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Obama gets top feedback from Germans

The Local · 7 Sep 2011, 08:29

Published: 07 Sep 2011 08:29 GMT+02:00

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The survey found that 60 percent of Germans want the United States to play a strong role in foreign policy – above the European Union average of 54 percent. Only in the Netherlands did more people express this view (70 percent).

The annual "Transatlantic Trends" survey, carried out by the German Marshall Fund (GMF) think tank in Washington, in association with the Italian Compagnia di San Paolo research institute, questioned 1,000 people in the US, Turkey, and in each of 12 EU countries in May and June this year.

Europeans gave President Obama higher marks than the US in fighting terrorism. "Sixty-eight percent of Americans and 73 percent of respondents in EU countries surveyed approve of the way President Obama has been handling the fight against international terrorism," the GMF said in a statement.

The report, which is seen as an important measure of transatlantic relations, is due to be published in full next week, but the GMF released some results in advance, ahead of the September 11 commemorations on Monday.

The survey also found a clear distinction between NATO members when it comes to transatlantic relations. Only 17 percent of Turks want to see the United States to show "strong leadership," and only 30 percent said they have a positive view of America.

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09:35 September 7, 2011 by ovalle3.14
The grass is always greener on the other side.
15:31 September 7, 2011 by storymann

Turkey was once a valuable member of NATO, this has evaporated with the Erdogan Gov. They are more alined with Iran's Ahmadinejad than the west.

As the war on terror continues the drift from the west and Turkey's fellow Nato members will increase.

The recent resignations of Turkey's military leaders and arrest of those suspected of undermining Erdogan show an increasing paranoia not seen for many years.
16:13 September 7, 2011 by derExDeutsche
This is survey is reflective of the what the MEDIA tells their viewership to feel, and less about the President of the USA

He's still in Iraq, still in Afghanistan, still in Guantanamo, still sending drones into Pakistan, he started a NEW war in Libya ... What can we learn from the fact that Obama is more popular then the rest of America, now? lol. It means that Obama gets a pass from the Media because he is a Democrat. Ick bin ein Berliner.
18:38 September 7, 2011 by neunElf
Excellent commentary DerExDeutsche!

The robots have been programmed.
19:15 September 7, 2011 by ChuChu
I wonder who they asked in Germany...certainly NOT ANYONE I KNOW OF!!!! The media is very selective to who they offer these surveys to..Well here is another German opinion...He should get the hell out of the White House..he is just another puppet and has no say at all about any decisions being made...he was bought and paid for even before he was elected!!! and by the way..he should concentrate on his own country which is in such a mess!!!
19:32 September 7, 2011 by TheChanger

Perhaps he gets a pass in German media because he is a Democrat, I am not familiar enough with German media to dispute that. However, Obama didn't "start a war in Libya" and he is working to remove troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, it just happens to be a slow process (necessarily slow if you understand military operations at all). Drones into Pakistan? Did we not just recently kill osama Bin Laden IN PAKISTAN??? After several years of the Pakistanis claiming he wasn't there?


Again I can't comment on who the media surveyed, but your other comments are easily discussed. In regards to being a puppet and having "no say" in anything, that is because of Congress and the Senate. Obama has attempted to pass a great many programs and make a lot of changes I personally feel would help this country at this time and each time he has been shut down by Republican stonewalling. The Reupblican leadership was quoted when Obama was elected as saying their primary job was to ensure he didn't get re-elected, this is not only shameful and un-American in every way, it is borderline treasonous if you ask me. Voting yes or no on packages and plans based solely on your hatred of a person or party is not the way to fix a country. I think anyone doing this should be removed from office and exiled from the country, they obviously don't care for the country anyway.

IF Obama was given even half a chance to enact some of his programs then I think we could openly discuss his worthiness as a President, good or bad. Given that he has been purposely sidetracked for political reasons, I don't feel we can honestly grade his work. The Obama presidency has been a severe blemish on America's history, but Obama has very little to do with that. I think history will flesh out the truth and the Republican party will ultimately bear the brunt of being the most self-centered, egotistical and un-American group in American history for this time period.

My source material: I live in the USA, and I suffer this blemish every day. It doesn't take a genius to see what's happening, you just have to be willing to open your eyes and look.
21:15 September 7, 2011 by Major B
@ The Changer

One of the most sound, well reasoned and well supported commentaries on the U.S. written in this online journal in a long time. Gosh, clear thinkers still abound. Sorry to had this negative. The Fox Spews crowd and the Far Right in the USA have forgone facts and reason long ago, a true American Tragedy.
22:19 September 7, 2011 by wxman
Yo Thechanger, if you go against the government it's not treason. Treason is when you sell your country out to another nation. Standing up against your own government, at best, would be considered sedition. Learn the venacular, you'll seem smarter to some people. In the USA however, we have a long proud tradition of getting rid of bad elements in our government, it's why we have impeachment. Stupid enslaved Euros used to thousands of years of dominance by monarchies, think that your duty is simply to obey your leaders. That's how they got Napoleon and Hitler. Americans learned from that, and designed a nation that would not tolerate it here. We don't have rulers, we have representatives we elect. When they suck, we get rid of them. In closing, I want to say it has been a privelage to comment following two very ill-informed knumbskulls living the 12th Century serf life.
08:11 September 8, 2011 by storymann
Obama, although I voted for him, has let me down on some issues.

