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24
Mar
11

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

01
Mar
11

‘help wanted – seeking: president of the united states’

Eclectablog: ….you will need to accomplish the following tasks:

* Freeze pay of highest-paid White House staff on first day of office while maintaining good workplace morale.

* Make federal government more transparent by opening up records of previous administrations and instructing staff to be more amenable to Freedom of Information Act requests. This should be accomplished no later than the day after assuming office.

* Sign Executive Order to close the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This should be done by no later than the third day in office and should be done despite the fact that Congress will not allow you to actually accomplish this by denying any funding for it.

* Sign Executive Order to prohibit torture. This should be done by no later than the third day in office.

* By no later than the tenth day in office, sign legislation into law that requires fair pay regardless of gender, race or age.

* During the third week in office, direct the Secretary of Interior to cancel 77 oil and gas company leases on federal lands that were authorized by the previous office holder’s administration.

* By the end of the third week in office, sign an Executive Order backing the use of union labor for large federal construction projects.

* During the early part of the second month of your term, you shall begin the process of repealing or modifying a federal law protecting health workers who refuse to treat patients for reason of “conscience”. This process shall culminate no later than two years into your term, plus or minus two months.

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02
Jul
10

the end of the world (cup)

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President Barack Obama watches the US-Ghana World Cup soccer match between meetings at the G20 Summit in Toronto on June 26, 2010. Ghana won the game 2-1.

Ghanians in Accra celebrate their team’s victory over the US in the World Cup, June 26, 2010

02
Jul
10

keeping watch

President Barack Obama watches the U.S. vs. Ghana World Cup Soccer game before a meeting at the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada, Saturday, June 26, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

26
Jun
10

you bet

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President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron trade bottles of beer to settle a bet on the US-England World Cup soccer game during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Toronto on June 26, 2010. Obama gave Cameron a case of 312 Beer and Cameron gave Obama a case of Hobgoblin

26
Jun
10

fan-in-chief

A U.S. fan poses with a cutout of President Barack Obama as he waits for the start of the 2010 World Cup second round match between United States and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg June 26, 2010.

27
May
10

soccer dads

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton with the US soccer team  on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, May 27, 2010

22
May
10

west point party

…receiving a West Point Saber as a present from the class of 2010

President Barack Obama at the graduation and commissioning ceremony at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, on May 22, 2010




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