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Obama returns from overseas


It's called "The Trudeau Effect," for those old enough to remember. It's named after the late Canadian prime minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, a hip and charismatic figure whose popularity increased in direct proportion with the square of his distance from Ottawa. In other words, the rest of the world loved him, while Canadians used a variety of epithets (and in the case of French Canadians--gestures) to describe him. Not that Obama has reached this extreme yet, but you can bet he eventually will if he becomes President.

So our Golden Boy has returned from abroad, and his feet must now, once again, touch the ground. No more soaring visions, no more paeans to the Unity of Man. He's gotta talk about national defense, pump prices, foreclosures, job outsourcing, education money, and all the other humdrum stuff that average Americans base their voting decisions upon. If you don't get mud on your boots, you can't reach for the stars.

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Chan, Unless you have been under a rock for the past year Obama has been talking about our economy, our war, and every other national topic here at home. He took the SAME trip McSame did but got a MUCH warmer response. Why? Because leaders from other countries and their citizens see McSame as another Bush. I would imagine they are also eager to have an educated conversation with a potential leader of the US rather than someone who makes comments like "Our economy is drunk" and "What housing crisis? The other day Laura was looking to purchase a home? I don't think we need to fault Obama for that. We should be glad we finally see citizens of other countries waving our flag instead of burning it for once.

Obama 08!

If he goes overseas and meets world leaders, he is called "presumptious." If he stays home he is inexperienced. Hat the game, not Barack Obama for playing it so well.

Why is it that George Bush escaped all this vitriol when he bullied and stole the highest office in the world? Why isn't his 8 years of idiocy not tied to the his highly experienced cabinet? Maybe experience isn't everything. Maybe you have to be a good man.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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