Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 231
by mole333, Fri Oct 09, 2009 at 01:46:02 PM EDT
This week, because of increased readership, I am expanding my coverage in Georgia and Virginia. Right now NY, CA, TX, VA, GA and NJ are the states where most of my readers live. I consider that quite an interesting mixture.
Last week I ended my introductory statement by saying, "It may not always seem this way, but things have been moving (slowly) in the right direction." This last week adds a great deal of emphasis to my statement. Looked at from afar, what Obama has been doing is amazing. Of course there is the Nobel Peace Prize, which I discuss in this week's newsletter. Whether or not you think Obama has earned it, it is a sincere expression of just how relieved the world is that America has a good President again and of how hopeful the world is that Obama can turn things around. But the Nobel Prize is just the most obvious expression of this. Simply put, almost every nation in the world views America better thanks to Obama. From Reuters:
The United States is the most admired country globally thanks largely to the star power of President Barack Obama and his administration, according to a new poll.
It climbed from seventh place last year, ahead of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan which completed the top five nations in the Nation Brand Index (NBI).
"What's really remarkable is that in all my years studying national reputation, I have never seen any country experience such a dramatic change in its standing as we see for the United States for 2009," said Simon Anholt, the founder of NBI, which measured the global image of 50 countries each year...
The global survey, conducted by GFK Roper Public Affairs & Media, involved 20,000 people in 20 rich and developing countries around the globe. They were asked to rate 50 nations in categories such as culture, governance, people, exports, tourism, landscape and education.
What a difference a year, and a new President, makes. And it is an important measure of Obama's success. I should note that the two main groups of people who view America worse now that Obama is President are right wing Republicans and Muslim supporters of Islamic Jihad, Iran or the Taliban. I am not making that up. Having read a great deal of the comments both from right wing Republicans and Islamic fundamentalists (Shi'ite and Sunni) I am amazed at how similar are their comments about Obama and America.
Here is this week's newsletter:
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Tags: alternative energy, Arizona, biodiesel, California, Colorado, Florida, Food Co-ops, Georgia, Glenn Beck, green jobs, Healthcare, Illinois, Iowa, Keith Olbermann, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, new jersey, New York, nobel prize, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, progressive candidates, Repower America, texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin (all tags)