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  • Barack Obama Has a 75 Percent Approval Rating (with Foreigners Who Don't Matter Because They're Foreigners)

    In a different country that was not like America at all in any way shape or form, news that your President was highly regarded in the rest of the world might be viewed as a good thing.

    But that's why countries like those are not to be trusted

    A survey on European and American attitudes toward each other — released by Transatlantic Trends, a D.C.-based think tank — found that 75 percent of those surveyed in 12 European Union countries approved of Obama on international affairs, while the same survey found only 54 percent of U.S. citizens would say the same thing…

    The think tank found Obama's approval rating on international politics to be highest in Western Europe countries like Portugal (82 percent), the Netherlands (81 percent), Germany (81 percent), and Italy (79 percent)–nations that strongly opposed the War in Iraq and for which Obama offers a stark contrast to that war's president, George W. Bush.. The lowest ratings in the EU came from Eastern and Central European republics like Slovakia (58 percent), Bulgaria (63 percent), and Poland (65 percent), former Warsaw Bloc nations leery of Obama's opening of relations with Russia.

    If Barack Obama is so popular with those European people, why doesn't he just go be President of Europistan or whatever that country's called?

    Photo by Dominic Lipinski-WPA Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Barack Obama, Europe, Germany, Italy, Poland, Polls, Portugal, Russia
  • Important 3 A.M. Questions: Did Barack Obama Sleep through the Polish Plane Crash?

    Erick Erickson, CNN's new "magic wall," asks a very important question re: the tragic plane crash that killed Poland's president and top government officials: did Barack Obama sleep through the whole thing?

    Here's what we know. The plane crashed at 0656 GMT, or 2:56 a.m. DC time. So assuming the Russians have us on speed dial, the White House phone actually rang at 3:00 a.m., just as Hillary predicted, and- well, let's go to the magic wall

    CNN has updated their story repeated [sic]. When I looked at it at 9:46 a.m. ET on Saturday morning, something very odd stood out.

    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown had released a statement. French President Nicholas Sarkozy had released a statement. An American Undersecretary of State for Public Affairs had released a statement.

    Sometime after that the White House released its statement (note: I'm told in an email the statement was actually released earlier, but still after sunrise). [...] Why the delay? Did the President sleep through the 3 a.m. phone call? If you think it is unfair to ask, just imagine if it were George W. Bush.

    Excellent point! If it were George W. Bush he would've used his superpowers to rearrange the time-space continuum and give himself the same advantage as the British prime minister and the French president, namely, being five hours ahead of the United States.

    God, I miss that guy.


    Tags: Barack Obama, Erick Erickson, George W. Bush, Gordon Brown, Nicolas Sarkozy, Poland
  • Countdown to Election: 48 Days

    All told, there are 48 member's of George Bush's super kickass Coalition of the Willing, all willing and able to offer a couple thousand (or, more popularly, a couple dozen.. or, at the very least, a little Xtreme non-participatory support) of their troops to fight the good fight in Iraq and have an awesome time.

    And we're not forgetting Poland.

    Go back to Day 49.


    Tags: Election Countdown, George W. Bush, Iraq, Poland