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March 31st, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Pres. Obama headed to Europe, how has U.S. image abroad changed?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When then candidate Barack Obama traveled to Europe last summer, he was greeted as a rock star; and there's little reason to think it will be much different this time around. The president has a packed agenda as he heads for an eight day, five country trip that includes critical economic and political talks.

President Obama and his wife Michelle deplane Air Force One near London.

He'll attend a G-20 meeting of the world's major economic powers in London, a NATO summit marking 60 years since the alliance was formed, and international summits on hot topics like Afghanistan and Pakistan. He'll also make his first stop in a Muslim nation - Turkey.

Since becoming president, Mr. Obama has begun to follow through on campaign promises concerning issues near and dear to the hearts of many Europeans; things like global warming, ending the Iraq war and closing Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp.

And polls show Americans are very confident in their new leader as he heads overseas. A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey shows 86 percent of Americans think the president will do a good job representing the U.S. on his trip. And 72 percent say leaders of other countries respect Mr. Obama. Compare that to President George Bush: just after the 9/11 attacks, 49 percent of Americans thought other Countries respected Mr. Bush, and his rating never got any higher than that.

Here's my question to you: As Pres. Obama heads to Europe for the G-20 summit, how has America's position in the world changed?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Mariah writes:
Based on history's view, America has only realized its creed of freedom and justice for all a select few times. The Emancipation Proclamation and Civil Rights Movement were a few examples. As the leader in democracy and liberty, America finally has a leader who can back up its promise.

Julia from Newton, New Jersey writes:
I don't think we're out of the woods just yet. It's going to take a lot of time and effort to bring us back to where we once were, but I think President Obama will get us there (or close) just fine by the end of his term.

P.S. Tell Wolf I think his beard looks just fine.

Mari from Salt Lake City, Utah writes:
Finally, we have a president who we can be proud of, one who is articulate and follows the rule of law both at home and internationally. And can speak English!

Ed from Athens, Georgia writes:
The moment that President Obama was sworn in on Jan. 20, America's image in the world changed for the better. My wife and I were Americans in Paris in 2007, but Parisians treated us well. Must have had something to do with the "Impeach Bush" button I was wearing.

Don from Naples, Florida writes:
We are a more bankrupt, morally defunct nation. America's position in the world is declining as is its superpower status. Obama is trying to gain allies for America's fall. Hopefully Obama can gain enough support so the buzzards circling over this nation’s head don't devour us in our weakened state.

Mike from California writes:
I think that the world might now see there is intelligent life in the U.S.

John from Houston, Texas writes:
Dear Jack, It's too early to say anything yet. But, just in case, let's keep everybody barefoot over there at the G-20 meeting. We don't need any flying shoes at this point.

soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Venia PA

    Thankfully, since the World respects and seems to like President Obama they will be more apt to listen to his ideas, proposals plans etc. than reject them on spot like they did with bush. Also the admiration that our current president has around the world can help instill a liking for the US.

    March 31, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  2. Dennis north carolina

    We will not know until Obama and party have completed their trip, so we must wait and see.

    March 31, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  3. BRUCE, ST PAUL, MN

    It's hard to judge without leaving the country. We see ourselves in our own delsusional way as freedom-loving defenders of the underdog, the inventors of good ol' American know-how. People around the globe may see us as the guys who invaded their country either militarily or with our American "business interests". We are known as the force behind the World Bank and the IMF. We think we know how to fix everything. Others may think we have ruined everything. Just as Republican ideas have been discredited in this country, the American Way has been discredited around the world by this financial fiasco.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  4. Jenna Wade

    As Pres. Obama heads to Europe for G-20 summit, how has America’s position in the world changed?

    Well our nation has stumbled but we are picking ourself up by our boot straps. The world can see that we are on a more positive path and that our people understand that it's probably going to get worse before it gets better. We are a strong nation and we'll all do just fine!

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    March 31, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  5. Mike Syracuse, NY

    I'm sure Obama is viewed as 'moldable' by the Europeans. Which is to say they'll be able to steamroller him.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  6. pete in ny

    Let's see.
    The "bad" guys like China , Russia, Iran and Venezuela apparently think we're not worth listening to and they have dissed our esteemed leader on several occasions-Medvedev on missiles/private letters, Iran/YOUTUBE appeal etc.

    The European leaders ( and the Chinese) think his economic policy is dangerous and misguided.

    Yessiree, that's change you can believe in! We sure are better off.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  7. Joe , Clinton Ma.

    Its changed just because we now have a President who looks towards our allies for ideas and advice, instead of defying them.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  8. NYC REPUB, Bronx, NY

    I believe between now and the next few years of the Obama Admin., we will see positive results of Obama's hard and soft power strategy displayed on the world front..... Obama the "dove" (though he is thick skinned, I'm beginning to see). Hillary Clinton the "hawk", they are a duo to watch..... America should be proud!!

    March 31, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  9. Mark Spaziani

    President Obama's clear vision between right and wrong when dealing with humanitarian issues; has earned him a prestigious and well deserved status as a world peace keeper; and in record time I might add.

    He is never at a loss for words or hesitates to put forth his beliefs on any given issue. And up to now, I have completely ageed with everything he has said and done. Maybe the hardest thing to find in a President these days is common sense, so in that regard, we struck gold.

    No other country can say he has been unfair or unresponsive; and nowhere do we see people burning US flags; or dangling stuffed dummies resembling our President by the neck while on fire, as we witnessed in the past after attacking Iraq.

    So in direct answer to your question Jack, Our image in the eyes of other Countries has continually improved since Obama took office. Moreover, it is my opinion that he will emerge not only as one of our greatest presidents, but also as a great world leader.

