In an Internet survey released April 23, 2010 and made between March 31 and April 12, H.H. the Dalai Lama was voted the second most popular leader in the world behind U.S. President Barack Obama.
what do you guys think of this..specimen was very small...
You may be right. President Obama is very popular than any other president I have ever known.
The US President is always popular as the country itself holds a superpower position!
The Dalai Llama is a lovely guy who talks peace and love - and is a victim, he has not done anything and so has never lost popularity.
Obama rode into power on the wave of revulsion against the previous administration - Obama seems an ok guy and when considered against the past he is clearly more intelligent, more likeable and clearly trying to correct so many issues that clearly need correcting.
possibly...obama is most popular everywhere except his own country...
Rochelle- I am with you on that, so very true- it wasn't done here in the USA
He is very popular with socialists, elitists, dictators, and the ignorant!
That is just the expression of a sigh of relief that he is not an aggressive thug, at least.
I always feel better about President Obama when the usual suspects rail against him. If he pisses these same folks off I couldn't be happier. You can bet these same types voted for McCain-Palin and Dumbya before that.
Keep on bitchin' with the SOS!
I know he is very popular in my country, and the rapidly improving American economy helps.
as long as the red necks hate him all is well!
Australia's stimulus package got past the opposition and kept us out of the recession. Obama's original package would have done better, but he did save the economy even though every thing he has tried to do has been opposed by the bone ignorant.
I have never seen another country try to harm itself as much as America does. If they had agreed to the health reform straight up America would be like many other countries that introduced the free health bills 40 years ago. Miles in front.
The result for everyone else has been lower long term medical costs through early intervention, less crime and social unrest, (costs America billions a year.)
American read-necks are hell bent on destroying their own country and from outside it looks like what it is.... lunacy!
The resident sock puppet will be along shortly to say that the rest of the world doesn't matter. Would that be the world that provides America with it's market?
Of course Australians know nothing, we all hunt crocodiles for a living!
Maybe that is why we have the strongest economy in the world at this time! Not American, must not matter. What a tiny minded fanatical bunch of loosers the nay sayers are!
"I know he is very popular in my country"
We don't care.
"America would be like many other countries that introduced the free health bills "
America doesn't aspire to be like other countries, other countries aspire to be like America.
And NO COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD FREE HEALTH CARE.
Been expecting you! What took you so long? You are the problem, not the solution. No one I know aspires to have America's problems. Do you live your life in a redneck backwash?
You must be about ready for a new puppet! :)You seem to believe you are the only country in the world, a bit like PRC China. Not gonna take you far in the real world. I have many American friends who like what is happening and have a restored belief in their country, while all you do is try to destroy thought with narrow minded views like those expressed here. Buy yourself a world map. America is one country not the entire world.
Travelled out of your state yet?
" Buy yourself a world map. America is one country not the entire world.
Travelled out of your state yet?"
Gosh no, of course not. I hear tell the steam locamotive might come through here in a few years though. Until then I'll just have to rely on the half-informed (at best) opinions of people from less significant nations to know how we should think and behave here so we can be 'popular' with the also-rans.
"You seem to believe you are the only country in the world, a bit like PRC China"
China doesn't think it's the only country in the world. Did anyone ever tell you they thought so when you were there? Maybe you just have an inferiority complex when it comes to larger, more powerful and important countries than your own?
"No one I know aspires to have America's problems."
Oh sure, no other nation would want to have the world's largest economy, strongest military, and be the source of the most dynamic, creative minds in the world. Sure.
" Do you live your life in a redneck backwash?"
Are you trying to offend those who live in rural areas? Are you a bigot?
I met people with views like yours in many parts of America, and as far as bigotry goes I will leave that to you.
Don't leave it to me. I haven't expressed bigotry, you have.
Really? We all have colloquial backwashes, we just don't let them try to run our country! If left to some we would have Sarah Pailin rolling on the floor of Congress solving the worlds problems in a trance talking in tongues!
In other words, the self-proclaimed 'elitists' are worthy of running a country but not the everyday, hard-working regular folks? I see. No wonder you're so fond of our current president.
Your current president is, at least literate!
Anyone who cared to read his complete history will see he is the best qualified President America has had for a very long time. But don't go letting the truth get in the way!
What is the real problem. He's black? He's smart? He can string a complete sentence together? He's not a war monger?
Whew, that was hilarious. I'll tell you what, if you are so fond of him you can elect him to whatever tribal position your people value. He will be available shortly after Nov. 2012.
Not likely! By 2010 it will be obvious to all that America is back in the world game.
I know you do not engage with anything or place outside your own back yard, so it may surprise you that Australians don't have tribes.
Was that a racist jibe at the Australian Aboriginal people?
"Not likely! By 2010 it will be obvious to all that America is back in the world game."
Oh yeah, news that the JV level nations 'like' us will surely sway the American voting public!
