POLITICAL observations & opinions

* The Economist (UK): Barack Obama – the next leader of the free world

Posted by Lew Weinstein on November 1, 2008

The Economist writes (thanks to BARBARA for the link) …

  • America should take a chance and make Barack Obama the next leader of the free world
  • The United States is unhappy, divided and foundering both at home and abroad. Its self-belief and values are under attack.
  • The Economist does not have a vote, but if it did, it would cast it for Mr Obama. We do so wholeheartedly: the Democratic candidate has clearly shown that he offers the better chance of restoring America’s self-confidence.
  • the Candidate McCain of the past six months has too often seemed the victim of political sorcery, his good features magically inverted, his bad ones exaggerated.
  • The choice of Sarah Palin epitomised the sloppiness. Mr McCain made his most important appointment having met her just twice.
  • Political fire, far from rattling Mr Obama, seems to bring out the best in him:
  • the furore about his (admittedly ghastly) preacher prompted one of the most thoughtful speeches of the campaign.
  • On the financial crisis his performance has been as assured as Mr McCain’s has been febrile.
  • He seems a quick learner and has built up an impressive team of advisers, drawing in seasoned hands like Paul Volcker, Robert Rubin and Larry Summers.
  • this is a man who listens, learns and manages well.
  • Mr Obama has produced the more compelling and detailed portrait.
  • He has campaigned with more style, intelligence and discipline than his opponent.
  • Whether he can fulfil his immense potential remains to be seen. But Mr Obama deserves the presidency.


Read the entire article at … http://www.economist.com/opinion/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=12511171


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