beginners, the Cheney/Bush regime has beaten the credibility of the United States into the dirt. Citizens of foreign countries are often more informed about the foreign policy of the US than we are because they are getting their information unfiltered by our corporate owned media outlets. They are aware of all the dirty tricks we are always up to when we in America don't hear about them. Cheney/Bush have brought these tricks to a new level and the world hates us for it. I have family in Europe I correspond with often, and they really do hate us. McCain represents the "old" America whereas Obama represents the "new" America. Obama has lived abroad and has roots abroad. He is just so much more appealing to everyone around the world than McCain.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  527. Mark

    They love him because they know he will show no resistance to the muslims when they try to turn America into a muslim country.....they love him because he thinks we should teach our kids to speak spanish instead of the other way around......they love him because he wants to send billions of our taxpayer money to Africa......you know all the things that offend real Americans

    October 21, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  528. Becky, CA

    Simple. He offers HOPE to People all over the world. Hope that anyone can achieve anything they put their mind to.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  529. Jim Ohio

    Interested timing as I was in Europe just 2 weeks ago.

    I spoke with Dutch, Brit's, and Germans. They were ALL hoping for a President Obama. Fortunately they are smart enough to separate Americans from American Government so we got along splendidly.

    On the weird side, there seems to be some fear that President Obama would be assassinated like MLK.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  530. Tim

    Why does the most of the rest of the world prefer Mr. Obama? It's really quite simple. For the same reason that most of the rest of the world HATES America. They see him as their best hope for the destruction and end of America as it exists today. They see his total lack of experience and are salivating at the prospect of finally being able to do what they have always wanted to do. Take away what we have. FREEDOM.
    Be careful what you wish for....... you may be surprised by what you actually get.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  531. JK

    It's so easy, the world prefers Obama because he's not part of the same Bush policies of the last eight years that have brought wars and a terrible financial crisis to the world

    We want peace and prosperity and that can only be achieved with Barack Obama at the White House

    October 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  532. Jim from Canada

    Simple. America having elected an anti-intellectual president in each of the last two go-arounds has adversely impacted the world in so many dramatic ways.....The world is crying out: please don't do it again!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  533. Martha in Doylestown, PA

    Because the rest of the world understands that if Obama doesn't win, what's happened to our Constitution and Bill of Rights under Bush's rule could happen to them next. Either that, or they don't think Palin is as hot as Joe 6-pack does.

    PEACE

    October 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  534. AP

    Bill Clinton did a great job in summarizing the current state we have. As country we are isolated oursleves from the world and the white house has isolated itself from the American people.
    So when it comes to seeking better of the two candidates Obama seems to be the one who has a rational approach to bridging the gap. McCain foreign policies seems to be in denial of whats happening around the world and his domestic policies seems to be favoring the corporates.
    The world today needs someone who can listen rather than just come to conclusion. It needs a leader who is inclusive. US needs president who can set good strategy for the future.
    Obama seems to have faired better of the two. Though to attract moderate replubicans his tone of politics has changed over period of time.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  535. Desmond Sequeira

    People who are not caught up in the slime of the US election process, recognize a GOOD person when they see one. In addition, they recognize an intelligent, highly competent, unifying, inspiring, compassionate person, who really does understand the issues, when they see one. That is why we want OBAMA to be President of the USA.

    Desmond
    St. Catharines, ON Canada

    October 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  536. Kati

    Welocme back Jack,

    Because even they believe that America is ready for a REAL change.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  537. Farogat

    Good to hear from you again, Jack. The reason is, Jack, we the citizens of foreign contries can look at and assess your elections objectively. You know that so essential "objectivity" that is lost from your elections. I speak as a Canadian born and raised in the former Soviet Union who has been intensively following this election since January of 2008.

    Farogat
    Regina, Canada

    October 21, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  538. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    We're very glad that your back Jack.

    Simple in my opinion. McCain is a hot head and Obama is calm and collected. Obama will listen to all sides before making a decision and McCain will suspend his Presidency and fly off to solve the problem riding in on his white horse with Palin cracking the whip from her Chariot, dropping bombs on their way.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  539. Julie from LA

    For the same reasons that 26 papers that usually endorse Republicans now have switched to Obama?

    As Colin Powell so eloquently put it, he's the right man for the complicated times we face–internationally as well as at home.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  540. Heather, New Zealand

    At some time an American President adopted the moniker "leader of the free world". So naturally the 'free world' has an interest in the outcome of the US elections and do not want a President who is trigger happy, unbalanced or angry. I want the next US President to talk to all world leaders without pre-conditions.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  541. Salvice

    Unlike many Americans, the international community knows a lying, war-mongering hypocrite when it sees one. You would think that this election would be a no-brainer... goes to show you just how insular Americans can be.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  542. Jeanne, San Diego, CA

    Jack, These other nations want the United States to take up a leadership role that works in partnership with them rather than taking a Lone Ranger approach to the world's problems. Obama will bring back diplomatic talks to resolve issues with our global partners rather than the "bomb, bomb, Iran" type mentality of John McCain, which will fire first and ask questions later.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  543. Kevin

    They prefer him because he's a patsy and they know he's going to pander to them. Kennedy was on medication during meetings with Khruschev and Khruschev called him a pygmy. No fear whatsoever. Good thing Kennedy did stand up to him during the Cuban missile crisis.

    Obama needs some testosterone shots. Putin...Chavez, the Castros..., the Girl Scouts of China...anybody could chew him up, push him around, and spit him out like a bad piece of gum.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  544. Michael

    from Newbury Park, Ca
    I see the nature and character of the United States of America changed by George W. Bush and John McCain in their zeal for spreading democracy to the world via a bomb and a bullet rather than through the traditional means of example and assistance. I firmly believe the image of America to the majority of world citizens has changed from Power with the ability to lift up others to Power with the ability to hurt others. The most elementary of all thought says that if you are attacked by someone you are right to fight back with that same person (country, group, etc). When you choose to turn that attack into a reason to attack someone else at the expense of your own citizens lives (soldiers) and citizens (population of the country)
    of the country with false accusations and justification you diminish the credibility of this country's character. Barack Obama has been the only person on the political field to recognize this and display an image of the person who really wants to help restore that character to this great nation. All the others are just scrambling around trying to justify the unjustifiable and in other countries where they don't respond to the flag waving only the truth is evident.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  545. Paul, Louisiana

    I think it is simple. People hate, yes hate, Bush, his administration, his policies, his stubbornness, and his judgement. They do not hate America, they hate him. People see McCain as continuing most, not all, but most of Bush's policies. Therefore people hate McCain. I think people outside America see Obama as a fresh start for the country.

    I think all to often, sadly, the media, inside and outside of America purposely confuse hate of America the Country and its People with hate of the American Government.

    McCain is just another one of the good ole boys. I think if the Republican party offered a true Republican with a record of doing the things Republicans preach then they would be better off. As it is now the only way to get them to stop putting forward neo-conservatives is to stop electing them.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  546. Paula

    As a Canadian, residing in the U.S., I see the Republican way of leadership...instill fear and they will be afraid not to elect us. Barack Obama represents the calm and intelligent voice of reason. That attracts others with the same demeanor, which I believe is the majority of U.S. citizens as well as global citizens. I would feel much better having the Obama family as neighbors.....I doubt they would yell at my grandkids if the ball they were playing with accidently went in the Obama yard. I can picture John McCain shaking an angry fist at my grandkids if the ball went in his yard.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  547. Alix

    Hey KarenB in Polk Co. have you ever stopped to consider why "they" don't like us? Is it maybe because people like you say ignorant things about them?

    Obama is the candidate who is more accepting of different cultures and worldviews. Of course people in foreign nations would appreciate that.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  548. Dave

    Welcome back, Jack! Europeans are acutely aware of how they are viewed by both Republicans and Democrats. Therein lies your answer. Liberal democrats tend to sound a little more open-minded and cosmopolitan. They tend to think it's a good thing to be multi-lingual and speak mulit-contextually. Conversely, many Republicans don't even know what those words mean. They think the world extends only as far as their armspan and are xenophobic about any language that excludes the words "ain't", "Mickey D's" and "LOL". Republicans have also let it be known throughout the world that America is the world's savoir, irrespective of the fact that many of Europes' cities are twice as old as our country. Republicans like to claim that America is the land of freedom and opportunity even though nothing but old and middle aged white men have run our country without interruption since 1776. But Holland, England, Sweden, Germany, and several others have had women at the helm at various points in their history. I think the Europeans just want to see us grow up and catch up.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  549. Ashley

    I'd like to know which countries you are polling. There are a lot of countries out there who hate America and what we stand for, remember 9/11. Are Pakistan, Iraq, and Iran part of these polls? I think most countries out there, such as some american's, are easily wooed by the smooth talking, convinving Barack Obama. Others still are afraid that McCain won't wave the white flag of surrender. With Barack as president, I will be one extremely fearful and discouraged American.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  550. Pat, Renton, Washington

    Simple. McCain's campaign has shown they're very divsive. If you can do this to an American (Barack) and other Americans as they speak in general. These countries are imagining already what he will do towards them without thinking before speaking or thinking before actions. Scary, World War III and VI.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  551. Obamafied Cheesehead

    Jack:
    From a distance, the rest of the world can see the forest we are missing looking for a tree.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  552. Leroy Janecek

    Jack..............WELCOME BACK!!!
    People in 70 foreign countries prefer Obama because he reminds them, like me, of JFK and what he stood for...As an independent I welcomed Powell's endorsement and am now voting for Obama!!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  553. Overseas

    Well Karen from Florida,
    The world outside the USA is more than the countries that don't like you much! There are indeed many many countries like the Netherlands that love you and would like to see Obama as your president because he indeed is better for the country AND the world.
    How paranoid that you think the world wants to see you pick Obama cause we don't like you much! Think we don't know right from wrong? We have good decent morals and want what's best for all. To some that sounds like socialism I guess... Oh well... My kid has insurance, goes to great schools and I'll never live in a box. Meanwhile we have the rich pay more than the poor. Works for us! The Euro doing great by the way!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  554. Rob

    I don't know Jack, why do they like American movies, American junk food, and American music? They seem to have a fascination with American celebrities and Obama certainly fits that bill? Does that somehow give you a warm fuzzy he will be a great President? Under this standard, I think Madonna would be wonderful as well.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  555. james

    Thats because most people in the world have leftist CNN to watch and become influenced by. Other people who have written to you should live over seas for a while and they will find out people hate americans for many reasons now tomorrow and many years ago, so it has nothing to do with McCain but to CNN and like leftists from Hate America Television. I have seen this first hand after many years of living abroad. Unfortunetly most Americans are ignorant and get influenced by the likes of your news station. Pleas give me a break about what the world thinks, who cares. If other countries had the power we have, you and the rest of leftists in this country would be slaves to their politics and religion. Go live abroad for a few years and then you may wake up. LONG LIVE THE CENTER RIGHT and GO McCain.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  556. Neatha from Kansas City

    The rest of the world does not seem to wind up on the same small topics that Americans seem to. Even though they all live much closer to terriorism than most American's they don't allow it to run their lives. They know Presidential and natural leadership when they see it. That is why, pure and simple. I would follow Obama anywhere, hopefully we can follow him to the White House.

    Welcome back.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  557. Sandra fromTexas

    They want to see something different worse than we do. The same old Republican politics just will not do any longer.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  558. Jude in NoCal

    Welcome back Jack!!!

    Does Caribou Barbie even know there are 70 other Countries?
    Betcha she can't name them!!! And McSame can't remember them?

    October 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  559. Marc in Canada

    Jack

    As a Canadian Obama supporter I can give you dozens of reasons but here are the most significant ones;

    Barack Obama is clearly more intelligent, well spoken, thoughtful and interested in the well being of all Americans – not just the top 5%.

    As someone that takes Universal Healthcare for granted I really want my American friends and relatives to experience the same level of one tier healthcare that we do. Judging by how oftenJohn McCain takes shots at our system he obviously has no idea what he is talking about but looking at his every changing positions and campaign strategy, that shouldn't suprise anyone.

    Lastly, we want the best for our American friends and we want America to help keep us all safe. Most of us feel that Barack Obama will help heal the world and that John McCain and his eratic nature will broaden or ad wars.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  560. Chut Pata

    1. In a class of some 850, Obama was 5th from the top and McCain was the last on the top. Old Persian proverb, "A wise enemy is better than a stupid friend".

    2. They like USA but hate Bush, hence McBush.

    3. He does not look like a cowboy, so he won't be trigger happy. He may unite the world like he is about to unite the USA.

    4. Some are with Bush, they like McBush. Some are against Bush, they don't like McBush. Some are neutral but Bush doctorine "You are either with me or against me" troubles them. So they decide to go against Bush and McBush.

    5. He does not believe that if you feed the very rich, they will throw some crumbs to the middle class and that would somehow bring prosperity. There they see world finance problems a result of Bush's economic doctorine.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  561. Kathie, Houston Tx

    Welcome back Jack. You have been sorely missed.

    To answer your question – it is because Obama's philosphy is ALL INCLUSIVE. He inspires you, all of us to be better human beings, to help our fellow man, to strive for success not only for ourselves but for everyone. He is that breathe of fresh air not only for America but for the world. Whether we like it or not, not matter what goes on in other countries, they look to us for hope and inspiration, hope that someday their world will be better to and inspiration to work to get it there.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  562. Greg Yohn

    Hola!

    My wife lives in Cali, Colombia. I told her that it was embarrassing her English was better than Sarah Palin's! She watches via CNN International & CNN Espanol.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  563. T.J. Windsor, CO

    It is very simple, most of those countires have a better school system which means...

    They learns good and is more edgimicated than us.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  564. Raff from Norwalk, CT

    Folks abroad respond to Barack Obama because he represents forgotten American ideals like tolerance and inclusion. As a legal resident I look forward to applying for American citizenship if he is elected. I would then be confident that this great country would once again be on the right track back to those ideals.

    The alternative outcome, a McCain win, would feed the world's worst fears about us: that we are a nation of ignorant bullies and liars. Perhaps unjustly so, but this is the conundrum that WE have placed OURSELVES in, by putting Mr. Bush in power for an interminable eight years.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  565. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    JACK! WELCOME BACK! HOPE YOU ARE WELL. YOU,SIR, ARE THE VOICE OF REASON @ CNN! GOD BLESS YOU!

    Oh, Jack, what a question! I believe that the World prefers Sen. Obama for ALL the reasons that we, Americans voting for Sen. Obama do!

    1. Bush lied to go to war with a SOVEREIGN nation, Iraq. That act alone caused worldwide protests. We traveled in Europe in '03, and in every country we visited we saw Peace signs.

    2. Bush & The Republicans have caused many around the World to worry about the state of FREEDOM and democracy in our country. If the USA is not FREE and democracy is being attacked (Patriot ACT) here, what hope does the rest of the World have?

    I could go on and on, Jack. Bush & the Republican-lies-hate-and-fear machine have destroyed our credibility and our honor in the World!

    Sadly, there are many in our Nation who refuse to acknowledge that we live in a big old neighborhood called the.........World, we can not isolate ourselves in our 'small minds'.

    BIEN BENIDO!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  566. t.lynn

    JACKS BACK!!!!! WELCOME HOME BABY!!! Now, they prefer Obama because they KNOW he's a man with a brain in his head. He takes a common sense approach to things, not shoot first, ask later. they know that Obama is inclusive just like Powell said. I just don't get how the whole world can see it and not Republicans that are voting republican.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  567. Olympia

    To Rose in Arizona

    Maybe you have selective memory like John McCain. During the debates, Mitt Romney reminded him that he said he did not know much about the economy, which he denied and since winning the nomination, Mitt Romney has had the loudest voice supporting John McCain. My point is Mitt Romney know John McCain has no knowledge about economics.
    By the way which University did John McCain and Sarah Palin went to?

    October 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  568. Audrey T

    Citizens of the world at one time looked to the US of A [first world] with awe, respect and hope; however the example set by the last eight years has deteriorated that view in the world. America became just another warmongering, hateful country in this great big universe. Today America is hanging on by a fragment of its past goodness – Barack is for the "people" and the golden thread to relink EVERYONE here and around the world. Talk about excitement and inspiration – this is it baby! This is itd!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  569. J Sinclair

    They're worrying that McCain will be as erratic in foreign policy as he's been on the economy.

    (And–bad graphic, CNN! We really don't need to illustrate Jack's question about SEVENTY countries with an image of Obama surrounded by Russian lettering below! Does McCain pay extra for this stuff?)

    And, Jack, so worried about your absence and so glad to have you back. I hope you are not being "muzzled" in any way. Your voice is needed (and makes CNN watchable).

    October 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  570. lynnej

    Basically, they're tired of dealing with idiots that supposedly represent the people of the United States. They're smart enough to know that some of us aren't that stupid, but that we're caught in a system that thrives on idioscy. They know with Senator Obama that they're at least get the respect that they're due whether friend or enemy.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  571. Marco, Netherlands

    I can't speak for the world, but to most Europeans the choice between a Democrat and a Republican means the choice between a cautious and a careless foreign policy. No matter how experienced you are at being careless, it's just not the way to go.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  572. Ginger H -- West Melbourne, FL

    Trying to stay objective on this even as an Obama supporter, it's not that these citizens in those 70 other countries support Obama as much as they despise what McCain represents in their minds along with the Republican Party. Republicans are viewed, on the whole, the same way that America is viewed in general, as arrogant and condescending elitists. Many of these citizens have been jealous of Americans and would rather write all of us off as stupid, rich, and arrogant than to admit to feelings of envy. McCain easily gives credibility those ill-born opinions.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  573. J.J

    Good day Jak
    Im glad to here from you again.It seems like you're the Icon of news, every one is excited that you are bac.I just like to say! take it easy lay bac and do your thing you dont have to impress people any more you, have done a good job at that.Take care Jak you will always be the man wit me! "PEACE"

    October 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  574. Charlie H

    It is quite simple Jack. Other countries love America and the wish they could respect us again. Under the current administration they can no longer trust or respect us. Obama offers a clear break with Bush and the world knows it. They ca't wait to respect us again.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  575. Ray, Alabama

    Jack,

    We have certainly missed you. Welcome back. I wonder if these 70 nations you mentioned see Obama as the worlds last best hope. It may be that they like us are tired of war and yearn for peace and progress. I understand there will always be those who use the bully tactic to take what they want and bring fear into the lives of citizens but if we lift up those who are down then there is less reason to fight and more reason for hope.

    Again welcome back

    October 21, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  576. patricia

    welcome, back jack you were missed. the reason so many countries love barack is simple.. he is a man of unity.. !!!!! obama 08

    patricia in memphis!!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  577. Don in NC

    It is great to have you back, in the country of my birth (the UK), and countries where I have resided -Luxembourg, Germany etc, the people are very perceptive and do not suffer fools gladly, I hear from friends over there that they feel Obama is brilliant and that he is the only hope for America, our reputation around the world is at an all time low, but they certainly are praying for an Obama victory. The racism that is a part of McCain's campaign does not play well overseas either.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  578. ***from holland

    hi david, katie and al the others,

    you're absolutely right! 'for the first time in my adult life', (i am 52!) i've got the feeling that there will be an american president who we can trust.
    when i was a kid, i was brought up with the idea that we should be gratefull to the americans, because they freed us, soldiers gave their life for our freedom. my dad taught me this, and when john f kennedy was killed, we all felt so sad. but then i grew up, and i was so disappointed in everything i learned about america and his leaders, that i started to change my mind.
    it became worse and worse. and the last decade was the worst; greed and hypocricy (?) was all we could see.
    and now: i really hope this man obama can bring us together again, allies for peace, for a better environment, all the important things in life.. i really trust him.
    please do take care he's not going to be killed!!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  579. Anthony Smith

    Because they are just as annoyed with our government as many Americans are. They want something different from the same old bullying America who tries to pay off its competition and threats with hush money. As many Germans did not see a problem with Hitler, some people still see that Bush and Bush are great gods in their party. When an outside majority believes something with no agenda like your poll, it is because they are astute and impartial. This system in America HAS to change for our survival. Obama may not be the right candidate. But sitting around voting for the same ole boy network in McCain has a pricetag none of us can afford!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  580. Jay NY

    Welcome back Jack,

    Other countries now feel like they have a chance to be heard in a diplomatic way. The world is tired of arrogance. We are the best country in the world but some are very arrogant about it. We are further damaging our reputation with the anger that is showing up in this election alone. The rest of the world is watching us and we are attacking, lying, and showing some true colors in this election. But to your point Obama gives EVERYONE hope. Even those that refuse to accept him. If he wins, he will be everyone's President and he will defend even those that hate him now.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  581. Cynthia

    Good to have you back, Jack!

    Why, because a strong world economy is largely dependent upon a strong US economy.
    For that to happen, we have to end the Oil for Weapons war in IRAQ.
    Only one presidential candidate has vowed to bring the troops home.

    Cynthia in Collegeville, PA

    October 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  582. Sheree

    It's not to say that McCain doesn't have excellent foeign policy skills and a mountain of experience. But too often the world sees Americans as largely egocentric. It should be no suprise that they favor someone who has been a resident of a foreign counrty instead of just a visitor, someone who has ties and relatives outside the US, someone who has walked the proverbial mile in their shoes (or simply barefoot whatever the case may be)

    October 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  583. David Arnold, Florida

    being the world traveller that i am to both the Asian and European countries per my contacts there they see something in Obama that many saw in MLK and JFK combined. Whereas, John McCain to many of them will bring about the same approach to foreign affairs as Bush did. Many of them say that the world has changed so much and McCain may feel light years away in terms of his foreign policy experience but still has a 20 century though process and Obama's intellect and charisma trumps his "experience" and he displays a 21st century approach to an ever changing world.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  584. Roxanne Aaron

    WELCOME,WELCOME,WELCOME BACK Jack, my sister can tell you I was extremely cranky for the last three weeks,so happy you are back,

    October 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  585. Eric

    Jack,
    It is about time that we had a President again who understands that the United States should be a respected leader in the world. As with any good leader, you have to be willing to give respect in order to receive it in return. Senator Obama understands that our future depends on the global economy, global military alliances, and global cooperation to solve issues such as climate change, disease and genocide. If we are going to continue to believe that America is the greatest country in the world, we have to be willing to admit and learn from our many mistakes in order to make a "more perfect union."

    Countries around the globe are waiting in quiet anticipation for leadership that is not only "inclusive" of Americans, as Gen. Powell spoke of, but of freedom seeking citizens of the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  586. Dr. Zack in DC

    Simply put, Obama has shown not only a willingness but also a preference for fully understanding another party's perspective before making decisions. McCain is often viewed domestically and abroad as someone who is tense, rigid, and inflexible. The doubt is not whether McCain is willing to differ from his party if his views are inherently different, but rather to what degree he is willing to alter his own perspective in light of new, pertinent information (or, perhaps, the alternative cultures and perspectives of foreign nations).