    Mark
    Easton, PA

    March 31, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  10. Sue Austin Texas

    When Obama was elected President the world changed how they look at America. I travel a great deal outside the U.S. and I have seen a huge difference on how Europe and Canada look at us. They now see that yes indeed anyone can be President no matter who or what race you are as long as you can think things through before action and frankly try to do what you say you are going to do. They now see us as smarter than they first thought of us to be. It is now more of a pleasure to travel to other countries than it once was even a few months ago. Like it or not America is part of the world and with Obama we can now be part of it again instead of being seen as thinking we own it.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  11. R. Townsend

    Jack;

    The view of the United States position in the world has changed due to
    world knowledge and not because of anyone thing done by the US or
    our people. Sure narrow thinking as we experience with the Bush
    administration didn’t help however if that had happened back in the 50’s the majority of the world would not have had exposure to his mistakes. In this new electronic world we have terrorists in a cave producing videos which are seen by millions within hours. Even when the information is wrong it goes out to the world to influence those who already have that mind set. And such a mindset could easily see the US as an aggressor when we use “Shock and Awe” to destroy a country because we don’t trust their governance. Well the world doesn’t trust our governance that much these days and at times I have felt real concern. I am still in “Shock and Awe” that we gave 500 billion dollars to a failed financial organization.

    Respectfully;
    R. Townsend

    March 31, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  12. Dan from Alliance, OH

    The world, if they are smart, will have a wait and see attitude. Even though I hope they see us in a better light than under George Bush.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  13. Tony from Torrington

    They feel that the USA has come down a few pegs and that makes them happy. Any time the USA looks weaker, the rest of the world celebrates...that is until they need us and when that happens, and we don't have the money or the military strength to assist them, they will panic. But all is not lost.....not all. We will still have Obama. God help us.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  14. Mike, Albuquerque, NM

    The worldwide economic down turn is being blamed on America.
    Our position has worsened. The world may like the personality of Obama, but the G20 is business. They want their money and they don't want to feed Americas debt anymore.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  15. Kevin Monticello FL

    It sure has, but not necessarily to OUR benefit. We are now seen as "Chief exporter of bail outs." We are also seen as weaker....do you really think Kim Jong IL would launch a missle under someone like Regan? Heck, we're even considering U.N. laws that state we can no longer consider terrorists as such or be critics of the Muslim faith. So much for the Heart, Guts, and Independance our nation was founded on, let alone the words" In God We Trust".

    March 31, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  16. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    People around the world want to like Obama but he will have to prove himself worthy. Poor guy is still fighting the Bush backlash. Everyone is looking to the US to lead everyone out of this financial mess but they all know that Bush caused this to begin with during his eight year reign.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  17. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Very favorably. Bush destroyed almost all of our relationships around the world and Europe sees that President Obama has a heart and a mind unlike the person he replaced who was totally focused on Iraq and killing innocent people while running our economy into the ground through deregulation of everything.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  18. Brenda, NC

    I think Europe and the world view Pres. Obama as a breath of fresh air. I think the US is reclaiming it's position as a world leader and all eyes are on Pres. Obama for real solutions...not ideology.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  19. Kevin in Taxachusetts

    Since Obama took control they have added a few more reasons to dislike us. I hope Mrs O brings Queen Liz something better than toy helicopters.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  20. Daniel Indiana

    Only because they have been duped, as have most Americans, into believing that there will really be change for the middle- and lower-classes. It is still primarily pointed at the white-collar worker, the ones making millions of dollars a year. That includes government workers and representatives. We lowly workers get more pay cuts while the rich get more raises.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  21. Scott, Wichita

    Why does everyone think that just because we have a new face, that our image has changed?

    If Microsoft got a new CEO, would Mac users start using it?

    March 31, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  22. kevin duros

    chicago il.
    I don't lose sleep at night wondering what the rest of the world thinks about the united states. I'm just concerned about the way things are going here at home, Yes, I live in the one of the highest taxed area in the country ( COOK County ) We are also known for high crime rates and coruption in high office

    March 31, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  23. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,

    What has changed, we are still viewed as ugly Americans across most of the World...

    Central Islip, N.Y.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  24. Melissa

    Its gotten alot better, I think.

    I talked to my sister last week, and my dad just yesterday and both brought up the subject of Obama. According to them, both living in Canada, everyone they know just loves him and all his policy's.

    I'm with them on the matter.

    Personally, I'm very pleased with what Obama has been doing even if he stumbled a bit at first.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  25. Claudia Ehrhardt

    Pres. Obama is more open, he listens to others ideas – so chances to agree on certain topics are better now. When it comes to environmental issues Pres. Bush Jr. always blocked progress, but it seems that now the road to change is open.... At least it seems to be this way! 😉

    March 31, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  26. J Georgia

    The instant Bush left office, I, and I assume the world, stopped holding its breath. If the world is anything like I am, it's thankful we got through the Bush Cheney years without scorching the entire earth. All we have to do now is untangle the Bush economic legacy, which is way better than having to undo the travesties and damages of war.

    March 31, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  27. Roland - St George, UT

    We are still the ugly Americans. We'll always be the ones everyone loves to hate because we do the dirty work and take the heat when nobody else is willing to. The only difference between today and a few months ago is that we have an intelligent leader now, instead of an idiot. (Roland/St. George, UT)

    March 31, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  28. Norah

    Maybe now – with an intelligent, articulate and charismatic Commander in Chief at the helm here at home – Europeans see Americans not as the hopelessly xenophobic, goose-stepping morons they thought we were under the previous administration. I'm hoping he does some damage control. We need it.

    Norah
    Ocala, FL

    March 31, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  29. Beverley, Fredericksburg Va

    Eight years ago we had a world that loved our Country but disliked our President. Now because of the economic tsunami that started in America, we have a world that dislikes our Country but loves our President. It seems unfair to heap one more thing on this guy – but the President is our best tool against all the anti-America crowd.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  30. Cecilia

    Pres.Obama has made everybodies expectation's very high and I'm very proud of that,because what we had for 8 years was down right sick. And now the former vice is going around still sling his poison around about things should be.I think not enough is enough.Go sit your broke self in your wheelchair and shut the Hell up you clown.Your day's of running things or over, and we don't need your guidiance. george&dick took us where we are today and it will take a lot to get back on track.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  31. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    The whole world is waiting and watching in great anticipation to receive President Obama's prescription to restore fiduciary responsibility with new rules and regulations in the marketplace for a return to economic stability.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  32. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    I think the rest of the world liked Bush more than they do Obama. They don`t give our new president the number one sign like they did before.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  33. Gladys

    Jack, we can breath a sigh of relief that we will finally see an overseas image of our president doing something other than burning in effigy.

