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Can a new president repair relations with Europe?

July 24, 2008

A man holds a banner reading 'Obama For Chancellor' before a speech of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama during his visit in Berlin July 24, 2008.

Presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke at the “Victory Column” in Berlin’s Tiergarten park in front of thousands of Germans and tourists in his only formal address during his week-long foreign tour. He called on Europe to stand by the United States in bringing stability to Afghanistan and confronting other threats from climate change to nuclear proliferation.

Relations between the United States and Germany reached a post-war low under former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who strongly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He said Germany would “not click its heels” and follow President Bush into war — a position that tapped into wells of German pacifism but infuriated Bush. But Chancellor Angela Merkel, who grew up behind the Wall in the communist East, has worked hard to repair ties with the U.S. and has emerged as one of Bush’s closest allies in Europe.

Barack Obama and Angel MerkelObama and Merkel met for the first time on Thursday and touched on Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Middle East peace, climate change and the global economy during their talk.

A Pew Research Center poll showed Germans favor Obama over John McCain by a 49 point margin. But some German officials have said Obama risks disappointing Europeans because their expectations are so high.

Can a new president repair relations with Europe?

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(Pictured above: A man holds a banner reading ‘Obama For Chancellor’ before a speech of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama during his visit in Berlin July 24, 2008. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz)

(Pictured right: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama poses with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin, in front of Reichstag building, July 24, 2008. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

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HE’S GOING ON A “WORLD TOUR” — AT OUR EXPENSE — AND HE’LL COME BACK AND EXPLAIN HIS “FOREGN EXPERIENCE”. WHAT A JOKE.

WHY DID HE TAKE 300 ADVISORS TO EUROPE? LAST TIME I CHECKED, EUROPEANS CAN’T VOTE FOR OUR PRESIDENT — OR CAN THEY? OBAMA HAS TIES TO ANTI-AMERICANS AND TERRORISTS. BE CAREFUL WHO YOU VOTE FOR.

Obama is an empty suit, created by the media with the help of the Chicago political machine. He is a weakling whose strings are manipulated by Kennedy, Kerry-Heinz and Joe Biden. He is at their beck and call and is unable to make a decision without their help. An empty suit. Obama further created a cult which was incited to hate the Clintons and John McCain.

Along with the above three are Howard Dean, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, who are panting for Obama to become nominated — they are further manipulation. Pelosi wants to be the first female president.

The Democratic party is split and I for one, will be glad to see it buried and never alive again. The big-wig democrats stabbed Hillary in the back.

I will vote for McCain and I will campaign that each of the above, when faced with their own re-election, may not win. Obama is an unknown. He has told too many lies. He has no leadership experience and is not qualified to become president.

And, Yeah — I AM A TYPICAL, HARD-WORKING, MIDDLE-CLASS, BLUE COLLAR PERSON.

They should have counted Florida and Michigan. Florida voted. Both candidates were on the ticket. Michigan has an election in August. They should have added Hillary and Obama to the August ticket!

Vote for America!

Vote for John McCain in 2008 — Hillary in 2012.

Posted by EAST COAST | Report as abusive
 

He is doing exactly what JFK did and JFK was a failure as president. Americans should starting think with their brain and not their emotions to see that this guy is a fake and cannot be trusted. I laugh at the young and old who get caught up in this hype.

Posted by Rich | Report as abusive
 

The rest of the world needs to be reassured that the mainstay of American sentiment is not in line with the neurosis generated by close minded self serving right wing conservatives who control the American media.

Bill O’ Reilly, and Mit Romney are not the voice of America.

Posted by Franz Josef | Report as abusive
 

Yes.
A new president can repair ties with Europe, but it will take a couple of presidents to remove the skepticism that has emerged as a result of the current administrations lies, violations of Geneva conventions, and hypocritical favoritism of one tiny little state in the Middle-East.

Posted by John Anders | Report as abusive
 

we’ve done a lot for europe. if they don’t like us screw them. we should do what is best for us and not what will make people like us. get over it!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by MICHAEL MORETTI | Report as abusive
 

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IS OVERSEAS — MAKING FOOLS OUT OF AMERICANS!

He is trying to impress them with his “DIRECTED” show trip and “PRE-WRITTEN”, “PREPARED” “SPEECHES” — like the one in BERLIN today.

WHY ISNT’ HE HERE — TRYING TO TELL AMERICANS WHAT HIS PLAN IS?

WHY IS HE TRYING TO IMPRESS EUROPEANS? THEY CAN’T VOTE FOR OUR PRESIDENT — OR CAN THEY? WHAT IS OBAMA HIDING NOW? HE DOES HAVE TIES TO TERRORISTS OVERSEAS.

Just remember — he is carrying with him enough cameras to “ACT and talk pretty” and 300 advisors to make him TALK, WALK, AND ACT carefully. Obama is just a political puppet!

VOTE NO TO ALL DEMOCRATS IN NOVEMBER AND HELP SAVE AMERICA!

Obama keeps insulting Americans intelligence! WAKE UP AMERICANS!

JOHN McCAIN is THE REAL CANDIDATE — he thinks, acts and behaves very presidential and knowledgeable BY HIMSELF — NO 300 STRINGS attached AND hundreds of BIASED MEDIA CAMERAS!

