BHO: world leaders 'see me as a conservative'Submitted by SteveMT on Mon, 09/21/2009 - 00:53
President Barack Obama may be regarded as a Communist trying to nationalise health care by his fiercest detractors at home, but other world leaders see him as a conservative, he declared on Sunday.
By Alex Spillius in Washington
Published: 5:16PM BST 20 Sep 2009
Asked about the antipathy aroused by his stimulus bill, health reform plans, and takeover of ailing banks, the president revealed that the stinging domestic criticism has bemused other politicians whose politics are ostensibly to the Right of his.
"I can't tell you how many foreign leaders, who are heads of centre-right governments, say to me 'I don't understand why people would call you socialist, in my country you would be considered a conservative'," Mr Obama told CNN.
He refrained from naming names, but his leading centre-Right allies are Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, who visited Washington last week, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor.
Mr Obama acknowledged that "yelling at politicians is as American as apple pie", but appealed for greater civility in the nation's political discourse. "It's important to remind ourselves we are all Americans who love this country," he said.
In angry scenes at town hall meetings and street protests, Mr Obama has been vilified as a communist, socialist or even a Nazi and a sinister supporter of euthanasia.