Around The World, Obama’s Presidency A Disappointment

Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.Reports Don Melvin and Rod McGuirk on the Associated Press:

In Europe, where more than 200,000 people thronged a Berlin rally in 2008 to hear Barack Obama speak, there’s disappointment that he hasn’t kept his promise to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and perceptions that he’s shunting blame for the financial crisis across the Atlantic.

In Mogadishu, a former teacher wishes he had sent more economic assistance and fewer armed drones to fix Somalia’s problems. And many in the Middle East wonder what became of Obama’s vow, in a landmark 2009 speech at the University of Cairo, to forge a closer relationship with the Muslim world.

In a world weary of war and economic crises, and concerned about global climate change, the consensus is that Obama has not lived up to the lofty expectations that surrounded his 2008 election and Nobel Peace Prize a year later. Many in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America were also taken aback by his support for gay marriage, a taboo subject among religious conservatives…

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30 Comments on "Around The World, Obama’s Presidency A Disappointment"

  1. In the interests of fiscal responsibility, nations with a problem with Obama’s belated support of gay rights should face foreign aid cutoffs in both economic and military aid. If places run by TEH CRAZY want help, their fellow nuts with money can cough it up. 

    • Right on! Let those ungrateful 5 year olds in Burkina Faso starve! If they don’t like it, STFU! 

  2. not just around the world

  3. I am disappointed with Obama’s presidency; add Japan to the list.

  4. William Mercado | May 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm |

    What were they expecting, he’s another centrist Democrat not FDR or Che.

    He didn’t lead us into another Middle Eastern war, I’m grateful for that

    • Anarchy Pony | May 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm |


    • He is more sneaky, Libya, Somalia and Yemen are proof of that.

    • sonicbphuct | May 20, 2012 at 9:33 am |

       Afghanistan is not the middle east, but … he sure did bring the party there, eh? Oh – I guess there was Libya, but … who gives a shit about them, eh – i mean, it’s not like american soldiers were dying, just stupid Libyans and we all know they’re hardly worth mentioning, along with about 5 billion other people on the planet.

    • There are some people in Pakistan who might not agree with you…

  5. Would all of you people dissatisfied with President Obama have preferred President McCain?  Because that’s what you would have had without him.  I’m sure you’ll love what President Romney would do.

    • Anarchy Pony | May 20, 2012 at 12:20 am |

      Knock off that lesser of two evils bullshit. Piss poor fucking argument.

      • Not only is it a piss poor argument, it’s a large part of the exact argument which has us trapped in this political downward spiral.

        The other part of the argument is “If you vote Third-Party you’re throwing away your vote”.

        • Sometimes you have to wonder if it’s actually being crafted that way by the Powers that Be.

    • sonicbphuct | May 20, 2012 at 9:30 am |

       hmmm… let me see:
      ACTION                                           | BUSH/MCCAIN/ROMNEY  |  OBAMA
      right to kill anyone anywhere                                                                 X
      right to imprison anyone indeffinitely                   X                                X
      would use drone for the above                            X                                X
      bails banks out  at 1-2 TRILLION                        X                                X
      ignores bailing out citizens                                  X                                X
      ignores Bill Of Rights                                           X                               X
      keeps more than 2 million in prison                     X                               X
      increased non-violent alien deportations                                               X
      decreased Corporate regulation enforcement     X                               X
      decreased corporate regulations                         X                               X

      yep – in my book, it’s about the fucking same. Either you can get along with the guy ass raping you or you can’t, either way, you’re being ass raped.

    •  If you can’t select better, you just keep firing them, eventually via pure dumb luck, you’ll get one that betrays them instead of betraying us.

    • anarkestra | May 21, 2012 at 10:12 pm |

       I’m more dissatisfied with the fact that my only two choices are fucked and doubly fucked. Its like coke and pepsi at this point and if you cant see it your just not paying attention. Obama actually has a lot of authority when it comes to foreign and economic policy, but he doesn’t use it to, say, end a war or hold wall street accountable. It is literally not even on the agenda, in fact its the exact opposite. The idea the legislative branch is holding the executive branch back is a very poor argument. And that’s why people are so angry and disaffected, they’ve totally lost all faith in a system that’s broken beyond repair. Your cognitive dissonance is staggering, man. Who do you think these people represent?

