President Obama swept into the Presidency amid a wave of anger over the flailing economy, for sure. However, Obama also road another wave: to better our image throughout the world.
“It’s Unanimous: The World Prefers Obama” – Sept 2008
“For Many Abroad, an Ideal Renewed” – Nov 2008
The consensus was that a more understanding positioning by our government would help to bring about a more peaceful world and would increase our standing in the world of likeability. It sounded great and many fell for it, aided by their favorite celebrities.
“People wanna like us,” Jim Carey said, when asked about his thoughts about President Obama and how an Obama Presidency might affect world opinion. This is not something I disagree with. However, there is a flip-side to Carey’s idealistic view . Not all people wanna like us. Some people, no matter what we do, will never like us. To ignore that fact, is to be naive to the world around us. These two realities can, and do, exist.
Now, we’re seeing the flip-side that they – those that really thought the election and governance of President Obama would dispel – didn’t see.
The countries of Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Lebanon, Tunisia and even India are all experiencing anti-American protests at our consulates and embassies after the the initial uprising in Egypt that spread to include the death of four U.S. countrymen in a planned attack in Libya.
It’s time for people to wake up and see that their idealism has been misplaced.