Posted by EAST COAST | Report as abusive
 

Yes, U.S. ties with Europe can be mended…but not with a republican in the White House who supports the policies of the republican who rent them. While the democrat candidate is new to foreign relations, he has the vision and the fresh view of our European ties that will facilitate the mending, Mr. & Mrs. Reader.

OK Jack

 

Question: Are we all getting sucked in to Barrack Obama’s campaign and his “SMOOTH” talking?

Awnser: Yes!

Question: Is he a better option than MCain and the republican party at this point in time?

Answer: Yes!

This Republican(from montana) will give the brother a chance to try and fix are country and its foreighn relations in November!

Warning!! Youth-and fools (just like Sheep) are easlily lead around by HYPE, just like what Obama’s campaign is infused with.

Posted by David M. | Report as abusive
 

Of course USA can improve ties with Europe. Is that obnoxious arrogant person from Texas still in the White House? If he could go today to his ranch to cut some trees or something and just stay there for ever we could start improving ties with Europe tomorrow.

Unfortunately, not only we have to wait till January but that “no need for permission slip” smear smiling paper emperor can still do even more damage than he has done already.

Posted by Shamick Gaworski | Report as abusive
 

why do we keep hearing about ” repairing ” u.s. relations with europe…talk about horses*it, that’s the last reason on my list to vote for any candidate.

Posted by s.bolivier | Report as abusive
 

Obama is just another, a younger american megalomaniac that is trying to change the world with US power. The world doesn’t want and need any more of that.

Posted by Gerd Wiescher | Report as abusive
 

Unfortunately,repairing us relations with Europe and the rest of the world is a very difficult task. As the Bazombo of Angola say, “You cannot repair a broken gourd”.
Guy Blaise

 

The Tories (conservatives) are on the verge of taking control of England.
Germany elected a decidedly pro American Chancellor. France elected a president who unashamedly campaigned as pro-american. Most of Eastern Europe loves the US. Where is this verilent anti-americanism the media daily expouse?

Posted by Mike Ott | Report as abusive
 

“McCain’s problem is less his age than his detachment from contemporary culture” (today on Financial Times) and it is a shame having a candidate for president with the culture of 1950. That is why Europe loves Obama.

Posted by Joe Olive | Report as abusive
 

Obama looks more like a President, talks like a President and maybe he is the chance the U.S. has had and will have for a long time if it wants to repair relations with Europe and the non-so-fond of-Americans nations around the globe.

Bush became a joke in Europe a long time ago – it s time for you guys to be serious and stop messing with other Countries and focus on your own problems else you your economy will be overtaken by up-and-coming Countries eies like China and India, who dont seem to give a cent about wanting to police the world but are concentrating on their own economies.

;-)

 

Relations with other countries can be improved only if a DEMOCRAT is elected this November. If McBush is elected then our country will quickly fall to third world status as George Bush has already forced us to the brink.

We cannot afford Bush’s cowboy attitude anymore. No more pre-emptive first strike posturing, no more torture, no more renditions, no more Gitmo, no more if you aren’t with us then you are against us, no more we don’t believe in global warming, no more warrantless invasions, no more fear mongering, no more we don’t have to testify to Congress, no more drilling in public areas for oil company greed, no more debasing of the dollar, no more trillion dollar deficit and on and on the list of Bush/Cheney crimes go.

Vote for Obama! Vote for a future! Vote for America!

Posted by BushGuiltyAsSin | Report as abusive
 

The responsibility for repairing relations with Europe is the responsibility of European leaders, not the US President. The antics of de Villepin and Chirac at the UN are the reason for the sour relations. They put their corrupt backroom UN politics and shady deals with Iraq ahead of common sense and basically stabbed the US in the back. At any rate, Merkel and Sarkozy seem to have fine relations with the US, so there is really no need to patch things up at the moment anyway. Sarkozy’s trip to DC at the beginning of his term speaks quite clearly for itself. Get a grip people, Europe is swinging conservative.

Posted by Matthew | Report as abusive
 

As it is expected widely that,if Mr,Barack Obama is sworne in as the next president of the United States Of America then not only in Europe but also global relationship will be better. As a man and his activities from the grass root to present,it can be said that he would not allow any unnecessary burden to be shouldered by the US that can shatter the nation’s economy.It is very clear that Barack Obama would entertain any unwanted encroachment to other country’s internal matter that could lead any ‘Millitary expenditure’to be incurred profoundly.It is true that European countries do not entertain the ‘ mission of invasion’.So In this perspective,Barack Obama will improve the relatioship in Europe definitely

 

We, the nations of the world have been egerly waiting to welcome the new president of his excellency Mr,Barack Obama. He must be able to beterise the relationship in Europe as well as internationally. He ,as we anticipate,would be able to eradicate the prevailing tension that hampers the global peace and economy as well.If any war is not entertained to continue by affording millitary aids,if the environment of understanding is generated,the world will naturally remain calm and peaceful.Mr, Barack Obama will follow this mission to make the US stronger ethically by seting a very good relationship with the Europe and obviously with other countries.

 

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