  6. Outlaw Kit | May 20, 2012 at 12:11 am |

    Read as: “Entire world population not satisfied with a political leader, wanted him to do other stuff he didn’t do.”

    So goes the story of the world always.

  7. Real talk. He is a manchurian candidate. 

    •  Look at Michele Obama playing the perfect progressive liberal candidates wife. All along she know exactly what here husband was like and what policies he really supported. Sickening betrayers the pair of them, all well versed in lies of every type, expect them to rake in millions from Hollywood as their 30 pieces of silver.
      At least with Mitt Romney you know where you stand, better him than the Uncle Tom betrayer and wife.

  8. Gregory Wyrdmaven | May 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm |

    Oh for pete’s sake.  Obama-bashing is like slashing your own tires.

    The world’s disappointment is disappointment with America, that revealed itself to be a backward, racist, empty-headed, greedy, warmongering nation.  The idea that one man can fix all that in one term with a hostile and bought-and-paid by the 1% Congress is what is really disappointing. 

    And if you want things to be fixed, you would want to support him, instead of trying to trying to tear him down.

    Fiat lux

    • That only makes sense if you were the ones thinking those new tires in 2008 were actually going to have traction.

    •  congress bought and paid for? And for some reason you think obama is not.  Slashing your own tires?   If they are no good and should not be travel on then yes, slash them before a major  failure.   Too bad we didn’t slash the tires sooner.

  9. This is news?  But “disappointment” sounds like something you say when your cake doesn’t rise. With the 2008 economy in shambles and big money and the right wing in disgrace, never have we seen such a golden opportunity for a leader to enact or at least push for real reform in this country.  And never has it been needed so badly, probably our last chance to turn the world away from environmental and social disaster.  We needed a great reformer.  Instead we got the Great Squanderer.

  10. I’ve been in Europe for a year now. To a person, everyone who I have spoken to absolutely loves the guy compared to his predecessor. That should be the baseline of the comparison not whether or not the president is Noam Chomsky or is giving everyone a free pony.

    • He’s claimed the right to assassinate any American he deems a terrorist, so I reject your baseline.  He’s just a smoother tyrant.

  11. Established Poster | May 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm |

    If there is one thing I looooove commenting on it is how bad our government is and how stupid its leaders are, who is with me?  I am a bit lazy and don’t attempt to go out and change anything in the real world.  Instead I opt to wage my war against big brother here on this website.   The problem is I got average grades in high school, university and now have an average middle class job or am unemployed.  I enjoy being able to hide that on this website.  If you don’t think I am intelligent, just throw an opinion at me.  I will research it  for an hour or so, formulate an opinion and shove it in your face you idiot.

    I bet the government tends to have run on sentences and uses there commas incorrectly.  They can stay the HELL off this website then.  Right guys? 

    • You don’t know if you have an average middle class job or are unemployed?  My faith in your veracity is beginning to waver.

    • Adamsshadow | May 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm |

      Grammar-Nazi alert:

      “I bet the government tends to have run on sentences and uses there
      commas incorrectly.” 

      It should actually read “their” instead of “there.”

       If you want to mock the educational and cognitive abilities of a certain demographic, try not to do the exact same damn thing in said mockery.

      Have a nice day.

  12. He didn’t disappoint me much.

    But then again…four years ago…I was only really expecting two things from an experienced Chicago Democrat:

    1) He would be smarter and more eloquent than the Shrub (which was a really safe bet…given that Bush the Deuce set all time records for actual stupidity and genuine incompetence.)

    and 2) Electing someone non-white would at least prove that the US isn’t 51% Klansmen, and that we’ve grown up enough to let people of any heritage take office, lie to our faces, and abuse our trust.

    With expectations that low…all he’s done in the last several years was occasionally surprise me with his willingness to suck military-industrial-prisonculture-corporate cock…but at least he didn’t look functionally retarded while doing it.

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