    McCain's rigidity doesn't demonstrate an eagerness to understand the perspectives of others (the perception of which leads people to feel their voice is heard and that resulting decision-making will thus be with their interests in mind as well), while Obama exudes intelligence and outreach. It's been a while since we've been represented by someone with those qualities, and the world sees it in Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  587. George

    I was going to stay home this election and not vote, but when I see that 90% percent of media so vicious atack McCain and gang up against McCain/Palin, I decided to go vote for them. It is the same McCain who was the darling of the media just a while back driving me and half of the country crazy. As far as for foreign idiots wanted an Obama presidency, these are coconats from muslim countries, anarchists and socialists from Europe. Who needs them to tell us who should be president?. Only media

    October 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  588. Levae

    John McCain is just and empty old suit.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  589. Mark from London Ontario Canada

    Jack it is because of the "Bush Doctrine:, you know that silly thing that Sarah Palin doesn't understand. All over the world people and leaders equate McCain with the same policies of George W. Bush which is to "shoot first" and ask questions later. It is time for change that not only Amercians can believe in, but the world can believe in and it is hoped that Obama can bring that change. I for one who resides north of the border hopes that this change comes.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  590. Stephanie for Obama in Phila., PA

    Barack Obama as President would represent true progress in America. Since America is seen as the lead country in the world, this progress in the USA would also represent progess in the world. I beleive that the entire world will change is Obama became President because the world would see that even the seemingly impossible is possible with faith and hardwork.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  591. Jim Jones

    @karenB:
    I would like the breakdown of countries that dislike us vs. those that like us. Cafferty certainly doesn't specify any such thing in this question or in the information provided. And since a lot of them are from Europe and Africa, one could assume that they likely are our allies.

    To answer the question, the reasons are myriad, from them paying more attention to the world around them to the failed policies and hostile, arrogant, bullying attitude of George Bush. When it comes down to it, though, Obama has been far more presidential in the way he's handled the debates, the criticism, his campaign, and it's fairly easy to see who would better respond to a rapidly changing world.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  592. Michele/Oregon

    By McCain/Palin's assertions I am UnAmerican so what would I know, but I think the world rightly sees Obama as the Bridge to Somewhere called Hope. Hope for things unseen like diplomacy, intellect, thoughtful discourse, graciousness, that have been missing from American politics for a long time now, but can only benefit ourselves and the world who sees a partner in Obama to collaborate for the good.

    Welcome back Jack!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  593. Scott - Madison, WI

    Because they are using reality-based critical thinking skills, complex reasoning and observation rather than Bush/Cheney-McCain/Palin tainted fantasy foreign policy rules of militarism and nationalism.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  594. Laura, Boston

    Jack,

    It cracks me up that all the people answering this question assume Obama will bring about world peace and security. How do we know that? Answer: We don't! He has no track record to speak of in regards to foreign affairs.

    George Bush had no experience in foreign affairs either and didn't heed the warning the Clinton Administration left him. September 11, 2001 was a turning point.

    Joe Biden said that some nut would test Obama early into his term. I for one don't want some inexperienced leader again at the helm. I want someone who will heed the warnings and not feel that they can sit down and chat over tea with world leaders who hate our way of life.

    Jack, glad you are back!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  595. Sea Ration

    I am a US citizen and USMC veteran living in the United States, and personally I couldn't care less who other countries want us to have a president. Since when have they become such great judges of leaders?
    It seems to me that it has been the US government and its armed forces who have been coming to the rescue of Great Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Poland, Italy etc., etc. when they have had leaders who weren't all that great. If I wanted to hire a plumber, I'd take a reference from someone who had a good experience with one. I wouldn't take a recommendation from a person who still has their toilets backed up!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  596. Terry

    I don't really know why, Jack, but I can guess. Obama is an intelligent man with intellectual curiosity and a measured temperament. He has a certain energy and enthusiasm and a way of projecting a little fun and whimsy along with his serious, contemplative side. Unlike George Bush, who appealed to people because he seemed like the really fun neighbor down the street who was a riot at barbecues, Obama seems more like the college professor you admired and wanted to get to know personally.

    Compare all of that to McCain, who appears sort of splenetic, like the grouchy old man next door who yells at the neighbor kids at the drop of a hat. McCain angrily bounces from topic to topic, and almost daily announces some new policy or plan, while Obama put forth his agenda early and simply keeps talking about the same plans.

    Obama is a rock. McCain is a spindly weathervane.

    Welcome back, Jack, we missed you.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  597. Shawn, British Columbia

    The world sees McCain, rightfully or wrongfully as an example or characture of blind religious and gun toting hipocracy. He is a symbol of everything that the rest of the world hates the U.S. for.....Lack of tolerance, guns, Evangelical ideology and spouting your superioriy at every international sporting or non-sporting assembly.

    Shawn, British Columbia

    October 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  598. Gerald Egun

    You never value what you´ve got untill its lost & gone.We are happy you are back again and thank God you are well. They prefer Obama because they know that he is the only one that will bring the world out of this economic & political mess the Bush administration with the help of John Mc cain has brought us into. The whole world needs able leadership and thats what they have found in Obama.Unlike mc cain who is a clone of Bush and is ready to carry out and continue the unpopular republican strategies

    October 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  599. Don H - Canada

    Jack, just two words needed Palin and Economy

    October 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  600. Sherri from Canada

    It's because they are colour blind......

    October 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  601. Adam

    Toronto

    Welcome back, Jack. I think the world sees the same qualities in Barack Obama that polls suggest a majority of Americans do. We believe he will not only create a stronger America, but promote a more tolerant and respectful world.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  602. Quentin, NYC

    For the same reason they don't like George Bush.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  603. Bill from Chicago

    I guess one is not allowed to have sarcasm on this site as i keep getting deleted!

    It’s because they are all former/current socialist states that have this need for a father figure to tell them what to do. Unlike the majority of Americans that know that one must fight for freedom, free will and free speech, Europeans would rather have someone tell them how to live and need central government to plan their day. We really care what African nations think of our form of Government. Genocide much over there?

    October 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  604. Andrew

    It sure isn't because of the "liberal elite media bias"... Last time I checked, the media-CNN included-is too busy force-feeding the world the lie that is Sarah Palin to communication Obama and Biden's message. Why is is that every time I watch CNN, there is a campaign alert and a Palin rally on the screen? You sure don't break to campaign events when Obama or Biden are speaking. Obama and Biden are reaching people, despite CNN's overt attempt to skew this election.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  605. Mary From Manhattan, NYC

    Hi Jack – Great question, as always. Barack Obama embodies what the world is looking for in a truly great leader – intellect, patriotism, and a keen sense of what the important issues are. He's a person willing to carefully navigate global political issues/waters. Obama is light-years ahead of McCain on these characteristics and 'this' is why he is so beloved around the world. I pray each night that he & his family are protected. Obama 08!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  606. David Arnold, Florida

    Being the world traveller that i am to both the Asian and European countries per my contacts there they see something in Obama that many saw in MLK and JFK combined. Whereas, John McCain to many of them will bring about the same approach to foreign affairs as Bush did. Many of them say that the world has changed so much and McCain may feel "light years ahead "in terms of his foreign policy experience but still has a 20 century thought process and Obama’s intellect and charisma trumps McCain's “experience” and he displays a 21st century approach to an ever changing world.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  607. Pat

    One thing I do know, Republicans skim read. You did not ask why foreign governments wanted Obama, you asked why the citizens do. Europe is more inclusive, they have always looked to our leadership. They have been disappointed in our choices. They understand war better than we do. They understand there will be no "winners" in our effort in Iraq. Mc Cain wants to rewrite the failure of Viet Nam. He can't. Obama has a lot of the qualities I admired in Kennedy. I think europeans see that and HOPE again.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  608. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    They want Obama because they're tired of unilateral cowboy agression which is destabilizing world markets! And the thought of Caribou Barbie in any kind of leadership role is terrifying...

    October 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  609. Felecia from NC

    Because He is the face of change. He makes the USA the PLACE of change. We will no longer be looked at as the country of hate. Obama symbalizes UNITY. and this is what the world is waiting for. Hopefully the citizens of the USA can catch up.

    Obama '08(Please Early Vote)

    October 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  610. yidalem

    I think it is for two reason
    1.because of his multi -racial back ground and all inclusiveness
    they fell a sense of belonging
    2.because of his educational back ground and openness to discussion it is easy for them to deal with him rather than McCain

    Yidalem,from MD

    October 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  611. Ellie, Boyds, MD

    Jack, one word sums it up....

    "TRANSFORMATIONAL" .....

    Countries around the world KNOW that John McCain does NOT represent the DIVERSITY of our our nation, let alone the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  612. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    Well if you're a Republican, it's because they are not "real Americans" and/or Socialists. If you're a Democrat, it's because they are intelligent and hopeful for the future. Simple as that.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  613. Kasi Janay

    Dear Jack,
    I am a citizen of the United States, I am only a teenager and not allowed to vote but I feel I can see why Senator Barack Obama is the correct choice. Mr. Obama offers a positive approach to foreign countries and their policies. The next president of our nation not only deals with our commerce and our problems, but he can also help those of other countries. Our neighbors and allies have seen what our past presidents have done to not only our nation, but their own. Mr. Obama can possibly become the next leader of the United States, the most powerful country in the world. It seems the majority of those 70 countries agree with Obama and his message of change and his vision of hope. If they can agree with his message of peace, why can't Americans?

    -Kasi Janay
    (Rex, Georgia)

    October 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  614. patricia

    welcome back jack., really missed you... barack is very presidential.. look at the tone of the campaign even stevie wonder can see this is a man of great unity!!!!!!!!!!!!! obama o8

    October 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  615. Monica from San Francisco, CA

    He is a man of the world and represents optimism, unity, and intelligence – things that have been missing from the Bush administration.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  616. Matthew, Philadelphia, PA

    I think foreign countries see McCain as a tough talker and Obama as more of a pushover. They say they want a partner but they really want to assert their dominance over the US.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  617. EJ, Michigan

    Obama is seen by the rest of the world as an American foreign policy marked by humility and respect rather than a "my way or the highway" mentality.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  618. Cafferty Rocks!-Nashville, TN

    Just wanted to say that I'm glad you're back! It's not the same without you! You're Cafferty-licious! :)

    October 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  619. Dan, Maryland

    Jack, I wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that he isn't using fear and warmongering to win over votes. Instead he is using optimism, responsibility, and calm confidence. Just a thought....maybe people actually admire that kind of leadership instead of someone who only knows war.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  620. Chris (West Newbury, MA)

    In this increasingly interconnected world, leaders need to have the skills to build bridges between the US and other countries – even the ones who don't like us. Calm, intellectual compromise is valued by the world community, especially Europe, and Obama has demonstrated he can at least fake it when required.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  621. Gary Chandler in Canada

    America is NOT a world role model! Obama seems like he could grasp that! #1 in crime rate, #20 in education, #20 in UN HDI in developed countries.
    Have a civil war on you defects!!!
    Stop telling the rest of us to mow our lawns when you have the messiest yunk yard on the block!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  622. Garnet, Corning, OH

    They can see who we put in out White House. They can see that we aren't too dang smart. DUH. By the way, missed ya!!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  623. rodgerkasule

    hey Jack, man ur so smart, ur the first person in the US media to address this issue, actually im writing from Uganda, and down here, like in so many other countries i have friends in, we are all vouching for barack, I mean, we just cant imagine a "president John mccain" its just un thinkable, like some one has said on here, Barack is more presidential and seems to have a real story to tell, we care but less about a prisoner of war, yes, its great he was strong, but how is that got to help the world, but think about this also, where in the world would a story like barack's be possible other than in America?? I wish I could remember some of the words Bill Richardson used when he was endorsing Barack, but just like so many other leaders, not forgetting Collin Powell, he put it right when he said, Barack will be one of the greatest presidents the US has ever had, hes just the right man for the presidency of the world

    October 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  624. david cook

    maybe they like him because of the circle of friends he has kept
    a radical group called acorn, a guy that bombed the us, a leader of the nation of islam, a preacher thats hates america and an ex plo terrioest sounds like my kind of guy if i lived in most other countries

    October 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  625. Tony from Boston, MA

    Unless they want to start paying my taxes for me, I don't really care who anybody outside of the United States thinks should be president.

    And as usual, your argument is flawed, Cafferty. The opinions of the citizens of other countries has absolutely no bearing on Obama's ability to conduct business with foreign nations. All that means is that he'd win prom king there. Big deal.

    If we're concerned with "mending fences" and being the popular kids in high school again then we should care who the foreign LEADERS think. And since Obama's foreign policy and global economic policies are xenophobic and counter intuitive, I'm sure most leaders would support McCain.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  626. Jerry from Jacksonville

    Jack we've missed you, glad your back. People in the majority of the countries are smarter than the republicans here in the US, they know that the little pint sized jerk is pretty useless, that his only priority is to help the people in the seven, eight and nine digit salary range. He has no interest in trying to help the average person, he has no ideal of how the average person lives and could care less.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  627. bader

    he comes from a minority and coming from there makes you understand their greivences and injustices much more than being from the majority. i am a palestinian AMERICAN and i hope his wins.

    bader sharabati

    October 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  628. Amy from Queens

    Because they're more aware of what's at stake than we narrow minded, self-centered Americans!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  629. Heather

    Hello Jack,

    It is good to have you back, I was getting worried about you.

    As to why the 'World' prefers Obama is because he is calm, cool, collected, intelligent, well spoken and actually thinks before opening his mouth.

    Dumb and Dumber was a movie, it wasn't supposed to reflect American Leaders.

    Heather
    Elko, Nevada

    October 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  630. MATT

    SOCAILISM BABY

    October 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  631. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    In nearly every democracy but ours, keeping the same political party in power is seen as a mandate to continue the same policies. Most of the world does not like our policies these last 8 years under Republican rule, so they're obviously opposed to the man they see as a continuation of those policies, John McCain.

    In addition to that, democratic policies are much nearer to those of European governments, and most democracies worldwide. We're pretty unique with our desire for the government to limit itself in economic and social welfare issues.

    Matt Callaway
    Omaha, NE

    October 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  632. Dan. UK

    There is no denying the fact that Obama has a greater appeal to the world at large judging from the way America has blown away their goodwill globally. Obama represent a generatonal change and in the words of Gen. Powel, he represents a transformational figure.
    The world percieve Maccain as a someone with stare idealism which has no place in the present global reckoning as recent financial meltdown has taught the world valueble lessons of interdependence.
    The world is not loking for those who would look inot the eyes of Putin and see KGB but an American leader who would realise that the entire world space is not inhabited by the US alone.
    Like Senator John Kerry said, even the most powerful man in the world still need some friends.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  633. Marc Tacoma, Wash.

    Welcome back Jack. I like that. Because the world knows it is a time for the world to move in a new direction. We all want unity. I wish the race problem can think that way instead of once again, whites hating blacks.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  634. Jay in Texas

    I'm happy to see you back, Jack. The people in foreign countries don't have a clue as to what Senator Obama's voting record is. If they did, they would see that he votes the same way as Senator McCain on the most important issues facing our country. There's not a dime's worth of difference between the two candidates. They both voted for the biggest corporate socialist measure in world history when they supported and voted for the Bailout for the super-rich.
    Brownwood, Texas

    October 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  635. Kranthi, NJ

    The answer is simple. People around the world don't see a difference between McCain and Bush and obviously they don't like to see 4 more years of Bush's foreign policy.

    McCain looked like McCain during the initial days of his campaign and now he looks completely different. He started looking more and more like Bush, not because Obama made a strong case against him but because, McCain himself moved towards the extreme right.

    People around the world want to see a "friend" in the white house, who can listen to them, talk to them and negotiate with them in case of differences. The last thing they want to see is another advocate of belligerent foreign policy.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  636. Louise

    It's because Obama is inspiring and people can see this quality in him. It is just so obvious that McCain is not believable or trustworthy. He is out of touch not only with Americans but across the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  637. erica

    Welcome back Jack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The Situation Room is not the same without you

    October 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  638. William from New York

    The reason is that the rest of the world realizes that an Obama presidency would be willing to hear all sides of the discussion and not flex the Military as its first option. An Obama presidency would use diplomacy and negotiation, instead of the Bush "Shoot First, Don't Ask Questions" approach.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  639. Chinwe GA

    Jack,
    welcome back jack!! missed ya!] I do not listern to CNN when you are not there. very very happy that you are back,
    Jack please I begging you do not takeoff again before Nov 4.
    I want to hear your listern to you
    All Mccain wants to do is war war war!!! thats all he talks about.
    He does not know that people are lossing their home.
    Mccain owns 7 or more houses 13 cars

    October 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  640. Charlene, Henderson Nevada

    Hi Jack,

    It must be because other nations realize how important having an intellectual in the white house is, that in these troubled times they don't want someone they'dd like to sit and have a beer with! But a glass of wine would be fine!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  641. Yolanda in Baton Rouge, LA

    Think about what's written on the Statue of Liberty. Your tire, your poor and your huddled masses yearning to breathe free are no longer in Western Europe. They're in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Barack Obama proves to them their children will be equal Americans and one day grow up to be President.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  642. kimmy

    Nobody wants violents anymore and McCain has always advocate war as a solution to almost everything, while Odama advocates negotiations(middle-east as case study)...the world is tired of violence. Refugees, ophans etc...

    October 21, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  643. Ikram

    Jack, it is good to see you back!

    I being an Asian prefer Obama, from the world’s perspective. He is calm and goes through a rigorous thought process, before coming to a decision. That’s the true characteristic of a Good & Wise Leader. I think the people of US are lucky to have such an influencing & inspiring person to be the next President. God forbid, if he is not elected, I will be hugely disappointed with the American people.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  644. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    Well, if you're a Republican, it's because they are not "real Americans " and/or Socialists. If you're a Democrat, it's because they are intelligent and hopeful for the future. It's as simple as that.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  645. concerned

    Jack I'm glad you are back;

    The rest of the world probably don't have the racial tension or the divide that we have here. They do believe in taking care of their own. I have listened to senator McCain speak these last few weeks. Here is what he wants. Let the rich keep getting richer and the poor to think that they are rich. What the average american don't realize is that they are supporting the rich by letting them get away with legalize stealing. Who write the laws? The wealthy. Who get punished for violating the laws? The middle class. Nobody responsible for this economic mess will go to jail. That's the difference between the United states and most democratic nations.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  646. Don

    Speaking as a person from another country, we simply see Senator Obama as a means of finally getting the world back on course. We watched as Bush brought the globe closer to world war than ever before because of his "shoot first, and lie like hell later" policy, and we see very little difference in Senator McCain's attitude, especially now with Sarah Palin as his running mate. The idea of her taking over the presidency in an emergency is simply too scary to even consider. The US and the world, need a leader who is willling to talk and yes, even compromise on certain issues with other world leaders, instead of threatening those who happen to disagree with you.
    Go Obama, GO!!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  647. Danny

    I'm British and South African but live in Tesas! And I'd like to say most of the 70 countries around the world do like and respect Americans individually but with Bush and most likely during a McCain presidency America perfects a paranoid, aggressive and superior stance to other countries. Clearly that's a turnoff.
    When I leave Houston and go home it saddens me that English people have lost so much respect for the US despite all it's great achievements and wonderful people.
    These relationships have to heal and I would encourage Americans to travel more and do their bit for bilateral relations.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  648. Lorna, NY

    Jack,
    The reason is simple when comparing John McCain and Barak Obama, it's easy. One guy is old and seems unstable most of the time, the other steady and displays solid judgement. The choice is easy for me and the rest of the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  649. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    BTW, welcome back. There's an empty place in my life when you're gone. Which doesn't say much for my life does it :-)

    October 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  650. Ross

    Jack,

    I am so glad that you are back on! We missed you greatly!!!! As for your question, Obama has respect for the rest of the world, something this administration has lacked from day one. George Bush's policy of blowing off the UN and not adhering to international agreements (hmm is torture an acceptable practice?) will only be followed by McCain. The rest of the world has the sense to see it. I just hope than on election day people in this country do too.

    Ross,
    Richmond, VA

    October 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  651. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Welcome Back Jack. We missed you.

    To answer your question.. same reason why we want him. He is capable, compassionate, steady, smart etc.... not a war monger or arrogant.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  652. Colleen, Springfield Missouri

    one word H-O-P-E....
    welcome back....I missed you!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  653. Doug

    As a Canadian, I would like to remind those of you who may have forgotten how America (U.S.) has in 200 years, become the richest and kindest (read foreign aid) country in history.
    If you would like to change this, vote for Obama and blend into
    mediocrity like the rest of the world you seem to admire.

    I for one would support McCain (and the likes of him) to keep the U.S.
    the kind of place the rest of the world wants to emigrate.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  654. Jack

    Obama would rather talk than fight. McCain would rather fight than talk. Need anyone say more!!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  655. LR

    Easy. Cause they know Obama will be a doormat.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  656. Amber Scott

    Welcome back Jack, I hope you are well. We all missed you.

    I think that the world is looking for two things: an end to war, and a return to diplomacy. Obama advocates peace, stability and talking with your enemies before sending your country's children overseas to die. McCain advocates more war and instability. Add to that the prospect that McCain's running mate can't correctly pronounce "nuclear" and we see why the world wants Obama – he is the furthest option we have from Bush.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  657. Dave Stewart

    Welcome Back Jack!

    The rest of the world never elected a person like Bush Jr either. Does that make us smarter?

    October 21, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  658. A ROSE FROM IOWA

    Wecome back!!! I've miss you.
    Other countries have a great stake in how this election goes. If McPalin wins- ignorance, wars, and selfish judgment flourishes. I am afraid of that small mindedness also.
    Obama is our hope for intelligent foreign policy, rebuilding America's roads and infrastructure, education, health care, and negotiating peaceful solutions to differences. Any part of the world benefits from having a better America with Obama. .

    October 21, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  659. Lorne

    Obama is preferred overseas because he would be in the best interests of the people overseas. When faced with a choice of leaders in a foreign country, those outside that country will undoubtedly choose the person they perceive will be most beneficial to their own country. Whether that person is right for the country that must elect them is not the foreign observers concern.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  660. George Boman

    People around the world looked up to America and it's values for decades. America has fought for freedom, confronted dictators, helped liberators and deliveded humaniterian aids all around the world. It earned special respect in the hearts of most citizens around the world. This respect has been severely eroded in the last seven years. The world wants to see Aamerican power and values restored. And they believe Obama can achieve that.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  661. Matt

    Barack Obama is the new generation of world leaders. Everyone is sick and tired of George Bush and the failed republican policies.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  662. Paul, Riverside, CA

    Jack,

    Damn it's great to see you back.

