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April 5, 2009

The most striking thing I've read today


"He [Obama] would win an election in any of one of the G-20 countries...."

It's from A. A. Gill's Op-Ed piece in the New York Times.

More: "You often wonder what visiting dignitaries make of your country; American presidents must think that the whole world is in a constant state of riot. Wherever they go, CNN is full of angry banners, burning flags and tear gas."

"The salutary fact is that when you look at the grinning group photograph, there is only one face you want to see. This conference was about saving the world, but more important for the participants, it was about saving their political lives. Mr. Obama is the only popular politician left in the world."

"We may be in the rare position of having an American president who has a deeper mandate among people who could never vote for him than with those who did. For the time being, he has only to offer his hand, and ask politely."

Gill is a contributing writer for Vanity Fair and the Sunday Times of London.

April 5, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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