Early in the US 2008 Presidential Campaign process, I noticed an unexpected admiration of Obama and his proposed policies for a future American policy in World affairs. Closing Gitmo, ending the war in Iraq, chasing down Osama, Climate Control Policy, discontent with NAFTA and other trade agreements, along with a host of policy the should have made no sense to the World Community. For the Americans, he promised change, based on HOPE, which never made sense in my mind and that change would come from redistribution of wealth, taking down to some degree the Capitalist/Free Market System, the very source for US Government income, the source for revenue, needed for the proposed social changes.
My question to you from Europe or outside the US, was that first impression of mine incorrect or if correct, is that admiration for Mr. Obama, still being upheld by your media, your associates (family/friends) and personal opinions, or has it shifted to any degree? For Americans, is the change, the transparency of Government, no tax increases for any family earning less than 250k/p/year, the 2010 Budget with all it's pork, the Stimulus Package, the Government projections for deficits, Cash for klunckers, 35 czars- unelected and not subject to Congressional approval/oversight, what you expected or has any of this, changed your personal viewpoint? I realize it's not really fair judging any administration on 9/10 months for achievement or failure, but no other administration (possible exceptions, Lincoln or FDR) has so much been put on the table, likely effecting you, your family and generations into the future, where ever you live...IMO.