    To be honest Jack, the world has no problem speaking their mind, whereas a good majority of Americans would prefer their politicians speak for them. Also, racism has seemed to eliminate itself from the rest of the world, but in a Free Country like America, racism is strong and unfortunate.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  663. Lorraine (Knoxville)

    Oh, Jack I'm so happy you are back!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  664. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, three letters...GOP

    Glad to see you back!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  665. Philip J Sparrow

    We prefer Obama for two reasons: firstly Mccain seems to base his entire foreign policy around the 'war on terror' and, presumably because of his military background, is always talking of attacking and fighting – he is a soldier not a diplomat. Secondly, Obama's tour of Europe may not have won many votes in America, but after Bush's complete ignorance towards any Europeans (except Blair) it is good to see the future president taking an interest in the many links the USA and the EU have, such as NATO and free trade.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  666. Georgia Gal

    I also have to say (and let me emphasize how much I love my country and how glad I am to live in the United States) that sometimes the U.S. and its government can have a "holier than thou" attitude about itself. That does not go over well with other countries.

    October 21, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  667. Deb (Bow, NH)

    It doesn't surprise me at all that people all over the world prefer Obama to this extent – after all, he is calm, thoughtful, doesn't believe in shooting first and asking questions later, looks for ways to bring people together, believes in talking to people (go figure!) ... and he's smart! What does amaze me is that the race is still so tight here in the US. If there was ever a year when one candidate should be WAY ahead, this is it. If the polls aren't wrong, I don't know that it says much for our electorate.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  668. Huh?

    Simple... they want a president that puts the needs of the world over the needs of his country.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  669. mayahh from ATLANTA

    Jack

    I am so glad that you are back, hope all is well with you and your family.. As a little girl, i remembered how much hope it gave people when they thought they would be able to go to the USA and have an opportunity to make lifes better for themselves and their families, it was like a fantasy, now today, those dreams are shattered, so many of our american populations are HOMELESS,despaired and hungry..even working families find it hard to maintain... seems to me the RICH gets richer and everyday americans struggle.. I also want to send my blessings to the family of Senator Obama and his ill grandmother, may God bless us all.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  670. Mickie in California

    Europeans know that Americans can't tolerate four more years of the Bush doctrine and McCain thinks just like Bush. Obama represents a return to diplomacy and rational action.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  671. Drew, Washington DC

    Probably because with McCain often unable to distinguish sides, they are worried he may attack them by mistake, then declare he will only leave with a victory, because once you start, leaving with anything short of 5,000 American deaths would be considered a defeat.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  672. Stephanie - Boston, MA

    I believe foreign countries want to see USA succeed again, and continue to be the progressive great nation we can be.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  673. Louise L.Gallone

    Hi Jack, welcome back and accept my condolences over your recent loss.

    Obama is young, vibrant, articualate, and much more open to diplomatic solutions for the world's problems. McCain is surly, petulant, combative and would use the military to try and solve problems.

    Louise, Indiana

    October 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  674. Ben

    Because they all know Barack has no backbone and will be a push-over.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  675. Ndengegerald

    McCain is just interested in being a president. look at his choice of vice president.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  676. Gane, Toronto Canada

    Hello there!

    THE REST OF THE WORLD IS HOPING FINALLY THE AMERICAN EMPIRE WILL COLLAPSE.

    OBAMA AND SPECIALLY BIDEN TOGETHER WILL NANCY POLOCY WILL SPEED IT UP!

    THAT WHY!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  677. Cassandra South Orange , New Jersey

    Jack

    My God we missed you. Thank goodness your back. I was worried. Now for your question. Sometimes it takes an outsider looking in to provide clarity to a situation. Isn't that true in life. Sometimes we get too close to an issue. In this case the 70 countries see the choose the US has make and its so clear to them what the answer should be on November 4th. The problem is this country has such a history of fear, division, and racism there are some who can't see past that. I pray that the better angels in people of the US come forward on election day and vote for Barack Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  678. Jack - DSM, Iowa

    Because they feel he would weaken America’s standing in the world – always willing to placate dictators – and possibly strengthen their standing in comparision to a weaker U.S.

    Do not think for one minute that these people in other countrys are looking out for America’s best interest.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  679. Lynn from Portland, OR

    I lived in Asia for over 12 years & I've been back in the U.S. for 6. Many U.S. Americans don't realize how bad our relationship is with other countries–ALL over the world! It is imperative that we repair & improve our foreign relations as soon as possible, especially with our allies–but also begin talks with countries who "don't like us very much." Well, many countries have good reasons not to like us very much when we've had the Bush/Cheney regime doing whatever they wanted for the past 8 years, regardless of what others thought–including the citizens of this country.

    OBAMA stands for hope, energy, openness, and a willingness to listen to others–even if they disagree with him. We are a global society, a country of great diversity, and the only hope we have in the future is to start thinking more inclusively. I am a U.S. American & I love this country too much to let it go the way of fear tactics & bullying & more policies that divide rather than bring us together-we need to start thinking more of helping, not hurting.

    (AND, Jack, I'm so glad you're back & I'm very sorry for your loss. )

    October 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  680. Salina, Washington, DC

    Because they are tired of seeing this country run by and run in the ground by old ugly grumpy crazy white men. America is diverse and its about time she showed her diversity in its leader and its leadership. The world is sick of the blatant racists that are the majority of and that run this country, and frankly so are the so-called 'minority' here in America. Everything must change.

    Obama '08/'12

    October 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  681. VJ IIlinois

    Whew! Soooo glad you're back Jack and not a moment too soon because I was just about to give CNN the old "see you bye now". IMHO, you are what makes CNN worth watching. Keith comes close, but he just ain't crochety enough and crochety is what makes you, you!

    Obama is a welcoming beacon of light that is inspiring people from all over the world to believe in and feel good about what is possible.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  682. Richard - Knoxville TN

    They are absolutely TERRIFIED that if McCain wins the election, something might happen to him (stroke, dementia, Tod, etc.) --
    Don't have to go into WHY they would be terrified - Do I ??? --

    October 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  683. P. Gapili

    It's wonderful to have you back Jack. As a CNN watcher, we missed your analysis a lot.
    I'm from Chad and have been following the US Presidential race on a daily (almost hourly basis), thanks to CNN.
    If there's something for certain that attracts a lot of people around me in Obama is the difference of style between these two candidates. On one hand we have somebody (McCain) who preaches roughness and untolerance around the world with it's bombing rhetoric and another guy (Obama) who is more willing to consider that the world is a mix of different kind of people with different cultures and beliefs.

    Isn't it obvious that people will choose the one they think might be willing to accept them as they are and deal with them with respect?

    We do love America enough to whish and pray that the american voters choose Obama as their President. In a certain sense, he will be the most powerful man on earth and he would definitely be a better world leader than John McCain...

    October 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  684. Nancy in Texas

    Reading these comments, especially from those in other countries, has been illuminating. The U.S. has been richly blessed, and with that blessing comes responsibility to our own people and the world. Therefore, what the rest of the world thinks DOES make a difference to me.

    I am voting for Obama for my nation and for the world. I voted for George W. the first time believing he was more moderate like his father and in his compassionate conservatism. I was wrong, and believe the nation and the world have paid dearly for it. Enough is enough. Obama is a leader. We desperately need one now.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  685. Harvi Kiiski

    Hello Jack
    I,m from a small town and still have alot of the same childhood school friends of 50+ years.
    About half of my friends grew up democrat, the other half republican.
    I,m a democrat. I also looked close at McCain in the begining thinking he had more time and mind in politics to be president, half of my democratic friends agreed. After watching Obama and McCain square off in the past six months, I,m totaly sold on Obama, for the most part his plan for America,his good character, honesty and dignity with fair play.
    McCain and Palins underhanded tactics with no fair play has changed my mind and all but one democratic friend of mind. Half of my republican friends are all voting Obama/Bidin. Due to the tactics we all saw and still see McCain/Palin resort to in what looks to be a bad desperate try of doing and saying anything, promising anything to try and win votes. Most of us are very dissapointed to see a man of military honor resort to the tactics he and his party are still using. A good fighter for the people should carry his honor in all matters, and not by hitting below the belt as hard as he and his pick for VP have and continue to do so with so much vigor.
    McCain lost many votes with myself, my friends, and many others in my town because of his actions and lack of honor in this election.
    It also says so very much to have General Powell, a man of such high standing give his wise and valued support to the man he sees as fit and qualified to be our next president.
    Thanks for doing a great news cast. We enjoy your time.
    Harvi

    October 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  686. judy mitchell

    In order to erase the world's perception of our "Civil War" attitude, we will show that Sen. Obama is the most intelligent ,diplomatic, humble and honest choice as President. Our strength should be peace keeper, not agressor. Transplanted Texan living in Northern Ontario where we hate war.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  687. Mfon U. Mfon

    Jack my good man,
    Nice to know you're well. Hope is alive then. You are the torch bearer for inconsequential truth, you fear no man, you call it the way it is and you stand by it. May your days be long and your legacy ever-lasting.
    Tick on my good friend.
    Mfon2

    October 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  688. Tyne from Boulder, Colorado

    It's simple. Obama knows that the world has changed and is changing. He's looking to pull America out of it's 20th century foreign policy mentality where it's America and the world, and bring us forward into the 21st century where it's America together with the world. Besides, Obama knows I've been waiting for the world to stop hating us, so I can go abroad on vacation.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  689. Liz

    Jack, even the citizens of other countries can see the world cannot bear 8 more years of a George Bush wannabe. Yes, even Jr. wanted to be like his father. No such luck. Maybe we can be like Patrick Duffy in "Dallas". I would love to wake up tomorrow and find out the last 7 years were all a nightmare. I suggest a Dobbs/Cafferty ticket.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  690. Pricilla, Fontana CA.

    Need to see you on the tube, my prayers are with you and your family.
    "Earth has not sorrow that Heaven can not heal".

    Because America for all of it's greatness has many deep rooted racial issues. We have lost that loving feeling. 1 Timothy 6:16&17 reads "Command those who are richin this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share". I am my brother's keeper.
    We can not continue to have 37million people living in poverty, 35 million without health care but bail out the crooks on wall street. This is what America is showing the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  691. Darko in New Orleans, La

    Jack,

    They know socialism when they see it. They have to deal with it everyday in their country and they want us to feel their pain.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  692. Ross from Redlands, CA

    Why do citizens in 70 foreign countries prefer Barack Obama to John McCain by a margin of nearly 4-1?

    In a word – Hope!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  693. Christine from El Paso Tx

    Welcome back Jack, I was about to go though Detox with you LOL! I think after 8 years of other countrys having to deal with Bush (the guy you can have beer with) they are pry hungry to deal with an intellegent leader! And they pry don't want to have a beer with him!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  694. Alex

    Hey Jack,

    I would first like to reply to those who have been saying that many countries support Obama because they are not racist like the United States. Unfortunately I cannot deny that racism is still a problem in the US and that it may influence this election. However, it is rather short-sighted to say the rest of the world has been cured of racism. France for example, is experiencing it's own race-related problems. A recent BBC poll showed that 61% percent of black people in France feel they experience racism at least some of the time.

    I think Obama's international popularity is due to his liberal stance oratory skills. The majority, if not all, of Europe is far more liberal than the US, so it's natural that those countries will favor the candidate that most closely reflects their views. I do not think we should let what other countries think sway our votes, no matter who you support I hope that it is not because of what another country does or does not like.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  695. steven

    The truth of the matter is that foreign countries want Obama in office because they feel he is weak and they will be emboldened to challenege our country. Even Joe Biden mentioned this fact a few days ago. Foriegn countries don't want McCain because they know McCain is a no-nonsense guy who will not tolerate any attempts by them to harm our country, whether it be economically or militarily.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  696. Gregor

    Simply put, Obama's world view is more in line with the rest of the world's than McCain's.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  697. Kara

    I'm with KarenB!!!

    I'm reading these comments while thinking 'Have any of you even been outside the US?' Many other countries hate us for the freedom of choice we give our people.

    And I'd like to point out that;

    1. Serbia has a pretty huge party called "Socialist Party of Serbia." and,

    2. Serbia is within the Socialsit Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  698. Mark

    Austin Obama is open to listening, problem solving and working together. McCain is not so good at listening, he is excitable and wants to be right more than work with others.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  699. Tony, Miami

    Simple he is an intelligent young man who favor dialogue first contrary to McCain who is a warmonger and see bomb bomb bomb first.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  700. Maggie in NY

    Jack, notice how the republicans making comments here are all assuming that the entire rest of the world (including, I guess, our wonderful Canadian friends, the UK, France, etc.) are our "enemies". This is exactly who McCain/Palin are representing. With the neocons, it is America (but only the "real America") vs. the rest of the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  701. Paul

    The link on the billboard is to the Ministry for Kosovo and Metohija of the Serbian government. The gigantic three words across the bottom are "Kosovo is Serbia". In other words, you're featuring a Serbian nationalist billboard at the top of your story. The part under "Change we believe in" says "Barak Obama, always be with us".

    October 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  702. Fred

    Because, for the most part they are socialists and so id he.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  703. Lola

    Oh Jack have missed you!!!

    Welcome back

    October 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  704. David Bakody

    Why do 70 countries prefer Barach Obama because they are sick of the Winds of War and the hunt for non existence of WMD's and just plain ode neoconservative lies. Barach Obama represents change with world wide hope for a decent future for children. Welcome back Jack......... trust all is well

    October 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  705. Vincent, Great Lakes, Illinois

    Why Jack? Because they are more educated than the adverage American voter. You see, they look at the issues, not the b.s. Do you know how many people believe those dimwitted e-mails that are sent to them? This is a nasty campaign and those who cry foul the most are the ones who are slinging the most b.s.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  706. kirk, fl

    because they used to respect us and they wants to again

    October 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  707. Brian Baldersbaek, Denmark, Scandinavia

    I prefer Barack Obama because of the differences in his belief in the American people, where the Republican ticket to the contrary seem to rely on clinic psycopathism, accusing where the guilt is within themselves.
    I find the Republican ticket inhumane. Thanks to the Internet, it seem that that the American people finally have the means to factfind.
    4 years ago, that was impossible.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  708. pete

    they see what i see: a man who'll end the cowboy foreign policy, consult with our friends, and talk to our enemies; an embodiment of the american promise who sees the challenges that face us all as opportunities to move the human family forward by intelligently using the considerable but limited assets we have. they realize time is running out too. we don't have unlimited chances to get it right.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  709. Tennisguypitt from Pittsburgh

    Welcome back, Jack.

    It's quite obvious, they know Barack Obama has a serious chance of repairing the the United States credibility over the world, and therefore the governments of Europe are willing to work with that kind of person.

    His personality is also wonderful, he has demonstrated calmness required to be president. Just perfect!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  710. KJ

    GLAD TO SEE YOU BACK, JACK!

    I think the rest of the world prefers Obama because they're smarter than we are ;)

    October 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  711. Eileen Austintown, Ohio

    Because Obama would negotiate with them, treat them as equals and McCain would CONTINUE the Bush policy of "you are either for us or against us. If you don't do what we want we will not talk to you or respect you."

    October 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  712. paul LA Calif

    They like Obama over McCain because they see a very intelligent man, not a short sited man like Mc cain.who will lead us into a war because he,s to dumb to talk with our enemies.

    How else will you know what they think.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  713. D&D

    Jack, I just want to tell you that I'm really happy to see you back. I missed you!

    Regarding the subject above, it's simple. Foreign Nations see what some americans don't in Obama and what he reprensentes. And that tells a lot as those Nations are part of international community which recognize the US as the greatest country on earth, and they want it to be remain that way.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  714. Ellen Kennon

    I'm tired of not feeling comfortable traveling abroad. Being from Louisiana, we used to talk about "tacky Texans", but now, thanks to Bush, we're all considered "tacky Americans"! Who wouldn't prefer Obama to McCain. Obama is brilliant, authentic and elegant. McCain is a hot-head war monger.

    Ellen Kennon
    St. Francisville, LA

    October 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  715. Cliff

    Because in large part of the Liberal MEDIA and the Democratic political campaign that started four years ago tearing doen the current U.S. policies and international Security actions

    October 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  716. Georgia Gal

    Hey Huh?

    "Putting the needs of the world over the needs of his own country?"

    Haven't we had that for the last 8 years?

    October 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  717. Michael Fermanich

    Jack I guess the seventy countries are worried about which country John McCain would pick a fight with via hawk focus for democracy. Sure with McCain its all about our country and not equal human dignity for the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  718. John

    What's NOT to like?

    Who's corrupt and who's the next GREAT leader.

    It's as obvious as the nose on your face.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  719. Chris, Thousand Oaks Ca

    I have spent 6-8 weeks per year in Europe the last few years and have talked to many Europeans and international tourists. They see Obama as a natural leader and someone they can respect to bring us all together through DIPLOMACY. They love America and want us to succeed because when we do, they do. They don't understand how religion, abortion and other social issues get so twisted in our politics. And, during my recent trip a few weeks ago, folks really didn't get how someone as unqualified as Sarah Palin could be considered for such a high position. Her lack of curiosity about the world and her demagoguery really frighten them.

    Welcome back Jack!!!! You are loved and have been missed!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  720. Jeff in Toronto

    Hey Jack,

    Welcome back. Canadian's have the same feelings as the rest of the world...at least 75% of us prefer Senator Obama. Every two or three generations, a leader emerges who inspires and motivates people to reach for great things...FDR, Churchill, JFK and now Obama. He's the real thing and it shows. He has remained calm, steadfast and decent in spite of being attacked in first the primaries and now by McCain/Palin.

    Fortunately the universe is unfolding as it should and Obama-Biden who be victorious in 2-weeks and Americains and the rest of the world can breath a sigh of relief.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  721. Brandon

    It only matters what Americans think. Not what anyone else says. This is our country.

    However, There are many who think it would be great for Obama to get elected because he will be weak. Even Biden says so.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  722. ED BALDWIN

    I THINK WHEN THEY SAW THAT FAMOUS ( WINK), THEY FELT SORRY FOR US.
    ED, VA

    October 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  723. sandee from Portland

    Hi Jack, so glad to have you back.

    I think it's because Obama is intelligent, calm, rational and puts a lot of thought into the process before making any important decisions. Also, I think they see Obama as a peace keeper rather than a war monger who would bomb first and think later. People are tired of the U.S. and it's holier than thou attitude that we are the only nation on this great earth. They feel that Bush has alienated most of our allies and I think they see Obama as being able take our country back to one of the most respected countries in the world. Taking all of this into consideration, I think they see McCain as a knee jerk reactionary who speaks and takes action without truly thinking the consequences through.

    Sandee in Portland, Or

    October 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  724. Rachel

    Jack,

    They have common sense!!

    Rachel, Atlanta

    October 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  725. Shawn

    Hello Jack,

    I'm chiming in from The Bahamas ,I feel the reason why I think most of the world population favors Obama over McCain mainly because from a sensible perspective, the issue is that Obama seems more genuine in his campaign really wanting to help everybody not just the wealthy, this is ominously obvious when you fine tooth comb McCain's Tax plan, and indirect hints of division spewing from his Camp, Sarah Palin is a joke. Obama has been less tempered when attacked, more ready to deal with problems on a diplomatic scale as a leader who will not only listen to others but reach across the isle for advice as well and his choice of Joe Biden as his running mate only solidfiies his character and judgement of someone who is indeed ready to be the America's President.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  726. jolaine mills

    McCain is a grumpy old man with a reputation for name-calling and expletives who thinks it's appropriate to behave like a school yard bully during a presidential debate. Obama is cool and cooler yet under fire with an OPEN mind. One thing that I would really like to know is – has McCain ever been evaluated for PTSD – he has many symptoms and not the kind of guy we should have handling communication with other leaders or have access to nuclear codes. He can't have one of his hissy fits and refer to Putin as "that one" during negotiations. The leader of the free world can't be a bully, George W tried that, look where we are.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  727. Don in NC

    As a p.s. to the people who say 'what do we care about the other countries', I would say that we should, we have used their troops in our wars, we have sold them our junk bonds, we are now using their expertise in sorting out the world's global banking system. In short – the world is getting smaller and we are getting more isolated. We depend on the Chinese for our day to day living expenses, we also rely on the Saudi's for our gas, so, yes, it does matter what other countries think of us. We have been reduced to borrowing from everyone.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  728. Elvera, the Senior Citizen from Texas

    Welcome back, Jack.
    Sen. Obama would be one of the best presidents ever. He is smart, honest, respectful, inspiring, and yes, presidential. He is a true leader. I support also this description:
    I want a president who can maintain his composure in all circumstance, be articulate, diplomatic, respectful with a background that enables him to be empathetic and humble. A president, who can relate to the everyday struggles of the lower/middle class population. Someone, who will champion against the wrongs in the current administration while inspiring us to believe in our government again. Someone, who will lead by example. I also hope that our country will be a world leader again.
    John McCain is none of the above. McCain is among the worst of the worst when it comes to the ideas of dirty politics. He is intellectually-challenged, arrogant, disrespectful, stubborn, hateful, and manipulative. And Sarah Palin? She is by far the most evil and obnoxious person, that is on the planet today. The tactics that she uses are insinuation, smears and outright lies, and she is by far the dumbest bunny on the planet.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  729. John

    Welcome back Jack. you were missed badly. McCain's statement that he has more experience than Obama doesn't cut it. Obama is widely favored by international people because he has the ability to lead people in a more calm and affective mannerism than what McCain could ever accomplish. This alone makes him probably one of the best statesmen to come out of America since John F Kennedy. He has the knowledge, characteristics, and temperament to solve hard Foreign Affairs problems if need be.I don't see that in John McCain.People abroad want a man like him as President because they know America would again regain its RESPECT.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  730. This Canadian Loves Obama

    So glad you are back, Jack. Your presence was missed.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  731. Jane Johnson

    Sad to say but maybe the intelligence level is higher in foreign countries than right here in the US. Obviously, if one is pro world peace one would want to vote for a more diplomatic president than someone who appears to glorify surges and war!

    Who likes the possibility of "Saturday Nite Live" Sarah Pallin becoming our president? It scares me silly!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  732. Ann Bissett Canada

    Welcome back Jack. You were missed

    October 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  733. Dale

    Are you back Jack?

    If so, we'll put up with Wolf just to catch you.

    Best,

    Dale

    October 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  734. Marquis from Bowling Green, ky

    Hey Jack, I've been wondering where you've been. Not only Americans, but many people around the world are searching for inspiration. Barack Obama is inspiration.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  735. Adela

    Jack, It's all about intelligence and Obama has it.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  736. Lou - Des Moines IA

    Jack, seeing you're back just made my day! We've been worried about you. Heartfelt condolences on your loss.

