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    "Obama poised to rebrand America" CNN.com

    [QUOTE][B][U]Obama poised to rebrand America, experts say[/U][/B]

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    People around the world celebrated the election of Barack Obama

    The United States' reputation has been on the decline in recent years

    Obama must address issues like Guantanamo, Geneva Conventions, Martin says

    Capturing Osama bin Laden would reshape U.S. foreign policy, Quelch says

    By Kristi Keck
    CNN

    (CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama is poised to restore the United States' image in the international community, but experts say the president-elect must show the world that his actions will live up to his rhetoric.


    People in Kisumu, Kenya, celebrate the election of Barack Obama.

    Receiving a warm welcome is not the same as maintaining one, and Obama has a lot of work to do to improve the U.S. brand.

    America's image has declined in nearly every region of the world in recent years, but Obama's victory "enables the United States to start again with a clean slate," according to John Quelch, the senior associate dean at Harvard Business School.

    "Americans can actually go to dinner parties and cocktail receptions around the world today and not have to apologize for the United States the way they have had to do the last several years," he said. "The election has made life a little bit easier for Americans living and traveling abroad to hold their head up high again."

    The United States' tarnished reputation has been fueled by a combination of factors, including opposition to U.S. policies like the war Iraq and alleged torture and abuse of prisoners, the perception of hypocrisy, unilateralism, and the perceived war on Islam, according to a congressional report released in June.

    Obama represents a "clean break" from the past, and his election is the first big step toward change, said Dick Martin, author of "Rebuilding Brand America."

    "Changing America's standing in the world was going to be the work of a generation, and it would have to start with some kind of grand gesture that demonstrated that things were changing. His election in itself is that kind of grand gesture," he said.

    Throughout the election season, Obama was largely well received across the globe.

    More than 200,000 people came to watch his speech in Berlin, Germany, in July, according to police estimates -- and it wasn't because they'd read his book or memorized his policies.

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    "It was because they all felt that he was the incarnation of change and they admired him. They had an emotional connection," Martin said.

    When Americans voted for Obama on November 4, citizens around the world celebrated his resounding win. People in cities and villages danced and cheered in the streets, and Kenya declared the day after the election a national holiday.

    In China -- where the media is state-run and domestic stories are almost always the top stories -- newspaper headlines read "First Black President of the United States."

    When President Bush was elected for his second term, the cover on the U.K.'s Daily Mirror read, "How can 59,054,087 people be so dumb?" The day after Obama's victory, the paper's cover read, "GOBAMA!"

    While the reaction around the world was mostly positive, some areas have been more hesitant to embrace Obama. The day after the election, IslamOnline published an article titled, "Pakistanis Skeptical About Obama."

    In the months before the election, a survey by the Pew Research Center suggested little enthusiasm for Obama or Sen. John McCain in the Middle East, especially in Muslim nations.

    But in general, people across the world have reacted with joy to Obama's election because they are looking forward to the end of the unpopular presidency of Bush, said Robin Oakley, CNN's European political editor based in London.

    "The arrival of Obama, as an African-American president, gives people a reason -- an excuse even -- to start loving America again," Oakley said.

    But with expectations so high, experts say Obama will have to work to capitalize on the opportunity before him.

    "Obama needs to show that he is prepared to listen to America's allies, to consult with them genuinely on issues like Afghanistan and climate change, to open up to new thinking about Iran and Cuba, to re-shape the world's economic institutions," Oakley said.

    The biggest thing Obama could do to reshape U.S. foreign policy would be to capture Osama bin Laden, Quelch said.

    "For eight years he dodged George Bush and I think President-elect [Obama] has been pretty strong in terms of indicating his determination to secure bin Laden," he said.

    If that were to occur, Quelch said, "the U.S. could then in a sense close that chapter in its history and perhaps reopen dialogue with many parts of the Arab world that the relentless pursuit of al Qaeda and the Iraq war have closed off in the last few years."

