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Posted on Jul 23, 2009
White House / Pete Souza

A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that people in 25 countries view the U.S. more favorably now that President Obama is in office than they did during the Bush II era, but it’s not a worldwide trend—Israel and parts of the Muslim world are among the exceptions.

“It is certainly better to have a president who is respected and who is popular than who is not,” said Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state, referring to the contrast in international public regard for Mr Obama with that for former president George W. Bush. “We were in a hole in our reputation and leadership… There is a long way to go but it is much better to start here.”

For the most part, however, attitudes were negative in much of the Muslim world, including allies in Turkey and Pakistan. Only 14 percent of Turks gave the US a favourable rating, barely up on last year.

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By Folktruther, July 24, 2009 at 9:29 am Link to this comment

The public relations function of Obama was precisely to put a black face on US endless imperialist war.  Most of the world’s people are non-White and Western racism, particularly American racism, is widely known outside the US. Obama is a public relations symbol to show that American mass murder is non-racist.

It is the same role that Powell played when he told the United Nations that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.  The same role as Rice.  Obama is now continuing US endless war and conintuing to transform the US power system into the police state necessary to pursue it, since it is also beiing conducted against the American people.

It is against the interests of the American people that the world’s people be decieved into thinking that their has been any change in American foreign policy from the Bushites.

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By MeHere, July 24, 2009 at 7:29 am Link to this comment

They may “view the US more favorably” but what does that mean? Very little. The key words there are “more favorably.”  It doesn’t mean they trust the US.  When it comes down to it, the whole world is well aware of the history of US international policy.  Many societies have suffered at one time or another because of it—whether from wars, economic pressures, military aid to dictators, etc.  Do they trust the US more under Obama?

Foreign societies also suffer from wishful thinking -we don’t have the monopoly on that.  In many places, the media they have is of the same corporate kind that we have (some are the same companies) which tends to represent the interests of the ruling and/or business classes.

What on earth are polls and surveys anyway?  In order to know how people really feel you must live in a country long enough and be exposed to citizens from all walks of life.

Ed Harges is right about his assessment of the Muslim and Israeli sentiment on this.  It is remarkable how little it is known here about the views of Israelis.  And the lack of knowledge is not just about those who support the hawks. The lack of information is even more acute when it comes to the number of Israelis (in groups or as individuals) who disapprove of government policies and are doing whatever they can (sometimes going to jail) to promote justice.

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By rockinrobin, July 24, 2009 at 12:07 am Link to this comment
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Perhaps SOMEDAY Americans will WAKE UP to the FACT that the majority of what is stated/seen/heard/read in the USA is PROPAGANDA: it is known as PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT: managing WHAT the PUBLIC PERCEIVES and BELIEVES; FALSE reports, FALSE pictures, FALSE so called “evidence” of documentation from so called “authorities”: just like the so called “experts” on how Saddam Hussain was such a threat to the USA: who were of course retired military Pentagon parasites & pirates: rehearsing 6 months PRIOR to “9/11”: on WHAT to say: and how to say it. THINK MOVIES: SCRIPTS: and you will get a CLUE: “camelot” kennedys was SIMPLY ROT;
The TRUTH is: everyone KNOWS the TRUTH about the Gov of the USA: except the PEOPLE who hear ONLY what they WANT you to see, hear & read: so incredibly EASY to DECEIVE isn’t it? When YOU control the MEDIA: THAT is a KNOWN MILITARY OBJECTIVE: what HITLER did: so over 1/2 of GERMANY had NO CLUE what was going on; illegal of course, but since when did THESE “lawbreakers” who run a CRIMINAL Gov EVER abide by ANY laws?

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By John Frum, July 23, 2009 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment
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When Bush was president, the rest of the world hated him but admired Americans. Now that Obama is president they admire him, and the wackos in America who hate him are making them wonder about Americans.

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By Ed Harges, July 23, 2009 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment

Funny. I heard this reported on NPR earlier today, and the way they presented it, it was only the Muslim world that was unhappy with Obama. There was no mention of Israeli antipathy toward Obama. I had to turn off the radio before the report was over, so perhaps NPR got to this point eventually. But the emphasis was certainly on the Muslims being the unhappy exceptions. The implication was, “All the reasonable people in the world now love America again because of Obama, so the Palestinians (and other Arabs or Muslims) who are still grumpy are just misfits.” You would think that in any American survey of foreign opinion, Israeli opinion would be the most important news, since we are devoted so slavishly to them. But NPR didn’t want to go there.

And they certainly didn’t want to remind us that the Israelis (unlike the Muslims and everyone else on the planet) actually preferred our previous President — the one who wrecked our country, partly by pursuing ruinous wars of aggression for them.

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