My quick thoughts on the US election

I know that the world has been waitiing for my input on this topic.


Speaking as a Brit who lives in the Middle East and works for an American company...


- I would like to see Obama change, as much as is possible, the image the US has abroad.


I am tired of the US' image abroad being that of a wealthy, bullying, ignorant, irritating older cousin that you can't get rid of, whether you want to or not. Let's see something positive.


- I can't believe 55 million people effectively voted for Palin.


George Bush can't really be stupid - you can't become president, surely, by being stupid. So why does George Bush come across as such as twit to many people? The same goes for Palin. How could this woman even get near being vice-president, let along a potential president? It's tragic that a woman like this is seen across the world as someone the American people want to have in a position of power.

Comments:

Hi Chris - I've emailed you once before for some coordinates for Sweihan. Anyway, I'm American and live in Abu Dhabi. I thought McCain is a decent guy, but when he picked Palin there was no way I was voting for them. She is a whack job. The amazing thing is that there are so many Americans who know precious little about the world beyond their country. I should know, I lived in the mid-west for thirteen years. Its amazing how conservative some of them are. Read the latest issue of The Economist - it has a funny article about the Maldives. The really funny part is the comment on how Obama can get rid of the hard-core right wingers by buying them a part of the Empty Quarter and settling them there. Why? Because they all favor the death penalty, guns and are anti-gay, and so share the same values!

While fixing the image abroad is important, the more important tasks facing Obama are domestic issues like the economy.

Later,

Surya

Posted by Surya on November 18, 2008 at 12:59 PM GST #

Chris, as a Brit I lived and worked in the mid-west for a few years. The issue with the presidential election was simple. The US were going to get an idiot regardless. If McCain won then the CIA had a secret directive, if he dies shoot Palin. Choosing her was political suicide. The problem is most Americans and that probably includes the vast majority of the 55 million, vote on not a wide range of issues but one or two abortion, stem cell research etc. A secular society don't think os. The most annoying thing is you are either a democrat or republican, what is required is a third stream with mainstream support. There was a cartoon in a UK paper after the US election which had Obam standing in front of a US flag in his one-armed salute and saying "Now What". Exactly, he needs a the uS to have a seachange...If the world hates the US so much, the next time there is a world disaster the US should give no aid no nothing, we are hated already so what...

Posted by Veltror Obloid on November 19, 2008 at 05:52 AM GST #

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