    Obama must also bring a greater level of professionalism to the selection of the ambassadors he appoints, Quelch said.

    "I think previous administrations have not served U.S. overseas interests and image that well by in some cases appointing cronies who haven't even set foot in the country to which they were appointed before they were named as ambassadors," he said.

    Martin said that most importantly, Obama must listen to what the international community wants if he wants to restore America's reputation.

    "The number one thing the people hold against us is that we don't appear to take their interests into account," he said.

    Closing Guantanamo, adhering to the Geneva Conventions and eliminating torture are key issues for people around the world because they are the symbols of American unilateralism, Martin said.

    Martin also suggested that Obama take a page out of President Eisenhower's playbook and give the rest of the world an opportunity to experience American culture through an agency like the now-defunct United States Information Agency.

    In addition to exposing the rest of the world to U.S. culture, Obama should also make sure young Americans are citizens of the world. Martin recommends education reform, with an emphasis on world history and language classes.

    "They think we are clueless, they absolutely think we are clueless, and in many cases we are," pointing to a 2002 National Geographic study indicating that nearly a third of young Americans could not locate the Pacific Ocean.

    Alessio Vinci, CNN's Rome bureau chief, said that if the president-elect wants to change the world's view of the United States, "Obama has to be Obama."

    "Obama's support in Europe is pretty much based on the fact that most people on this side of the Atlantic are fed up with the Bush administration, not with America as a nation," he said. [/QUOTE]

    Thank God for Obama, he's going to restore the worlds love of America, and peace will reign o'er the Globe once again!

    Amen.

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;2873039]Thank God for Obama, he's going to restore the worlds love of America, and peace will reign o'er the Globe once again!

    Amen.[/QUOTE]

    Hopefully.

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    Bush rebranded America first, and not in a good way. Obama just needs to undo what he did.

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    he wants us to stop torturing people :rolleyes:

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    [QUOTE=Ciaran;2873053]he wants us to stop torturing people :rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

    And talk to others heads of state.

    How radical!

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    'Rebrand' America? What the hell are we? A brand of soup or something?

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    [QUOTE=nuu faaola;2873047]Bush rebranded America first, and not in a good way. Obama just needs to undo what he did.[/QUOTE]

    You're so right, Bush is the most evil man of the past 200 years, and caused the worst economy since the Great Depression. He should be jailed for War Crimes! Maybe Obama will persue that and justice can be had for all the innocents Bush murdered! After all, Bush allowed (or maybe even caused) 9/11.

    As for torture, thats right too, we shouldn't touch anyone we capture, we should give them all the rights we have, their day in court, and free citizenship if found not-guilty. Thats what a fair and open-minded America does.

    I am so glad I don;t listen to Rush anymore. Now I can bask in the brilliance of our Lord and Savior, Obama Christ, and the Glory of Modern Liberalism. I cannot WAIT to get my first redistribution check!

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    a president who doesn't believe in waterboarding random arabs? oh, america - you're doomed now :(

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;2873066]You're so right, Bush is the most evil man of the past 200 years, and caused the worst economy since the Great Depression. He should be jailed for War Crimes! Maybe Obama will persue that and justice can be had for all the innocents Bush murdered! After all, Bush allowed (or maybe even caused) 9/11.

    As for torture, thats right too, we shouldn't touch anyone we capture, we should give them all the rights we have, their day in court, and free citizenship if found not-guilty. Thats what a fair and open-minded America does.

    I am so glad I don;t listen to Rush anymore. Now I can bask in the brilliance of our Lord and Savior, Obama Christ, and the Glory of Modern Liberalism. I cannot WAIT to get my first redistribution check![/QUOTE]

    Good thing you dont have an agenda. ;)

    More exaggeration instead of a point. Hey why didn't you work in Bill Ayers on this one?