There was no exit strategy for Iraq or Afganistan under the Bush Admin. I do believe Obama and General Petraeus have worked on developing one.

The Republicans and the Tea Party hobbits have continuously been more concerned about their agenda than the Peoples. The upcoming elections hopefully will expunge some of the grid lock crowd. The present Republican candidates ,Perry and Romney are a poor showing at best. One a religious fanatic that does not believe in Global warming and the other a phony who did a less than admiral job as Governor of Massachusetts.In many circles neither one is electable.

The chances look very promising for another 4 years of Obama. The last senate debacle over the debt ceiling resulting in a rating downgrade does not bode well for the hobbit crowd. We may see less grid lock and politics in the next 4 years enabling the Administration to pass more needed legislation with out the anti Obama rhetoric coming from the ultra and far right.

There could be of course a Moderate Republican riding in on a white horse and winning the election.
08:27 September 8, 2011 by Sastry.M
The Hindu, the 7'th Sept.-'11 published an article "How firms cashed in on the 9/11 climate of fear" by Paul Harris,courtesy@Gaurdian Newspapers Ltd.,2011. If it can be accessed and read, the truth between media presentations and ground realities will become apparent.

The difference between age old European Traditions evolved and adopted closely to the Indian East and the most modern American civilization of recent development in the far West and ,especially in the U.S.A , can be understood from the above article. That the Europeans show confidence in a colored U.S president Obama proves that color of skin has nothing to do with true understanding and personal approach to solve human and national problems.

Indeed the Europeans,in my opinion, are unaware of racial hatred based on skin color or superior personal traits of performance when compared to other racial people. It is only those of a particular race, whose faith is embedded with ephemeral wealth and whose purpose is to accumulate and uphold it by all means of deceptive manipulation to the detriment of human values,rule the roost exploiting human submissiveness to desire and greed.

I think most European Govts. have direct control over their national cash boxes unlike the too much democratized U.S Federal Reserve, which probably Obama dares displeasure to dig at, by sending Ultimatum to Swiss Banks to disclose stashed away funds.

There is a proverb in sanskrit " Book, woman and money, given once to others hand is mostly gone for good" (Pustakam vanita vittam para hastam gatam gatah). The concept of Democracy doesn't work here.
17:40 September 8, 2011 by Major B
@ storyman

Sir in your last paragraph, have you not heard the news?

"Moderate Republican" is an oxymoron.

Or, I heard the found a "moderate republican" in fossilized remains in Montana.

Or, the conservative but moderate Pres Ronald Reagan would be considered a "democrat" by the standards of the new "Way Far" Right wing.

There isn't the courage or reason to give somebody like Huntsman a chance with this Tea Partysized new crowd. The hard and xenophobic stances of the last 20 years has created a Republican Party that isn't even recognizable anymore, another American tragedy.
04:32 September 9, 2011 by Wyatt
Obama will go down in History as the worst President the U.S. has ever had,not only the policies he has passed are failures, he has no policies for the future, just more of the same old failed policies, the majority of Americans feel he should be a one term President, along with myself.
16:07 September 9, 2011 by frankiep
Great points made about the media.

GW Bush was absolutely hated and vilified by the German media because of his foreign policy. Then here comes along Barack Obama who not only continues the very same foreign policy of Bush, but has actually managed to intensify it, and the German media can't heap enough praise on him.

If anything, this just goes to show that the German media, just like the American media, will do anything in its power to support politicians who take a more left wing stance on domestic issues, and will villify those politicians who oppose them with a more right wing stance on domestic issues. The amount of media criticism of a politician's foreign policy is inversely proportional to how far to the left that politician is on domestic issues when compared with the opposition.

Right wing Bush: aggressive/militaristic foreign policy = bad

Left wing Obama: even more aggressive/militaristic foreign policy = visionary
18:16 September 9, 2011 by storymann
Major B, I think we could say a moderate republican is an oxymoron kind of the same thing as saying "military Intelligence (:
20:56 September 9, 2011 by brnskin2010
@derexdeutsche and the other deutsches that are American/Obama haters......worry about the Russians if we ever decide to pull out our military from Germany.....You only want us there for protection......if it wasn't for Americans ...germans would be under Putin's rule......germans should be kissing our feet...and paying us for protection.....just sayn.
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