    Gladys

    March 31, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  34. Doris/St. Louis

    After 8 yrs. of W. President Obama is a breath of fresh air!

    March 31, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  35. Chryssa

    The world has what we have, Jack, and that's hope. Now we have to continue to prove we elected the right guy.

    Boise, ID

    March 31, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  36. Laura, Mountain View, Missouri

    The US position in the world hasn't changed as much as it could and should. If the Obama administration really wants to clean up our image and strike a blow against terrorism without having to shed a drop of American blood they should enthusiastically prosecute all those in the previous administration who were involved with attempting to legalize torture and perpetrate war crimes. And they should quit shielding Bush and Cheney from the consequences of their criminal actions. If the Obama administration did those two things our credibility and position in the world would benefit profoundly. Besides, if we don't do it countries like Spain will do it for us. What will our position in the world be then?

    March 31, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  37. Yisehak, CT

    President Obama is willing to embrace the world not to dictate like Bush. This tone will send a message to the rest of the world that America is back.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  38. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Jack,
    Since President Obama has become President the world's opinion of our leader has improved tremendously. They realize we now have an intelligent, capable, compassionant man who is sincerely trying to
    resolve our and their numerous problems. He does not arrogantly dictate to the world how things are going to be but will listen, HEAR
    all concerns and problems.
    We Americans are so proud to have him and Michelle representing
    the United States of America.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  39. Bob D, Morrisown, NJ

    World opinion of the U.S. couldn't help but improve greatly. It was at its lowest point ever by the end of the Bush Administration, for all the reasons you pointed out plus his inability to utter a complete cogent sentence.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  40. Jay in Texas

    Our position in the world hasn't changed at all. President Obama continues to engage in the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and supports the Israelis in their murderous invasions of and aggression toward their neighbors. Nothing significant has changed about our foreign policy and, until it does, most of the world will continue to hate us.
    Brownwood, Texas

    March 31, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  41. Ben in Maryland

    He is viewed very highly throughout most of the world. To be sure, it did not take long for the view of his predecessor to decline steeply after 9-11. But Obama is respected for his intelligence and intellect and ability to analyze and take bold steps to address the problems left by the Bush administration. Obama may be the beneficiary of the world view of his predecessor being an intellectual midget and wild west cowboy.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  42. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    I think the world is as hopeful as we are. Everyone is rooting for him. I hope it lasts.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  43. Tom, Switzerland

    The election of Obama has signaled to the world that not all Americans are ignorant, arrogant ideologues with a gungho attitude to war as represented by the previous administration. Americans aren't all climate change deniers either and want to take responsibility for their part and change their wasteful ways. Maybe there is hope for America after all. Maybe with Obama's intelligent, pragmatic and conciliatory leadership, America can return to the fold of the civilized world community.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  44. Scott in Canada

    Obama is seen as a thoughtful, intelligent, skilled man who has some degree of understanding of the complexity of the Global environment. Bush is seen as a sub-par, arrogant, imperialist hawk who'd launch his nukes before considering what the rest of the world thought. We have more respect for Obama, and are much more willing to work with Obama even when we don't agree with him because we know that it is backed up by an attempt to compromise.

    I think it's also fair to say that the World's position has changed considerably thanks to the Financial Crisis and a lot of nations are trying to figure out how to work with the US to bring the global economy back into a time of growth

    March 31, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  45. Kevin from Montebello CA

    The change is like night and day.

    The Bush Administration used 9/11 as an excuse to do anything they wanted. I am still frustrated that the Democrats in Congress didn't have the guts to boot him out of office. We always hear that Mr. Bush honestly and sincerely believed that what he was doing was the right thing. If that is true then that would make him stupid. I don't think anyone is that dumb. I think Bush and Cheney were both shamelessly dishonest.

    President Obama hasn't been in office for 100 days yet so I think it is too early to pass judgement on him. I do believe that he has everyones best interests at heart. When he speaks he reminds us all that we are in this together.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  46. mike ca

    I think that the world might now see there is intelligent life in the USA.

    Mike
    CA

    March 31, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  47. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Jack–
    I don't think that we're viewed as a leader much anymore–and perhaps rightly so. Our financial policiies–or lack of them–have set in motion events that have led to a worldwide recession. I don't think we're entirely to blame, but I think we should accept responsibility for our share of the blame. I think that many nations blame us for the hardships that they find themselves dealing with these days. I'm not too happy with Congress and our financial policies myself.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  48. Geri -Oklahoma

    While I think our current president is well liked abroad, our economic crisis has put us in a deteriorating position with regard to glout. Wow! Does this mean we will finally be forced to listen when other countries don't agree with us? Yes, I think it does. And this is a good thing not a bad thing. With regard to regaining respect, I think this will depend on what we do concerning our economic policy and how willing we are in our foreign policy to communicate and cooperate with other countries rather than ignore or dictate which has been a long standing position of ours. Mindfulness of others is always the key to harmony, peace, and cooperation. Listening to others speak for a change won't hurt us a bit.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  49. Joyce-Marshall, TX

    We've been humiliated as a result of the past 8 years and the greed of Bush's rich friends. With the Obama's, we know the world understands that he has a plan that if they'd take note, we'd all prosper. This is our chance to regain our standing of credibility, diplomacy and intellect. What a difference a new president can make!

