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Sunday, January 13, 2008

World is Watching U.S. Election

The American election 2008 is shaping up to be a worldwide event.

From taxi drivers in Africa to folks "down under" in Australia, people realize that who we pick as President makes a huge difference -- from preemptive wars to trade policy -- and they are glued to their sets as our primaries unfold.

In other words, our actions can be like an elephant in a China shop, so it matters who is in charge.

Our global reputation is impacting even us ordinary folks. For the first time in my life, I have received negative emails from foreigners who apparently think that all Americans are like the current leadership. (No big deal, I've received even nastier ones from local political types, but I don't like being tarred by someone else's brush).

Whoever we pick to be our face for the next term as President is extremely important -- not only to us, but the rest of the world as well.

The good news is that we have a promising group to choose from - whether its McCain/Huckabee or Obama/Clinton. Either would be a major improvement. Either could boost our reputation in the world. It matters to the 6 billion folks who live outside the U.S. whose hand is on our power levers and military machine.

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