Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Barack and the American Image

In 2007 Barack Obama said, "The day I'm inaugurated, not only will the country look at itself differently, but the world will look at America differently."

It seems he was right. A lot of Americans are certainly looking at the country differently and they aren't happy about what they see in Washington.

As for other countries, recent reports state that anti-Americanism is on the rise in Pakistan.

A survey last month for international broadcaster al Jazeera by Gallup Pakistan found that 59 percent of Pakistanis felt the greatest threat to the country was the United States. A separate survey in August by the Pew Research Center, an independent pollster based in Washington, recorded that 64 percent of the Pakistani public regards the U.S. "as an enemy" and only 9 percent believe it to be a partner.

It seems our president's apologies for America have really had an effect, just not the one he was hoping for.

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