world view

Steve Benen: Back during the 2008 presidential campaign, there was a fair amount of talk about how the United States had lost much of the respect we once enjoyed on the global stage. Barack Obama made a point of saying he wanted to improve America’ international reputation and get the world to start respecting us again.

It’s worth pausing from time to time to note that he’s been largely successful on this front. Gallup has a new report out today, documenting the results of an international survey, featuring the results from more than 100 countries. Gallup asked whether people around the world approve or disapprove of the job performance of the leadership of the United States and the same question about the leadership of six other major countries.

In 2007 and 2008, the last two years of the previous administration, the U.S. was sixth of seven, trailing Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and China. Yes, in the Bush/Cheney era, a repressive Chinese regime was actually more popular around the world than us.

In 2009 and 2010, the first two years of the Obama administration, the U.S. now once again is out in front.

Of course, it’s not just Gallup. We’ve seen similar trends in America’s popularity in the Obama era in similar international polls, including the Pew Global Attitudes Project, which also found a vast improvement in global views of the United States since the president’s election.

Washington Monthly

10 Responses to “world view”

  1. 1 Anonymous
    March 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    This man we know as President Obama will be one of the most important leaders we will know in our lifetimes, here or anywhere in the world. This is my true belief, and I have lived a lot of decades.

    I watched the videos of his speeches in Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. He offers partnerships, with us as equal partners with these countries. He solicits their ideas, and is generous with giving them credit where credit is due.

    I want to say to you that I never fail to read your e-mails and diaries–every single day. If I am gone, I keep them in my register and read them even though they are old news by then. I feel I can’t afford to miss one. It is like missing something precious that will evaporate in the sands of time and memory, and I will not really feel what it is like to be living in this era under this remarkable leadership.

    • 2 Theo67
      March 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      You’re not alone, “Anonymous”. I often don’t have time to listen to all the speeches, and read all the comments, on a daily basis but I always go back at the end of the week and catch up with every morsel I might have missed. It just feels important not to miss a bit of this miraculous time.

  2. 3 V C prezOfan2
    March 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    We know he’s on top, Steve, but you have our permission to let the Right of America know! 😀 😀

  3. March 24, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Awesome. I can’t imagine what he’s thinking looking out into such a huge crowd.

  4. 6 Carolyn
    March 24, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I know this change has happened from traveling in Europe. In 2008 Europeans desperately wanted him to be elected. In 2009 and 2010 the smiles were big. A big turnaround in attitude! Like Anonymous, I have lived a lot of decades, and I’m SO glad I’m alive now to experience this. I was so thrilled to find this site, and thoroughly enjoy the blog and comments.

  5. 7 Shirley
    March 24, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I can Just Imagine his thoughts upon returning home, and his little Children In Congress and The House Of Represenatives whinning just like littel babies, waiting for their Daddy to come back home from work. You know, I’m so glad that his Friends and foes, does not affect his decisions. I tell you, he’s about the coolest man, that I ever seen In my life. You Go President Obama! I am so very proud of you and your style. Huh! you are so far ahead of your rivals, until you just take It In stride, and deal with them on “YOUR” terms, when your timing Is right. I salute you President Obama, I stand with you, and support you too. Carry on my Friend, Carry On 🙂

  6. 8 WalkingOnSunshine
    March 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I second what Anonymous said. I am privileged to be alive to witness this era. He will be remembered not just as one of the great US Presidents but also as a great influence for good in the world. I can’t stop watching him.

  7. 9 Theo67
    March 24, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I found this treasure on Steve Benen’s link:

    “When voters elect Republicans, they have to live with the consequences. Take this gem out of Alaska: “Gov. Sean Parnell’s appointee for the panel that nominates state judges testified Wednesday that he would like to see Alaskans prosecuted for having sex outside of marriage.””

    These Republicans are beginning to sound a lot like the Taliban, aren’t they??

  8. 10 Asher in Boston
    March 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    I am so proud of PBO. Always lights up a smile on my face when I see him. Its so truth, he is beloved in every corner of this earth. Me too, I am so glad to be alive today to witness his leadership.

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