Thursday, 18 November 2010

Obama then - and now

Do you remember, back in 2008 when Barack Obama was welcomed in Berlin and Europe almost like a new redeemer? His speech in Berlin mesmerized most commentators and politicians in Germany and all over Europe.

How different things look now. Simon Tisdall of the left leaning Guardian summarizes it all:

Rebuffed in Asia and repudiated at home, Barack Obama's bent and battered bandwagon heads for Europe this week, looking for a change of political fortune, or at least a welcoming smile. But sulky, insecure Eurocrats, awaiting his arrival in Lisbon for Saturday's one-day EU-US summit, have not forgotten last May's Madrid debacle, when he failed to show up at all. Obama's "snub", they say, reflects a bigger problem: the US president does not care about Europe.

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