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Gordon Brown Gets in Trouble For Praising Barack Obama

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown seemed to break with tradition by writing an effective endorsement of Barack Obama for US President, or at least his housing policies. In an opinion piece, published on Monday in the Parliamentary Monitor magazine, Brown writes:

Around the world, it is progressive politicians who are grappling with these challenges. In the electrifying US Presidential campaign, it is the Democrats who are generating the ideas to help people through more difficult times. To help prevent people from losing their home, Barack Obama has proposed a Foreclosure Prevention Fund to increase emergency pre-foreclosure counselling, and help families facing repossession.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister peddled backward. To see how,


His office released a statement that said: "The Prime Minister is not endorsing any candidate and never would. Presidential elections are a matter for the American people. The Prime Minister looks forward to working closely with whoever is elected."

Either way many Europeans echo Gordon Brown's praise of Obama. A fresh poll shows that 47 percent of Europeans think an Obama victory would lead to better US-European relations, while only 11 percent think McCain would improve transatlantic relations.

Do you consider a candidate's ability to mend relations with Europe, when deciding how to vote?


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kh61582 kh61582 8 years
yesteryear has such an inappropriate name. Absolutely not! I don't care much at all about how our leaders interact with the rest of the world. The United States should be every American voters first priority. This whole "global community" and "President of the World" BS is for the dogs. I want a president that considers this country above all others and does what's best for us, not what's popular with the people of Europe. And frankly, I don't care what PM Brown has to say or endorse. Most of Europe, if not all of it, is pretty much Socialist. That's fine for them if that's how they want it but over here it's a different climate and it should stay that way.
ceej ceej 8 years
It's only when they write their memoirs that we'll hear what they really think of one another...
stephley stephley 8 years
Tony Blair got along fine with Clinton and then with W (of course the second one didn't do his career any good...) If McCain would be awkward around Brown because of what he said, McCain's too thin-skinned to be president.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
"and if McCain wins there'll always be awkwardness between them. Diplomacy is not a one-way street." IDK -- I think the 2 are grown up enough to not let it get in the way.
chocolatine chocolatine 8 years
I don't think it was wise of Brown to state his preference so publicly. He'll have to maintain a diplomatic relationship with the US regardless of who wins, and if McCain wins there'll always be awkwardness between them. Diplomacy is not a one-way street.
ceej ceej 8 years
I think that cartoon summed up with far more eloquence what the rest of the world is feeling than anything that could be written. America please don't screw it up. It is the pervading feeling. Whilst I understand that you don't want to feel lectured to it is important that you see this in a global context. That said I don't think it changes peoples votes. The voting lines seem to be drawn on very fundamental domestic issues not global ones.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
That is great livvy!!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Um, isn't the ability to place nicely with others as far as international relations go a really good quality for a candidate to have? Of course I think it's important, and I am interested in hearing who Europeans and other foreigners support. That being said, obviously the leader of another nation should NOT be endorsing a candidate before the election!! I mean, just, bad move for him.
livvylove livvylove 8 years
I agree 100% austerity!
austerity austerity 8 years
agree with Jude. Good diplomatic skills are now extremely important for America; we've been far too arrogant diplomatically in the past decade, plus the economy is going down whereas other giants are emerging. Rationality wins over ego right now.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Thanks :)
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
"It's not a huge factor--as in, I'm not going to vote for Obama just because Brown favors him (I've got other reasons for that decision)--but it does help to have a leader who is respected by other countries' leaders." - Jude C This is what I mean to say bout I could never word it so beautifully.
livvylove livvylove 8 years
*I forgot to add that this blogger is an American living in South Korea.
livvylove livvylove 8 years
Yes! Part of looking out for us is keeping us safe and respected the world over. More allies = more help in times of war. I found this funny's just a joke so don't jump all over me! :)
Adrenalynn75 Adrenalynn75 8 years
Yes. I definitely consider this when electing an official. But it's not the only thing. ;)
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Not just Europe but mending relationships world wide as well, you need a president that bas a grea International as well as National base.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Agree with yesteryear up until the point that she started talking about chocolate and then I didn't fully understand what was happening.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I agree Ima, thats why I am voting McCain/Palin.
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
After 8 year of the gimp.. we definitely need someone who will strengthen our relationships with our allies while taking care of the needs of Americans. Absolutely.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I polled all of my family in Norway and they all said "McCain" !! all 10 of them......:P
piper23 piper23 8 years
It's definitely important. Its also important to have a President who will stand up to foreign leaders if neccessary.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
Its not just Europe. BBC polled 22 countries, including NATO countries, Russia, Far East, Middle East, Europe..all polled voted "Obama" when given a choice. The NATO countries, US allies, actually came in with the highest "Pro-Obama" percentage. Although McCain did not "win" any of the 22 countries, in places like Russia, China, and Egypt, the two candidates were more similar in their resultant support. The countries with the least difference between the candidates also tended to be the ones most likely to believe that "America won't change regardless of who is elected." While what other countries think of your leader may or may not be a critical reason to vote for them, world opinion on elected leaders when the country in question strives to be a "global leader" should not be discounted. Especially when 22 countries all say the same thing.
em1282 em1282 8 years
...or, what Jude said! :)
em1282 em1282 8 years
It's not a huge factor--as in, I'm not going to vote for Obama just because Brown favors him (I've got other reasons for that decision)--but it does help to have a leader who is respected by other countries' leaders.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I think it's rather important at this stage to have a president who will be able to mend or strengthen relations with our allies, and bring us new ones.
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