    March 31, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  50. Nancy, Tennessee

    America is still in the number one position globally, but the reason we are looked up to has changed. Now other countries are looking to us for an example of how to improve the economy of their countries and the world economy. We need to get this right because the world depends on us. That's a lot on our shoulders.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  51. Richard New Hampshire

    President Obama is a hero to much of the world.Many citizens of the world as in the US,are proud of the fact that an African American was overwhelmingly elected President of the US.
    The Bush/Cheney regime was not trusted by some countries.President Obama has shown change will happen.
    The US position in the world is yet to be set for the Obama administration.He will be tested(thank you Joe B.),then tested again.
    The US will be blamed for the economic fiasco at the G-20.
    What the citizens of the world really want is a leader like JFK or Reagan.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  52. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Our image has changed 100% for the better. What a difference a president makes.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  53. Jim from Chicago

    Jack, when the world heard that we in the U.S. elected Obama, they realized for the first time in a number of years that we weren't all morons.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  54. Michael, Liverpool, NY

    President Obama appears to be well liked but his policies are not, much like here. I think the rest of the world see just how corrupt some of our big businesses are and are as perplexed as I am, and probably others, as to why Congress and the President aren't doing more legislatively to crack down on them and prevent things like this from happening again.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  55. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    President Obama has done more for our country in the very short time he has been in office than past President Bush. He is not the usual politician who makes promises to the people and does not keep them. He is trying to make our country the best it can be for all of us.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  56. Jim

    Jack,

    The world likes and respects Obama much more than it ever did Bush. President Obama is someone who will listen to others, understand what is being said and, with his advisers, will make rational decisions based on the information he receives. He presents a thoughtful, intelligent, dignified image of American positions and values. I would say that America's position has become less dominant and more respected.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    March 31, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  57. Independent Joe

    I can hardly imagine the president's image abroad changing at all. We barley know the guy. I sure as hell wonder how people living in other countries would know him. Maybe they get their information form the (libs) media.

    March 31, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  58. Bob

    Respect for President Obama, as oppossed to european lack of respect for President Bush, has improved tremendously.

    This does not necessarily translate into a willingness to blindly accept the United States' position on matters of international concern. However his words will be considered as those of an intelligent man as oppossed to those of a babbling fool. As a result our position in the world will be greatly improved.

    Bob
    Louisville, Ky

    March 31, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  59. Nancy, CA

    Jack, I felt extremely proud as I watched the pictures of our new President and First Lady deplane in London a while ago. We, in the United States, are showing the entire world that we have finally come back to our senses and elected a man of true intelligence and dignity to the Presidency. In addition, it is an added bonus that we are showing the world that we are also able to look beyond a person's skin color and see them for the valuable human being that they are.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  60. Jeff Crocket New Britain, CT

    I speak to people on line daily from China, Russia, Iraq, and Brazil.
    Everyone wants to visit the USA. This love America hate America is nuts.
    Of course, the Europeans think us all cowboys, and they will treat Obama the same way!

    Jeff in New Britain, CT

    March 31, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  61. Ed Tant in Athens, GA

    The moment that President Obama was sworn in on Jan. 20, America's image in the world changed for the better. My wife and I were Americans in Paris in 2007, but Parisians treated us well. Must have had something to do with the "Impeach Bush" button I was wearing.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  62. Ken M . Millington MI

    Hello Jack. Well its got to be better then when Bush/cheney ran the country thats for sure. Listen Americans have to accept that we live in a global symbiotic relationship. Now we have a leader who is going to represent America and propel us back to credibility with the rest of the world. Bush/ cheney has strained alot of relations with our allies.President Obama knows that america must have a strong leadership role to accomplish the task at hand.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  63. bob from canada

    america.....it's time for you guys to shine....you have of the most enthusiastic.....intelligent.......well spoken......educated pres and first lady in a while..........go head and glote cause you deserve it.....you truly elected the best man for the job and he has the best first lady america deserves........i'm a bit envious to tell you the truth.....god speed

    March 31, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  64. Debra from Grass Valley, CA

    Our IQ points took a sharp increase since the last time we sent a president over there, Jack, and I think they will notice.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  65. Karen - Missouri

    I think the world is more ready to listen to Obama with his steady, calm approach than Bush! Bush made so many enemies who would want to listen? Obama is fair and I think most leaders are ready to work with him.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  66. Steve, Clifton,VA

    If your question is premised on how America's position in the world has changed since it was a pure super power several years ago, then the change has been markedly diminished, however, the subsequent affects of the down turn in the global economy has restored some of that previous position. On the other hand, when you measure America's position change in the world order since the election of President Obama, both America's position and Image has improved significantly!!

    Steve
    Clifton,VA

    March 31, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  67. Greg Mechanicsburg, PA

    As well received and respected as President Obama is, the stature of America has a long way to go to make up for the past eight years. George Bush was a tyrant who advocated crimes against humanity, not just against U.S. citizens. Bush, Cheney, and their lapdogs will find that the world is less forgiving than American politicians. Until we cleanse our nation of the atrocities committed by Bush, et al. in the name of our national security, the U.S. deserves to be treated as an outcast nation.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  68. Paula in Albuquerque

    I believe that the rest of the world knows that the nation, after 8 years, is no longer "on automatic pilot"...while those who purported to "lead it" were either inherently sociopathic and evil, or woefully incompetent, and easy to "handle" by the more aggressive types.

    Now, with a little burnishing and deft handling by Mr. Obama, the United States cannot help but regain the luster of credibility and relevance, in the modern age...

    March 31, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  69. maria, los angeles

    it has changed by enormous depths, and it's perception yells out, in my administration "i wear the pants" the world is seeing a very brilliant man at work.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  70. Eileen Peabody MA

    I think the world's position of America is the same as mine. HOPEFUL!!!!

