Oh noes: A Romney win might diminish our reputation with Europeans

posted at 2:41 pm on September 12, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

If President Obama inspired Americans with his messages of Hopenchange in 2008, it was practically nothing to how gaga Europeans went over him, full of rapture that their delicate sensibilities would no longer be offended by that uncouth cowboy in the office before him.

A while back, we learned that President Obama has more recently been losing some steam with the European crowd, but it seems that that was more of an über-liberals-disappointed-because-Obama-hasn’t-been-liberal-enough type of slackening in popularity, as they’re disillusioned with some of his broken promises of the “close Gitmo”-ilk. It seems that Barack Obama is still Europeans’ vastly preferred choice, however, as they disapprove highly of Mitt Romney and his — quelle horreur — free-market, exceptionalism-touting, Republican ways. Via the Guardian:

The reputation of the US in Europe risks sinking back to Bush-era levels of unpopularity if Mitt Romney becomes president, according to new international polling published on Tuesday.

Only around one in 20 of those surveyed in Britain, France and Germany by YouGov held a positive view of the Republican presidential nominee. …

Forty-seven percent of UK respondents said a Romney victory would make them feel less favourable towards the US, and only 3% would make them feel more favourable.

That sentiment was mirrored in Germany and France, where only 4% and 5% respectively said that he would make them feel more favourable towards the US. In Germany, 48% said it would make them feel less favourable and in France 38%.

Man, I don’t know, guys. What do you think — dealbreaker? What with their many debt crises and severe unemployment levels, coupled with their socialism and their general political foppishness — which is all just working out so well for them — the absence of the European layman’s endorsement is kind of a dagger to my heart. I think I may have to rethink my vote now. …Not. You’ll forgive me, Europe, if I prefer to work for an America that is a strong, robust, take-no-prisoners powerhouse of moral and economic righteousness, rather than just another impotent, piddling player on the international stage. Sorry I’m not sorry.


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At the high levels of European govts. I would guess they all think Obama is a light-weight joke. (How many times have they lately told Obama to mind his own country and fix his huge debt problem?)
It is the pro-Obama media that keeps the ill-informed average European thinking positively of Obama.

albill on September 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Ohhh. I’m so scaaarrrreeed. I can’t stand to think the Europeans might not like us. I’m shaking in my shoes…

Not.

Europe is irrelevant.

bigbeachbird on September 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Oh I know I am all upset that those weak knee’s can’t get behind having another president that would pull their fat out of a fire fight…tough titty.

landowner on September 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM

If Europe broke off and sank in the ocean I could care less! They are all either smelly or rude or both so good riddance to the lot of them. Just don’t come asking president Romney to help you out when you are being overran with islamic cave men.

jistincase on September 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM

It warms my heart to no end when I recall that multi culturalism didn’t work, according to the Germans. Ding ding, the irony is thick as French neighborhoods full of seventh century savages burn. The day I see the beret wearing French frogs being chased down the street being attacked with their French baguettes in chic Paris, I open a can of Vienna sausages and celebrate.

RovesChins on September 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Which European nations, the ones who asses we kicked, or the ones whose asses we saved?

Akzed on September 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Having those do-nothing Euro’s dislike you should be a badge of honor.

GarandFan on September 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM

A lazy and childish piece of work Erika. This sort of intellectually vacuous fluff might be commendable in a high school magazine but not in anything that wants to be taken seriously.

The idea that you can create a composite European opinion about anything, is ridiculous. Assigning that invented opinion to a couple of hundred million people and then making snide remarks about them is not only facile, but also a good way to confirm the equally intellectually vacuous, equally incorrect, but nonetheless widely held view that all Americans are ignorant and arrogant and condescending. You see, it works both ways.

The conflict between “progressive liberals” and conservatives, between sentimentality and rationality is being fought all across the western world, as you would know if you made some slight effort to find out. However, you will always also be able to find material to confirm your own prejudices, particularly since the western media in general shares your sentimental, low-fact approach to journalism.

If more Americans did look beyond their own country they might never have elected Mr Obama in the first place, since they would have been warned off by the experiences of the UK in particular. But they didn’t. Instead, the election of Mr Obama provided the proof that Americans (note I am deliberately inventing a collective person here and assigning a personality to this fiction, as you did, in the hope you might thus see how dumb it is) are too stupid to learn anything from the recent, major, and well documented (in English) mistakes of their closest ally. That level of stupidity isn’t something you should be boasting about.