    I have a brother who has lived in Hamburg, Germany for more than three decades. He says Americans don't have a clue how detested we are by most Europeans. But he believes that electing Obama could be the start of a whole new era of mutual respect.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  737. tennyson

    we like him just beause , he is the one who can unify the world , mcCain is out of touch he seems not to understand , the way he actting means he will creat another war ,he got hatred in him ,

    October 21, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  738. Sal in Philadelphia, Pa

    Citizens around the world have engaged into the political spectrum of American Politics, and rightfully so. Who we elect has a profound impact around the world. The notion of the "American Dream" while dampening here remains a life time achievement abroad. While McCain is still touting the failed policies inherited from the previous administration, his counter part Obama offers a more cohesive approach to social and economic issues.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  739. Charlie Gore - Bremerton, Wa

    Because he's the better of the two. Duh.

    Glad your back, Jack (see what I did there?).

    October 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  740. JW Georgia

    I can answer this one in five easy words; eight years of George Bush.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  741. Mark

    For over 50 years America (and Americans) have been on thier high horse, enjoying a position of leadership in the world, and the rest of the world is tired of it. They know that we will drop down significantly in terms of freedom, standard of living, etc, and not be so cocky after an Obama presidency. It's a way of losing every war we've fought in over 100 years, all at once, without them shedding a drop of blood, so what's not to love ?

    October 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  742. Cynthia, TX

    Yeah you are back Jack!!! Good to see you!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  743. DJ, Detroit

    The same reason AMerica prefers Obama...he's our best chance to get out of this mess.

    DJ – Detroit

    October 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  744. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    He represents change in every way imaginable. He actually respects other countries and the world knows it.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  745. Not Joe!

    Anyone who listens to Cindy McCain is a crack head too!

    Both Palin and McCain are Socialist! Who care about these selloput of America! They have no plans to speak of all they talk about is hate!

    First! McCain begged money form Russia that says it all! He is not an American citizen any way! He was born in Panama!

    Second! The Republicans are trying to supress the vote now they are trying to supress the American people giving to the canidate that they like if he or she is not Republican!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  746. Michael From Kingston Ont Canada

    Welcome back Jack...CNN was not the same with out you...

    The reason that the rest of the world prefers Obama over McCain is simple. The US is the country that the rest of the world looks to for guidance and help. They are the example of where most of the world wants to be. A America under Obama would be a changed for the better country. He is a leader worth listening to, worth supporting. I hope that Obama's victory will go down in history as the beginning of a Golden Age for the US.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  747. Laura New Jersey

    Everyone in every country wants world peace and only Obama can deliver. With peace every country will grow and prosper.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  748. Dennis In Washington State

    JACK!!!!
    Great to have you back.

    His diplomatic qualities and ability to reason are exactly the opposite of his opponent.
    People in other countries see this and typically know our politics more than most of us Americans.
    Also, it is obviuos to the world what kind of leadership McCain has by the way he has managed his campaign... sad, dividing, and anti american.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  749. Michele Ohio

    Jack, these intelligent folks have bothered to see what is happening in front of their eyes, even they are getting tired of old cowboy reruns...

    October 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  750. AL

    Jack we have missed you and are glad you are back......don't ever walk out on us again.

    No one wants to divide this country into those rally partisan small towns and the others that sense how great we ought to be in the world arena. I am beginning to think EDUCATION is going to be the weapon of choice in order to shrink the number of Republican 6packs out there. The longer we keep them in school the more enlightened and open minded they will become and only then will they truly assimilate into the rest of America. The Republican Party has a dual class system the controlling rich and the controlled poor. Republicans, don’t kid yourselves, majority of you are on food stamps, on the unemployment lines, and most of you have tattooed your way into jail costing tax payers a ton of money. SMA – Socialist My Ass

    October 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  751. Darko in New Orleans, La

    Jack,

    70 countries that obviously don't know the specifics of our two candidates are obviously going to prefer the one blowing smoke up everyone's rear.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  752. Michael from PA

    It's simple: Many of these countries are socialist places which would favor the extremely liberal Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  753. Frank (Alameda, CA)

    For years, our educational system has fallen behind many other countries. The people of these countries are smarter than we are, and it shows in their near unanimius approval of Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  754. Liz T, Tucson

    The world wants a multilateral approach from the US rather than the dismissive, willful, my-way-or-the-highway treatment they received from Bush. THey see McCain as more of the same and have had enough of the dark side.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  755. Kathleen Albuquerque, NM

    First of all WELCOME BACK! WE MISSED YOU TERRIBLY!
    Barack is the obvious choice! The other one is unstable, too old, and totally out of touch with reality. Most of Europe would feel better with Obama because he is the more steady candidate.

    We will win in 14 days!!
    Katie

    October 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  756. Chuck San Francisco

    Ireland has welcomed with open arms and huge cheering crowds US presidents JFK, Nixon, Reagan and Clinton. When Clinton gave a speech in Dublin in 1998, 100,000 people showed up in College Green. When "W" attended an EU summit at Dromoland Castle in 2006, 6,000 police and soldiers were required to maintain a cordon around the hotel to keep the demonstrators away. I guess people around the world can see the damage "W" has done and consider McCain to be more of the same.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  757. Francisco, Guadalupe Arizona

    Because Obama is transformative and his goal to make the world a better place for all. He will become an international leader. His grassroots upbringing and his rough early childhood years have a real sense of reaching out to people that are hurting in other countries as well as in the U.S.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  758. Pinha

    It's pretty clear, nobody wants an angry old man in the White House.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  759. Diane in NC

    Foreign countries, unlike far too much of our own increasingly isolationist country, recognize in Obama a return to enlightened thinking and an intelligence intent on uniting, rather than dividing.They see the hope of rebuilding the bridge that was burned down by Bush and that they fear would lead to nowhere under McCain/Palin.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  760. Jim Green, Seguin, TX

    Jack.....because Obama is a brilliant, charismatic leader.....and McCain is another Bush!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  761. sandy

    With McCain's temperment and Palin's ignorance and both of them being 'trigger happy' wouldn't you prefer Obama?

    October 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  762. Melanie

    I think that not only is Americans ready for a change but the rest of the world is ready for a change from the Bush Administration, or anything like it. I am a server, and recently had a conversation with some young English vacationers. Even they were pulling for Obama, and saw too many similarities between McCain and Bush and wished us luck in the election to finally make a change.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  763. Bill

    Is it possible the 70 countires prefer Obama over McCain because they feel they can run rough shot over Obama and will have to play it straight with McCain?

    October 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  764. Dexter

    Here's the simple single answer, the world is tired of Republic nonsense and especially tired of the so call "maverick".

    October 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  765. Queen

    Jack is Back! Yeeeehhh! Citzens in foregin countries perfer Obama because is intelligent, diplomatic, confident, patient and kind. He believes that if we work together, the world will be better. Look at the inconsistent behavior of Mr. McCain, look how he has treated his fellow countrymen. Look at his lack of judgement with Sarah Palin. Imagine the continued downward spiral America will sure be in if he is elected. He is no representation of America. Obama represents the best of America with his eclectic background, sound judgement, pride in country and lets not forget how handsome he is :).

    Obama/Biden

    October 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  766. Josh

    I can only assume its because the rest of the world feels better when a smart and steady person is in the White House. I am suprised though that Colombia isnt behind McCain; it seemed to be the only foreign country he had knowledge about in the 3rd debate.

    Josh
    Grand Rapids, MI

    October 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  767. Krish, Plano, TX

    Jack,

    You have again hit the nail on the head! If we understand the answer to this quesiton, understand the phenomenon that Obama is, what he means to the rest of the world, then we would have understood a bit more about oursleves in America , what we mean to the rest of the world and what the world is expecting from us. We are truly perceived to be in a position to offer leadership – not only in military strength, but also in human values, what is good and positive, the hopes for a better future of every one through sheer hard work. Obama symbolises all these values that the rest of the world perceives in America. They expect Obama to fulfill all these aspirations!

    Krish
    Plano,TX

    October 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  768. Debra from Virginia

    Obama is preferred over McCain in those 70 countries because Obama is more interested in being a 'citizen of the world' than in putting America's interests and security first. Those countries would find a tougher negotiator in John McCain than the near socialist Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  769. Kay in Alabama

    The people favor Obama because unlike McCain, he is not a war-mongerer. He does not want to target the leaders in other countries for regime change. He is very intelligent and even tempered whereas McCain is a hot-headed sailor who no one trusts with the powers of destruction that are available to the President of the United States.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  770. Angela

    Because the world recognizes that if Obama is elected, there is a chance for peace in this world. The same can not be said for McCain.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  771. Jim, Florida

    Because they are all a bunch of progressives/socialist like Obama. They want Obama in hopes he along with Polisa will try and break this countries back once and for all. I'm more with Barr but he will never get elected so McCain is the best block. God help us if Obama gets elected; it will be a sad day.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  772. Paul A. Bohnen, MD

    Why do they like Obama, Jack? Well, the GOP may try to spin it saying Obama would be less capable, and foreign nations are looking to take advantaage. The reality is foreign citizens support Obama because the Bush Administration and the GOP have destroyed our credibility around the world. At first it was just foreign policy–now it extends to worldwide economics. In the simplist terms, we have become the world bully with the biggest stick. (Russia is challenging that with an economically healthier, big stick.) We are no longer the beacon of light people looked to throughout the world. Foreign citizens believe Obama would restore American hope and prestige...and that he might understand and respect their country's culture and automony. That's why they like him.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  773. cecil Keeping

    Jack the world prefers Obama because he has more than one approach to solving a problem. We have a saying here in Canada " if the only tool you have is a hammer then every problem starts to look like a nail." Mc Cain is a warrior, if solving every problem involves his military prowess that can give the rest of us a slight sense of unease.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  774. Drew

    They prefer Obama because his policies are LOGICAL & (visually) he represents what the world looks like in 2008. A mixing or "togetherness" of cultures. The McCain/Palin campaign has constantly excluded this aspect; dividing our country in to "real America" vs. "the others." If they can't comprehend the idea of inclusion on a national scale, their plight won't trascend on an international scale.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  775. Senior female

    Maybe they think he will be a pushover since he has NO world experience. The entire world has a love/hate relationship with us and I think most of them would love to see us get our come upance Besides, what the rest of the world wants to see happen here is of no interest to me what so ever..................really!

    I am really tired of your network working overtime to make sure Obama gets elected. You may just have a surprise.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  776. Dan from North Carolina

    I believe that most of the World views McCain in the same light they view Bush in, and it'll be 4 more years of the same....Obama has a quality of character that transends race or nationality , and quite frankly , I'm suprised that Obama hasn't turned all 50 of the US states blue.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  777. TheQtoo

    WELCOME BACK! How many times can a fella turn the channel from the situation room.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  778. Andy Noriega II

    Clearly, as is with me and my family, the majority of the world; as representative by the Gallop Polls respectively, see Sen. McCain as a bullying egotist that has a temper issue all the while obviously being pulled this way and that by his bullying party. Maybe the world has an impression of Mr. McCain that he himself has provided on the national and inter-national media outlets. The 3rd debate one-liner that he is not George Bush (W.), came too late in the hunt to shift the already full steam momentum of the Obama Campaign.
    -APN II, Palm Desert, CA

    October 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  779. Julia

    Hi Jack,
    I am from Canada and I dont know a single Canadian who trusts McCain. A recent poll found that most Canadians prefer Obama to any of our own politicians! Obama supports issues that many developed countries follow, such as health care, education and social security.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  780. Jennifer Duffy from Vancouver, BC

    Having lived in Sydney, Australia for 9 years and London, UK for 2 and now living back in Vancouver, BC – I can honestly say that everyone I know across the waters is cheering for Obama/Biden. He has the "Kennedy/Clinton" charisma that the world is craving again from the US. McCain is far too aligned with Bush and he comes across as an "angry, old man".

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  781. Rick Adams

    The reason they like Obama is they know he will give them what ever they ask for. Just like when Bill Clinton was president they like him too, but they did not respect him. I know for this for a fact because I had friends working in different embassies around the world. These same foreign countries dont like George Bush. But they do respect him. So they question should be is do they respect Obama and will he cave in to their demands. I think everybody would like to be liked. However being respected is just a important. American has to come first. So dont sacrafice America for being liked.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  782. kayode

    Don’t you think that people from different country are sick and tried of 8 years of bush and bushes? The country needs a new direction, not a cowboy who loves war and damaging other people country.

    Kay
    Ontario, Canada

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  783. Tara Easter

    If other nations want Obama it is only because they see him as weak and believe with him in office they will easily be able to take a piece of the American pie and eat it to.... then spit it back out on Americans and finally "teach us to not be so happy with our freedom"

    We should be miserable, just like them.

    Jack, my husband and I couldn't believe that even came out of your mouth. You are so out of touch.

    And sadly people are listening to you.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  784. darren

    When I'm doing something wrong or there are better ways of doing something, I can't always tell it or see it. Thats why I ask for others opinions who are looking in rather then out, to sometimes help me take notice.

    Darren, BC, Canada.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  785. Phyllis, Delaware

    Jack there is only one reason and that’s because Barack Obama sees other men not as black, white, Asian or any other persuasion. Barack Obama has a vision and an uncanny ability to work with any other human beings. He brings a softness and concern for every human being in this world. He is above all others when it comes to extending a hand of friendship.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  786. Shawn

    Its the same reason the American people like Obama over McCain . . . they have been bamboozled by a slick campaign with an eliquent candidate. Obama is far too radical, far too extreme and far too left from the center not to mention inexperienced BUT Obama and his campaign are good at hiding it and even better at shifting the world and Americans discontent of the Bush Administration and pointing it at John McCain. Just as Obama hides his cigarette smoking habit from the world he hides his radical views But Jack, he has a lot of help from the "Liberal Elite Media" and I'm sure he's thankful. I hope the Media's love fest with Obama ends before they help elect the most radical candidate for President in our nations Histroy.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  787. Juanita from Detroit, Mi

    People across the world prefer Obama because his demeanor reflects a thoughtful listener who weighs his decisions rather than someone who's theme word is "FIGHT' regardless of the situation.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  788. Eleanor Modica

    Because he is an intelligent and reasonable individual and they haven't seen this in America since Clinton and Madeline Albright left office. Barack is staying the course with his message and not wasting time trying to throw "mud" on the other candidate.

    It's about time the Republican's figure out that they can only reach the unintelligent with their smear campaigns. I truly hope Obama wins the election and sends a statement to the world that most of us are in deed intelligent.

    Choosing Palin for a VP was the biggest mistake McCain made.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  789. Barbara from Penna.

    Jack, Having been to Canada recently and speaking to several of the politicians, it is quite evident Obama is not thought of highly nor trusted by the Canadians. I feel his comments on the trade agreements has something to do with this. Canada might sell their oil to some other country other than the USA if Obama isn"t more careful in his words.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  790. John

    Simple... America's educational system lags behind that of almost every other industrialized nation. As a result, our adults, those who vote, are incapable of analyzing issues intelligently.

    Instead, our voters focus on flag pins, race, gender and other ephemera entirely irrelevant to the question of who is best qualified to lead our nation into a bright future rather than a rapid decline.

    The McCain campaign is built around this sort of garbage. The Obama campaign is built around issues. As a result, those who are intelligent enough to distinguish between the two choose Obama. Unfortunately, the majority of those who are able to do that are foreigners.

    John, Louisiana

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  791. Michael O.

    Because he reflects their socialist sense of politics, government, and established culture.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  792. John Martinson

    Sen. Obama gives people in other countries a sense that finally they can see someone as a Universal Citizen. Someone who looks as many see in themselves. This country has been run by intelligent yet sometimes questionable white men since the Revolution. If we can prove to our international neighbors that we are sincerely a culturally diverse country, then the candidate we chose must reflect those values.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  793. Samuel Alemu Phoenix,AZ

    People in the U.S.A. and around the world are tired of the last eight years of old and rotten republicans' foreign policy. People are strive for real change. They know OBAMA will deliver true and genuine CHANGE. That is the reason why.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  794. Bill in St. Cloud, FL

    Because he's a Socialist!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  795. Preshal Iyar

    The world is watching with breath that is baited....America has so long set the trend as a leader rather than a follower; in politics, foreign influence or technology; we are at the forefront. We will be put to the test of Practicing what we Preach.....we have invaded other countries and defend our lifestyle and democracy as the epitome of freedom...the question is if we will overcome our deeply rooted racism enough to elect the better qualified nominee for President? If Obama is not elected the world will look at the United States with disdain....it is the breaking point for the world's view of America, the result of this election affects our children and the way the world looks at us, so of course they care....I am scared to think what will happen if Obama does not win....not just on our soil, but in the countries we have helped Democracy prevail.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  796. Canada

    Because Obama is calm, thoughtful, and articulate and McCain thinks it's funny to turn childrens songs into songs about bombing other countries. Plus other countries haven't yet been dumbed down in nearly all aspects like the USA has. Finally, most of the world's rednecks and bible thumpers live in the USA.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  797. Nancy Napierala

    University students from other countries at SUNY Buffalo are fixated on George Bush and his dangerous disregard for the safety and economic security of the world. They believe McCain is erratic and fear that he does not have the emotional stability to lead the free world. They believe that Palin is not qualified to be his possible successor.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  798. Yvonne in GA

    So glad you're back Jack! Obama is preferred by foreign countries because the percentage of stupid people globally has decreased.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  799. Blue Elvis

    Maybe it's Sarah Palin?Two months of hearing her moose-calling voice ( what kinda accent ... is that, anyhow?)
    Is enuff. FOUR YEARS OF THAT WOULD BE PURE HELL!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  800. Adela

    Jack, wher the heck have you been. I've been looking all over the globe for you. Obama has intelligence.unilke Mccain. McCain is erratic. Every week he takes a different direction. I need a GPS to keep track of McCain campaign.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  801. Rob in Arizona

    Is this question really that hard to answer? They prefer Obama because they don't want a Super Power United States. Why would the rest of the world want us to be economically and militarily successful? Do you want to see: Germany, France, Russia, and other countries more powerful than us on the world stage Jack? Geeez!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  802. Frances

    Why is Obamma picked in those countries. Because they can see that he is a educated, well mannered person. He is smooth and doesn't get riled up easily. He will be what other countries have been looking for from us. A well rounded leader that can openly talk with leaders instead of taking a Nepolian attitude with them like our present president.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  803. Srikop

    IT's because, no matter how great the United States is, even the third world countries' thining when it comes to appointing the national leader be it President or Prime Minister is much boradc minded.

    I am from India, and we have had a great woman leader, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, NEVER did we look at her as a woman, we only looked at her as a powerful leader who commanded respect and was very well-read and dignified. Even Mrs. Bhutto for instance in Pakistan.

    And Americans make such a big deal about having a woman on the ticket, no matter how unqualified or dim-witted she might be. When I saw Palin wink and throw flying kisses around, I was like man, we might be thrid-world but we definitely have better standards for our leaders than US.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  804. Sandra in Washington DC

    Why does the world prefer Obama?...bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran. That's why.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  805. Nishant from Virginia

    Jack, I am an Indian who has traveled most of asian nations and perception of America has severly tarnished because of unjust war in Iraq and then recent events in georgia and America's hippocratic statements on about how Russia attacked a nation that never attacked them... US, which was my and many other's dream country at one time, is now merely a bully in the world affair. I think Obama's willingness to talk to America's enemies and his judgement over war in Iraq resonates with world community. We live in a internet age and lines have blurred between citizen, we are now more of citizens of the world then citizens of a country. Over and above all, the great America we know, is on the edge of shaping history in a unique way. Black person leading a powerful country gives the idea of what made america a great country at the first place. McCain can only be wishful, but people of america are smart not to bring an old stubborn guy who just puts "country first" in his campaign slogans, but quite obviously he puts his ambition first. If I were an american, i would choose Obama a thousand times over McCain.

    Nishant from Richmond.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  806. CA - Denver

    Welcome Back Jack!

    All you have to do is spend some time with tourists who are now visiting our country because they can finally afford to due to our weak dollar – yep, we've become a third world vacation spot for Europeans. All these tourists wanted to do was discuss American politics. They do see McCain as "John McSame" – right there voting with Bush. They see Obama as a respectable leader who will provide change to our country. Nobody ever described McCain as respectable... just too old to bring the necessary change.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  807. David, Ma

    Well Jack, the first question I want the answer to is: how many of these countries and their people hate us and want us dead? Of course they all like Obama. They dont want what's best for us! They want us to fail as a country and they know that Obama will not help the country and McCain will!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  808. Kay Frances Scott

    To answer your question directly: Because George Bush, our current and Republican president, has represented these United States to the world in a bumbling, ineffectual manner for the past eight years, lacking even the most basic social skills that might have kept him from massaging Angela Merkel's shoulder as he walked by her to take his seat!
    Further, his foreign policy - if we could call it that - is not a policy at all, but an ill-thought-out response to this or that situation as it occurs. This leads others - as well as U.S. citizens - to question his intellectual capabilities, his brain power, frankly, as well as his true dedication to the United States.
    He seems instead to be devoted to a somewhat aw-shucks, disingenuous good-ole-boy approach to the office of the president. Much like he slapped the FEMA guy on the shoulder after Katrina and said, "good job, Brownie!" or whatever it was that he said.
    Enough already!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  809. Rex Gero

    The people in those seventy countries you mention want Obama for President of the U.S. because the want America to be weak!

    Rex Gero

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  810. david

    Where have you been Jack? Glad your back. The answer to your question is that Obama promotes diplomatic solutions to solve problems. He doesn't make fun of other countries culture like the Republicans. Are the Republicans really that ignorant to make fun of other countries like Russia, parts of Europe, etc because they are not Capitalists (Palin calling Obama a Socialists, and some calling him a Communists). Not that I agree with socialist views, but I would not make fun of this ideology because I respect the views of other countries. Obama also does not promote divisiveness like Mccain and Palin. By the way, what states are pro-America?

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  811. JohnnyK

    Obvious answer . . . Other countries are tired of the US superpower status. They know the US will be diminished, or at least will project a weaker image with Obama as president.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  812. Kim

    Because the other countries know that the U.S. is looked to as the leaders of the world and they need someone that they can believe WILL lead. They've seen nothing like that in the last 8 years.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  813. Paulo

    I'm from Brazil .
    That's simple !
    No one likes bullies and Obama is a change from the same old .The whole world supported the United States in the war against terror after september 11. Bush found a way to destroy that support and Mccain Supported him 90% of the time ,wich is a fact stated by Mccain himself , and they also share the same views of the republican party .Enough said .

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  814. Mike Bowman

    Jack, just about the same percentage also said that they would like to see the United States less powerful. Therefore, they must see that an Obama presidency equals a weaker United States.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  815. V.Sands

    The reason why other countries would prefer Obamma as the US president is obvious!! They want a push-over that has no foreign experience so they can take advantage of trade agreements and have our country in a weak state. They want our military to be weak and our country to be in crissis. – elect Obama and they have their wish.