    It is tough here, as it is around the world. President Obama continues to hold this country to high hopes, even though some of the remedies are hard to swallow. I'm fairly sure he will present the same strong/confident image overseas, even as Sarcozzi tries to divert the limelight.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  71. Ken in NC

    I think many people around the world see now that The United States may once again become a Nation among Nations. A Nation that values freedom and TRUTH. That's something that's been lacking for that last 8 years.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  72. Jim McCormack

    At least we now have a president who can speak in complete sentences and do so intelligently.

    Jim – Willowick OH

    March 31, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  73. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Finally, we have a president that we can be proud of, one that is articulate and that follows the rule of law both at home and Internationally. And can speak English!

    March 31, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  74. Darren

    Trust is earned and what we lost the last eight years will eaisly take a couple years of rebuilding.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  75. John - Houston, TX

    Dear Jack,
    It's to early to say anything yet. But, just in case, lets keep everybody barefoot over there at the G-20 meeting. We don't need any flying shoes at this point...

    March 31, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  76. JoAnn C in San Diego CA

    Jack, I am just proud to send off an articulate, educated, charismatic leader. He answers questions of anyone, looks presidential, and gosh darn he's likeable! Plus he has a beautiful wife who's equally inteligent . What else could you ask for? He's a rock star!

    March 31, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  77. Judy S in Salt Lake City,Utah

    Hopefully , Pres. Obama can regain respect for America after the bad press Bush managed to garner over the past eight years.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  78. Susan Frost

    For a change, we have a President we can send out in public with confidence that he won't act like a bumbling, xenophobic doofus who wqants to start a war with everybody and can't even speak his own native language in complete sentences. By being smart, classy, sensible and respectful of others, Obama makes US look smarter, classier, etc. and we don't have to cringe every time he opens his mouth.What a relief!

    Susan
    Tuscaloosa, AL

    March 31, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  79. Bill in Michigan

    I believe that our position has greatly improved as the world realizes that we've been able to shed the shallow, arrogant administration of the past and that we have once again decided to move forward in a posative diplomatic and coopereative direction. We are once again considered a nation of depth and consideration.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  80. Jack From WV

    First of all we have a "black" president who is a very good talker. When in Europe he talked the talk they all love to hear so right now America is on the rise once again. Right now everyone is on a high with Obama all the media groups have nothing bad to say about him yet. So far his rating is good as it should be, but he has only been in office for a short time and yes he has accomplished some of what he promised. However I believe he has pushed the stimulas package through way too fast, do I need to mention AIG and all those problems. Congress really didn't have much time to read all those pages otherwise they would have seen some of the problems written in them from Senator Dodd. I am cautious when a politician tells me be patient we are working hard for you, I just believe they are lying right to the American people.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  81. Mark, Bradenton,FL

    No, I still claim to be Canadian when traveling overseas. I do not wat to get my lip busted again for being from the US.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  82. Mariah

    Based on history's view, America has only realized its creed of freedom and justice for all a select few times. The Emancipation Proclamation and Civil Rights Movement were a few examples. As the leader in democracy and liberty, America finally has a leader who can back up its promise. I think that Obama would be an excellent representative of America and its promise.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  83. Joyce's Voice-Marshall, TX

    Our world position was BUSHED! Weare on our way back up now and it will take Obama to get us there. Common sense, sound judgments and an open mind for the better good.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  84. Cortez in Rochester

    Jack,

    There is no doubt that America has a new image under the leadership of Pres. Obama. Although the rest of the world may not agree with the economic policies that he has put forth, it speaks volumes to state of America's morality and reconciliation. President Obama has alot to thank the international community for; while he the GOP was using those images from his first visit to Europe as a caricature, Obama's rep. paid off big time in the end.

    March 31, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  85. don (in naples, florida)

    we are a more bankrupt, morally defunct nation. America's position in the world is declining as is its superpower status. Obama is trying to gain allies for america's fall. Hopefully Obama can gain enough support so the buzzards circling over this nations head don't devour us in our weakened state.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  86. Julia, Newton NJ

    I don't think we're out of the woods just yet. It's going to take a lot of time and effort to bring us back to where we once were, but I think President Obama will get us there (or close) just fine by the end of his term.

    P.S.– Tell Wolf I think his beard looks just fine. 🙂

    March 31, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  87. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    U.N. human rigths council...this is good news since it shows coherence of our values and taking a stand for our values!

    March 31, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  88. Terry of Austin

    Well Jack, Obama needs to act fast because his honeymoon will soon be over.
    Terry of Austin

    March 31, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  89. Tom G in pennsylvania

    Well we fit in with the Europeans now that we have shifted towards socialism!

    March 31, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  90. Jennifer White

    We've gone from being the school bully to the team captain.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  91. Deborah in Blue Springs,MO (again)

    Considering President Obama took office and immediately began righting wrongs, I believe he has some political currency to spend at this summit. How he chooses to spend it will determine his success AND our reputation in the world.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  92. Bette

    This country has been blessed with a President who can represent us anywhere in the world with intelligence, competence and humor. It is a major step from the last 8 years. President Obama is a positive force in the world for better understanding of the United States by people everywhere. We are blessed to have President Obama and Michelle Obama on the international scene on our behalf.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  93. Tim

    Hey Jack,
    America will once again be deeply respected as our Commander in Chief attends the G-20 Summit. Pres. Obama has invited men of all different nationalities to the table of Brotherly Love. This is America the Beautiful.

    Tim
    St. Louis, MO

    March 31, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  94. Annie, Atlanta

    Well, at least we don't look like a nation of idiots anymore. However, the fact that our actions inflicted a lot of pain globally over the last 8 years, looking respectable is up to President Obama.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  95. Lisa in Charlotte NC

    I don't think you can make any type of comment how he will be regarded until the G20 Summit is completed and we see what he has to say and how it is taken by the others. I believe most will be more enthralled with what Mrs. Obama is wearing and where she visits and what she has to say!