YiZhangZhe on September 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Yea, they’re probably right. It’s not like radicals would attack our embassies while Obowma is president,, because the world likes us more.

dthorny on September 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM

The sissies and eunuchs would never elect someone as dumb as Obama. They just want the US to be weaker, so they can be somewhat relevant.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

“The wogs begin at Calais.”

mojo on September 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

A lazy and childish piece of work Erika. This sort of intellectually vacuous fluff might be commendable in a high school magazine but not in anything that wants to be taken seriously.

The idea that you can create a composite European opinion about anything, is ridiculous. Assigning that invented opinion to a couple of hundred million people and then making snide remarks about them is not only facile, but also a good way to confirm the equally intellectually vacuous, equally incorrect, but nonetheless widely held view that all Americans are ignorant and arrogant and condescending. You see, it works both ways.

The conflict between “progressive liberals” and conservatives, between sentimentality and rationality is being fought all across the western world, as you would know if you made some slight effort to find out. However, you will always also be able to find material to confirm your own prejudices, particularly since the western media in general shares your sentimental, low-fact approach to journalism.

If more Americans did look beyond their own country they might never have elected Mr Obama in the first place, since they would have been warned off by the experiences of the UK in particular. But they didn’t. Instead, the election of Mr Obama provided the proof that Americans (note I am deliberately inventing a collective person here and assigning a personality to this fiction, as you did, in the hope you might thus see how dumb it is) are too stupid to learn anything from the recent, major, and well documented (in English) mistakes of their closest ally. That level of stupidity isn’t something you should be boasting about.

YiZhangZhe on September 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

If they took a poll and got a look at you, they would have to conclude that Americans are in fact arrogant, condescending, and for going after a gem like Erika, you are ignorant. Go crawl back up your own azz.

RovesChins on September 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Freedom Fries!

workingclass artist on September 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Which European nations, the ones who asses we kicked, or the ones whose asses we saved?

Akzed on September 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Both :)

jimver on September 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Anders Breivik is laughing his a$$ off in norwegian prison right about now.

NapaConservative on September 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Oh noes: A Romney win might diminish our reputation with Europeans

Again?

Happens every time I guess.

Axe on September 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Good! This is a badge of honor for Romney.
Any time Europe approves of our leader we should be very concerned.
They’re counting on King Hussein to turn America into a bankrupt sh1thole socialist nation like their own.
4 more years and he just might accomplish it.

Buttercup on September 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Even in Europe Obama can’t break 50%.

YiZhangZhe on September 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Your criticism is as longwinded as it is misplaced. She never said every European held the same views. On the contrary, as she acknowledged, Romney is polling at 3-5% favorability, somewhere above Hitler but below Attila the Hun (Attila has a better press agent). Her point is, and it remains accurate, that the opinion of Europeans counts for less than two poops from a rat’s patoot to the American voting public.

Ted Torgerson on September 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

YiZhangZhe on September 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

GFY

Buttercup on September 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

YiZhangZhe on September 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

The reputation of the US in Europe risks sinking back to Bush-era levels of unpopularity if Mitt Romney becomes president, according to new international polling published on Tuesday.

Dude, we are allowed to discuss polling data. Get over yourself.

Akzed on September 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Someone please remind me why I should care what Europe thinks.

EdmundBurke247 on September 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Here’s the formula:

If the Europeans hate us, then we are doing the right thing.

If the Europeans love us then we are on the path to a Soylent Green dystopia.

Historically, when Europe hates us, our economy is booming and when they love us we are in a deep recession headed for socialism.

BMF on September 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Who cares what they think? All the problems that we have to deal with in the last 100 years are caused by Europe. We have to clean them all up.

nazo311 on September 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Reminds me of a quote from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Just substitute Europe for “she”, and imagine the “him” is referring to Obama.

Ferris Bueller:”She won’t respect him, ’cause you can’t respect somebody who kisses your ass. It just doesn’t work.”

I’d rather America have that respect, even if it is the kind of respect that a bratty kid gives a tougher kid because he knows the tougher kid can/will kick his butt, than to have Europe “like” us from the empty, ass-kissing platitudes that Obama gives everybody.

Sterling Holobyte on September 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

“Certainly. The world will never love us. They respect us – they might even grow to fear us. But they will never love us, for we have too much audacity! And, we’re a bit blind and reckless at times too.”
- Theodore Roosevelt, The Wind and the Lion

John Milius had it exactly right.

Scopper on September 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Someone please remind me why I should care what Europe thinks.