    I feel that even your poll is scary and Americans need to get real and vote Mccain before we are taken over and in ruin.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  816. Victoria

    Obama has already proven that he worldly figure with worldwide appeal because of his understanding of international cultures and beliefs. He has lived abroad and understands how to reach out to people from all nations. He is not a polarizing figure, but one who knows how to bridge the gap between young and old, black, white, brown and yellow, rich and poor. Obama has exhibited true humanism in a world that is in short supply of humanity.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  817. Kamesh

    ...because the entire world, except some "pro-American" states as Sarah says (or is it Tina Fey? I am confused who is who these days!), think having "Columbia" and "Harvard" in your resume is real good.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  818. robert Ga cobb

    welcome back Jack:

    can you say three words "JOE THE PLUMBER". That tells you all you need to know. Palin saying things like Patriotic parts of America.
    Stocking fear.

    that is why even the rest of the world wants change. You want the brightest and knowledgeable folks ruling and making decision. Not middle of the road self proclaimed patriots. I am not saying Mccain is, but Bush rather fits that description for most foreigners.

    independent.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  819. Cami

    I have been an Obama supporter from the get-go because I like his vision of what our country can once again be. Whether a lot of you want to believe it or not, we need someone who will be able to mend fences with the allies (Britain, Germany, France, etc.) we used to have. Maybe, just maybe we will once again become the super power we used to be and gain back the respect of much of the rest of the world. We are not alone on this planet and without their support, we are doomed to fail miserably.

    I have had the lucky experience of living in Europe for 10 years. At that time, we were still well respected and envied. Two years ago, when I went back to visit, I was warned not to wear any of my "USA" t-shirts in public because it could cause some unpleasant confrontations because of the anti-American sentiment of many people. This was unbelievably sad to me, because I had personally experienced the love and admiration people in Europe had for our country years ago.

    We need them as much as they need us and I think that we have to get over the idea that what we do has no bearing on anybody else. I truly believe that Obama will once again be able to bridge the gap between us and them and that, among many other reasons, is why he has my support.

    Henderson,NV

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  820. Sojourner2008

    Jack,

    This country was one that TRIED to live up to it principles. Yes, as an African-American, I know that the US sometimes falls short. Yet, we as a country of individuals working together always found our way back. we were always an example of HOPE in this world. Now, not only do Americans need this HOPE. The world needs this HOPE.

    "Where there is no vision, the people perish . . . ."

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  821. Danielle

    The global community prefers Obama because he represents the potential of the American government to regain moral authority worldwide.
    As a Canadian, my opinion of the US has been negatively shaped by 8 years of irrational, knee-jerk policy.

    Obama represents the return of intelligence and sensibility to the White House and the realization of the American Dream that once made the US theenvy of the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  822. Deborah

    Well Jack,
    All 70 countries know that if it walks like a Bush and talks like a Bush its just another Bush.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  823. William Rice

    I spent three weeks in Scotland this summer and met people from several European countries. I also correspond with other old friends and colleagues around the world. The verdict? Basically, they all still love Americans, but have grown to utterly despise the Bush/Cheney Administration and fear that McCain/Palin will mean more of the same. To regain our respect throughout the world, we badly need the CHANGE that Obama has to offer – especially in the area of foreign relations with many of our near neighbors in South America.
    William Rice
    Englewood, Florida

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  824. sharon mccarthy

    Hello Jack i must say I find your elections fasinating i have been hooked !.
    I am hoping Obama wins this election simply because he seems so real . John McCain has a wonderful record but how could Americans vote again for the same old policies . America has lost so much standing on the world stage and for the first time in many years except when Al Gore ran have i seen so much enthusiasim . I pray Americans can put their predjuices behind them and vote for a man who will be a great president.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  825. Bruce G.

    ****

    Do foreign countries get a vote in U.S. Presidential elections?

    ****

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  826. Carl, Fort Lauderdale

    They have seen how Pres Bush has stirred up division and hatred in the world, and his government is mostly responsible for the state of the world economy. John McCain is just Bush III, why would anyone want more of such a total failure.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  827. Jenny from Deerfield Beach, Fla.

    Barrack Obama's intelligence and good judgment has been recognized around the world. Never in my lifetime (with the exception of JFK) have I seen and heard so many people on foreign soil so enthralled and excited about a U.S. candidate. This only proves that Obama will be instrumental in bringing about world peace. By the way, Mr. Jack Cafferty, I am so happy that you are back. God Bless you. Now I won't have to change channels!
    Jen
    Deerfield Beach, Fla.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  828. John McCain

    Oh well.... I will try to be like Obama because I want to be liked by many other countries. I will have to repent now.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  829. Dave J

    first off, welcome back jack :)

    it's pretty simple. other countries prefer obama because he is a better leader. he has a more diplomatic approach to foreign policy, while mccain is overly aggressive and violent. in the world scope, mccain is just another bush.

    the trigger happy, "shoot first, ask questions later" foreign policy is what got is into two wars, and under mccain that will not change. obama will get this country moving in the right direction. mccain will railroad our middle class and our military to push his own agenda of war.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  830. Gord Power Canada

    The Republicans must go. Bush and his cronies have caused more damage to our world than one can imagine.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  831. Dave

    Do you really think those 70 countries want whats beast for the US

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  832. Averroes

    With the economic rise of other countries, including China, India, and Brazil to name a few, the field of international relations is changing. John McCain's rhetoric seems to indicate that he does not truly understand the changing nature of this arena, while Barack Obama seems to be at least open to the idea that we no longer live in a Post-Cold War era. No one wants a United States that is stuck in the past. This would cause problems for everyone around the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  833. Joe Theriot

    Barack has a message and a plan to reestablish our standing in the world. John McCain is a fraud and has been getting by his whole life by his father and friends of his father. Just read issue 1063, Oct.16,2008 of Rolling Stone. Besides all the real heroes are dead, not masquerading as a real war hero after being a real screw-up like McCain. Our next Commander-in-Cheif should not be fifth from the bottom of the class. Your the best Jack. Thanks

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  834. Moses

    Simply because the American people deserve better leader than G.W. Bush and because the rest of the world deserves a wiser leader as head of the USA.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  835. Mary Ann Moore

    Recently, my huband and I've been in France, Spain and Italy. An Italian who spoke no English said it best, "Bush " thumbs down, "Americans" thumbs up. English speaking Europeans commented "How can so many Americans be so dumb to elect Bush?" McCain represents more of the same (Bush) and Obama represents change (for the better).

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  836. Matt Harmon

    The world prefers Obama because they know he's a secret terrorist agent, who if elected, will dismantle the U.S. from the inside out. This is very much untrue, but it's what the Republicans would like us to think. More accurately, the world prefers Obama because he is the preferable candidate. It's as simple as that.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  837. Brenda

    Hello Jack and may I add my well wishes and welcome you back. I started to be flip and just say that obviously the rest of the world is smarter than we are but I think it is more about the outside world seeing a clearer picture of us than we see of ourselves. Of course I am supporting Obama for President so I am bias but my reasons are probably not much different than the rest of the worlds. We need a leader who is calm and deliberative when making decisions crucial to our needs and in a broader extent the needs of the world. We need someone with the ability to think outside of the box as we face the challenges that await us after this election. What we do not need is someone who has agreed with the policies of the current adminstration 90% of the time. That is not change I can believe in!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  838. Joeanne

    I've recently returned back to the US in April after living in Europe for 9 years. No matter where I travelled, there were people always willing to talk politics and reiterated their "negative" views of Bush. It's not surprising Obama would be the likely candidate for them to deal with because there is such discontent for Bush outside of the US. Despairingly, those who have never travelled abroad just doesn't apprehend how this impacts the way Americans are viewed.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  839. nathalie

    I find this very interesting that the whole world understands that Obama should be elected. Why are the American people unable to see it too?

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  840. Kagiso Tlhabano

    Jack, i've been down lately, didn't know what was wrong but now i know, as soon as you appeared on the screen everything cleared, and i know that over 70 countries prefer you. Am from Botswana and prefer Obama over McCain, just in case someone doubted the results of your study...Obama is calm and not reactive, plus he is respectful of others, even his opponents, that's presidential character...

    Kagiso, Nassau, Bahamas

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  841. maria

    other countries prefer barack obama because they know that he does not know very much about foreign policy. they know he is the weak link. who better to get our country in even more trouble globally than to elect someone who is ignorant?

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  842. shawnpetriw

    Because the rest of the world are "socialists" and not stupid. Most of the world is not governed by narrow, black-or-white ideology, and they're not scared of their own shadow like the average American seems to be.

    And btw, I'm not anti-American, I'm just anti-stupid. Electing Obama as your next president may allow us in the rest of the world to think perhaps you're a little smarter than we thought.

    And finally, when are you going to fix your third-world election process? Every other major democracy seems to be able to have elections mostly without issues relating to long lines, non-counted votes, failing, malfunctioning and hacked voting machines, etc.

    We in Canada shake our head in disbelief.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  843. Debbie in Warrenton

    Do you think has anything to do with listening and showing respect for others. We are now in a global neighborhood and you have the choice to either deal with the cranky neighbor who is always looking for a fight with everyone, or to deal with the neighbor who actually talks to their neighbors and works together to organize everyone in the neighborhood to make it a great place to live. That is the difference between McCain and Obama. I vote for Obama as a neighbor.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  844. Thomas Giovingo

    Hi Jack,
    As a US citizen living in Europe for the last eight years the vast majority leans left and are most comfortable with Obama because they share his values.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  845. Juliane Burbach

    So glad you are back Jack!!

    Senator Obama appeals to the better part of all of us, he brings real hope for a more peaceful world in these dark times. It is not just the economy , we have had 8 years of having America ripped to shreds, now that is all McCain and Palin seem to be bringing us by all thier hate speeches, " ENOUGH ! " as Obama would say.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  846. Ann,Virginia

    That's pretty obvious Jack,the rest of the world is a lot smarter than America.After all,we elected "W" twice,showing the world they were much smarter than we were.We don't need a 3rd term of "W",just go see the movie.By the way.welcome back,you are the reason I watch CNN.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  847. Denitta in the midwest

    Easy answer Jack.

    The rest of the world wants to live happy, healthy, lives. With Palin a heart beat away from the phone that rings at 3:00 in the morning, well, folks know that Obama will blink and think, and so will Joe Biden.

    Easy answer, Jack. Those folks are using common sense.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  848. Shaina, Washington State

    Because the world gets it. The world has caught up and America is too close minded to see it. We think we're still a super power, we think we're still better than everyone...the truth is we're not. We're behind in technology, education, healthcare, social issues, etc. and we don't take the time to realize that the rest of the world does matter. Many Americans just blindly continue to believe we are the greatest nation in the world and yet most of us have never traveled outside of it. All those people who think the opinion of anyone outside of our borders doesn't matter don't realize that our behavior can make allies or enemies – Bush and McCain have made more enemies and shaken relations with our allies. So are we really safer or is it just an illusion? Answer – its just an illusion. Obama represents the future of America. He gives us hope that we will catch back up, that all the things that have been failing over time can be turned around and that our reputation with the world will be restored. He is the hope of the future while McCain breathes the air of a past. It is a new world and McCain doesn't fit in and doesn't get it.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  849. Geri Britt

    It's marvelous to see you back in the saddle again Jack! Though we all love Wolf, politics isn't quite the same without your input.

    In answer to your question: The USA is still the last great hope for many people, particularly the minorities throughout the world, to elect Barack Obama, restores their hope and their faith in the United States of America. While electing McCain, would reinforce their present belief that we Americans have strayed from our original course and our highest ideals.

    Geri – Mead, OK

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  850. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    Jack.
    You being back has brightened my day!
    The reason so many prefer Obama is that they are smarter than we have given them credit for. Also because McCain doesn't air and mail his Negative and untruthful message to the rest of the world and they have desided with their heads instead of their emotions.
    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  851. Ursula

    Quite simply Barack Obama is a breath of fresh air that not only the US has searching for but the world as well. Obama represents the realization of " The American Dream" to citizens all over the world. His life story is a remarkable one but who he is–is what is truly remarkable. Like Colin Powell said, "Obama is a transformational figure." Our future requires someone new, full of hope, ready to make change and inspire transformation within all of us. Then we will be able to transform our country and the impression of who Americans really are to our neighbors around the world.

    Ursula
    Washington,DC

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  852. E B Atlanta

    Well, it's like this, they perfer someone with smarts and style. It took some plumber dude to introduce Mac and Sarahs new approach. The raising of the new word in the GOP fear machine. SOCIALIST. The problem with that is not many people can relate. It MUST be bad, but it sounds good.lol

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  853. Tom in northeast georgia

    Welcome back Jack-

    They want maturity with intelligence not an immature hot head that may blow his fuse and do something stupid like get us in another war that tanks our economy more.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  854. Lynn

    Welcome back Jack...we missed you much! But, I think that it is painfully obvious, that the rest of the world sees a leader, with the correct world vision, attitude, policies, temperment and the insight to strive for peace before choosing war. I certainly believe that the rest of the world, who are highly opposed to the war, weigh very heavily the fact that Obama did not approve of the war from the beginning and trusts that he will continue to make thoughtful, deliberate decisions about war in the future.

    Thanks,
    Lynn

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  855. Gaynielle Neville

    Hello Jack great to see you back,
    As a world traveler I have noticed that America has lost it's standing. To most people around the world we are viewed as bullies and a world power that has become a non trusting, non empathetic country. I think Obama represents reasoning, understanding and acceptance and a symbol that can unite the world.
    We have to convince this country of that.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  856. Lee

    Well, the McCain camp will say that people in foreign countries prefer Obama because he is inexperienced and will not impose tough policies, harsh sanctions, or the United States' military might. The reality is that the populations of these countries are in agreement with Colin Powell's thoughtful analysis of Obama. Unlike Bush and McCain, Obama will rely on diplomacy and inclusiveness. His respect for people of diverse backgrounds and his intellectual curiousity about issues and the world will unite our country and serve him well in the international arena.

    Orlando, Florida

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  857. Grit

    Jack, Glad you are back. The reason Obama is favored in the rest of the world is the fact that he is intelligent and articulate, willing to hear all sides of an argument even if it is of the opposing view. He is cool, collected and literate unlike the unstability that McCain projects.

    The world (and I am a legal immigrant who has relatives in a foreign country) see the intellect and reason Obama can bring tot he picture instead of a unilateral view that McCain possesses. People need to wake up and realize we are in a global world and we have to think globally while maintaining our sovereignity and bully tactics will nto work in this age of technology.

    Might may have been right in the past, tact is the best in this troubling times and Obama gets it!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  858. Brad

    Because Obama shows weakness plain and simple......

    October 21, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  859. Clay

    About the international gallop poll…
    How does the opinion of the citizens in other countries affect the handling of foreign policy by McCain or Obama? The poll simply states their feelings towards the candidates. The candidates’ ability to conduct foreign policy, with the United State’s best interest in mind, has nothing to do with the opinions of those conducted in this poll. It should be understood that the candidate’s international policy is there to look after U.S. interests and not to make the people in other countries feel comforted. Americans should not care if the rest of the world likes who we choose due to the fact that it is OUR country and not THEIRS. This poll does not challenge McCain’s assertions of being better at foreign affairs.

    As for why they hold this view, it is most likely due to the entire “change” slogan that Obama is using.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  860. Sharon Labreck

    Hi Jack; This reflects a 21st century change on a world stage...a NEW MINDSET. It's a much greater intellectual challenge to talk with those you disagree, still work for progress on a global basis but it ALSO AFFORDS more focus on domestic needs. Being an isolated bully limits potential POSITIVES for here and abroad.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  861. D Pratte

    Glad you are back – missed you!!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  862. Dee f rom Canada

    I'm so glad you're back!
    Frankly he seems more stable and intelligent. These are scary times and the judgment McCain has shown (eye rolling and the anger issue, the Palins, etc.) make me question his ability to lead.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  863. Sandy

    I think it is is because Obama is the sort of leader who is willing to talk about new ideas that will make the world a better place. He is not arrogant. He seems likeable and charming. He is a new type of American leader who represents diversity. He is just the sort of leader who fits into the global economy. He is energetic, educated, and he will make the United States look good once again.

    Sandra,
    Athens, Ohio

    October 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  864. Tara, Denver CO

    Jack, They see Obama not only the man for change, but I think they see a historical quality to him as well, Inspirational.I wasn't born when Kennedy was around. But it would be nice to believe in a politician for once.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  865. Andy Foreman

    Welcome back Jack, we missed you.

    Those 70 countries are looking for change after eight years of Bush & McCain.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  866. Besiki

    I think McCain was more critical of Russia's invasion of Georgia than was Obama and that’s what made him more popular in Georgia.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  867. Dallin V

    Welcome back!
    This poll's results shouldn't be read into too much. Looking at the numbers, most countries have over 50% rates of abstaining from submitting an opinion. And the countries that we DO want to mend fences with like Pakistan, shows a 90% "Don't know" response, with Obama and McCain tied. There are plenty of countries I think we ALL would be interested in seeing their responses yet weren't included. I'd be interested to learn how they determined which countries would be polled.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  868. Miguel in South Carolina

    Welcome back Jack! I think it's because Republicans have not done enough to forge their alliances with Latin America and Europe. The U.S. has soured relationships with many countries because of the conflict we started in the middle east. The world saw how the America people were lied to when we discovered that there were no WMDs. They scoffed at our government for not looking out after the people and only going to war for corporate profit. Now with this financial crisis, it's even more clear that Republicans have failed us.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  869. Marian

    Mccain is looked at as a very poor loser to people in other countries. The name calling used by him and Palin show that neither have any class or enough knowledge to lead America. Obama is looked up to as a noble King by other countries. I know I have relatives in Europe and they say Palin and Mccainare a disgrace to the US.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  870. penny

    Hi Jack,

    As I see it, they can understand that Barack is a thinker , he actually oozes intelligence, calmness and strength and he will not begin a preempt strike on another nation. He will think twice before sending our sons to fight in a war. They see that communication will be the order rather than a trigger finger.

    The other nations do not want war. Everything we accuse other nations of, we ourselves have done. Perhaps Obama feels that we should clean up our own doorstep instead of constantly bossing other nations around to do our bidding. Other nations are for solutions, not war and this is what they could see in him.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  871. Mo

    Welcome back,

    US is one of the world's biggest leader, and for the past 8 years, we all know what happend. Lack of knowledge and education in Bush was so embrassing that nobody take us serious now. And as someone else said that European are more educatated and more open minded. They know Obama is a very well educated man that proves an American dream, he is honest, calm, and so far has made very good judment on everything. The world need a good leader not to make right judment.

    The world know Mccain and Palin are jokes. They truly made fool of themselves and the republican party, especially after what Bush did too. How can ANYONE can trust republicans anymore? I trulywonder.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  872. Alex in Kitchener Ontario

    Barack Obama and Joe Biden are hope for more than America. Please don't make the mistake a 3rd time because of a 'phony' loyalty to Party instead of People. If McCain/Palin win, say good bye to any leadership chances the US has of restoring in the World again..... the last 8 years has done more damage beyond your borders than many American's realize. The World wants inspirational leadership now and its here.... don't lose it.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  873. American expat

    Welcome back Mr. Cafferty- missed your thoughts the last couple of weeks! The answer to your question is really quite simple. Barack Obama is a transformational world figure. He has a strong understanding about people's differences. He stands for hope and he wants to unify all people! McCain/Palin do not even understand the diversity within the United States so how could we expect him to be a world leader and understand and respect the way others live. Obama is the clear choice, the right choice not just for America but for the world!!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  874. Mitch B in Minneapolis

    it's obvious. Bush. The world associates McCain with George W. Bush, and that is the last thing the rest of the world wants to see again. We will be doing our foreign relations department a huge favor by electing Obama. They will have a lot less work to do.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  875. James B in Ohio

    Jack,

    For many reasons there are a lot of people outside the US that don't like Americans. (It goes way beyond that last 8 years as some of your followers will argue.) For this reason, they would like to see the US weaken and they recognize that Obama could bring about that change.

    James B
    Sandusky, Ohio

    October 21, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  876. femi Los Angeles

    Wellcome back Jack, The world want new direction and believed that OBAMA has what it tack to tack the division and cultural knowledge of other nation around the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  877. Gary Calhoun

    If you remember their was a big foreign voice for John Kerry the last election. Even Osama bin Laden made a video saying their would be recourse if we re elected Bush. But, now years later we have not had an attack on our soil since 9-11. The news of such drastic support for a candidate, that they can not vote for, aught to raise suspicion. Maybe Biden is right and they are setting the stage for another major terrorist event to test Obama (which I feel he would fail to all our expenses). With Obama pulling all our troops out and giving them a date at which it will happen, can not be a good tactic during this time of national crisis. Obama said himself that he would have to get permission from the UN to help Israel in a crisis. Any one who knows about the founding of this country and history, knows this is unacceptable.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  878. Joni, Pennsylvania

    I think other countries feel Senator Obama would be a better leader due to his even temperament, even while under attack from detractors. He is eloquent and intelligent in his speech and has agreed that diplomacy is the best way to handle matters of foreign policy, averting war at all costs. Obama has also agreed to sit down with his greatest opposition, as well as work united with our allies to find peaceful and harmonious resolutions to the crises and dilemnas the world currently faces. Thank you and welcome back Jack.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  879. Haki

    Imagine Sarah Palin as president of The United States of America, most powerfull on Earth. That image is for some scary and for others funny. We might go from most respected country in history to the biggest joke in history.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  880. Wendy

    Because people in foreign countries get more international news than we do, and understand that McCain is a war monger, an avowed military man, and that Obama is an intelligent and highly educated negotiator who specialized in foreign relations at one of the top schools in the country and has a career history of bringing disparate sides together. Obama understands that war is the LAST resort – not the first. McCain, like Bush, barely passed in school. Fear monger Bush got us into this incurable disaster in Iraq and McCain will continue his policies of preemptive aggression. Once wars get started they are very hard to stop and there is a lot of money to be made by the most powerful businesses in the world, oil and armaments. The global community recognizes that in order for us to survive this century, we must look for ways to get along.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  881. Brian from London

    Who cares about Obama... he's just the next President of the USA.
    We're glad you're back, Jack.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  882. Gus

    I've been mulling over this for some time now. The opinion of the world does not get much coverage. As the premier superpower on earth, the world's eyes are upon us. We do not even comprehend the extent of our ethnocentrism. Over the past 8 years, we have lost our moral standing in the world. The world has lost some respect for us, and anti-american sentiment is growing. The republicans, though patriotic and respectable, lack a certain amount of world view. Primarily concerned with security, they tend to take a defensive stance against the world, preoccupied with maintaining superiority, likely to believe that foreigners are against us. While they may have good ideas for the nation, their concern with safety tends to put off the world. The world is thirsty for a new wave of American government. They already have an aversion to republican conservatives, and now, with Obama's message of unity and understanding, foreign nations conceive him to be the one who can mend our nation's relatioship with the world. With Obama, the world will respect us more and be more willing to listen to our concerns. We need not be concerned with superiority, as our military is going to be top-notch no matter what. But with McCain, the world's disgust for us will hasten its growth.

