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BHO: world leaders 'see me as a conservative'

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.



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ecorob's picture


...i thought they saw him as someone whose hand they would NOT shake...the ultimate political snub!


O Captain, My Captain, rise up and hear the bells!

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

Obama is a Big Government Man

He's anti-freedom and that's all we need to know. Trying to classify him further is a waste of time and leads to challenges to our credibility.

Obama is as conservative as George W Bush

absolutely Obama is as conservative as GWB. GWB is not a conservative, but a Neocon, which is the same as a Neolib.

Neos, libs and cons, infiltraited BOTH major parties by selling out liberal and conservative principles to corporation investments in government.

Ha! ....

The rest of the world sees Obama as a Wall Street puppet. They know he is a dupe and a lightweight. What a fool.

Seems Like Nonsense

I'd consider the whole lot of them to be Conservatives, and for us to be the Liberals. Remember, we are the people who are fighting against the old ways of government. We are the people who believe that the government is beholden to individuals, and not vice versa, that individuals are in the service of the state. We are the people who believe that government is essentially a grant on our individual liberties, and that, as such, it is essential for it to be limited in its roles, and not those who proclaim that government is an engine of social progress.

They are the ones who seek to preserve the historical status quo of governments having dominion over the ruled, and we are the liberals who seek to continue the American Revolution, the revolution against the arbitrary powers of the state, and for the limitation of government.

I'd suggest that their political compass is broken, and that these people are fooling themselves in believing that their ideas on government and governance are the new and liberal ideas.

Tu ne sede malis.

Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.

" But Mr Obama said the

" But Mr Obama said the objections were rooted in opposition to "big government", not the colour of his skin"

Some time Obama really does manage to impress with clear thinking and reading of the electorate, which I guess is why he is president in the first place. I still think he wouldn't be half bad was it not for choosing to exclusively surround himself with, and taking advice from, the most singularly incompetent cadre of advisors and lieutenants since I don't know when. Compared to Obama's various Czars and cabinet appointments, not to mention Pelosi and Reid (not really his fault, but he could at least ignore them), even Bush's Neo Con armada manages to look half competent. And that says a lot.

In End the Fed, there is at

In End the Fed, there is at least one quote of Obama that shows that he understands the financial crisis a lot better than his policies show.

Ventura 2012

Haha. Yea he's right to them.. NOW..

If you wont fight for the right when you can easily win...you may...have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival [or] when there is no chance of victory...it's better to perish than to live as slaves.

Mathew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

SteveMT's picture

In any case, those labels are meaningless.

They are all the same, so they can call themselves anything. We call them: corrupt politicians.