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    • yuval
    • 12.10.09 | 16:48 (IST)

    Obama has achieved (at least) one very important fact. I travel quite a bit, mostly in central america and the middle east and ever since Obama became president I have noticed a definate change in the attitudes of the people i meet. I meet buisness peopleas well as farmers, drivers, teachers, pretty much everybody, once I tell them I am American (I NEVER tell casual aquaintences I am from Jerusalem) they immediatlly voice support for USA and Obama. Immedeatlly!!! I used to have to tell people I am Canadian just so not to hear them complain for 20 minutes about US policy and bush in particular. I know this is just anecdotal, but others have voiced the same. Obama's first great achievment is the restoration of American prestige and leadership that in itself leads to talk and reconciliation. Certainly a surprise award, maybe corect, maybe not but certainly he is more deserved than past winners like Kissinger, Peres and Begin, etc

    from the article: Israeli mockery of Obama's Nobel is pure chutzpah
    First published 07:16 12.10.09 | Last updated 11:14 12.10.09
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