    March 31, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  96. NISM - Need I say more

    Jack. Our (Americas) position changed the day Mr. Obama took office...i.e. We no longer have a nut-job running the country.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  97. Allen in California

    Our image has not changed, but our leader has. With this change our hopes run high for a new global understanding of what Americans want.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  98. Cheryl Binstock,

    I think the world already has a better vision, just by the fact Obama was elected. They can see he can mobilize and inspire Americans to stand true to their country's historical ideals and to be more involved in their government. That's likely inspiring for foreign leaders as well!.

    from; Guelph, Ontario, Canada

    March 31, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  99. Sherri Illinois

    George W. Bush is OUT of the White House, thank God!. The jubilation is definitely GLOBAL especially since this economic meltdown started on his watch.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  100. TZ

    at this point and time nothing has changed since obama took over and any steps that he has taken are purely superfical. If improveing the image of the united states means renameing the war on terror. As much as the network of cnn would like to praise the president every chance they get there are no improvments yet and infact the war in iraq and afghanistan have grown more violent since obama took office so no improvments if anythin there is slipage.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  101. Shane

    Obama is everything Bush wasn't : smart, articulate, inspirational, popular and NOT a warmonger!!

    Enuff said!

    March 31, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  102. Charles Scott

    Jack, the world is chomping at the bit for the "New Bankrupt America", enabling a lets go after them attitude. Were moving to Costa Rica!!!

    March 31, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  103. gmilling

    I think the U.S Image is heading backwards in a GOOD way. It's returning to one that commanded respect throughout the world, not because of fear of isolation or threat of force, but because of character. It's amazing that we have to request to be part of the UN's Human Rights Council, how could we not be a major part of that as it is. I can't believe we made it through the pas 8 years.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  104. Chad from Los Angeles, CA

    We are seen as a nation that will listen to others again, not just do whatever the president wants anymore!

    March 31, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  105. Diane Zimberoff

    Mr. Obama is doing a SUPERB JOB! He has done more to fulfill his promisses in two months than Bush did during two terms. When Bush used to come on the air, I would immediately "click him off." Pres. Obama is so intelligent, thoughtfull and wise for his young years, that I never tire of listening to him. I think people from all over the world admire him and are grateful that we finally have a president to represent all of us.
    sincerely,
    Diane Zimberoff
    Issaquah, WA

    March 31, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  106. chisom

    8 years of inconsistency and war vs 3 months of rockstar. he is a new president.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  107. Yasser Maniram

    The United States of America are now represented by their leader, as a country that stands by it's commitments, as well as a country that is willing to work hard and engage others in the pursuit of achieving the desired solution(s).

    March 31, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  108. Abel P. Ochoa, McAllen, TX

    ..how has America’s position in the world changed? Jack, we have a real US President this time around. This time, we have a good chance for success.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  109. Dave

    Dave from Erin,

    Obama and his family represent that The White House has returned to humanity. The U.S. is once again an imperfect partner of nations, instead of the unilateral dictator of self righteousness that it had become.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  110. John in Indianapolis

    Jack,
    Credibility is a currency in today's world economic environment. President Obama not only has credibility but he inspires as well. It must be a nice change for European leaders to not have to deal with Bush. Bush squandered American credibility as well as prestige. Gone are days of Bush's hee-haw version of diplomacy.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  111. Pierre

    Obama Is In a place of love throught out the world at the moment I believe our position is stroger then its been in the past years we can only hope for the Best, President Obama will get us there he is doing a Great job and is just what America need

    March 31, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  112. Laura/Indpls., IN

    Although, we have a new President. We're still in a world of trouble. Not to mention we're being blamed for the mess by the rest of the world. As you know it's us crazy American's, and infidel's, that have caused this mess. Although, the world leader's won't come out and blame us. I'm sure their people do. It's going to take allot, and a long time for our image to change. The Bush Admistration, let a mess, that's will not go away over night. We can only hope, and pray, that will change, and we will again be looked at, as a place of opportunity for all, and not just the Wall Street CEO's.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  113. Paul

    The G20 and most of us if not everyone, will be eager to listen in on solutions to this global economic meltdown, as well as possible ends to these unwarranted wars America's been engaged in. The image of America changed when we elected this new leader.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  114. John, Fort Collins, CO

    The world's opinion of America has nowhere to go but up from the deep pit dug by the Bush administration. With President Obama actually utilitzing "diplomacy" I'm hopeful we will see a dramatic improvement in our international relations.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  115. Steven from California

    President Obama is a smart guy who's mind is in the 21st century. I'm sure he'll get large crowds over in Europe and will do a great job at the G20 summit. He'll repair our nation's image around the world, and in 4 years the Republicans will finally realize that they were wrong all along about President Obama.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  116. Susan From Twin Falls Idaho

    If they have been listening over there it’s obvious that we have someone at the helm that gives a rip about the whole world and our country in general. It’s way past time we had a president that is trying to perform damage control. Whether he is popular is not so important as is the decisions he makes to undo the harm that has been done.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  117. Blues Bland

    On the surface our image with the average citizen has, in the short term, increased because of Obama's promise to make needed change both here and overseas. However, upon closer examination as long as the US government's historically documented black/secret operations and the backing of oppressive dictators continues, we will continue to be seen as the world's bullies.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  118. Rich O

    Yes, other countries think higher of thUSA now, because they see that we are transforming into a socialist state, where our position as a superpower will be changed into a third world country after the US economy colapses under the unpresidented spending of the Obama administration. Liberal Elitists who think that they can avoid taxes, live in huge mansions , & drive big SUV's while forcing Eurotrash mini-cars & more taxes on the rest of us is what we have now. The April Tea Party's will show that the working class is fed up with Washington continuing their reckless spending , while the rest of us have to tighten our belts & cut back yet again. Next they will destroy our healthcare system & we will have rationing boards to decide if we are worth the cost of treatment.....like they have in the UK & Canada. Welcome to the new USSA ( United Socialist States of America) !!!

