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Obama Brand Goes Global Perhaps Lifting American Brand

From Europe to South America to Asia to his father's birthplace in Kenya, Barack Obama's candidacy has made an impact. Black Europeans are pinning their hopes for more representation in their government on a persuasive example set by the election of Barack. Citing his charisma and ideas, black community leaders say his race is not the only reason for the transatlantic support.

Meanwhile, Colombia has adopted a more spirited way to show support — making Obama the mascot of their lottery. Colombia's Metal region placed Obama's face on its Oct. 22 ticket. In a country whose president strongly supports President Bush, the lottery officials explained the mood of the people: "We picked Obama's portrait for our lottery because we're always looking for somebody people are raving about. He's ahead in opinion polls and right now he's the most popular guy around here."

In his NYT's column today, Nicholas Kristof recounts the disbelief a friend in Beijing shared when he told her there's a good chance America will elect a black man president. To see how he explained the potential of an Obama presidency,

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Kristof wrote:

We’re beginning to get a sense of how Barack Obama’s political success could change global perceptions of the United States, redefining the American “brand” to be less about Guantanamo and more about equality. This change in perceptions would help rebuild American political capital in the way that the Marshall Plan did in the 1950s or that John Kennedy’s presidency did in the early 1960s.

Are you excited by the possibility of global Bush hatred being replaced by Obama mania?

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Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
yy, I posted about it here. http://teamsugar.com/group/974220/blog/2416890 I've read the whole transcript and it scares the poo out of me. He wasn't talking about a crisis like our economic one. Once again you guys are glossing over what you don't want to hear and just putting a bow on something to make it more palatable.
juju4 juju4 7 years
I think both candidates have already been tested by the economic crisis. McCain couldn't make up his mind and went from "our fundementals are sound" to crisis mode within hours. Obama stayed calm and collected, and kept his composure.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
The candidates have ALREADY been tested. The global economic crisis is a pretty big deal. One candidate handled the situation with grace under pressure and economic intellect. The other candidate was erratic and got in the way of problem solving with his grandstanding.
yesteryear yesteryear 7 years
i don't understand the hubub about biden's remarks about obama being "tested". if you actually read the transcript: http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/10/joe_biden_seattle_fund_raiser.html you can see that the point he was making was not that obama is not ready to handle the test, or that obama winning would somehow create a global disaster that would test him, but that we have already seen all signs pointing to "yes", telling us that we are headed for a global economic disaster, and in the first year or two of an obama/biden administration, there is going to be a LOT of work to do to reverse the tide. and obama can handle it. he compared it to how kennedy was tested (kennedy passed the test). he was NOT making the point that obama is untested and therefore would falter. he was saying that if they are elected, they are going to need their supporters to continue supporting them through the difficult process of basically rebuilding america's economy and our efforts abroad (iraq & afghanistan). i think discussing this quote is a lame attempt to twist someone's words. if you read what he really said, i believe all of you will agree.
Angela123 Angela123 7 years
One of the girls in my office just got back from her honeymoon in the Bahamas, and she said nearly every local person they saw was wearing a "Bahamas for Obama" shirt, and they loved him!
Matamoros Matamoros 7 years
I live overseas, and most people are surprised that Americans have fallen for this grand deception and are voting en-masse for a man that they know nothing about with strong Socialist and anti-American inclinations. A man who for 20 years attended a church run by a rabidly racist, anti-white black separatist. He was sponsored to Harvard by terrorists, and got in despite awful grades. His grades to this day are hidden from view. He has never been properly vetted and never accomplished a single thing in his life - and had the hubris to write two autobiographies. He drools over his imagined coronation even designing his own presidential seal (as Hitler designed much Nazi regalia) and even going so far as to speak from a Greek Oracle type of setting during the convention. The man is on a serious power trip despite having never done a single thing in his life. He was a "Community Organizer". Right. In Chicago, where more Americans have been killed violently than in Iraq. He worked with William Ayers, a terrorist and was even associated with him long after 9/11 when Ayers said that enough bombing was not done. Obama is a dangerous and untested Marxist and he certainly does not belong anywhere near the Whitehouse.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Yes Ma'am.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Yes Ma'am.
kastarte2 kastarte2 7 years
That was from the primaries, right GS? Sounds familiar but I can't remember when I heard it. :?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Another interesting thing from Biden:On Obama- "I think he can be ready but right now, I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.'"
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Another interesting thing from Biden: On Obama- "I think he can be ready but right now, I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.'"
I-am-The-Dude I-am-The-Dude 7 years
"Does it matter to you all that Joe Lieberman, a McCain surrogate, said the exact same thing in June? Joe LIEBERMAN said: "our enemies will test the new president early.” Thoughts?"The difference?!? Well, one, Lieberman is a mccain supporter, two, at the time it was called fear mongering and dismissed, three, Obama tried to put the spin on this and Biden has dropped out of sight. Biden hasn't done a q and a with the press of people since Sept. 7. Only interviews. He is a loose cannon. I am truly shocked there haven't been more stories on him.
I-am-The-Dude I-am-The-Dude 7 years
"Does it matter to you all that Joe Lieberman, a McCain surrogate, said the exact same thing in June? Joe LIEBERMAN said: "our enemies will test the new president early.” Thoughts?" The difference?!? Well, one, Lieberman is a mccain supporter, two, at the time it was called fear mongering and dismissed, three, Obama tried to put the spin on this and Biden has dropped out of sight. Biden hasn't done a q and a with the press of people since Sept. 7. Only interviews. He is a loose cannon. I am truly shocked there haven't been more stories on him.
ceej ceej 7 years
The Australians are rather partial to him as well.
CYL CYL 7 years
We in Canada love us some Obama... :)
indielove indielove 7 years
No, Wanda...of course it doesn't matter. Only the so -called questionable remarks made by someone associated with Obama matters, haven't you gotten the memo?
janneth janneth 7 years
Emoticons gone wild.
janneth janneth 7 years
Emoticons gone wild.
janneth janneth 7 years
Emoticons gone wild.
janneth janneth 7 years
I can see them wanting to test McCain, because of his angry hot head rep.
janneth janneth 7 years
Obama is all about diplomacy and talking. Why would any country or group need to test him?? Just sit down and talk.
WandaHarvest WandaHarvest 7 years
Does it matter to you all that Joe Lieberman, a McCain surrogate, said the exact same thing in June? Joe LIEBERMAN said: "our enemies will test the new president early.” Thoughts?http://thinkprogress.org/2008/10/21/lieberman-test/
WandaHarvest WandaHarvest 7 years
Does it matter to you all that Joe Lieberman, a McCain surrogate, said the exact same thing in June? Joe LIEBERMAN said: "our enemies will test the new president early.” Thoughts? http://thinkprogress.org/2008/10/21/lieberman-test/
Meike Meike 7 years
Yay, for egocentrism and indifference of world affairs and opinions.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Certainly excited but let us not allow excitement to shine so bright that we blind ourselves. A President Obama had better tow the line or I will be one of the first in line to point out his missteps.
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