Not even Mr. Congeniality?
Posted by aogThursday, 21 January 2010 at 15:39 TrackBack Ping URL

Via Just One Minute is this excellent quote from Politico

That persuasive power, and the notion of Obama himself as game-changer, was part of his promise, but foreign policy has turned out to be less susceptible to personality than many had hoped.

No, really? Other nations act based on their self interest rather than how much their leaders personally like our President? Gosh, how unexpected!

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David Cohen Thursday, 21 January 2010 at 17:20

For that matter, it seems that many foreign leaders liked W more.

From their point of view, predictability is a great thing in a President of the United States.

Peter B Thursday, 21 January 2010 at 18:48

In fairness, if I were a community organizer from Chicago and found myself being cheered wildly by tens of thousands of Germans during my first trip to Berlin, I might believe I had uncommon persuasive powers myself. Too bad Obama didn’t see the quip from a German pundit in Der Spiegal aimed at those very same Germans: “They think they hated Bush becase he was Mr. Bad. They’re about to find out they hated him because he was Mr. Big.”

cjm Thursday, 21 January 2010 at 21:04

after this week’s election, obama can’t even convince dems any longer — and there’s no one more gullible than them.

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 22 January 2010 at 10:25

Well, this is really more about Obama’s supporters that Obama himself. The author of the quote was clearly surprised by this failure.

erp Friday, 22 January 2010 at 13:39

Peter, did you forget that the main attraction in Germany was free beer, bratwurst and bands.

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