Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mr 99%

Of presidents of the US of A that I can recall, Australians of my ilk have either despised them or been quite indifferent to them. Despised would be Johnson, Nixon, Reagan and Bush Jnr. Indifference, Ford, Carter, Bush Snr and to a lesser extent, Clinton.

And yet, here is a President we adore, Barack Obama. He has just left Australia and we watched him with awe and adoration. If he snapped his fingers and said he was running for Prime Minister here, he would be elected with a majority never seen before in Australia, no matter which major party he ran for.

'Tis a curious thing, it is.

11 comments:

  1. It was 'All the way with LBJ" when Johnson came... but that was Canberra in 1966 maybe. Obama does seem to be more 'international' in his approach than his predecessors.

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  2. Obama seems quite genuine, and (to be corny) he has the common touch. Just a normal guy, cute wife, couple of kids & a dog, who just happens to also be a president. I usually don't care much for politicians either way, but Obama's good by me.

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  3. Hello Andrew:
    Without doubt, Barack Obama has a huge presence on the international stage. We applaud him for it.

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  4. I don't know much about Barack Obama, but he seems like a nice enough bloke. Seems to be doing the right thing.

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  5. I like the man.
    Oh, heck, I'd even vote for Malcolm Turnbull given half a chance.

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  6. I'm with the others here. To borrow from River, 'he seems a nice enough bloke.'

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  7. Christine, hi. I would like to say LBJ's visit here is ingrained in my memory and maybe I remember but I think my memory is mostly subsequently shown tv footage.

    I dunno Smudgeon. I like to think of him as you do, but he is a seriously good orator, the likes of which Australia hasn't seen for many years, or perhaps the US.

    JayLa, is that damming with faint praise?

    River, pity Mr and Mrs Average in the US don't agree with you.

    FruitCake, shhh, I might vote for Malcolm too, but I am not telling anyone.

    Kath, for Australians to think of him as a nice bloke is high praise really. We don't use the term lightly.

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  8. Mr Obama seems down to earth and very aware of what's going on around the world and would definitely get my vote :-).

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  9. And Windsmoke, quite different to the last buffoon in the Whitehouse.

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  10. Just goes to show it's no longer really about party politics any more! Personal politics is IN!! Not sure that this is a good thing ...

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  11. Good or not Red, it is the way of the world now.

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