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President Obama
Article added on November 5, 2008 at 07:05 Swiss time; date corrected at 10:45
  
On November 4, 2008 the American voters have decided that Barack Obama will be their next president.

As early as 03:35 Swiss time, the race was over, after CNN predicted that Barack Obama would carry Ohio. Earlier, the same channel had announced that the Democratic presidential candidate would win Pennsylvania.

The United States will get a man who has no executive experience, never led anything and no bipartisan record, despite his famous speech about “no blue states, no red states”.

Both in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Barack Obama has distinguished himself by a very “liberal” - better: social-democratic - voting record. He is a protectionist who has pandered to voters seeking subsidies (e.g. farmers).

President Obama will be a leader with no deep understanding of the economy, foreign affairs and security policy. But he is a quick learner. Let's HOPE that Obama will CHANGE.




As early as in January 2008, I wrote that “it's the economy stupid”. It seems that John McCain did not get the message. In fairness, he had to fight an almost impossible uphill battle against a very unpopular president.

George W. Bush aka the Torturer with his mismanaged war in Iraq, the reintroduction of torture, the lack of fiscal discipline and oversight over the economy has severely damaged the Republican party.

John McCain himself is not innocent in the defeat. His campaign against the best-oiled machine in party history lacked coherence and the necessary groundwork. McCain should have been warned when Obama managed to beat Hillary Clinton and her well-oiled campaign.

With his negative campaign, McCain damaged his brand as an honest maverick. He just should have pointed out to the fact that Obama has no experience and no bipartisan record.

It was John McCain who stood up against torture, who led the fight in Congress for the surge. In short, McCain paved the way for the more successful strategy in Iraq which will probably lead to an early withdrawal of the US troops from Iraq.

Obama opposed the surge and advocated a quick withdrawal of the troops regardless of what happens on the ground. With Obama's initial plan, the US troops would already have come home. Iraq would probably have ended up in a civil war by now. Obama should thank McCain and General Petraeus. Thanks to their efforts, the war is no longer the voters' primary concern.

Barack Obama should also thank President Bush who appointed Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. With their demonstration of competence in high office, they paved the way for the first African-American president.


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Incidentally, let's hope that President Obama will have a long life. If a racist nut should kill him, Joe Biden would create a mess. Biden and Obama consider the New Deal an inspirational - for me a rather dubious - model. But in an interview, Biden said that, in 1929, Roosevelt was president and people were watching him on TV. In addition, in the
vice presidential debate, Biden said: "When we kicked -- along with France, we kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon." Biden, the foreign and security policy “expert”!

The Democratic vice presidential candidate got a free ride from the press who concentrated on Sarah Palin's deficiencies.
Lock him up or at least make sure he has no influence on Obama's policies.

As for President-elect Barack Obama, so far, he has distinguished himself as the master of the teleprompter and of grandstanding. He has consistently voted for higher taxes, additional subsidies and other protectionist measures. However, the world needs a free trader in the White House.

To bring the troops back from Iraq may be a popular goal. But the Free World cannot afford American isolationism. Even a partial absence from the world stage could create a dangerous vacuum of power, which the European Union and other democracies cannot fill right now.

In order to become a successful president, Barack Obama will have to disappoint some voters. Among his supporters were especially young, Hispanic and African-Americans voters. They must understand that the state is not the solution to all their problems. In his acceptance speech, Barack Obama cautiously tempered expectations.

Let's give President Obama a chance. Unlike George W. Bush aka The Torturer, he is intelligent enough to be able to CHANGE if necessary. Let him now really move to the center, withstand pressure from the newly elected Democratic Congress to run to the left - social-democracy is a slippery slope towards decline - and instead become a centrist president.











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