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    [QUOTE=FF2;2873076]Good thing you dont have an agenda. ;)

    More exaggeration instead of a point. Hey why didn't you work in Bill Ayers on this one?[/QUOTE]

    Good thing you offer no opinions of your own, just troll the views of others. ;)

    More sniping trollishness from the sidelines instead of a point. Hey, why don't you work with PatsFanTx on your next one?

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    warfish seriously why are you all indignant about Obama? can't you at least wait for him to fail before getting all jaded? doesn't he deserve a chance?

    and yes btw our standing in the world has real effect in diplomatic situations and also as an example for others to follow. When we pre-emptively invade Iraq and use national security as a justification, and then Russia pre-emptively invades georgia, we have no moral superiority. Whether that changes anything is another conversation but still we used to be a city on a hill now we have gitmo prisonsers and water boarding. It's shameful.

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    [QUOTE=bitonti;2873099]doesn't he deserve a chance?

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    According to some, no.

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;2873097]Good thing you offer no opinions of your own, just troll the views of others. ;)

    More sniping trollishness from the sidelines instead of a point. Hey, why don't you work with PatsFanTx on your next one?[/QUOTE]

    Because I can't see his posts. :)

    BTW, all you do it post anti-Obama articles and say: "Thoughts?"

    Is that having a point?

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    oh and by the way, right now, today, Bush has an approval rating lowest ever in the history of the stat, in the mid 20s. Obama's approval rating is in the 70's that's a great % than those who voted for him. So you might not be a buyer but right now 7 out of 10 Americans are. get with the program please :)

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    [QUOTE=bitonti;2873099]warfish seriously why are you all indignant about Obama? can't you at least wait for him to fail before getting all jaded? doesn't he deserve a chance?[/quote]

    How can he fail, he IS the Messiah! He could literally piss on the folks in here these days (or oh-so-oppressed Liberal "minority"), and he'll be praised for bringing them warmth, and doing it in a "green" fashion without evil oil! (Amen!)

    So I'm just hoping on the bandwagaon, as I really DO want to go to heaven, and as well all know, the door to salvation (and redistribution checks) rests at the foot of Obama Christ.

    [quote]It's shameful.[/QUOTE]

    I know, I eagarly await the post-inauguration investigations into the Illegal Election stealing Bush regime, their illegal wars and profiterring, and the rest.

    It's a glorious day to be an American today.

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;2873111]It's a glorious day to be an American today.[/QUOTE]

    if you weren't happy under Bush and aren't happy under a President-elect Obama, here's a question, what would make you happy?

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    [QUOTE=bitonti;2873121]if you weren't happy under Bush and aren't happy under a President-elect Obama, here's a question, what would make you happy?[/QUOTE]

    Who said I am not happy Bit? If I were you, I wouldn't extrapolate so far.

    But if you want to know what I want, how about an option other than "Peanut Butter" or "Jelly".

    I know, not sidling up to the two big parties, what a rebel I am. But I am sure th enext post will be about how I'm really a Republican and a reminded how I supposedly claim to be Independant, but aren't.

    Nothing like the classics to start the day on JI.

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    well I hope we all can agree that restoring our standing and image in the world would be a great thing... no?

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;2873111]I know, I eagarly await the post-inauguration investigations into the Illegal Election stealing Bush regime, their illegal wars and profiterring, and the rest.

    It's a glorious day to be an American today.[/QUOTE]



    Don't hold your breath, I certainly am not!

    There's very little chance imho of them actually persuing investigations and prosecuting them. Why? Because Obama is controlled by the same people that controlled Bush et. al. and when have you ever known self-investigations and prosecutions to take place?

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    [QUOTE=Tanginius;2873140]Why? Because Obama is controlled by the same people that controlled Bush et. al. and when have you ever known self-investigations and prosecutions to take place?[/QUOTE]

    How DARE you! Obama stands for CHANGE my friend, and will indeed change this Nation. How dare you compare him to the Evil Illegal Bush Regime.:mad:

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