Led by Germans, Europeans are increasingly disillusioned with Obama

posted at 3:36 pm on June 13, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Oh, how the mighty fall! When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, plenty of Europeans were arguably more excited than Americans about the United States’ new celebrity-in-chief. European youths turned out in droves to cheer the new world leader, glad to be rid of his uncivilized cowboy of a predecessor, and the Nobel crowd promptly presented him with a peace prize after less than a year in office.

But it seems that all of the craic and the shmoozing and presenting the Queen with an iPod full of Barack Obama’s greatest hits was for naught. You can’t out-cool an economic crisis, and his erstwhile international support group just isn’t feeling the same level of love they once harbored for the broken-promises president. Spiegal reports on a new Pew Research Center survey that suggests Obama’s popularity with Europeans is a sharp decline:

In a new global survey released on Wednesday, approval of President Barack Obama’s policies has declined significantly since he first took office. Overall confidence in Obama and attitudes toward the US have slipped modestly as a consequence. By several measures some of the greatest slippage has occurred in Germany, especially with regard to America’s image and Obama’s foreign policies. After more than three years in office, Germans are disappointed in the US president’s unilateralism; his use of force, particularly drone strikes; his inaction with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian situation and his lack of effort in curbing climate change.

Of course, Europeans’ confidence in Obama remains squarely in the positives (if only he could get numbers like that at home!), but the sharp drop in approval of his policies is probably a “change” upon which Team Obama isn’t too keen. Obama was supposed to stop America from supposedly taking the reins and acting like, heaven forbid, a superpower (a.k.a., more multilateral dithering, please!); but his drone strikes, “kill list,” and other perceived unilateral actions aren’t too popular with the Europeans.

Stinks for Obama that Germans are so disillusioned with him of late — they’re the most stable country holding down the economic fort over there, and as Europe’s and the United States’ economic crises are so inextricably linked, he’s going to need their cooperation.


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….no more kool aid?

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Reset button!

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I guess incompetence is unpopular o a global level.

Who knew???

PolAgnostic on June 13, 2012 at 3:38 PM

…welcome to America!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2012 at 3:38 PM

The Messiah was born in Berlin and will be ‘extinguished’ in Berlin.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I hear Obama may not get Germany’s electoral college votes in November.

inthemiddle on June 13, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I’m more than disillusioned…

OmahaConservative on June 13, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Welcome to our nightmare.

reddevil on June 13, 2012 at 3:40 PM

and the Nobel crowd promptly presented him with a peace prize after less than a year in office.

Based on nothing, and still based on nothing.

Arab Spring!

Name one people who are free, or freer, due to Obama, I triple dare you. Pls. don’t name the Black Panthers and the SEIU.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Who cares what Europeans think about American politics? I don’t. They can take their opinions and stuff it.

I do care that Germany thought it appropriate to host an AMERICAN campaign rally in Berlin, for Berliners. That was pathetic and offensive (and illegal so far as Barky’s actions were concerned, not to mention the most repulsive political act in American history). Germany never apologized to us over this outrageous act and they deserve to be punished for it, along with Barky held to account for the illegal and un-Constitutional nature of his actions.

I cannot imagine that America would ever host the campaign rally of a foreign candidate on the Mall in Washington. Just the idea is pure insanity. Pure. Insanity.

But … this is all part of “American political tradition” now. Yep. Crazy.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM

All they need is American money…once they get it , U’re-a-peeins will luv Obama again.

burrata on June 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM

On Nov. 6 the loooong national nightmare will be over and the world will be more shocked than in 2004.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I couldn’t care less how much they like the USA. Their respect is more what I miss for our nation, thanks to Obama.

AubieJon on June 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM

The cover headline is even more damning than the survey:

“Obama’s Missglückte Präsidenschaft”

Translation:
“Obama’s Failed Presidency”.

albill on June 13, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Barack Obama is a champion of an economic model that has failed in Europe. That Obama continues to cheerlead for the failed “stimulus” model has Europeans wondering if there is anything occupying the space between his ears.

crosspatch on June 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Even though I’m standing dead-last in that “Line of Patriots Who Give A Sh** What EuroTrash Thinks of America”, I’m actually surprised by this reaction.

Normally, when an affirmative-action hire (or child under the age of, say, 10) fails, the immediate reaction is nauseatingly paternalistic: “It’s not your fault…you’re doing your best…it’s unfair that your task is too hard…” etc.

Why aren’t those adoring crowds empathizing with SippyCup? Why aren’t they rioting, demanding that all conservatives, Republicans, and Tea-Partiers be thrown in jail & executed for daring to “defy” The Won?