    –Gus–TX

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  883. Ron, New Mexico

    Simple, Barack Obama is not President Bush. Doesn't look like him, doesn't sound like him. Senator Obama's support both in the US and in the rest of the world is (in my opinion) as much anti-Bush as it is pro-Obama. I really respect both Senators Obama and McCain - they both have strengths and weaknesses and I am sure one would make a better President than the other. However, I really don't think most people are really listening to what either one is saying - all they are doing is looking and seeing, "not Bush" and "another Bush".

    Probably the best chance Senator McCain has of locking up the election right now is if President Bush would come out and endorse Senator Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  884. Glenn, Bakersville, NC.

    Jack,

    People want the US to take a leadership role once again in diplomacy rather than the war on terror. Sen. McCain would be a fine Commander in Chief, but his diplomatic skills are lacking to put it VERY politely. Sen Obama has demonstrated his willingness to turn the page and begin talks with the world without pre-conditions, but with proper preparations. It's time to be a world leader again that can be looked up to, not hated by 2/3's of the world for our invasion and occupation of a soverign country without provacation. Sen. McCain represents more of the same old, same old regardless of how "Mavericky" he says he is.

    Keep up the great work! One independent to another, I love the show.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  885. D. Farfrae

    Hi Jack,

    love the show, glad you're back! You remind me of myself 15-20 years from now, just a bit angrier at our government than I am now.

    The civilized nations of this planet are exactly what we (the USA) have not been during the past eight years – civilized. Of course they respond better to Mr. Obama, he is a civilized, well educated, intelligent, compassionate. He seems willing to stop, look and listen when it comes to working wth foreign leaders rather than shooting now and asking questions later. I could go on, but you ge the idea.

    As Mr. McCain and Ms Palin, and their campaigns, continue to throw dirt on Mr. Obama's character – 'he is a socialist', 'he is a terrorist' – Mr. Obama continues to impress me with his cool head, thoughtful answers to questions, and most of all concrete plans for getting this country back on the right track ecnomically, and getting us back into the world community where we belong. We've had too many years of the 'going with my gut', shoot from the hip mentality in DC.

    So many things we could discuss, but I've got papers to grade and a dog to walk.

    See you,

    Don Farfrae
    Orlando, FL

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  886. Bryan Kostors, Paris France

    As an expat living in Paris, I've heard many folks talking about our election this year. There seems to be much disillusionment with America and its status as the hegemonic power in the world, and a large portion of people attribute that to the policies of the Bush administration. I think many people in other nations believe Obama represents the ideals they once had about the United States; I think many hope we can return to those ideals. This all ties into the idea of experience and prudence concerning foreign policy and the actions of our nation within the context of globalism in the 21st century, but that's a different story...

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  887. M DiPalma

    Jack, Jack, Jack. How can you be so foolish? The Africans love Obama because he is African. The Europeans love him because he is socialist. The Arabs love him because he was previously a Muslim. The Chinese & Russians love him because he would weaken our military. What does it mean when the other team's fans are cheering for your player? It means your player is helping the other team. Duh!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  888. Rick, CT

    It's not all that complicated as to why the rest of the world prefers Obama to McCain. They see that the message Obama is delivering is one of world unity. He projects an image that what America needs is a strong but rational leader.

    While war may sometimes be necessary, "war-like" attitude is an irrational attitude. Having an irrational President at the helm is not something the rest of the world wants.

    Obama has said that he believes in fighting when it becomes necessary - but only when it becomes necessary.

    The fact that the North Vietnamese captured and tortured McCain does not mean that everyone in the world who disagrees with the U.S. is a blood enemy.

    McCain's "fight first, talk later" attitude says to the world that his path to peace is through conflict. Obama's stated path to peace is through respecting the rest of the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  889. LAVERN SMITH

    HI JACK, Glad to see you back. I am from Canada and is very involved in what is happening in the american politics. John Mccane has no leadership potential and that is evident in his campagn as well as his vice-presidential pick. As stated by Mr Colin Powell Sen. Obama shows leadership and intelligence in his response to issues American and the whole cares about. I trust Obama will be a good president for America.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  890. Victor T.

    It's because Obama doesn't carry a stick in his hand and looking left and right to hit people. Diplomacy is the best solution.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  891. Toni Vella

    Welcome back, Jack!! The Situation Room wasn't the same without you.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  892. Ray in Nashville

    After the past 8 years, they are probably ready for any Democrat, but they look at the election and see, for once, someone who is not a white male with a legitimate chance to win. They are probably thinking that this country is finally beginning to grow up.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  893. joseph the carpenter / Providence

    First of all what do we care what foreigners have to say about OUR election? Well we should care at least a little. We should want others to see us in a better light than the last 8 years. We do live in the same world they do. We want them to buy our goods. We want them to know we are NOT what some foreign leaders paint us as. Mr. Bush is the least liked president by far. He is republican. Mccain is republican. No wonder so many prefer Mr. Obama!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  894. Wally

    McCain, Palin and the republican party have demonstrated over and over that they are intolerant of anybody or opinion that differs even just a little from them. How can else can one explain their labelling some parts of America as anti-american. That explain how they feel about the rest of the world.
    Do they really think they can live isolated from the rest of the world? Or do they expect all Americans to pay the price of their stupid Rhtorics of "We against the rest of them"?
    Americans have always been the conscience of good people and the goodness that can be found anywhere on earth, the republicans appear to be projecting themselves as the bible tottting, narrow minded, racist bigots represented by an angry, grumpy old man(McCain) , a shallow brained, talkative rable rousing woman (Palin) and lots of lying, arogant tax evader ( Joe the plumber).
    But I am sure Americans are just more beautiful than this bunch

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  895. Zach

    Let's see, Jack... where to begin...

    They don't want to get bombed? They want to work with a well-spoken, even-keel U.S. President for a change? They're smarter than almost half of the people in our own country??

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  896. Fabienne from Montreal, Canada

    Jack, it's like falling in love, when you love someone you can't put your finger on it but you just love him. We just looooove him. And I am Haitian Canadian living in Montreal.
    Fabienne

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  897. Bing Faxon, Blue Mountain Lake, NY

    Hi Jack – Because the countries consider Obama one of them and a pushover making it easier for them to overpower the United States. He is for appeasement while McCain is for strength and not a push over.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  898. Ivi Michael

    I am a European, temporarily leaving in the USA but I got to know this country and I love it! I can tell you from first hand. At these very difficult financial times that all the globe is facing, unity will be the key and there is only one name that goes across the Oceans – Barack Obama.
    As foreighners, we appreciate him, we respect him, we admire him, we are amazed by his leadership skills, his intelligence and we hope that he will be able to take this great nation ahead to continue to lead the rest of the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  899. Penny Ireland

    My husband is a petroleum engineer and has worked all over the world. Every where we go we find wonderful people! Yet many of them have fears of another USA Republican administration. We hear things like "Look what they did to Iraq." Everyone is very aware that even though the UN commission determined there were no WMDs, the Bush administration, in what most folks see as acts of arrogance and aggression, started the war against Iraq. The most recent US president perceived as treating the rest of the world justly is Jimmy Carter. He is seen as a peace maker, a man who by negotiation freed hostages and avoided a war with Iran. Carter is held up as an example because of these things. John McCain's hawkish attitude scares.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  900. Suzy

    Jack, The truth is McCain dosn't seem to care if other countries like us or not. Obama on the other hand gets it. It's so good to have you back Jack. Suzy St. Charles MO

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  901. Katie of Davis, CA

    Because Obama knows the difference between Shiite and Sunni without having to have Joe Lieberman whisper in his ear.

    Also, if you were abroad and you were watching the news coverage coming out of Sarah Palin rallies, would you want McCain to become president of the United States???

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  902. Joe in NJ

    Because they want someone, a black man, in office who has been repressed by the nasty white government of America, just like the rest of the world has been repressed and offended by the US. Bush could be the last white man to hold the office! What a legacy.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  903. gerardi

    What the people of those countries know is that Obama said he would immediately end the war, and that's probably their only reason to favor Obama. They have no idea about the issues that affect America, nor do they care. Lets not forget alot of those countries are Muslim. They probably assume that Obama is Muslim because of what they've heard or because of his name. THEY SEE AMERICA AS THE BULLY. NOBODY LIKES A BULLY.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  904. Ruie - Michigan

    Dear Jack:

    So glad to have you back - I sure do miss my "Jack Attack" when you're not on!

    Remember that headline from Europe after the 2004 election – "How can 250 million people be so dumb?" We apparently have not learned our lesson from that election yet when every little tidbit of gossip or info bends us back and forth in the wind like a tiny tree. McClone will only do the same as Bush, and now with his pick of Pistol Packin' Palin – the world is quaking in their boots!

    She reminds me of the gal in high school who knows how to do everything – knows everything about everyone – has famous relatives that take her everywhere and you know for a fact she's not even stepped foot out of town!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  905. Jason S.

    Hi Jack

    The answer here can be drawn from Colin Powell's endorsement, and his remarks about Senator Obama. Along with the majority of the world's countries, he recognizes the country is in need of a visionary. A unifying leader– one who will bring people together economically, culturally and politically.

    Thanks for the time,
    Jason in PA.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  906. soul05

    Welcome back Jack!!!

    I am not surprise at the result of this poll! Anyone with any sense and is truly hunry for change will see that there is no other choice except for Barack Obama for change. Our friends aboard have already figured that out- now we Americans need to do the same.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  907. Danny Asuo

    When did these countries prefer a tough American leader? Of course they will prefer an articulate young handsome wimp to an esperienced and dedicated tough leader.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  908. Joseph Lim

    Hi Jack,

    I live in Toronto, Canada, and the majority of people I have talked to want Obama to win. My reasons are similiar to what Powell stated in his endorsement...patient, intellectual, transformational, steady decision maker as displayed during this financial crisis. What really stands out to me and differentiates him from McCain is his compassion...Obama would be a strong, firm but fair president, and I think the world would views him as a great peace maker. He IS Cool, calm and collected. McCain seems to be cut from the same "War Monger" cowboyish cloth as George W. Bush.

    Boy God help us all if that Moose shootin, joke of a VP nominee for McCain, should ever have to step in as President.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  909. KSR-Boston, MA

    Jack, Citizens of 70 countries are not Republicans or Democrats and have no racial difference between Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama. So Obama by 4-1 is not surprising

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  910. Todd (Los Angeles, CA)

    I think it is obvious that if McCain is elected we will be in a Cold War with Russia and at War with Iran!!! The world does not want another Hot Headed Republican in office...8 years of that is the reason we are in the position we find ourselves in today.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  911. Mary, Bothell WA

    Hi Jack!

    McCain is all about "fight, fight, fight"!
    Obama is about bringing everyone together for the common good. America really needs that attitude, and so does the rest of the world, it seems.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  912. Abel P. Ochoa, McAllen, TX

    Think about it like this. Those folks in the 70 foreign countries want us to become united the way we should and could become. We can obviously get there by voting for Barack Obama. If we want to continue being a divided country–McCain's campaign is already talking about (bad)anti-Americans versus (good)pro-Americans then we should elect him.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  913. Darryl Cordell

    I would imagine the 70 countries that would rather conduct business with Barack Obama than with John McCain have decided that he (Obama) would be the easiest of the two candidates to deceive, take advantage of, and rip off.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  914. Carlos from San Antonio,TX

    Jack,

    For his great political abiliy and willingness to comunicate and interact with other world leaders. He will give the opportunity to any leader to discuss with him matters of interest for both. "Pure Diplomacy" is what the rest of the world see in him and the world is also looking forward to see a change in how America is viewed.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  915. Sarah

    Gosh darnit, Jack why does it matter what the elite liberals of Europe have to say. What makes these Anti-American people of the world think they know more than Joe the Plumber knows? -Wink-

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  916. Diana

    Because Barack Obama is what the world needs in and from America.

    People in the USA keep forgetting that being the leader of the "free world" means great responsibility as well. The world was always more enchanted with American music, movies; culture in general and the American dream, than we were impressed by your military power or ability to impose your will anytime you wanted.

    Barack Obama is youth, energy and optimism, the guy that will know how to make friends all over the globe and renew that beautiful face of the USA that brought to world the Declaration of Independence, Hollywood, the American dream, ... Obama is what the USA needs in order to improve its standing in the eyes of the world.

    Diana
    Serbia

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  917. stephen

    welcome back jack,
    Its all about the republican-bush foreign policy that has the rest of the world for Obama. Two scenarios: will US be worried if any country initiate war with say Cuba because they need "Democracy"- that explains what asia and africa feels, and if after US invaded Iraq and found nothing were asked to leave while the iraqis were shooting at them will they leave of fight them, that also explain why sen. Mcain's approach to the georgia crisis looks to the world. remember Obama said both sides should exercise restraint and he got in trouble for that.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  918. georgia jones

    Hi Jack, I missed you, welcome back! Obama is a uniter, he represents a part of all of us and brings energy and vigour. He speaks to all of us.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  919. Paul

    I think Europe likes Obama becomes he will lead America in that direction. France will love him

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  920. Canada

    Jack,

    there's TONS of reasons why people prefer obama, listing those will take forever but i wanna ask, do americans not realize that just by electing obama, it would solve half of america's problems around the world and if not solve get started the solution to almost all the problems? Because even here in canada, we have very poor respect for what Bush has done around the world and more afraid of what mccain the hot-head will bring, just electing obama could get america's respect and restore the intelligent image of america that has all been lost over the last 8 years..

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  921. Paul

    Like it or not, the president of the United States is also the leader of the free world. Many of the issues around which the Republican Party has rallied, such as gay marriage and abortion rights, may be popular here at home, but seem so irrelevant on a world stage. After 8 years of a self obsessed America I think other countries are hoping we will wake up and see that there is a whole big world around us with no one at the helm.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  922. JHSM, Southern CA

    Jack, they prefer Obama for the following reasons:
    1. Most of the World actually WANTS to look up to America, but haven't been able to in the past 8 years, especially due to the Iraq war and unilateralism.
    2. Since most of the World generally WANTS to look up to America, they want reassurance that the American dream is still alive. Obama represents that dream more than any other candidate.
    3. The last 8 years has not only made the World a more dangerous place, it has divided it. The majority of people don't want division, they want unity. No one likes arrogance, especially not when it comes from the World's largest superpower.
    4. Last but not least, people want the World's largest superpower to be a nation of diplomacy, high morals and values, not a nation that tortures prisoners and goes to war unilaterally. People elsewhere do not know John McCain and what he stands for, they will automatically assume he's just another neocon. No one outside of the red states want another neocon. No one.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  923. Meredith Tallahassee, FL

    I think its obvious, they know something about 45% of our country hasn't realized yet.... This is a serious issue we, citizens f the United States, are not in a position to go with someone who has an 8% approval rating in matters of foreign relations. As aAmericans these last 8 years we have already seen how low approval ratings work... not well, not well at all.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  924. James

    The fact that so many foriegners support Obama should have you voting for McCain since most of the world wishes every day to see the USA...DIMINISHED and BROKEN

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  925. Chris Ft. Laud, Fl

    Why should they be any different than we are here. Once the results come in, Obama will win by a bigger landslide than imagined

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  926. PoliticoMike

    Jack, you are the messiah, welcome back!! We've missed you.

    To answer the question, it's simple, may sound racist, but it's really not. Foreign countries are tired of old white men bossing them around and looking down on them. They finally see someone who will respect & approach them as equals.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  927. John

    Why would competing countries be in favor of Barack Obama or any presidential candidate? Other countries count on and root for the United States continued success, but like every economy , the world economy's health is based on a combination of cooperation and competition to avoid stagnation. Since the United States is the number one competitor the answer is simple, any political change that could cause the deconstruction of the United States supremacy would be celebrated by almost every other country but our own. This is the reality.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  928. dave walker,n. dartmouth,ma.

    Plain and simple Jack;They see the same old attitudes towards the American people which resonates world wide. They also see the same piss-poor foreign policies that Bush has anointed on the world that no one respects. As far as Obama goes? At least he has the stones to tell the world he will meet with any and everyone,regardless of their attitude towards the United States.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  929. Christine from Canada

    Hi everyone on the show – love you all and your country but unfortunately it boils down to the fact that the United States is now viewed as a bully on the world stage. Your government ignored what the UN had to say when it came to going into Iraq and actually started calling it's allies names who didn't see the same view. How juvenille is that! I would expect that kind of behaviour on the school yard not with our world leaders. McCain and Palin are just the bullies of the school yard once again. I always tell my children they can solve more problems on the school yard with using their words not their fists. Obama represents this change with his words and his intellect, McCain acts like a child having a temper tantrum with his tongue sticking out and fists pounding – it is absolute nonsense to think this man can run your country. Please for the sake of your country and this planet vote Obama the world will be a much better place!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  930. andrea delphant

    even after Powell told to stop the name calling she is like a pitbull. Is that the way we want the 70 countries to see our RVP. John must be so upset he can't even tell the mad dog to stop.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  931. James

    Europeans as a whole are far more liberal than we are here in America. Accusations of socialism only make Obama more appealing to them. You've seen how there was no hesitation on the part of members of the European Union when it came bailing out their banking systems. The United States is the most conservative world power. The Conservative Party in Britain supports the nationalized healthcare system. The Republican Party would never take that stance here. In places like Sweden and France, socialism in certain industries isn't just acceptable, but is encouraged. Essentially, Europeans support Obama by such an overwhelming margin because in Europe, the entire political spectrum is farther to the left.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  932. Kenneth Tabor

    It may be because they want someone who appeals to their hopes not their fears. Many consider McCain as a warmonger and someone that could bring about a WWIII.

    Statesboro, GA

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  933. Joe Vass

    You betcha...Jack..that's a good question. Well golly gee I guess the ever since Palin reared her head way up in Alaska...and then...where did she go? Right beside John 'maverick' McCain demonstrating that McCain is following in the Republican and Bush footsteps of disregarding everything but the party and themselves.
    People around the world have no ill will to America or Americans but the policy of the Bush administration has alienated people in countries around the world. Hypocritical doesn't go far enough to describe the US foreign policy..out right lies that have made the world more dangerous then dragging friendly Allies into the middle of a no win foreign policy.
    It's time for a cataclysmic change in America and that change is Obama.
    JCVdude

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  934. Norm Cohen

    Welcome back Jack, we miss your “telling us like it is”.

    We greatly prefer Barack Obama in Canada simply because he is superbly intelligent with an obviously huge knowledge bank to draw from. He has continuously demonstrated the ability to use this background to reason with clarity. All the qualities needed for a leadership position.

    McCain calls himself a maverick. A maverick does not use reason in his decision making process, he uses his gut as he demonstrated with the selection of his vice presidential running mate, solutions for the economy etc., etc. We have all suffered the results during the past 8 years of someone who is unable to reason because he has not got the necessary tools to make smart decisions, that is, knowledge and intelligence. The decision to select a qualified leader is easy for us living in Canada and other countries and I truly do not understand how it can be in the USA.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  935. Nunya

    Obama, why do they love thee? Let us count the ways...

    They see you as...
    Confident, without arrogance
    Cooperative rather than unilateral
    Interested in more of the world than where the U.S. military is involved
    Having an international background/ancestry

    But poetry aside, the most important of all...
    He's not Bush and not of Bush's party...

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  936. Free Voice

    A Muslim country like Pakistan has had a female Prime Minister. A Hindu country like India has had a Muslim President. Countries who we think are third world and backward have seen beyond race, gender, and religion. Unfortunately, we have not yet. The only presidents we have seen are Male, White, and Christian presidents. We claim to be the "free" nation. We claim to be a melting pot society. We claim that rest of the world look at us to lead but unfortunately when picking our own leader we have not seen past race, gender, and religion. Its about time we do that and the whole world is watching us. If we see past race, what do we see? A Harvard honor student v/s 5th from the bottom. A person with calm nature v/s a person with erratic nature. A uniter v/s a divider. A person thinking about changing image of US at global level v/s a candidate who wants more war.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  937. deirdre

    Diversity... it's an old concept never fully realized. Obama sort of makes the concept official, because through his campaign we have been able to see that we CAN agree and live together in harmony. The world wants PEACE not WAR.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  938. Shakeel Ahmad

    Simple, I am an American born, muslim and brown. My sincerity like his, to this country is constantly doubted. Obama understands somewhat because like me he was not born with the silver spoon of being white in his mouth. Having him as a president will give me someone to relate to.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  939. redhead from Toronto

    Welcom back Jack, Boy have you been missed. you are a ray of light in this insane world of politics. Bless you Jack and your lovely family. Note to CNN - Jack Cafferty should have a 1 hour show every day, He's the reason I watch. Please and Thankyou.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  940. Terri

    Foreign countries and their people know that Barak Obama is willing to come to the table to discuss issues, listen to ALL views and then together come up with workable solutions for everyone. John McCain has made it clear that he rather impose sanctions or threaten to bomb, as it appears he feels HIS views are the ONLY right ones.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  941. Darron

    You're kidding, right? Why would a competitor want a stronger opponent when they can have a softer, socialist controlled country. Look, the US has never been liked by anyone until we've had to pull their behinds out of the fire.

    I work with the international communties every day. They even hate each other – it's not just America they hate. Besides, why would I care what they think? Maybe so I could cower down and become weker? Forget it Man!

    You guys are sick and need help.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  942. Melissa in Peachtree City, GA

    Because the "world" already know what the "U.S" is still trying to overcome. The color of a man does not make the man. We all know if Barack was not an African American (and technically he's .50 white american) there would not be a question of whose the better candidate. Just know the "WORLD" is watching!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  943. RJ Toronto

    Because:

    Obama is: a Harvard graduate; articulate; opposed to the Iraq war; PRESiDENTIAL; left-leaning; compassionate; not a Republican; not an owner of 7 homes.

    McCain is: insincere; of no substance; a Republican; the biggest political mudslinger in history; has a checkered past; mean; not very intelligent; ignorant of economics and technology; a supporter of the Iraq war; if elected, destined to be the worst US president ever (currently held by W) and most of all a moron for picking Palin as his running mate.

    I could go on.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  944. nojabo

    Jack,
    Who cares what they think? You are simply one of those liberal nitwits who gets your panties in a bunch because the french may not like us. We Americans will vote for whom WE think will be best at leading this country. That may or may not be your tankmate.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  945. Jim, Savage, MN

    In my dealings with people abroad (mostly in a professiona setting), it is clear that they like Obama because he listen, thinks, and can comprehend why we are universally hated around the globe and why we need to speak softly and act more intelligently. On the other had they look at John McCain as a 'blowhard' in the same vein as the current administration amd he will be as bad if not worse.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  946. Will

    Unfortunately, citizens of most other countries are ignorant to the actual issues facing the daily lives of American citizens and the effect that policies of those running for office will ultimately have on domestic issues – just as Americans are ignorant on most international issues. Their (non-US) opinions on which candidate they might support are almost fully decided by the ongoing rhetoric that they obtain from the media that a McCain administration will be a continuation of the Bush Administration.