"I know you do not engage with anything or place outside your own back yard"
I know it's important for you to believe that.
"it may surprise you that Australians don't have tribes."
Or whatever it is you people do. You may select leaders by the changing colors of your rumps or some such thing I suppose.
"Was that a racist jibe at the Australian Aboriginal people?"
Hardly. They at least I can respect.
This is a racist comment and should have no place in any discussion
"What is the real problem. He's black? "
There we go. There's the race card.
"He's smart? He can string a complete sentence together? "
There we go. There's the elitist attitude. That one really wins over normal people ...
" He's not a war monger?"
There we go. There's the ridiculous hyperbole.
Good afternoon Earnest - I am always amazed at how so many people inside America are so engaged with their ego and guns and hollow religion that they cannot see what they look like from outside. The first intelligent President they get for a few years and the semi-socially-literate come out in force. I guess they pine for the simple days when if someone disagrees they just bomb them.
Good afternoon alternative poet. As you may know I have travelled extensively in America and love the good people of this wonderful country. It saddens me to see it attacked from inside constantly by the terminally hateful.
The thing about Obama is his stable and sensible social grace, which should be evident to any thinking person who loves their country as he does.
I agree with your take on the semi-socially literate. They have called him a Muslim, (not that that should even matter,) questioned his birth certificate, lied about his inauguration, and now that he wants wall street to come clean, he gets the same tired old ill-informed crud piled on him that is spouted ad infinitum. Intelligent and worldly Americans must be thoroughly sick of this lying whining mob!
God forbid he looks after the poor!
I was taught that the sign of a great nation is how well they look after the needy, not the rich. They can obviously care for themselves and the selfish me first second and third tirades make them look not only selfish but dumb as bat droppings to the developed world as well!
Many people recognise that without the poor having some comfort a country will be viewed as backward socially and the workforce will become too involved in trying to survive to be innovative and involved.
"It saddens me to see it attacked from inside"
It saddens you that not everyone shares your views? You must be very, very sad very, very often.
"The thing about Obama is his stable and sensible social grace"
You're kidding, right? Did you miss the embarrassingly inappropriate manner in which he has interacted with other heads of state? Did you miss his outrageous insulting behavior toward the Israeli Prime Minister and even the Dalai Lama? Have you not noticed the condescending, arrogant, dismissive attitude toward those who do not agree with his politics? Were you napping when he openly insulted Sen. McCain during the sham 'bipartisan' get-together over health care reform?
You see, this is why the opinions of foreigners like you just don't matter. You don't really pay attention, you just project your political bias on people and situations you don't understand.
I am not a foreigner and I have been paying attention and I didn't see those things you just described. Do you think it's possible that most people don't see Obama as you do?
Nobody sees anything in the way this disruptive troll sees things - it is only disrupting this thread and should be ignored.
You will notice that the topic has been submerged in its kiddie playground childish bluster.
Ignore it and it will go away.
He likes to speak on behalf of all Americans. It's just one of the irritating things he does here.
"I have been paying attention and I didn't see those things you just described"
Then you haven't really been paying attention, because regardless of political affiliation those things did indeed happen.
"Nobody sees anything in the way this disruptive troll sees things - it is only disrupting this thread and should be ignored."
Nice to see you reduced to nothing but insults - again.
" Intelligent and worldly Americans "
You are just starting to sound insecure at this point.
"God forbid he looks after the poor!"
This really demonstrates the attitude on display very well, and shows why you don't really understand America.
I disagree. He understands America quite well.
"Please big Daddy President look after us, the helpless masses! "Is NOT an American attitude
"a country will be viewed as backward socially and the workforce will become too involved in trying to survive to be innovative and involved."
And yet here we are, still the most productive workforce in the world. Hmm...
"I am always amazed at how so many people inside America are so engaged with their ego and guns and hollow religion that they cannot see what they look like from outside. "
There you go. There is that elitist attitude that obama personifies so well. At least when foreigners indulge in it it doesn't mean anything AT ALL.
it's true!! they are too short sided to see that they look like idiots, even to us here. they are crying kicking stomping lying and when you look you see no problems. then it boils down to one thing. they are fragile, poor things. if they put guns on you beat you down and cheat to win the race they think it's cuz their better ha ha ha and that's what they've done in the past. but,when someone wins the race fair and square(and deservedly so) and a black guy too? they just don't know how to act!
it's all of those things. he has dealt a blow to redneck ego. PERIOD! they wanted the world to think that only they can do it and he has hurt their feelings.
Who'r the elitests?
You're the ones saying people who don't agree with you are stupid.
That's an elitist statement if I ever heard one!
And you get all hyper-defensive if anyone criticizes Bush...to this day even..knowing what we know..
Nah--just a typical trick of the right..You call people stupid cause they're not like you, but that's not an elitist statement.
