After [Barack Obama], it's different. The day of the elections, I received this email from a French friend: 'To my American friends, this won't happen often, so savour it. Here is a high five to your great country from a Frenchman.' Another French friend wrote: 'You guys make huge mistakes but when you do it right, you really do it'Barack Obama cannot singlehandedly accomplish a rehabilitation, neither by force of personality nor as a political emblem. Indeed, world skepticism is already making a comeback. Italian journalist Michele Brambilla pointed out the obvious: Obama is but a politician, and one should not expect too much of politicians as a species. A wary China Daily wrote that Obama had been elected because voters judged him to have a better grasp of how to respond to the economic crisis, but noted that there is no practical evidence to show that he does-and his comments on Chinese economic policy and how he might respond to it could lead to conflict. In the Middle East, Obama's support for Israel during the election led most people to think that, from the Arab perspective, there would not be much change, at least for the better.They were the living-or perhaps undead-embodiment of old ideas, the other side of the coin to Obama's soaring speeches. That rhetoric was always stale, despite the excellence of its delivery. When, for example, he said that he wanted to protect the pensions of employees rather than the severance of CEO's, he was appealing not to reason but to a force very much more powerful than reason- resentment. It is true that chief executive officers have managed to extract large sums from companies over whose destruction they have presided. But it requires very little thought to realize that it is a little late in the day to save people's pensions by being derogatory about CEO's, however much they might deserve it.
Planet Obama Theodore Dalrymple American Conservative; Dec 1, 2008; 7, 23; Docstoc pg. 6 Reproduced with permission of the cop
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