    Most people agree that America’s goodwill around the world has declined predominantly because of the handling of the Middle East conflicts. Bush certainly did not do a perfect job (hindsight is 20/20), but people seem not to accept or understand that Bush inherited both the escalating issues in the Middle East and our the current domestic economy problems – issues that were not properly addressed and/or created during the Clinton Administration. Further, most people seem to find difficulty in comprehending the notion that the control of oil a very serious National Security issue for several world powers, including the USA (regardless of how unfortunate this reliance on foreign-sourced oil might be). If this were not the case, there would be more support for our Middle East policies and for the US conflicts in the Middle East. Most people just don't get it....

    Let us just hope that if Obama does win, he is quickly briefed on what is actually going on around the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  947. iriana

    I was born and live in montreal....what do I think about Barack Obama I love the United States I visit and vacation there year after year...I have always loved the fact that the united states is our neighbor...My husband and I feel that the United States is the center of the world...That brings me to my question what do I think about Barack Obama. I think he is the best thing that has happened to all of us. The world sees him a a great man who will change the world for the better. I do see the light at the end of the tunnel with Barack Obama...YES WE CAN we can dream of change hope peace and prosperity..............

    October 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  948. Han-Ting

    I see this as the rest of the world hasn't given up hope in US as the beacon of equality, vision and true leader of the globe. They are eager to point out the direction for US that many of the US citizen have yet to recognize! As an immigrant from Taiwan, never participated in any election, not only I am eager to put Obama in the White House, I would also want him to become one of the greatest president of this country and one of the greatest leader of the world!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  949. Andres Los Angeles

    Hi Jack,
    The Republican party can't explain Obama's popularity abroad. Although, they have tried lately with two weeks left before the election. The Mccain campaign's latest argument seems to attempt linking Obama's popularity in Europe to Socialism. The Mccain campign has really taken their strategies from "Politics for Dummies" lately. Why is a "tax cut" for people making over 250k per year conservative and a "tax cut" for people making under 250k per year (95% of working middle class families) socialist ??? The Republican party is fast becoming the Refiblican party.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  950. Tiffani (Atlanta)

    Welcome back Jack, we missed you!

    Other countries prefer Senator Obama because he is willing to listen to something other than his own dogma. The economic challenges facing America affects the whole world and vice versa. It's not just Americans that will benefit from a healthy US economy. American policy leads that in the world. We used to symbolize peace and democracy for all.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  951. Ted O' WV

    Welcome back Jack!
    Both canidates have good plans for the economy. But I think That with most of the world hopeing for Obama, it would do far more for our economy than haveing McCain. Obama could get other world leaders to work with us on a more positive and equal trade. So what if some country tries to test him. The US has never had a decade go by where we have not had to mess with some other idiot.

    Ted O'
    West Virginia

    October 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  952. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Well Jack the records show McCain is a mental midget at best and his erratic and irrational behaviour throughout the campaign makes him look like he was born on Wednesday looking both ways for Sunday. Those are his good points.

    Unfortunately McCain's selection of Sara Palin is an insult to all Americans with an IQ above that of a house plant. She has yet to put a full sentence together that wasn't either written out for her or memorized.

    People around the world aren't hampered with any particular political affiliation and make their decisions on facts not ideology and religious fervor.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  953. NORA, Gainesville, FLORIDA

    This forum shoudl have been titled "Why are we glad to have Jack back?"

    I could have listed a million reason. Love ya Jack.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  954. Queen

    You know what Michael, if it's liberal or being a socialist to care about the wellbeing of your citizens, then fine, we all know Bush didn't when it came to Katrina! He was probably kicking back a six pack with his friends at the country club give me a break! What the hell do you call the bailout package McCain voted for? Let me guess, it’s okay because the republicans say it’s okay. Please! I'm sick of republicans on their high prices–for what reason, really? What do they have to be proud of? Answers please? The actions of this administration, which McCain has supported 90+ percent of the time has be a disaster! If we had more oversight and regulation by the government, (that McCain does not want, and voted against) then maybe we wouldn’t be in this situation. So spear us all the name calling, because we could be going for the juggler with all the corruption of Mr. McCain but we’re not. Poise, dignity, respect looks a lot better than the counter.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  955. Catherine

    Dear Jack,

    My husband and I live in Vancouver British Columbia, however, recently while on vacation in Paris we noticed how many people were discussing the American election. As we are avid viewers of CNN in particular the Cafferty File we listened as visitors from all parts of the world were talking about Obama. You could feel the passion people had toward this election unlike anything we have ever witnessed. In fact in Paris you could not walk past a Transit station or Newstand without seeing a big poster of Obama. It was beautiful.

    Countries across the world are worried about this election and do not want another 4 years of Bush's policies via John McCain.

    Keep up the good work Jack.

    Catherine

    October 21, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  956. Arlene,Illinois

    After sending at least 15 e-mail asking about you, I'm so
    glad your back.

    They prefer the calm of Obama , over "my friends" Dr.Strangelove.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  957. frank slavik heber springs ar.

    That's easy Jack just look at who Mcain has picked for his running mate. That speaks volumes and believe me the rest of the world is watching.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  958. Jeroen from Belgium

    The big difference between us and you is that you Americans, vote for a person and we vote for a party. So in the first plays we wouldn't chose between Obama and Mccain, but between Democrats and Republicans. If you read the politics of those two parties, there is not 1 reason why you would vote for Republicans.
    I don't really know if you guys understand this, but most foreigners think of the US as an ignorant (doesn't listen to UN), over-conservative (gay-rights, abortion..), over-religious (May God bless America) country that even hasn't a decent health-care program. This is something you find in every country in the world that isn't a third-world country.
    So if the US thinks they are the Worlds leaders, I and most of the world, have a slightly different meaning. The US doesn't even take care of there own people....

    October 21, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  959. Wisly

    Simply because some people can make the difference between a good human been and an other. You can fool some americans with distractions, but you can not fool the entire world. There is some qualities in a man that experience can not buy. Sometime you need some good Judjement and Charisma over experience....

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  960. Guddy

    Jack, good to have you back
    I read all the comments and I though I have nothing to add, but the last one from James B. gave me a reason to write my comment. I'm a US Citizen – German native and can read German press. That's not true, that they want to see the US weaken, they want to have a strong USA. They want to say with us side by side against the terrorism, but they saw in the past, that the USA was only selfish to bring there profit home in some peoples pocket. There was no guts to find Bin Laden. And they was shocked about McCains choice for the VP. Obama will bring us respect and trust for the future.
    Guddy
    FL.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  961. leonard sandell

    GEORGE BUSH HAS BEEN CALLING OTHER COUNTRIES AXIS OF EVIL ,IS IT NO WONDER WE HAVE LOST OUR POPULARITY AROUND THE WORLD,,BARAK OBAMA WOULD TURN THAT AROUND ,

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  962. Hazel Davis

    If other countries in Europe, Asia, So America, etc want Obama to win, I guess we should be very concerned. That's proof enough for me to vote for McCain. Sounds like other countries think Obama would be a pushover and perhaps do more for them than for America or make America more like them.

    This is America's election and we American's should pay no heed to what the other countries want. Some of those countries are socialist, or communist and their citizens would love to live in America. We have a lot to be thankful for to live in the USA and want to keep it free
    without big government and not become like the others.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  963. K Blair

    Welcome Back.

    My take on this issue is that the people of other countries are paying attention. The choice is very clear for most of us.
    On the McCain side you see four more years of Bush – Cheney they see the devisive campaigning that looks like the same old GOP/Republican words – if we say it enough they will believe it – they are liberals, terrorists, socialist, higher taxes, etc. the republican presidential candidate has a bad temperment doesn't mind mud slinging (until he gets called on it) and has had cancer four times who picked a running mate who doesn't mind lying who is not qualified mentally and not prepared to be president on the other side the Democrats have a candidate who is an even tempered thinker who inspires people with hope and his running mate who is not only smart enough to be president he is more than qualified they are also humble. In other words who do you think is qualified the thinkers or the deceivers? It should be an easy answer, as easy for Americans as it is for the rest of the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  964. Ray Suglo, VA

    Hey Jack, I am so happy you are back, CNN was losing important spice in the "soup"
    I am a foriegner living in the US and I have friends and family back at home calling me everyday to ask about Barack Obama and none about McBush. The world wants unity and respect for all and Mcbush will not deliver what the world is hungry for.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  965. Vikranth

    People love peace not war

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  966. Rick

    Man I thought the Republicans had a corner on hate and vitriol... you Dems are worse than Rush on a 3 day binge.

    Why do the other countries want Obama? Simple, they want a weaker US. They want someone they can push around for a change.

    I'm no fan of Bush by any means, but I also don't care for Obama's approach to dealing with threats to the US.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  967. Dave in Nova Scotia

    They like Obama over MacCain because he has class, tact, diplomacy and leadership. One other and probably the most important is.............he listens.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  968. michael l johnson

    Senator Obama has more appeal across the globe because his life experiences and his ideology suggest he is more open and accepting of other cultures.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  969. Elizabeth in Seattle

    Maybe because they feel for us due to the last 8 years of HELL with George Bush and the continuation with John McCain and his pitbull. They know that Obama represents change and calm for the USA in addition to Obama is a very intelligent, thoughtful politician who will be a great president.

    The world sees what an ERRATIC person McCain is and the world knows that McCain would be dangerous to the word because he is a WARMONGER along with his nonqualified selection for VP.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  970. Dana

    Hi Jack,
    I just want to address shortly my answer to your question: I am a future U.S. citizen, originally I am from Romania. I do respect and admire everything about U.S.A. culture, spirit and ideology. Everything about U.S.A., outside its borders, has a leadership aura. There is a global desperate need for change, for a good leader, for a great shepherd. The change idea wont affect anything related to the conservatism nor to the great characteristics that made this country the best example of democracy. I just want to ask everyone: we prepare our young people to be better, to exceed their professors and after that why is so hard to recognize their achievement and let them lead?

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  971. lindsey

    Two reasons:
    1. Other countries prefer Obama because most foreign countries have more socialist leanings than America. I'll bet the countries with the strongest socialist cultures are the strongest Obama supporters. The more moderate countries, meaning those ranking higher in personal liberties and freedoms, are probably more split. The fact is, the US is easily the least socialist of large, developed countries in the world. Probably why it's the most successful.
    2. Every country is competing for influence in the world. Would you prefer to have a strong competitor or a weak one? If I'm Russia or France or China, I definitely want a weajer American president because that means I can control him and take the lead on international situations.
    I though this was common sense, but I must be wrong.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  972. Nancy

    When Obama is talking he doesn't bat his eyes or blair his eyes, and when he is talking he looks like he is in tune with what he is saying to the public, also when Obama is talking McCain is up walking around and looking, rather dumb, Obama stays in his seat and watches McCain as he is speaking, he doesn't roll his eyes or move his eyebrows up and down, he looks intelligent where as McCain looks like a lost puppy.
    Also Jack we have missed you and my husband and I are glad to see you back, thank you for telling the truth.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  973. Krystyna Sosulski

    I am a bit apprehensive to respond to your question posted on CNN, as I am a Polish Canadian and shouldn't involve myself in US politics. But here it is. The average European, unlike an average small town American, value education, reading books, thinking through the problems and generally being a well mannered person. A deep thoughtful speech is valued more than a joke, a steadiness and poise are better than nastiness and unpredictability. And as per Jon Steward's joke from last night, the average citizen of the world, if they could, would support 1st rather than the 2nd Amendment.

    I also should tell you how much I value your right on political commentary. By now you have guessed I watch CNN quite a lot. I wish Americans a successful election and I am looking forward to watching it as it happens on TV.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  974. Joe

    Because the world has the same HOPE as we do. Because the world WANTS America to reclaim its standing and leadership.
    Because the world LOVES America we LOVE.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  975. Cathy Arnold

    I'm so very glad to see you back!!

    I am a Canadian permanent resident in this country for over 20 yrs but now I have become ashamed of being here when I see so many people get so angry with each other because they want to continue to fight with the rest of the world like McCain does. I also wonder why Palin bothered to negotiate with a "socialist" country like Canada that she can also see from her backyard. It's easy to see why the rest of the world knows Obama would be a more intelligent and responsible leader. Why didn't McCain make Joe the Plumber his running mate?

    Thanks for listening

    October 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  976. Vlad, USA citizen

    Two factors – First, after Mr. Bush has nearly destroyed the USA reputation in Europe, it would take just about anyone different from Bush to immediately improve our international standing. Second – McCain's agenda stands in the way of improving our international relations. It is hard to say whether it is the policies that McCain chose to stand for that prevent him from making much sense out of our international situation, or the lack of aptitude. Mr. Obama on the other hand not only shows a lot of promises in terms of well thought out approaches to various issues, but also hints at a broader world views, than his counterpart's. And then of course there's the Palin effect, that completely disqualifies the republican ticket.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  977. JB from Vancouver

    As a Canadian, I think Barack Obama is the best thing to happen to the US or the world in a long time. A majority of Canadians like me favour him over McCain, even though McCain's free trade policies are much better for our country. Why? He is a citizen of the world, has an appreciation of other cultures, and does not think going to war is the solution to everything. If you guys don't like him there, we want him up here. G'obama!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  978. Lorrie

    People through out the world see in Obama a change. They see in him someone who does not fit the mold of the typical US president. He is someone who they feel will reach out to them and work to bring us together not tear us apart, he will embrace them and not threaten them, he will talk WITH them not DOWN TO them, he will inspire them, and lastly......he looks more like them.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  979. David Hill

    Welcome back! It is fair to say that President Obama is regarded in the eyes of the world as not a savior, not a catalyst for change, not a black man, not an expert in international affairs nor the answer to the global financial crisis. Rather he is a must in ushering in a positive world view of America and Americans for the betterment of all.

    Sometimes borders confine one's ability to be objective. Our hope as non Americans is that all the undecided whom share the privilege of voting in this most exciting election, are introspective with regards to the importance of how they and their country are presently perceived and that Obama's presence will invoke an immediate change in this perception.

    David
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  980. Jennifer

    I think they prefer Obama because of exactly what Colin Powell said. When people in muslim countries for example see what McCain supporters are yelling about Muslims and terrorists, etc, that can only be bad for us. "It's killing us" is how Powell put it.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  981. T. John from Canada

    The world is tired of dealing with Mavericks and Cowboys.

    Bring back the statesmen, thinkers and level headed leaders.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  982. Obama Supporter

    Hi and welcome back Jack!!!

    I think it's a combination of a lot of things.

    Stupidity, ignorance, pigheadedness and, sadly, a good deal of it is 'race'
    issue.

    Hopefully Obama will win and America can move in a positive direction (and the rest of the world will also benefit somewhat).

    For KarenB in Polk County, Florida.

    I am from the UK and I don't 'hate' America – America may have lost 'respect' in the world but do you really want someone similar in the Whitehouse to follow the same policies that have caused this?

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  983. Flavio Machado

    I think, as mentioned in the text (4 to 1), that in other countries at least 80% of the population have brains while in US in the last 8 years more than 50% did not have it. Now some are recovering their thinking faculty and realizing that there is only one candidate in this race able to bring America and the rest of the world together. His name is Barack Obama

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  984. Meredith Tallahassee, FL

    i <3 the way Jeroen from Belgium thinks...

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  985. Raju

    Heyn Jack...

    I am happy you are back! Great to see you. I was afraid those idiots at CNN fired you!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  986. Laura

    B. Obama is an intelligent, very well educated , very polite and diplomatic person. Together with J. Biden who has many years of expirience with foreign policies will be the better ticket to do business with foreing countries. The foreign countries don't like McCain because he has been very supporty of the bad Bushes foreign policies.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  987. Howard King, Chicago, IL

    Jack,
    Please help me answer this question regarding CNN’s Drew Griffin. I am suspicious of the interview he as just landed with Sarah Palin; Is he working for the John McCain Campaign and the Republicans. It was Drew Griffin who started the made up charges against Acorn about voter registration fraud; suddenly he landed this interview; this could be a problem for the only trusted name left in the new (CNN)

    Regards,
    Howard

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  988. Robert

    I am truly shocked that some of you posting on here actually believe Obama to be some kind of savior, and are completely ignoring the fact that he's perhaps the most inexperienced man ever to run for the most powerful office on earth. Wake up people, the world does not like us except when they need us. Do you guys actually think Obama is somehow going to be able to talk to the countries that hated us long before Bush, and somehow get them to change their minds and all of a sudden be supportive of us? It's astounding.

    You know what, Bush has not been the best president, or the best conservative. He's spent way more than I prefer, and he's against really securing the borders, but that said, there are millions of ingrates in this country who refuse to give him credit for doing his best to keep us safe. I would rather have a president who Mahmoud is afraid of than one who wants to sit down and have tea and dumplings with him while Mahmoud smiles politely and repeats to him how our country is at its end.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  989. Jacque Paul - Paris France

    Monsieur Jacque We French like Obama because he is taking the US towards a socialistic system like we enjoy here in France. One day under President Obama perhaps he will change the US Dollar to the Euro .... then we can all drink wine and eat cheese at the same price --you can then change God Bless America to "God bless the Republic"

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  990. Purple

    I find it unbelievable that we as Americans will allow Europe and the rest of the world decide who ought to be our next CIC. What is up with all the self-deprecating comments????. Remember Europe stood by while Bosnian Muslims were slaughtered.

    I like Obama but do not give a damn what the rest of the world thinks about my choice.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  991. Nick

    The reason so many international countries prefer Obama to McCain is that Obama presents a shift from the last eight years of an incompetent Republican administration that has distanced many of the U.S's allies. Many countries are praying for an intellectual and eloquent leader to be president of the most powerful country in the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  992. Curlstar

    Senator Obama is preferred in other countries because they see something in him that they are more comfortable with including his intelligence and ability to be a diplomat for our country, not for the one main reason that many in our society is deadlocked on – RACE. I have seen the i-reports and videos on the CNN broadcasts, and the behavior of the people that I have seen that are against Senator Obama is against him clearly on the bias that they have on his skin color. Voters in this country that have an issue on skin color need to take a moment and answer this question: Would you feel the same way if Senator McCain was black?

    October 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  993. Mike in Connecticut

    Jack,

    The wants somebody to engage with them, to respect them, to negotiate with them. That's why they want Obama.

    All McCain offers is that he already knows all the answers, that he already knows everything he needs to know.

    Amercans and the rest of the world are tired of "know it all" Republican politics. If McCain's more of the same idealogy is elected, Heaven help us all if Sarah Palin somehow, someday, becomes leader of the Free World.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  994. Brooke Horne - Pueblo, CO

    Mr Cafferty, We are so glad to have you back. Our condolences go out to you.
    I think Barack Obama must be instilling in others around the world, the inspiration in America that we have been sorely lacking for the past 8 years. He is a beacon of hope.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  995. Mick Hamden CT

    Don't forget US, Jack! Make that 71 countries.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  996. Rebecca

    The reason is both simple and obvious. Senator McCain is very impulsive and thoughtless, as evidenced by the campaign he is running and his vp pick, among other things. The world is a scary place right now. To have a war-monger with such little control over his emotions, in posession of the enormous power that being leader of this country would give him is terrifying. This happens to be in direct contast to Senator Obama. The choice is obvious. One doesn't need to be an American to see that.
    Rebecca
    Wayne, Il

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  997. Randa

    Welcome back Jack, you seemed to disappear when we got that and was scared as hell!

    They prefer him because... He's diplomatic in his approach!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  998. Mohamed (Montréal)

    Well because this man (Barack) is bringing all the big family, commonly called HUMANITY, all together.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  999. jack

    WELCOME BACK JACK!!!!

    To everyone still talking about Biden's comments:

    I am glad that Obama picked Biden as his VP. This ticket is a million times smarter than the whole RNC. Everyone, who at least graduated top 75% of their class, knows that its human nature to test anything new. Someone out there will test the next president, whoever wins, just to gauge the resolve of that president. The good thing is that the Obama/Biden team is aware of this and will not be caught off-guard like Bush in that Florida class room. Mccain didn't have a contingency plan for the economy and ended up canceling his campaign, debate, and changing his statements every two hours. Go figure!!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  1000. Patrick Manley

    I didn't realize the rest of the world was voting for President of the United States?

    Did ACORN open up a foreign office?

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  1001. Joe Smith

    First, welcom back Jack. You were missed by all of us here in the Cafferty blog.

    Now on to your questiion: Since we don't know how the polling was done or when, I would guess that you are just seeing a reflection of the Positive Press that Sen. Obama has had around the world.

    Joe ( no, not Joe the Plumber)

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  1002. Kevin Garcia from south Texas

    I think there is the perception that while McCain is a qualified leader with years of bonified experience, Obama has a personal background and life experience that might – in the eyes of non-Americans – give him a perspective that few other presidents have had.

    Obama may not be Muslim, but he was raised around Muslims, and those of many other religious and ethnic backgrounds. He went to school with them, he played with them – he sees them as human.

    Now, this is certainly true for McCain as well, but I think people in other countries want to see a U.S. president out to make peace, rather than with experience in war.

    On a side note, while in Japan this June I was asked repeatedly about "President Obama" and at least once about president "Bamabamabama." Apparently many thought he already WAS elected!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  1003. Kenneth Anziano

    Its simple, the rest of the world is fed up with the foreign policy of the United States. John McCain, for obvious reasons, represents the "same-old same-old". Most people believe that Obama will substantially change U.S. foreign policy–that is why he is gaining so much support world wide. However, Obama and McCain agree on most foreign policy decisions. Both agree that we need to stay in Iraq for some period of time. Both would be fine with invading Pakistan. Both have "all options on the table" for Iran. Neither wish to bring our troops home from around the globe. Neither wish to end our role as the military arm of the UN. Obama may represent "change" to the majority of the world but, in reality, he will bring none.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  1004. Jane from Warrensburg, MO

    Has anyone ever heard of brainwashing? Polls – how true are they? Whose purpose do they serve? I support McCain 100%. He has my vote !

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  1005. j/NJ

    Why do citizens in 70 countries prefer Obama to McCain?

    Europe by comparison has always favoured a broader more moderate approach in its foriegn policy objectives than America, thus the European Continent's general support for Senator Obama in this critical field is not the least surprising...we fully support his non confrontational, progressive agenda...

