Ah, the overwhelming teenage dilemma …Is it better to be popular or smart? Popular or successful? Popular or powerful? Popular or really anything else?
It turns out Barack Obama is both. He is our well-liked and influential leader … He’s the captain of the football team and the president of Student Council. According to a recent France 24/Harris Poll among adults in the United States, Italy, France, Spain, Great Britain and Germany, most of us have a very/somewhat good opinion of Barack Obama… and:
- Like him nearly as much as we did when he was first elected and way more than basically every other well-known world leader (except maybe the Dalai Lama) – including all 5 leaders of the EU5, and many in South America, Asia and the Middle East; and,
- Believe he has a great deal/some influence at an international level, more than most other well-known world leaders.
Note that we here in the United States have a less rosy (and getting progressively unrosier) opinion of Obama than those abroad, but most of us still like him somewhat.
Too bad these warm fuzzy feelings haven’t translated into optimism about his job performance here at home or the economy or health care reform (see every other Over the Wire post from last week). Turns out, we can like someone very much and perhaps even want him to sit at our lunch table or take him to the school prom, but not want him in charge of our allowance or our personal life.