Thursday, July 23, 2009

U.S. image has improved with Barack Obama as President

Again, we are fighting two fronts here.

One, domestically which was left in tatters after George W. Bush and cronies left town. The other, internationally, which George W. Bush practically destroyed our image and good will abroad. Illegal Iraq War which was contracted out to the tune of billions of dollars ring a bell, anyone?

President Barack Obama's popularity has boosted America's image abroad even though deep suspicions about the U.S. persist in the Muslim world, according to a poll released Thursday.

The survey of two dozen nations conducted this spring by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that positive public attitudes toward the United States have surged in many parts of the world since Obama's election.

Positive opinions about the United States have returned to higher levels not seen since before President George W. Bush took office in 2001. The Bush presidency marked a steep decline in U.S. popularity overseas, notably after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, because of a perception that the post-9/11 war on terrorism was targeted at Muslims.

"The image of the United States has improved markedly in most parts of the world, reflecting global confidence in Barack Obama," the center said in its annual Pew Global Attitudes Report.

The only exception was Israel, where attitudes toward the U.S. have dipped since Bush left office.

The improvements "are being driven much more by personal confidence in Obama than by opinions about his specific policies," Pew reported. read more here....

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