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  1006. Nathan E UK

    The US dollar is the currency in which crude oil is traded, without which the dollar is nothing, we all know oil is central to the survival is central to the survival countries, so all America does is print dollars for the world to use, however in recent times a lot of the oil producing countries are tilting toward selling their oil in euror because of the overbearing, direspectful attitude of America, it is obvious John McCain is of the school of thoughts that thinks America should continue to dictate to the world. However from Obama's attitude and statements he shows respect and regard for other countries. Europeans are fedup with the Replican/Bush/McCain style. The only continent saving America from sudden disaster is Europe, and if they give their consent to have oil traded in euro then that will spell the end of the dollar hegemony and subsequent end of America world dominance, but the europeans are very reluntant in this regard. The other reason people prefer Obama is because of the republican's conduct of the war in iraq, just listen to McCain, talking about surge in iraq like a football match, the surge meant the killing of innocent iraqi men, women and children. He authorized an illegal war were thousands of innocent people have lost their lives, and that does not seem to bother him. No one wants an old war monger in this time and age.

    Nathan, a Nigerian living in the UK

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  1007. The Patriot

    The're BUSHED!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  1008. republican going democratic

    good to have you back jack. people from other countries prefer obama over mccain is because of humility, honor, truth, and the love for his the american people. they see that he doesn't take no for answer but will compremise with it, he is a very intelligent man (not a balck man or a mix race individual) but a person who is willing to do anything for his people. i will always be a republican but i will not vote for mccain because i don't trust him, and his racism running mate sarah palin. i think that mccain has no control of his campaign but i was happy the day that he defended obama in one of his rallies when someone commented that obama is a muslin and another person commented that obama was a terriorist and i know the true mccain came out and corrected them about their negatives comments about obama. i would vote mccain if he took that correct path and a different running mate especailly. sorry republican i'm going democratic

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  1009. SO WHAT!!!

    Who cares about the rest of the world? I am not ignorant to the fact that we have to work with other countries, but do you really think that the Germans, French and everyone else really cares what we think of them?

    Obama can talk all he wants about change...but trust me when he is in the Oval Office and has to make decisions facing the security and well being of this nations, let's see what he does. He will put the interest of this country first and that is what he is suppose to do as President.

    Former Liberal who can't believe we are about to elect this man with so little experience in these times. All because he gave a great speech in 2004 and have supporters who can only talk about his charm.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  1010. Carroll

    Hello Jack,

    McCain says that Obama is not qualified in foreign policy. Then he must think that Palin is. This shows just how wacked this mean old man is.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  1011. Brenda

    Because the other countries probably see this as an end of America as the most powerful , suprerior country – With Obama in the Whitehouse , America's glory days are over and that is a "GOOD THING" forforeign countries. Another reason is b'cos the media never covers anyone else unless McCain camp says something about Obama.

    I have never seen a more biased, one sided coverage and campaign ever. It is sad to see how low the media has fallen . I am a registered democrat , but seeing so much unfairness in coverage and the media spin , I am beginning to have questions about Obama.He is so arrongant and disrespectful and offlate the media is the same . Even if you don't suppoort McCain or Palin , there is no reason to ridicule or disrespect another person just to prove your might .

    Obama for sure is not getting my vote – As for McCain, I have yet to decide.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  1012. Katy

    because Obama is not an ugly American

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1013. Kangamabama

    Obama is an embodiment of what the World is looking for in a Leader.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1014. Janice Pound

    Boy! I missed the common sense that flows from your mouth about everything. Obama a[ppears to have common sense also, converse with anyone and everyone, discuss, things, come to agreements, compromise. He is cool, calm, collected and above all consistant. He realizes the world has to start working together and it is now a globel economy. MacPal seems to be intent on hate and dividing yhe country,calling other countries our enemies. No, we are the enemy, we are tyhe ones threatening war tp everyone else.Other leaders already are aware of the need for diplomacy instead of weapons. Besides, who in their right mind, would want to deal with an empty, unknowleged head of Palin as a VP.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1015. A Amir.

    I am so happy to see you Jack... Glad you are Back..

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1016. Matt

    Foreign voters and particularly Europeans find Obama preferable because they generally have progressive socialist values and so does Obama. Essentially Obama validates for them that their way has been right all along and now they won't have some free market annoyance thumbing it's nose at them.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1017. Cesar

    Because Obama is not a close minded imperialist. Period.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1018. Eric in Vancouver

    Jack is back! Good thing too. Wolf has been getting high and mighty as if he's the anchor or something. We all know it's the grumps who rule. Good to see you.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1019. Ben from San Antonio

    Jack, too many in the Republican Party have been celebrating the fact (or opinion) that the United States is the best country in the world. It's time we had a president that helped us focus on being the best country for the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1020. Spike Richmond

    Obama offers inspiration and hope and is driven to informed diplomacy.
    McCain can't decide who he wants the next war tobe with.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1021. James Pasene, New Zealand

    We are having our own general election three days after your one but ours is far less fascinating or even relevant to us compared to the consequences of who the american people vote for. Ours and the rest of the world's economies are directly affected by the actions of your govt. From our perspective it is engrossing to imagine that the same people who voted in Bush ( twice! ) could possibly also elect the most intelligent contender in Obama.
    I'm a long-time americanophile and have been dismayed that Bush has managed to spoil all the goodwill built up by previous administrations. It is so shameful that this illiterate, grammar-mangler represents you people. There really is no choice..Obama for all of us..

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1022. Hilda

    In Sen Ob;ama, people see sincerity. They see politics as usual in McCain.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1023. Thomas

    As someonf who has travelled , I've learned that foreigners rarely
    "hate" American's. They hate our policies! Who has stood for those policies?

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1024. Nwando, Great Britain

    we missed you jack and to your question.......I live in Great Britain and its obvious we follow judiciously all that is happening in your Great Country....we have evaluated the two candidates, heard from them and seen first hand how each of them react under pressure and I can tell you Senator Barack Obama beat John McCain on all aspects of leadership..............simply put, we outside America need a uniter and not an angry divider

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1025. sao

    America is a place where people around the whole world dream to come and make a difference in terms of education, good living etc... but if its control by the wrong person like McCain then those dream will be vanish because McCain like War and he is ready to continued the BUSH doctrening that have lead the country in this Economical mess, and that why the world is watching closely and forvour Obama more then Bush twin Mccain.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1026. shann

    Seriously, if you were another country, wouldn't you want the weakest leader to lead USA? Wouldn't you want someone who shares your values, not America's values? Come on, of course they want Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1027. cookieme

    Jack, this proud and patriotic Canadian thinks you are great and glad you're back.
    I have never been politically inclined, nor have I ever commented on any subject publicly. However, I must admit that this American elections has interested me immensely. Barack Obama has impressed me with his intelligence, integrity (albiet political integrity), compassion and inclusiveness.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1028. M. Rems

    Who cares what the other nations are thinking. Is Obama running for the world presidency? If so, then he should consider running for the Secretary-General of the United Nations! We need to be independent and not relying on other countries opinions.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1029. Goli

    I think it is mostly due to the fact that he is respectful, and sees individuals as equals and other countries and their leaders as important and as respectable as ours. We are are living in a global village together and Obama is rational and has respect for what the rest of the world thinks. I definitely do not think his cool and collected ways take anything from his leadership capabilities. Successful leaders have the hard job of tolerating hardships and disagreements for the good of the people, not jump off the handle and make everyone do what they like by threatening to bomb them! Lets hope we can be freed of our current age of bad judgment and irrational behavior!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1030. James Stonewall

    Foreign citizens support Obama precisely because he doesn't have McCain's foreign policy experience. It is only natural that other countries would be resentful of the world's only remaining superpower. Anything that compromises America's strength, as an Obama presidency would, is seen as a welcome alternative. McCain, on the other hand, would do whatever it takes to keep American the strongest country in the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1031. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Because of Sarah Palin! Need I say more. She scares the hell out of me and those abroad.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1032. francisco

    Tell you what, the reason from other coutries prefere Sen. Obama because he has no experience and will encourage other countries to attack us. We didn't became a superpower by playing nice. He want to cut spending from National Security, in other words cut your home security and tell the world, "Hey world, I cut my home security to save money, but don'r hurt me couse I will listen to your problems". Oh, and Sen. Obama is a puppet.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1033. The Patriot

    They're BUSHED! So are We The People!

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1034. Alex

    Because no where in the world can you find such radically extreme Conservatives that make up the Republican Party.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  1035. Ahwatukee T

    It's easy to sit back and point fingers when someone else is doing all of the dirty work. Comfortable under the umbrella that we're holding, they lose sight of who is providing them the security to speak without really thinking things through.

    Those worried about a manufactured "four more years of Bush" should consider what four more hears of Carter will look like.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  1036. rod

    intelligence vs "loose cannon" attitude is best way to explain it. especially with Palin as V P

    October 21, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  1037. Raj Sekar

    Rest of the world wants leadership from USA. With Obama we can expect that leadership. With McCain, we can expect bullying and more mindless wars.

    October 21, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  1038. Mark

    Hi Jack,where have you been?I have been missing you.
    Well they prefare Obama cuz they dont want a 3rd term of Bush again

    October 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  1039. Aaron, Pennsylvania

    Jack,

    When our president strives to exercise productive diplomacy instead of alienating other countries including our allies, the other countries benefit as we do. These other countries have watched over the last eight years as the U.S. has struggled under the Bush administration, hoping for a much needed change that will benefit the U.S. and, in turn, their country. They just simply don't see that kind of change as a possibility with a McCain administration, which is particularly notable since they are outside the realm of American party politics.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  1040. Mel W.

    I don't really poll other countries when deciding who to vote for in our presidential race. Surely CNN can come up with more creative ways to promote Mr. Obama.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  1041. Emilie

    Well Jack, obviously Obama is someone these leaders feel they will be able to talk to & he will listen to them & not talk down to them or possibly refer to them as "that one" as Senator McCain so rudely referred to Senator Obama. It's about time we have someone new, someone younger & someone who knows what he's doing for a change, someone who has some new ideas. And by the way, Welcome Back, Jack!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  1042. Mathew ,Fl

    Hey Jack
    its not only around the world,,in united itslef 100% people preffer if Obama is a white man,,,, even though we loose everything people not ready to elect a black man,,so here its close race,,,,,

    October 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  1043. MK - UK

    Hello Jack – good to see you again. Where have you been lately? We missed not seeing you in the Situation Room

    October 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  1044. Chris

    The answer is very simple, we have a candidate that is offering new ideas, a new approach to dealing with other countries which are more in line with how Americans truly are. Enough of being pushy, threatning and invasive. We are a civilized nation, that can come to the table a resolve many issues without having to resort to war and invasion of other nations without the general consensus of the world community. OBama brings this and much more to the country and the rest of the world.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  1045. Mike M, Indiana

    Fear that a former career military man, raised in a career military family, will find only military answers to the world's problems.

    "If one's only tool is a hammer, every problem becomes a nail."

    October 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  1046. Toby Kennett

    As an Australian citizen currently living in the US i've followed the election very closely and i'm amazed at how tight the race still is considering the candidates on offer. From my point of view (and i know most other Australians – a recent national poll showed nearly 75% of Australian's would prefer Obama with only 16% preferring McCain) there is really no comparison. McCain and Palin are a truly frightening prospect when considered in an international/ foreign policy context.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  1047. ken - florida

    in reply to Cheryl in Hawaii, I voted early for Obama, we are not using electronic voting machines here in florida any longer, all of the ballots are paper, just fill in the circle next to the person you are voting for. then it is scanned. No hanging chads, no wrong buttons to push, just fill in the circle. it's a no brainer.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  1048. Jayde

    Out of all these comments, Karen B. is the only one that I agree with. Most of those countries hate America and are looking to the candidate they feel with match their interests, not America's.

    Someone mentioned below that most other countries are less racially sensitive than America so to them race doesn't matter. Obviously that person has not traveled abroad much. I am from the Caribbean, and racism is rampant there. As a matter of fact, most of the people from home that I have spoken to are for Obama simply because he is black. Which is not so surprising since a very large majority of the Caribbean islands' population is Black.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  1049. Antonio in Los Angeles

    Jack, people of different backgrounds, religions, cultures and races can all site some of the same long-term desires. A future for our children, hope for our way of life, prosperity, and yes change (or advancement) for the betterment of people. The general strategies of all our presidential campaigns (republican and democrat) have been on a world stage for over a year. People all over the world have identified their own desires and core beliefs in Obama’s campaign.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  1050. Sophia from Wyoming

    I know from experience that your article is true. We have several students who are from other countries and do not like McCain. They believe McCain is part of the old network and is a war mongar. They tell me McCain would be pushing for more war and would be intrusive in other countries. They feel that Obama will have open dialogue with countries. They do not trust the Bush administration and they certainly believe McCain is giving the same rhetoric. Two of my students said, they feel that Obama stays calm in the stormy waters and are impressed with this. Several students are from Indonesia, Russia, Estonia, Geramany and Korea-so it is a diverse group of students.

    GO OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  1051. Sami-jo

    The rest of the world actually admire and demand educated, thinking people for their leaders. We call them elitist and prefer dunce cowboys or moose hunters who need 5 community colleges in 6 years to graduate.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  1052. Erik V.

    hello all americans

    The world is simple
    The world wants peace
    the world wants respect
    The world wants wisdom
    The world wants leadership
    The world wants Obama
    He can save us

    Erik from the Netherlands

    October 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  1053. david in Calif

    Why do you think they prefer him. Why dont we let the
    French decide, or the Germans, or the Peruvians, or the Mexicans decide who is best for Americans.

    Good desision you lambs

    October 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  1054. Urenna

    Can't you tell? the world is looking for peace not war.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  1055. Donna Canadian

    Face it the majority of other countries would like to see America as weaker!
    The world has always been afraid of the U.S. and does not want to cross it. But if you put Obama in power then those countries can simply say : Make Me!

    October 21, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  1056. JJ

    Jack!!!! Thank goodness you're back. You were sorely missed.
    I grew up in Britain where the "S" word was not a scary word. As a matter of fact the British labour Party was known as the Socialist Party.
    Does that mean Prime Minister Tony Blair, friend ot the US, friend of the Repuclicans was someone to be feared? I think of the old schoolyard song when I hear these "fear" words, "Sticks and stones can break my bones but names will never hurt me." Tommy Douglas, named the "Greatest Canadian Ever" in a country wide ballot that crossed all party lines, he was the father of Medicare in Canada, and a "Socialist" He was also the grandfather of actor Keifer Sutherland.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  1057. jeffrey from philippines

    I'm from philippines and I support Obama 101%. I'm not surprise why Philippines prefer McCain over Obama, just look who's running our Country, she is worst than CROCODILE and she supports Bush's administration.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  1058. vern-anaheim,ca

    jack ,i'm glad your back ,i missed your sound comments very much .the "situation room "didn't seem the same because of your absence and i was worried that something had happened to you,very glad to hear you are ok

    October 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  1059. Necy

    Duh...because they're liberal and they have and always will support the more liberal of our two candidates.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  1060. Adam Givens

    Jack, look at who we have as a president. Then look to who has supported the president over 90% of the time. Then compare the two and look how both ruined our relationships to the world community. Does the world really need the go-at-it-alone attitude, or do we need someone who'll go at it with the idea of cosmopolitan. The world needs a president who won't get angry, hot headed, or require negative sanctions before we meet with them. Instead the world needs a president who will work with everyone and take the time to understand the world problems.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  1061. AjiMallassery

    US will be an open market for all the terrorists to hang out, If Obama wins the election. THE LION KING STORY MAKE SENSE NOW.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  1062. Jaime

    Really, one of the many reasons why other countries prefer Obama over McCain is because they have been listening to Obama comparing McCain to President Bush. I don't blame them, they don't want to be dealt with the same way they have been dealth with the last 8 years. But, McCain is not President Bush. How many times hasn't Obama voted for some of President Bush's policies? Does that make him another President Bush? No it doesn't. Those countries know that they will be able to get over on Obama because of his lack of experience and just because he's willing to fight.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  1063. Anthony

    Foreigners prefer Obama because he know that he will not pursue America's interests when those interests conflict with those of foreign governments. Obama is likely to be conciliatory rather than confrontational. That would be fine in some cases, but it is NOT fine when it comes to dealing with Islamofascist terrorists.

    NOBAMA '08!!

    October 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  1064. Ayanna

    To beat a dead horse- McCain is eratic and is side kick Palin is a loose cannon. What a deadly combination

    October 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  1065. karen

    Welcome back Jack! After vacationing in Europe 3 times over the past 5 years, we (Independents, by the way) were struck by how informed Europeans are about our government and how it works. Unlike many Americans, they seem to be more consistently interested in politics in general – and not just during a presidential election. They realize the importance of intelligence , temperament and vision in our next leader and most of all the willingness to work together internationally. They were totally appalled at the re-election of George Bush – maybe they are smarter ? They are definitely more informed than the average American voter for sure.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  1066. diane

    I read that we don't see 'the colour' of somebody. that's not 100% true.

    but we don't need a Bush clone or an even worse warmonger.
    we hope that reason will prevail.
    we fear Palin as a president of the USA when something happens to Mccain. She's a beautiful woman, that's all. she's not smart, has no experience etc. she was chosen only because she's woman.

    so I ask you : vote Obama, vote for change !

    Diane/Belgium

    October 21, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  1067. Haniph Mohammed

    I am watching this "interview " with Sarah Palin. I have never seen this type of interview before. It sounds like a lecturer lecturing to a very attentive student. It is very dissapointing to watch any interaction where there is no confrontation. I would like to see someone like Cambell Brown do this interview.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  1068. David

    Jack,

    A) Other countries aren't as plugged into American politics as we are. They regurgitate what they here from their media about the US and McCain, which is more left than ours
    B) Who care? Seriously, no one should cast their vote based on what someone in another country thinks. Its about what YOU think.
    C) Many of these people probably believe Obama will put their country's interests on par with American interests. Considering his little tour around Europe garnering the support of people that can't even vote for him, I would say they might be on to something.

    Jeroen,
    You make mypoint for me. You have no idea what you are talking about. Both candidates support gay rights ... the standing in this country currently is that abortion is legal, and the health care system, while much different from many in Europe, has its own positives i.e. better Drs, better hospitals, and much more flexibility.

    Plus, please don't compare the policies of a country as small and homogeneous as Belgium to those in the US.
    Hows your 7.5% unemployment going for you?
    You do realize Belgium has a higher percentage of people below the poverty line than the US; that Belgium per capita GDP is lower than the US. That European unemployment across the board is higher than he US. How is that taking care of your people?

    October 21, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  1069. Midwest Mark

    Welcome back Jack! The Republic is crumbling and we really need your rational and thoughtful commentary to balance the rantings of Mr. Dobbs. This election wouldn't be the same without your valuable input!

    I think the world prefers Obama because McCain/Palin menace them just as Bush does. The last thing the world can afford in the time of global warming is another aggressive rogue ideocrat at the helm of the American military juggernaut. It frightens many Americans so it's no wonder it scares those potentially at the sharp end of the sabre. On the other hand Obama is an inspirational and competent leader that represents and embodies the future the world would like to see.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  1070. Santino Colosimo

    The world is watching to see if the "American Dream" is real or fiction.
    The McCain (Rep) campaign is showing the rest of the world that the Dream stops at a certain line, only a few can cross, the rest of us be gratefull.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  1071. Miles

    Please make sure that the people that you surveyed in the Philippines are not the cronies of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who support the Bush administration. Why won't she – birds of the same feather they flock together....why? she also cheated the presidential election.

    But if you go and ask the working middle class Filipino – they would go for Obama, who stands for Change!

    October 21, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  1072. Sen

    Graet to see you back Jack!

    Its because, an American president with good judgement is in the whole worlds interest

    October 21, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  1073. Thomas

    It's a completely ridiculous argument that foreigners are rooting for Obama because they want someone "WEAK" in the White House. Our economies are unbelivably connected. Banks in Iceland are failing. the entire world is suffering economically. When the United States is prosperous it seems the entire world benefits. The world has a vested benefit in our collective success!!! The world wants success for USA just as much as Obama does!

    October 21, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  1074. Cesar

    It is amazing to me how so many republicans continue to adopt this go-it-alone mentality; the thinking that the U.S. is a victim, that everyone hates us and that every country in this world is our enemy. We are becoming the governmental equivalence of a paranoid unabomber via this caveman-like thinking. The people who espouse this view should get a life and visit the world. British people want Obama to win too – is Britain now our enemy too.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  1075. Judy Knight

    Jack, so glad your back. I thought I had lost my voice.
    Sometimes people standing on the outside of something can get a better picture of what is going on.
    I have gotten so angry with ( even the news People) talking about Obama and the laid back way he was in debates with Hillary and McCain. I feel it is his respect for these people that he doesn't trash them. Hillary being a lady and McCain being old enough to be his grandfather. Obama is a gentleman and a scholar. You can win a battle without throwing a punch if you use your head. People on the outside, ( other countries ) can see this.
    We would be so blessed to have Obama run our country.
    Judy Knight, Boise, Idaho

    October 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  1076. yasmine

    no country is an island....we need a good working relationship with our allies and others... it is important how a superpower does his relationship with other countries.

    Obama is a great choice not only for the America but the world...

    Go Obama

    October 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  1077. Bob in Panama

    jack,
    i'm watching cnn interview mrs. palin on the situation room. doesn't sound like a candid interview, sounds staged, sounds like the only way she would agree to the interview is if cnn would only ask her questions that she has agreed to answer...whats up?
    bob

    October 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  1078. Jennifer Burgess

    Certainly those in foreign countries would prefer Obama. They do not have America's best interest at heart. They are not interested in our prosperity but theirs. They do not want to see us regain our National power and pride. They are out for themselves and would like to see America weakened and more vulnerable, which is the position Obama would bring to our country. CNN and others are campaigning 24 hrs/day for Obama. If the media can deceive a country and sway an election, this is the year. It is so true that our country is being destroyed from the inside and it will be recorded that the talking heads have lead the effort.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  1079. Jaime

    Jeroen from Belgium,

    Stop being a hater; you know you would rather live in the US.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  1080. Phil, jersey

    Its a saying that "Real recognizes Real", people around the world have seen us have a real bad president for 8 years and need us to be a light of what they can be. Some hope to come to America one day too and they see Obama as the one who can best preserve that dream.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  1081. Sheryl from Michigan

    Welcome back Jack!! We all love you!! Here comes the Revolution....We are about to take back America and save the Middle Class. Blessings and peace to you and your family, Jack.

    October 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  1082. Susan

    Jack, sooooo glad to know that you're finally back! I sure missed seeing your questions. Hope everything is well with you. Now to answer your question.....he's well respected because of his intelligence and his style to communicate and willingness to unite people without prejudice. Just knowing many countries prefer Obama over McCain gives us hope that we'll get our respect back in this world, that is of course if America votes for the right president....OBAMA!!!!

    October 21, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  1083. Barbara

    Dear Jack,

    Again, an interview with Sarah Palin - when will we have an indepth interview with Joe Biden? CNN seems to unfairly give Palin
    too much air time. I'm no Palin fan and I would dearly like to see an interview with Joe Biden - SOON!
    Barbara from levittown, PA

    October 21, 2008 at 5:24 pm |