I mean after all, EuroTrash Elites are just like Democrats when a Republican President is in the White House: America sucks, America deserves to lose, a majority of American voters are dumb, etc.

So what has changed that they’re not angry? I guess because they were expecting to have their mortgages paid for & gas put in their tanks.

Hmm…

p.s. Europe: Get Bent. You wanted SippyCup so badly, you take him on 1/20/2013. I’m sick of your rank hypocrisy.

SnarkySam on June 13, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Of course they are upset because he didn’t materialize more multi-culti bs, green stuff, diminishing of US power, one-world bs, world court, and etc…plus he ain’t even close to Einstein.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2012 at 3:53 PM

crosspatch on June 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Along those lines….

a capella on June 13, 2012 at 3:54 PM

obama is a global failure.

Pork-Chop on June 13, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Hey, Europeans, and US leftist trach, this is for you.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Pure jealousy over US refusal to export the Chevy Volt to Europe.

CorporatePiggy on June 13, 2012 at 3:56 PM

a capella on June 13, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Bad linkie

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Led by Germans, Europeans are increasingly disillusioned with Obama

Second look at Obama?

DethMetalCookieMonst on June 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

No wonder campaign funds are drying up.

meci on June 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Welcome to reality, Germany!

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

I guess the thrill is gone.

novaculus on June 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Led by Germans, Europeans are increasingly disillusioned with Obama

Second look at Obama?

DethMetalCookieMonst on June 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

They are a bunch of battered wives, standing by their man.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Delusional Racists./ Or some such thing. I’m sure UES will be along shortly to straighten our winger arses out on this.

Bmore on June 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Favorable toward U.S. 2009 2012 Change
Europe 67 60 -7
Muslim countries 25 15 -10
Russia 44 52 +8
China 47 42 -4
Japan 59 72 +13
Mexico 69 56 -13

What I find curious is both Japan’s and Russia’s impression that Obama’s policies are favorable toward the U.S. has increased greatly. Contrast that with international policies.

Is it fair to interpret this polling of Russia and Japan as, “Obama is great for U.S. but rotten for the rest of us.”

shick on June 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

BBF

AshleyTKing on June 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

he’s going to need their cooperation.

No he won’t,
he got muslims from all over the world and africans (both african-africans and african-Americans) , plus the illegals right here, he doesn’t need the Germans any more

burrata on June 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I could never understand what it was about a vetted Chicago political hack that made him into a media darling. It was so obvious from the very beginning that this was a tryo in every respect, and that he didn’t have thhe brains to complete in the Washington rat race on his own merits – of which there were damned few to base anything on.
Take the guns out of the Chicago machine’s hands and give the local folk a chance to re-vote on their reps. One thing for sure: Congresscritter Jesse Jackson, Junior, would be out on his ash in abour five minutes followed shortly by the Kenyan Kid.

dockywocky on June 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

HAHAHAHAHA

Out: ObamaGirl

In: ObamaBoy

This oughta backfire (no pun intended)

faraway on June 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

How much will Europe like us when we refuse to bail them out?

gwelf on June 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

So President of the EU is off the table? Little Bammie doesn’t have to learn European?

Clintons hardest hit.

slickwillie2001 on June 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Yes, Europe, we want the cowboy back, not this limp wrist, dope smoking swizzle stick.
Gird your loins, no more bowing.
Mitt better bring his balls to the game in January.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on June 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

What is the true surprise is just how dimwitted the Germans and other Europeans are. This is proven by how long it has taken them to recognize what an idiot Obama really is. Of course, if you’ve ever read anything in Der Spiegel it won’t be as much of a surprise.

woodNfish on June 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

dockywocky on June 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

I could never understand what it was about a vetted Chicago political hack that made him into a media darling.

Don’t you mean “unvetted”, dockywocky?

woodNfish on June 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

What I find curious is both Japan’s and Russia’s impression that Obama’s policies are favorable toward the U.S. has increased greatly. Contrast that with international policies.

Is it fair to interpret this polling of Russia and Japan as, “Obama is great for U.S. but rotten for the rest of us.”

shick on June 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Of course Japan is kind of happy, we have started to raise the yen out of the doldrums and almost 2 decades of stagnation. The Russian numbers, well that is all of Putin’s friends waiting for that increased “flexibility” of a second term.

uncommon sense on June 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM

“I watched O-bom glitter in the dark near the Brandenburg Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”

29Victor on June 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

I guess incompetence is unpopular o a global level.

Who knew???

PolAgnostic on June 13, 2012 at 3:38 PM

You must have trouble reading- the Europeans are unhappy that he hasn’t far left enough.

