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Mary Dejevsky writes: We are dreaming, we Europeans, of Obamaland: a temperate land of sunshine and showers, of soft music and plenitude, of conciliation and concord. We think we caught glimpses of it in July, just fleetingly, behind the garden wall at Number 10; on the steps of the Elysée Palace, and beneath the Victory monument in Berlin.

From a President who believed US military superiority was there to be used, we welcome one whose stated preference is for talking first  - even to adversaries -  and calling in the force of arms only as the last resort. Read more.

Question: Are we getting a little dewy-eyed and even presumptuous about Obama? Are we in for a disappointment?

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(no subject) - abbichicken - Nov. 4th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
anomali wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Obamaland sounds very much like Hawaii; )
mechers wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Like Episode I, Obama has so much hype that he cannot possibly meet expectations. However, he will still be highly competent, and after Bush, the world will be tickled pink by that.
20hrsinamerica wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
Dewey-eyed for sure. He's still a politician. And the minute that job falls on your shoulders, you're heavily weighted by beauracrats and the system which, even if it isn't all hype, restrict movement. Our country and Constitution were not built for quick change.

That's not to say our foreign policy won't be less confrontational, but as an above commenter said, its always America first.
brennakimi wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
A competent and educated leader dedicated to peace at the helm of a great power is good for the whole world. I do not begrudge their optimism, nor does it change how I feel about my candidate.

God it's nice to say he's my candidate, instead of that guy I'm voting for because he's not the other guy...
harbinger76 wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
If Europeans want America to look like Europe. Obama is your man. Cradle to grave care, higher taxes and more government control are just a few of the things he wants to bring us. The economy will take several years to sort itself out since it will take a while for us to get used to dealing with the extra layers of bureaucracy needed to become more like the EU. The UN may finally get their wish to throttle our manufacturing and energy sectors in the name of the planet as well as the ability to finally ring more money out of those penny pinchers on capital hill. This will also take us a while to get used to. Also, since the president will be willing to talk to everybody (friend or enemy), we will need a much smaller military. This will free up plenty of skilled labor in some very high tech fields. The former troops may have a tough time finding work though since we will still be sorting out the economy. Fortunately, we can also discontinue the American occupation of European soil by closing the unneeded bases in Britain, France, Germany, etc. Just don't ask for any humanitarian assistance in the event of any natural disasters or hostile attacks. We wont have enough troops leftover to deliver it while they are taking the guns away from the angry gun-toting meat eating conservatives.

**The preceding was all meant as sarcasm. I don't care if you are offended.**
seldearslj wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Are we getting a little dewy-eyed and even presumptuous about Obama? Are we in for a disappointment?

I've said it the last time this question was asked (by the Indian newspaper, I believe), and I say it again.

Yes, Obama will be a disappointment. But only because no candidate could live up to the expectations being placed on him.

Barack Obama is an awesome, admirable candidate, and if I were a US citizen, I'd be voting for him over McCain - partly policy reasons, partly personal reasons. But I know there's going to be disappointment as the rhetoric meets reality - it's pure practicality.
(no subject) - erynn999 - Nov. 4th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
polarisdib wrote:
Nov. 5th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Yep, and eeeeeerrrr....yep.

Cheers!

--DiB
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