The Race Around the World

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We may be completely wrapped up in the POTUS '08 race around here, but how does it look from afar? One thing's for sure: Sen. Obama's got some fans...

If you're living outside the U.S., are people talking about the presidential race in the states? What are they saying? And if you live here, and have relatives abroad, what are they saying?



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Obama appeared on the TV show, Democracy Now, in January. The guest was Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The electric Intifada and author of One Country-A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

He boasted that he was very good friends with Obama, and that Obama contributed to the Palestinian cause, attended Palestinian fundraisers, etc. This is a man who wans to see the destruction of Israel.

Obama is a two-faced vote-getter.

Sent by Lucy Silver | 2:45 PM | 6-5-2008

My wife is German and speaks weekly with her family back home. Her family and friends in Germany are very upset with the last 8 years of Bush and would love to see Obama win the next election. It seems Bush has made them suspicious of any republican candidate.

Sent by Colman | 2:48 PM | 6-5-2008

I don't live abroad, but I teach English to adult immigrants and refugees in Duluth, MN. They are almost unanimous in their support for Barack Obama. They are so completely disgusted by recent U.S. foreign policy that they don't want to see anyone associated with the current administration in any way elected in November. We've had many interesting discussions about the Clinton/Obama contest; before that was settled, my students heavily favored Obama. They are all closely connected to their home countries, so I feel they fairly well reflect the views from those countries.

Sent by Bea Larson | 2:56 PM | 6-5-2008

Regading Negotiating with Iran.
It appears that your callers are unaware that the US is negotiating with Iran. We've been aggressively negotiating through each of the last four administrations.

In spite of a media blackout, our courageous "army" of US diplomats are working day and night to negotiate peace in the Middle East. This isn't new.

Sent by Dr John Webber | 3:14 PM | 6-5-2008

I was so disappointed in your callers, almost all female by the way who boasted of Obama's "soaring rhetoric with no basis" a.k.a. action or 'experience'. As was evident in the primary, experience is not a substitute for judgement. Most of these people calling, probably older baby boomers, still feel that experience is how you get the job. They don't know Obama and they haven't investigated him. They owe it to this country to get beyond their anger and check out his track record in the Senate and State Senate before they vote for JOHN MCSAME.

Sent by Ric | 6:17 PM | 6-5-2008

Hi, I am a regular listener from Germany and love your show. There has been lots of coverage of the primaries in Germany. Just yesterday my local (quite regional) newspaper opened with an Obama/Clinton headline and in the evening I saw a long one-hour profile of Obama on national TV. Most people I know are a little distrustful of America??s capability of getting beyond lingering racism and elect a black president but are definitely thrilled by the prospect. America??s public face seems to have changed beyond recognition in the last 8 years and we would so love to have the real America back !!!

Sent by Maren | 12:45 PM | 6-6-2008

Within the last couple of months I have traveled to both Australia and Greece. In both of these countries I had several locals ask me about our elections - who I was supporting and why - and who often had some very strong opinions of their own. In almost every case I ran across Obama supporters (which I also happen to be). And in almost every case they had the same opinion about our election process in general - "Americans...we love Americans...but your politics...they are crazy!" (a quote from a Greek taxi driver). I would have to agree.

Sent by Melissa | 4:33 PM | 6-6-2008

I am an International peruvian student here. I see that Obama's nomination regardless he becomes president or not, is very positive for the international American image, as an example of a country that really praises the freedom, where every person regardless his race, gender or cultural background can be elected as president if is an accomplished and committed person. This would also help healing racial injuries and increase self-esteem.

Sent by Gino | 11:51 PM | 6-6-2008

As a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Burkina Faso, West Africa I have been hearing a great deal from my villagers about our election. In their eyes, they can't believe that America would elect a woman or an African-American. They view us as a nation ruled by "white men."

It is interesting to discuss American politics with them, and how our system works. I only hope to prove them wrong in November, and to show the world that we are more accepting and diverse than we appear. Whether it is Barack or Hillary...we all know that a change needs to come soon, or I might start pinning a Canadian flag on my pack.

Sent by Stephanie | 6:49 PM | 6-8-2008