    March 31, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  119. Ben

    Dear Jack,

    Obama has made some some significant leaps to restore America's standing in the world. I feel like the decisions to give his first foriegn interview to Arabic speaking news channel was a first step in the right direction. The fact that he will also be visiting Turkey on this trip is also a sign that he is trying to heal old wounds. Unfortunately, those who hate us will probably continue to hate us. America may always have a target on its chest, but if we can appeal to the rational people of these countries we will have made significant progess from the previous eight years.

    Ben,
    Luray, Va

    March 31, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  120. Nana Korsah

    Jack, what a relief for America! A fresh face, a popular, smart occupant of the White House for a change. Our image is on the rise in Europe. In my conversations with my European fiends, they are happier for us than we are. George Bush, to them, was a disgrace and a very polarizing figure. Believe it or not, the Europeans are closer to the middle easterners than we are. During Bush's tenure, they were ridiculed and taunted by their friends in the Middle East and elswehere because of his policies that they could not defend. With Obama, it is a new day for them and they feel very proud.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  121. mark.... in Houston

    Jack....

    I don't think it's going to matter who the US president is when it comes to protests at the G-20 summit.....it's a protester paradise.

    As far as Europe as a whole...The Bush mind set and that of his gang of thugs is gone. Obama brings an image of hope and understanding
    to a part of the world that was more sick of Bush than even we here at home. The image/position of America will become what "they" see and hear from our President and First lady. ...and it will be good.

    Of course, this will give the Republican doom sayers and talk show idiots more to whine and complain about.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  122. Jane from California

    Whether the world oppinion has changed or not will show with time. The trick is for President Obama and our so called leaders to stay on track in doing what's right for our country, which in turn will help the rest of the world. When our wealth is in order we are known to distribute it throughout the rest of the world rather its by helping others, traveling throughout the world or buying various products of the world. In other words, we need to learn how to play right in our own sand box before we start trying to be mediators for others. Get our footing on our own issues!

    March 31, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  123. Michelle

    It has gotten better because at least now we have a president than can actually walk and chew gum at the same time, all the while still looking smart,articulate and dare I say cool. That is "change" indeed..

    March 31, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  124. reggie knighton

    jack, i love your show. you seem to be the only person giving our new president that all-american support. I think he is doing well considering what he inherited. can you imagine another american publically stating he hopes our pres. fails. thats so unamerican. reggie in oklahoma.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  125. angel rodriguez puerto rico

    The world will see a america that cares ,compared to the last administration the president will come out in great shape and respect will be restored.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  126. Ed'sKate

    100%. After the past disastrous 8 years, it is nice to see a person who has intelligence leading our country. Hopefully, when the G-20 members get to meet him and hear his important message they will find a terrific turn-around from the previous U.S. representative at this type of meeting.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  127. TZ

    I have noticed that the cafferty blog is extremely ra-ra obama yet i have yet to see one thing obama has done to i mprove our image infact it seems many leaders around the world although many supported him the same leaders now are more angry with obama then they ever were with bush. Obama is a nice guy so that will for a little but when ther rest of the world realizes that obama rules ion the campaign trail he sucks in the ovel office. One term president with a whole lot of good will on the way out the door.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  128. Ted in Colorado

    Since Obama took office our friends have begun crying and our enemies have been laughing louder than ever. Instead of real change that would clean house and get our goverment agencies doing there job regulating our free market system so these things couldn't happen we've began marching straight into socialism. The parade is lead by the same clowns who sat quietly while our economy crashed remain in office and lie every day about who is responsible. Our enemies are bent over with laughter watching us buy into socialism which virtually all of Europe is in the process of phasing out since it didn't make everthing equal, but only served to make everyone equally miserable.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  129. Bob from Wisc

    Jack, Of course Obama's popularity is high in Europe. He is moving this country to socialism faster that you can say Hugo Chavez .

    March 31, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  130. Susan - Plano, TX

    Europeans are going to see a REAL loving couple who represent CHANGES for American people. Obama's peaceful approaches and well thoughtout global strategies and campaign promises he has been delivering to American people is one of few examples in the politics through out the world.

    I am sure that the world is going to see the different era of America and hey, after Bush, any idiot any do better....so the worst nightmares of American in the global villiage is over. Thanks to Obama – the President of United States.

    Susan
    Plano, TX

    March 31, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  131. MARK WI.

    Jack, the world regards the United States as"HUMANE" once again. A country that is willing to talk, take the lead in the world's economic affairs and generally be a respected world power again. We have had, in my opinion, a lack of intelligent leadership the past eight years. I believe the world welcomes the Obama administration as a huge sigh of relief a way forward in these troubled times. And who knows, we might have a few more countries tag along that once considered us their devilish enemy! Sanity, Jack, is on the horizon.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  132. Blair Williams

    Our postion in the world has changed, to one of a country that is willing to work and listen to different points of view in hopes of achieving our countries interests. By utilizing open communication as a opposed to ignoring foreign leaders we will prove to be less arrogant in the worlds eyes and more will be accomplished for our country.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  133. Ted in Colorado

    I'm sure our image has changed. Instead of appointing politicians who support the constitution and have actually accomplished something, we're sending a new-be who wants to undermind the foundations set by our founding fathers. At least Bush, as bad as he might have been, did harm to our enemies, not our citizens.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  134. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    economy is getting better! Mood is improving ...great! Expect this 20 dollars a week to be spent!