What is the true surprise is just how dimwitted the Germans and other Europeans are. This is proven by how long it has taken them to recognize what an idiot Obama really is.

Wrong again, the Germans watch in amazement as far right idiocy prevented Obama from breaking up the too big to fail banks and as Obama followed Bush’s approach to unilateral military action.

bayam on June 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

“I watched O-bom glitter in the dark near the Brandenburg Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.”

29Victor on June 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Heh. Roger that, Roy Batty.
;^)

SnarkySam on June 13, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Old Europe is merely disillusioned. New Europe wants him to disappear.

Finbar on June 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

I say we give him a couple more Nobel’s, put him on the cover of GQ and send him on a tour with U2. Those will boost his numbers.

sdbatboy on June 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM

“… and his lack of effort in curbing climate change.”

O_O

Seven Percent Solution on June 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Dear Europe:

Unless it’s for the President of Estonia, we’re not interested in a trade – you can have him for free.

BKennedy on June 13, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Dummkopf.

Philly on June 13, 2012 at 4:37 PM

What took so long? Obama has been a laughingstock since he took office. He picked a babbling fool to be his vice president and its been getting worse since then. Now he sounds like a spoiled brat blaming everybody but himself for the misery of the last 3 1/2 years. Only the most brainwashed illiterates would not see the incompetence and corruption.

volsense on June 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Let’s GIVE Barry to Russia. I’m sure he’d be happy there. Michelle maybe not so much.

GarandFan on June 13, 2012 at 4:46 PM

This story, and the polls behind it, have no relevance for libertarians and conservatives in the US.

The continent that gave the world Robespierre, Marx, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, and Hitler is mad that 0bama is not smashing capitalism at a quick enough rate to suit them.

As someone who thinks Soetoro is smashing the free market far too quickly and thoroughly, I could not care less that Europe thinks he is not doing it fast enough.

MidniteRambler on June 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

BBF

AshleyTKing on June 13, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Heh…..

The Danish prime minister is HAWT.

UltimateBob on June 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

As John McCain of Die Hard fame would say………
Welcome to the party pal…….s…..

angrymike on June 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

This story, and the polls behind it, have no relevance for libertarians and conservatives in the United States.

The continent that gave the world Robespierre, Marx, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, and Hitler is angry with 0bama for not dismantling capitalism quickly enough.

As someone who thinks Soetoro is well along the way to destroying the free market, I could not care less if the Europeans don’t think he is red enough.

MidniteRambler on June 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Heh…..

The Danish prime minister is HAWT.

UltimateBob on June 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

And she’s also a Social Democrat who is married to the spawn of Neil Kinnock. Thanks, but no thanks.

EnglishRogue on June 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

This Time, Europe Really Is on the Brink

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/this-time-europe-really-is-on-brink.html

M2RB: The Stone Roses

Why Berlin Is Balking on a Bailout

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/why-berlin-is-balking-on-bailout.html

M2RB: Metallica

Resist We Much on June 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

The Danish prime minister is HAWT.

UltimateBob on June 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

And she’s also a Social Democrat who is married to the spawn of Neil Kinnock. Thanks, but no thanks.

EnglishRogue on June 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Doesn’t hurt to look! :-)

UltimateBob on June 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I am stunned that it took them this long.

frizzbee on June 13, 2012 at 5:26 PM

All they need is American money…once they get it , U’re-a-peeins will luv Obama again.

burrata on June 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Bummer, the are no american money…unless we borrow from the Chinese and then give it the the Europeans…that would put Barkey in a league of his own, stupidity-wise…

jimver on June 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Oops, sort of double post…

MidniteRambler on June 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Favorable toward U.S. 2009 2012 Change
Europe 67 60 -7
Muslim countries 25 15 -10
Russia 44 52 +8
China 47 42 -4
Japan 59 72 +13
Mexico 69 56 -13
What I find curious is both Japan’s and Russia’s impression that Obama’s policies are favorable toward the U.S. has increased greatly. Contrast that with international policies.

Is it fair to interpret this polling of Russia and Japan as, “Obama is great for U.S. but rotten for the rest of us.”

shick on June 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Vladimir is patiently waiting for Barky to have more flexibility–like a wet noodle. From Russia with (g)love, around an iron fist!

Steve Z on June 13, 2012 at 5:37 PM

There are nearly 200 countries. How did this list get selected?

BobMbx on June 13, 2012 at 5:40 PM

You must have trouble reading- the Europeans are unhappy that he hasn’t far left enough.

