Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentOther - Politics & Government · 1 decade ago

Is it time to thank Obama yet?

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) – The United States is the most admired country globally thanks largely to the star power of President Barack Obama and his administration, according to a new poll.

It climbed from seventh place last year, ahead of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan which completed the top five nations in the Nation Brand Index (NBI).

"What's really remarkable is that in all my years studying national reputation, I have never seen any country experience such a dramatic change in its standing as we see for the United States for 2009," said Simon Anholt, the founder of NBI, which measured the global image of 50 countries each year.

He believes that during the previous administration of George W. Bush the United States suffered in the world ranking with its unpopular foreign policies but since Obama was elected, and despite the recent economic turmoil, the country's status has risen globally.

"There is no other explanation," Anholt said in an interview, referring to the impact of Obama.

The global survey, conducted by GFK Roper Public Affairs & Media, involved 20,000 people in 20 rich and developing countries around the globe. They were asked to rate 50 nations in categories such as culture, governance, people, exports, tourism, landscape and education.

Canada took the biggest hit in the latest survey, falling to seventh from fourth place, while China climbed several spots to 22nd, which Anholt believes in due in part to the successful staging of the Olympics.

China has always scored low on human rights and environmental policies but high on cultural heritage.

"It is the first time China's profile has risen," said Anholt, who has been doing the annual poll since 2005.

"Since the Olympics its score for tourism and its people has risen and that has helped to stem its decline," Anholt explained.

Italy maintained the sixth spot in the survey for the second year, while Switzerland came in eight, followed by Australia in 9th place and Spain and Sweden, which tied for 10th place.

At the opposite end of the survey Colombia and Kenya tied for 47th place. Angola was number 49 and Iran came in last at number 50.

14 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    actually the day he has been elected America's image changed .. i think we all should have been thanking him 10 months ago

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, it is not time to thank Obama yet.

    Crucial milestones for gratuitous Obama celebration:

    1) Cessation of all military hostilities and complete withdrawal of all troops deployed in occupation of sovereign states

    2) Repeal of global trade agreements and restoration of protective tariff

    3) Restoration of economic regulation and oversight including restoration of maximum wage tax rate

    4) Economic relief for citizens oppressed by predatory capitalism

    5) Nationalized single payer universal healthcare

    That is the agenda for which those of us that elected him voted. Those are his obligations, not voluntary charitable acts he might choose at his discretion and the full Obama celebration party does not commence until full compliance with all five articles.

  • IceT
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    No. The time to thank him will be when unemployment is at 5% instead of the current 9.8%!

    Rico.... I don't know where you are getting your info but you need to find a more reliable source because the stock market was at 13000 when Obama took office and dropped to just over 5000 a month after Obama took office. Welcome to the real world!

  • 1 decade ago

    If you want to thank people for having star power thank some celebrities, not a politician who is insisting that the national debt gets high enough to crush the working class and the government becomes even larger and more controlling.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Its the star power that had people dancing on the streets all over the world when he was elected. Its that same star power that made him win the Peace Prize.

    He doesn't even have to do a thing.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think that he has not been in office long enough to make that positive of an impact...just like the Nobel Peace Prize. All I have seen is mis-management and Socialism. I will never thank him.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Don't forget the stock market is the highest it's been since Bush was President.

    And health care reform is almost a done deal.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yay. The third world loves us now. Yippee. Meanwhile, where are the jobs? We now owe how much? You're taking over what?

  • Don B
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Isn't it wonderful to see the Party of Hate (R)

    in such a dither

    over America and her President being honored

    instead of hailed as aggressors and rich elitists that have no concern for other countries or their traditions

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, wait, I do not trust this man at all, he has too much of a "Tony Blair" about him.

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