Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 6170 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1918 times:
Have to say I'd love to see the Clintons back in the White House. Hillary strikes me as an intelligent and safe bet. And my choice has nothing to do with the fact that both she and her husband were very well disposed to my own country, working for years for peace, even when there were no votes in it.
But I do also like the idea of a young, charismatic, black US president. It would be a breath of fresh air.
So can they settle their differences please and both campaign on a dream ticket?
Baroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1787 times:
Quoting Swiftski (Reply 1): My choice would be Obama but realistically I think it will be neither him nor Clinton.
Would do me. Re the concern that Klaus expresses, yes, but the US really is full of talented experienced folk who will appear out of the woodwork should Obama be elected.
The logic for Obama is that if half as clever as he appears to be, he will take the best out of the Clinton years and discard the not so good bits. With Reps and Senate likely for whoever it is if a Dem, getting legislation through should be easier than it was for Teflon Willy. Also, an addition to the gene pool of US government could well be a great thing! Could lead to as much of a transformation as the bicycle did!!
CupraIbiza From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 854 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1674 times:
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 11): Obama: Extremely charismatic, but not sure if he has any substance.
We just voted in exactly this type.
I find Obama very likeable too. So I would stick to Clinton. The best leaders I have ever seen have been very unlikebale such as ledgendary Victorian state premier Jeff Kennett, who saved our state from certain demise and of course "Scumbag" PM Paul Keating who totally modernised our national economy
Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 10): Darn, when I read the thread title I hoped it meant foreigners we Americans could choose for President (setting aside the Constitution's native-born requirement...)
I'd support Margaret Thatcher. Or Jeremy Clarkson.
If that was the case it would be Arnie. I still laugh when I hear him talking seriously. I especially love when he talks about the environment and says "air" I feel like I am watching Total Recall. "You got what you want. Give these people air!"
Everyday is a gift…… but why does it have to be a pair of socks?
Agill From Sweden, joined Feb 2004, 1018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1617 times:
Hope that McCain would win because it would be fun to see our left leaning journalists being wrong (again) when reporting about US elections, since they have been telling us for years now how this election would be a walk in the park for the democrats. Obama seems to isolationist for me, and it would feel wrong to have another Clinton/Bush in the white house.
Cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4907 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1584 times:
Obama vote here as well. A Clinton victory would be historic, but in my mind - it will also be more of the same old ideas and policies. And the conservatives, I don't think they will really achieve a lot.
Obama seems the choice that offers the most promise.
Haggis79 From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 1096 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1567 times:
as long as it's going to be one of the leading three right now (Clinton, Obama, McCain), I'm gonna be fine with it....
if I had to decide, I probably would go with Obama as well.... but I'm still hoping for a Clinton-Obama dream ticket
on the other hand, McCain might actually be the best to restore the badly damaged moral reputation of the US (close Gitmo right away, being firm against any form of torture, etc.). You can't fight the evil using evil methods - that's what his foreign policy stands for, IMHO.
NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7989 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1551 times:
Actually I'm (again) happy not "having" to vote in America. Being the typical European centrist/liberal - left by comparison to most Americans -, Mike Gravel or Dennis Kucinich come closest to my political opinions.
At the same time, I don't support an immediate and unconditional withdrawal from Iraq which would be my only concession to the presidential hopefuls from the GOP, but that's quite an important point in my book.
Obama says basically nothing and thus reminds me of President Carter - and a period of difficult relations between Germany and the U.S. They have been a better under Ford and Reagan.
Mrs. Clinton has better articulated ideas than Obama (which isn't that difficult), but does it really have to be her? She seems to be so calculating: Is she really convinced of what she says or does she just think her current agenda will attact most voters?
There's a tendency that democratic incumbents increase pressure on Europe and try to gain more influence on Europe's respective governments.
McCain would be a right wing conservative here, so no chance, though I respect him.