    March 31, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  135. Vern Beard Waco, TX

    Jack, I think that a huge number of people abroad were as ready for change in the U.S. as most of this country's citizens. President Obama has already proven that he is an intelligent man of action who is attempting to solve an extraordinary number of problems both in the U.S. and abroad. Because of President Obama's tireless efforts during his first 80 days in office, he has already had an impact on the way those abroad view our country as President Obama and his very capable Administration exemplify that they are builders and not destroyers. Although the Obama Administration still has yet to prove that its economic plan will work, I believe that most will give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Lastly, let me say that it is precisely because of President Obama, The First Lady, and the Obama Administration that It is with relief that we can now travel abroad with our heads held high.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  136. Karl from SF, CA

    There has been an 80% increase in our standing abroad thanks to our new president. Now, for the other 20%, we need to take up the lead from Spain in pursuing the torture investigation regarding the Bush administration. I’m sure the world wonders why we investigate marital infidelity and not torture of our prisoners of war. This has the potential to be a major embarrassment to us if we don’t act soon.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  137. Jim Blevins

    For reasons beyond comprehension, America spent eight years in the hands of pure evil. We have now elected an American to lead us. The world believes that we have returned to the side of good, but people will watching very closely to see that this is the case.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    March 31, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  138. reggie knighton

    p.s. i think he will do well in practically all his endeavors. peo[le in abroad just like here can sense his genuiness. reggie in okla.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  139. lynnej

    I guess we can safely say that there won't be any shoes thrown at him.
    I mean this President is a world away from the previous administration their political dogma. He and the First Lady will do what previous administrations should have done to their counterparts in Europe but didn't, listen, learn and respect them.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  140. Ruth

    I would be very proud if I were an American having a representative like Barack Obama traveling to the G 20. From Canada

    March 31, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  141. j/NJ

    As Pres. Obama heads to Europe for the G-20 summit, how has America’s position in the world changed?

    America's position is in the process of change, however, it remains to be seen how sustainable real, definitive, change is likely to be...there are an inordinate number of obstacles and challenges the Obama administration faces, not the least of which are unrealistic expectations which could, if unfulfilled, seriously diminish the administration's success in effectively carrying out its political and economic objectives...

    March 31, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  142. Scott R, Aurora CO

    America shocked the world when George Washington did not declare himself king and then handed over his office after a democratic election. Almost 220 years later America reminds the world again of our greatest strength by electing an Africian American President.

    My wife and I love to travel off the beaten path and some of the conversations we have had in Europe over the last eight years about President Bush (last 5 years especially) have been depressing to say the least. I think we have no where to go but up in the eyes of the world.

    Thank you,
    Scott R in CO

    March 31, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  143. Pat in Greensboro

    We are no longer the financial powerhouse we once were, but we may be seen as a kinder nation. One more willing to accept the differences in others and one more willing to listen to opposing viewpoints. Much needs to be done to repair what the last 8 years have done, but what a great way to start with the two smart, kind, caring individuals being our representatives on the world stage.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  144. Diana Gilbert

    Well most of us our glad he is out of the country. This is the Obama economy since his big stimulus spending bill. How about everyone joining a Tea Party and send a tea bag to your congress person. We are heading the wrong way and everyone that voted for him that I know is regretting it including me. I am very disturbed about how our government is violating the constitution and the people of this country.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  145. Kenny

    The one thing that unfortunately will not change is the President of the United States of America getting on his knees before the Queen of England. Think hard about that.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  146. JIM FALLBROOK CA

    Our image is worse with Barack Hussein Obama as president. I believe a comment was made that Obama is taking the US to a road to hell. Thing have gone from bad to worse since he took office.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  147. Jerry W. in Encino, Ca

    I suspect that the world is hopeful at this point that the US has recognized the utter failure of its foriegn and domestic policies of the last eight years. Having elected an intelligent, informed and articulate President we have taken the first step toward showing a world which has wondered (and worried) about what we were thinking that we "get it". The President won his domestic presidential campaign. This meeting needs to be the start of another campaign based on the same principles, that for world leadership.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  148. Steve - Mich

    At this point, since the advent of the Economic crisis last fall, and the obvious 800 lb gorillas – Iraq/Afghanistan – I'd say its pretty obvious our position has changed as the Clear target for blame for most of the world's ills.

    Since Obama got elected, i'd say our position hasnt changed, but likely will as Barack interacts more globally.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  149. Rob. in Detroit

    Hi Jack , i am Rob from Det,Mi , Our Image has changed for the better thanks to President Obama,No longer does the world see us as vigilanti cowboys from the "OX Bow incident", they see us as haveing read the Book.

    March 31, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  150. Liz in Los Angeles, CA

    Both President and Mrs. Obama "look like Americans should look", i.e. awake, friendly, approachable; "sound like Americans should sound", i.e. intelligent, articulate, calm; and "behave like Americans should behave", i.e. kindly, affirmatively and with impeccable manners. Of course America looks different to the world, who's surprised at that?

    March 31, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  151. Bill

    It's clear from the comments here, the majority of people agree that we are in much better shape with Obama at the helm, save for a few stubborn Republicans who refuse to admit their guy screwed things up. It's also clear by the enormous margin of victory in the election that Americans wanted a change, and we finally have someone worthy of the office. The moment Obama set foot in the White House, our image went from bad to good. Watch as it keeps going up. It's going to take a long time to clean up the mess left by Bush, but at least our image has improved already.

    March 31, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  152. dave walker,n. dartmouth,ma.

    It has changed big time. After the piss-poor ideas of Bush and his idealogues,we are at a change in our world-wide credebility,we had nowhere to go but up.

    March 31, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  153. Morris Brown

    it is a great thing for us as Americans to have both President Obama and Mrs. Obama to represent us at home and abroad because more people respect president Obama's views more than former president Bush.All we have to do is imbrass president Obama instead of degrading him.

    Morris Brown,
    Macon,GA

    March 31, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  154. Nancy PA

    President Obama,

    Protestors at Montebello High School took the American flag off the school's flag pole and hung it upside down while putting up the Mexican flag over it.

    I understand that when you took office the damage had already happened. However, I would like to ask you:

    How will you restore the sovereignty of the United States?

    March 31, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  155. Richard Clair

    I learned a long time ago that a company fails not because of the workers but because of poor leadership. I was a senior Manager in a couple Midwest Companies and understood the concept. Rick Wagoner paid the price for his lack of leadership and innovation.........RIP

    March 31, 2009 at 6:15 pm |