It's an Important Job Being President of Earth

by Benjamin Domenech on 6:58 am June 18, 2010



A year after his Cairo speech, Pew Global’s report on President Obama is providing some rich examples of the sinking of the One. Andrew Malcolm writes on the foreign poll drop, but even with sinking approval for his policies abroad, Obama is still more popular overseas than he is at home:

In its annual 22-nation survey of global attitudes, the Washington-based Pew Research Center finds that 90 percent of Germans, 87 percent of French and 84 percent of Britons have confidence that Obama will do the right thing in world affairs. In the U.S., 65 percent of those surveyed express similar confidence.

Obama’s domestic approval rating has declined from 64% in February 2009 to 47 percent in the latest poll, taken from April 15 to May 5.

The president “remains popular across much of the world,” according to a 172-page report that accompanied the data. “In five of six predominantly Muslim countries, however, more than half lack confidence in Obama.”

I find it interesting that a president who has staked so much of his foreign policy approach on an open handed outreach to Muslim countries should receive such a rebuff. If only he weren’t so distracted by those irritating people yammering about oil in the Gulf, he could get back to his job as President of Earth.

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