Wrong again, the Germans watch in amazement as far right idiocy prevented Obama from breaking up the too big to fail banks and as Obama followed Bush’s approach to unilateral military action.

bayam on June 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Yeah. And we should care about what Europeans think because they have been so wise at dealing with their own fiscal problems…..their own idiocy (fiscal and political) surpass by far the idiocy and incompetence of our political class over here, so why on earth would anyone care about what the collective bunch of losers called EU think….if the Imbecile in chief had governed more from the left than he already did, as apparently the europeans desire, we would have been worse off and in deeper poop than they are right now..oh, or maybe that’s the idea, and reason why they ‘care’ so much about how we do over here….

jimver on June 13, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Time for the O-bomb to make another Citizen of the World speech in Germany: Icky been a Berliner, Mrs. Merkel, bail out them all!

Steve Z on June 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Time for the O-bomb to make another Citizen of the World speech in Germany: Icky been a Berliner, Mrs. Merkel, bail out them all!

Steve Z on June 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

The an’tenough money in germany to bail them all out…and that’s the current tragedy of the EU and soon the euro..

jimver on June 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM

There aren’t…

jimver on June 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM

What is the true surprise is just how dimwitted the Germans and other Europeans are. This is proven by how long it has taken them to recognize what an idiot Obama really is. Of course, if you’ve ever read anything in Der Spiegel it won’t be as much of a surprise.

woodNfish on June 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

We have Fox News, private talk radio, and a couple of newspapers to tell us the truth. Do the Euros have anything that tells them the truth about little Bammie?

slickwillie2001 on June 13, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Do the Euros have anything that tells them the truth about little Bammie?

Evidently not.

“If we give up the liability principle, the European market economy will lose its most important allocative virtue: the careful selection of investment opportunities by creditors. We would then waste part of the capital generated by the arduous savings of earlier generations. I am surprised that the president of the world’s most successful capitalist nation would overlook this.”

- Hans-Werner Sinn, German economist and President of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research

Herr Sinn, you shouldn’t be. We’re not. Pay closer attention and you’ll no longer be surprised either.

Resist We Much on June 13, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I guess incompetence is unpopular o a global level.

Who knew???

PolAgnostic on June 13, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Not really because if it was all this hand wringing over the Eurozone crisis would be over. . . because Europe would realize it is a failed experiment.

cmsciulli on June 13, 2012 at 6:50 PM

I sort of did a double take when I read a headline that started: Led by Germans, Europe…

JohnGalt23 on June 13, 2012 at 7:51 PM

We have Fox News, private talk radio, and a couple of newspapers to tell us the truth. Do the Euros have anything that tells them the truth about little Bammie?

slickwillie2001 on June 13, 2012 at 5:53 PM

They have the internet just like we do, willie. Not sure about commercial publications and broadcasts. If it is all like the commies at the BBC then that would certainly explain more of it. Even so, I’m still not willing to give them a pass on being certified dumbasses.

woodNfish on June 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM

the Germans watch in amazement as far right idiocy prevented Obama from breaking up the too big to fail banks and as Obama followed Bush’s approach to unilateral military action.

bayam on June 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I do not support our military adventurism. I fully agree with Ron Paul that we should worry about our own national defense and close all our overseas bases and bring home all our military. 9-11 happened because we keep militarily sticking our noses in other countries business. They rightly do not like it and we would not like it if any other country was to do it to us. We could cut our military budget by 2/3 if we’d pay attention to our own defense and stop trying to be the policemen of the world.

However, do you have any proof republicans stopped Odumbass from breaking up the banks? I’m all for breaking them up and ending the crony capitalism of these F’ing crooks.

Lastly, you are wrong about Bush acting unilaterally. He didn’t, but you obviously fell for the slimeball LSM lie.

woodNfish on June 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Schnell! Schnell! Mach schnell wieder mit der Slow-Jam! Was? Keine Hunde zu essen?

Libraritarian on June 13, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Germans are disappointed in the US president’s unilateralism; his use of force, particularly drone strikes; his inaction with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian situation and his lack of effort in curbing climate change.

Well, they’re mad for all the wrong reasons, but at least they’re mad.

jakev on June 14, 2012 at 7:41 AM

The Homeymoon is over? Noooo. Those sophisticated Euro-snots sure are slow learners.

ironked on June 14, 2012 at 8:13 AM

They should stick with building boring cars and brewing beer.

Chaos during the BC and Roman era, religious Thirty Years War that killed 30 million, WWI, WWII and I haven’t even mentioned the “shame of the princes” or the Holocaust.

And now they swallow the whole left agenda, hook line and sinker.

IlikedAUH2O on June 14, 2012 at 4:12 PM