You stick up for the banks, but call yourselves hard-working.
You are all about big oppressive forces, but call yourselves freedom-loving.
You have real dangerous reactionaries as leaders and then call "liberals" the kooks.
You call for all kind of damage to be done to the country and call us unAmerican.
I think you have your thinking cap on backwards.
This "elitist" label is a concoction of the right-wing noise machine, and you do yourself no favors by buying into such a transparent stereotype.
Some of us prefer our leaders to be intelligent, articulate, well-educated, and knowledgeable about history, current affairs, and world cultures. In addition, we want them to have an inquiring, open mind as well as the ability to understand and value other people's ideas, a calm and rational disposition, and a strong work ethic. That description could apply to some "everyday, hard-working regular folks" but it certainly did not apply to the last POTUS and it definitely does not apply to Sarah Palin.
"Some of us prefer our leaders to be intelligent, articulate, well-educated, and knowledgeable about history, current affairs, and world cultures. In addition, we want them to have an inquiring, open mind as well as the ability to understand and value other people's ideas, a calm and rational disposition, and a strong work ethic."
That's great, but that is not what 'elitist' is.
Laughable about the changing colour of our rumps. So now we are baboons?
When the right wing fanatics allow Obama to get the economy going as well as Australia's you may be able to display your superiority complex with less challengers. In the mean time watch us and weep!
Fortunately, the naysayers who always rant on these type of threads do not represent everyone in America. "Sour grapes" on their part and a guilty conscience for electing Dumbya for two terms as president and doing extreme damage to our reputation around the world makes them hope Obama will be even worse.
It's easy to see who these folks are by their same old tired statements criticizing anything Obama does. Many times you merely have to look to see which state they are from to know their political views. Sad but true!
For anyone who is interested in the actual subject matter of this tread; I have one or two reasons Our President is the Most Popular leader of the world. A list compiled by Robert P. Watson, Ph.D. Coordinator of American Studies
I'm glad to see our image is improving aroung the world. And I'm really glad to see people are not being fooled by the Right Wing loud mouths.
Now that I am un-banned for the time being - I can tell you that there is a moderate improvement in your image in China. However mostly they don't think about you much at all, they get a lot of conflicting BS coming into China and very little real information.
Mostly they are very confident and the moderately powerful people that I meet from time to time are quietly getting ready to be No1 with all that implies. I am happy to report that they all seem to temper the advantages that come with power with a huge sense of responsibility, as much talk of how to actually help in Africa etc as there is in market potentials etc etc. And it is a pleasure to discuss issues like the middle east without the maniacal screaming that I became used to before I came here.
Obama still polls well in the US, despite the right wing BS; they are a minority with delusions of grandeur. It's their role in life to muddy up the waters so that they won't have to admit they were responsible for the previous administration-- that would be embarassing. Obama's successes embarass them all the time, especially since he is (A BLACK MAN)an outsider who challenges their sense of superiority.
Despite what some of these commentators have said, most of us in the US see Australia as a friend and ally; assessment from outside our country is valid since your opinion is objective and helpful.
I have heard from people from other nations as well, and the comments on Obama have ranged from relief to be rid of the Bush administration to the renewed hope that the US has rejoined other free nations in trying to meet our global challenges.
Congratulations for having an easier time of getting your economy on track. You are exactly right; Obama should not have listened to the GOP. We would have been in much better shape had we had a stronger stimulous package. The GOP bullied a lot of tax cuts into it, which raise no funds nor create any jobs. We are still working on it. He graciously moves forward with a bunch of political hyenas snapping at his heels.
" Obama's successes embarass them all the time, especially since he is (A BLACK MAN)an outsider who challenges their sense of superiority."
Why do you consider a black man (or some percentage thereof) to be "an outsider"? Something very inappropriate in that statement.
Are you denying it's been a white man's club?
Then you don't pay much attention.
And that kind of denial is dangerous.
We already know you don't care to hold your people accountable...
In fact, you are inclined to let them get away with murder....
Shame on you.
"Obama still polls well in the US"
http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/gallu … roval.aspx
I am still watching for ANY conservative of national stture who polls NATIONALLY as well as President Obama does. Wingnuts love to point at any decline in the polls and say it *proves* something.
Obama is taking his hits in the real world dealing with real problems. I don't agree with all hs positions (offshore drilling is a HUGE mistake). But overall, he's dome way more and way better in one year than Bush did in 8 years. And head and shoulders above any GOP competitors.
The sage reigns over the people by humbling himself in speech
Therefore, all the world is glad to push him forward without getting tired of him
Just because he strives with nobody,
Nobody can ever strive with him....
Your either with us or against us
We'll get him dead or alive
You can catch more flies with honey!
Yeah, that's why you baggers need such big guns!
(inferiority...if you know what I mean *wink* *wink*)
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