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Obama’s EuroTrip Recieves Backlash

It seems the more Europeans love and embrace Barack Obama, the less Americans are willing to do the same. During his recent trip across Europe and the Middle East, Obama made huge strides in showing that he can mingle with world leaders. To his credit, that places significant faith and trust on the international stage. But, US electioneering has made those successes into gaffe. Apparently, the audacity of acting presidential is too much for Americans to handle and it shows:

A surprising poll released Monday confirms Sen. Barack Obama’s worst nightmare: he actually lost ground to Sen. John McCain after a global trip meant to buck up his sagging credentials in foreign and military policy.

The USA Today/Gallup poll has McCain leading Obama by four points, 49 percent to Obama’s 45 percent, among likely voters.


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6 Responses

  1. No one poll is really meaningful. The average still has Obama 3-4 points ahead and has for some time.

  2. The lies spread about Obama while he’s been gone has probably helped McCain, but that won’t last.

  3. He might have won the hearts of Europeans, but they aren’t voting, are they?

    My gut feeling is that he won’t win. Consider the fact that right now, no one is more hated than Republicans. He should be killing McCain. The GOP practically put a bow on the White House and handed it to the Dem’s, but the numbers are still close.

    That business about him not visiting wonded soldiers doesn’t sit well with me either. They’re more important than any leader he visited as far I’m concerned. I think him going even though press wouldn’t be allowed would have spoke volumes…or be seen as a campaign ploy. Either way, it would have been much better than him not going at all.

  4. The problem with US presidential elections is that they are personality driven as opposed to issue driven. It shouldn’t matter whether Obama visits wounded soldiers or gives speeches in foreign rallies, because both are publicity stunts. Neither affects policy in any way yet they are given enormous attention. The only explanation I have is Americans just love a good ol’ fashioned sleez-ball election. Hurray.

  5. The point of the Berlin trip wasn’t to convince the Europeans : we didn’t need convinced, 1 in 3 are pro Obama anyway. The point of the trip was to show Americans that he could be a president when it came to foreign policy, diplomacy and state visits. And he did. check.


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