EdmundBurke247 on September 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Because it’s fun to point out Obozo’s disastrous foreign policy gaffes with returning the Churchill bust, etc. Oh yeah, also those same European allies (along with Israel) are important for the fighting the GWOT, the fundamental most important issue of the last dozen years.

sauldalinsky on September 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Whatever will we do if Spain, Greece and (gulp)France don’t like us. I got it! Let’s re-elect Hussein and then not only will we have peace in Europe but in Libya and Egypt as well!!!!!

MaiDee on September 12, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Hot Air intern writes 185 words of laughable shite. World mourns.

The world was thrown into turmoil today when Erika Johnsen, an intern at a blog popular among overweight fat American people, stunningly claimed that she “may have to rethink [her] vote. Er … “not”.

Millions around the world gathered in the streets to celebrate that “not”. It was a signal of Erika’s wit and wisdom. If a writer puts “not” after an assertion, it’s always a good indicator that the writer is very, very funny and witty and wise, and you should take that writer’s assertions seriously. Er, not.

Fat Americans who didn’t do well at school are a curiosity. I’ve been told, on this very blog, that I should put “snark tags” on my comments.

Interesting to note that one of the commenters to Erika’s (completely fantastic and unspeakably memorable) contribution says this:

Europe is irrelevant.

bigbeachbird on September 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Fat Americans who didn’t do well at school are funny to watch, whatever their station in life. And they tend to be fat.

JackieB on September 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

JackieB on September 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I knew you sounded familiar.

sharrukin on September 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I’m still trying to find some – any – reason why we should care what some mob of leftist Euro-weenies think of us or of whom we elect as president. Thus far, I can’t think of one.
Hate us or love us, though, one thing is absolutely certain: The next time that Europe is in danger, they are going to call on America to invest treasure and lives to save their old, wrinkled asses from the barbarians. And we’ll probably do it…again.
And they’ll sneer at us and complain about the comportment of our military; and their shopkeepers and whores will overcharge us. Business as usual.

Solaratov on September 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Interesting to note that one of the commenters to Erika’s (completely fantastic and unspeakably memorable) contribution says this:

Europe is irrelevant.

bigbeachbird on September 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Fat Americans who didn’t do well at school are funny to watch, whatever their station in life. And they tend to be fat.

JackieB on September 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Not all that interesting really. I don’t know — maybe to some European sensibilities or something. It probably doesn’t matter.

Axe on September 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM

“Man, I don’t know, guys”.

Is this prose brilliance or what? I think it’s brilliant.

(Er, not)

“snark tags” for fat American readers who didn’t do well at school: “/” and “/”. Hope that helps. Er, HTH.

JackieB on September 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM

* Calm down, I’m from England so it’s ok!

Trafalgar on September 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I had a feeling by your screen name :)as in Square!

cableguy615 on September 12, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I’m withholding judgment until I hear what they think in San Marino. Everyone knows that they’re the ones who matter.

malclave on September 12, 2012 at 7:41 PM

So Romney’s reputation as a douche is worldwide. Impressive.

Constantine on September 12, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Europe needs to mind it’s own socialist business. We are fighting to keep our country FREE.

TX-96 on September 12, 2012 at 8:30 PM

As a somewhat-frequent, non-tourist visitor to Europe, let me say they’ll just have to get over it.

Glenn Jericho on September 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

What’s Europe? Oh yeah, the place we had to pacify in two World Wars. Tell me again why I should care what they think?

glockomatic on September 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Has anybody bothered to read the limited survey by YouGov.
The question was,
Would America would be worse off, better off, or no better or worse off under Mitt Romney’s Presidency than under Obama?

What exactly was said to cause this onslaught of hatred towards the British and Europe?
http://yougov.co.uk/news/2012/09/12/2012-us-presidential-election-obama-v-romney/

So do the ‘freedom ‘fries we could do with a laugh.
French in french fries comes from the word frenched-a way to cut a potato ,it has nothing to do with France.
It is like me saying i disagree with the country Turkey so i am going to stop eating turkey,it made as much sense as that.

mags on September 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM

A Romney win might diminish our reputation with Europeans

As if I care.

dukecitygirl on September 13, 2012 at 12:19 AM

JackieB on September 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Off your meds?

dukecitygirl on September 13, 2012 at 12:20 AM

As if I care.

dukecitygirl on September 13, 2012 at 12:19 AM

This.

FineasFinn on September 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Should we really care what some European, who does nothing but sip espresso all day and who gets around the city via high speed rail and who probably gets to sit around because he collects a government check thinks?

dverplank on September 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM

…And as I heard somewhere four years ago: Europeans want a weaker America. Europeans love Obama. Therefore, is it safe to assume that Obama wants a weaker America?

dverplank on September 13, 2012 at 1:04 PM

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