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April 6th, 2009
08:51 AM ET

New American image?

Washington is split over President Obama's approach toward repairing a damaged U.S. image. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.
Washington is split over President Obama's approach toward repairing a damaged U.S. image. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

As the President travels to a predominantly Muslim country, a new image of America is reaching a side of the world where friends are sorely needed.

After eight years of George W. Bush, President Obama is talking a lot about "mutual respect."

So far, Europe has responded. But some in Washington aren't so sure it's the right message.


What do you think? Is President Obama repairing America's image abroad?

Filed under: Europe • Politics
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Cat

    The President is doing a great job and trying to restore America after President Bush ruin this country. This President is professional and talks great about what he wants for this country and our allies. What a breath of fresh air compare to Bush.

    April 7, 2009 at 6:39 am |
  2. Shawn

    Yes. President Obama has changed the face of America. The fall of the American empire has been averted – or at least delayed.

    April 6, 2009 at 10:47 pm |

    Just have to say ,WoW.

    April 6, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  4. Bill

    In his effort to appease all the world, I think Obama is selling out the United States that he is supposed to represent. How can he tell other countries that he's ashamed of his own country and still be considered relevant in the international arena?

    April 6, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  5. karen-phoenix

    I just retired and was able to watch all of your coverage. I've been a republican for 40 years but this year I voted for and donated to President Obama. After this trip and the great repair job he and Michelle did for the American image, I am soooo glad I switched!!! Will never go back to the republicans!!! They are sooo confused and self centered!!! They destroyed our economy and our image in the world which would have lead to an even worse economy. Thank you President Obama!!! At 65 I can change!!!

    April 6, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  6. Bill Clogston

    I voted for Obama but I am very concerned about something that didn't start with him. Did I hear Obama say "New World Order."

    I was very upset at all the US TV stations fawning over the queen and wonder if she will be in charge of the "New World Order." We did fight a revolution to be free and now I wonder if we really are. I also heard a
    wealthy US businessman tell on TV of meeting with the queen on her yacht. He is not English descent and I wonder why a US businessman is involved in such a meeting.

    I have relatives who lived in England recently and they tell me that the native English are leaving in droves because they are not willing to support the top heavy monarchy any longer.

    I am frightening by what I am seeing, and beginning to wonder if we Americans were ever free.

    Bill Clogston

    April 6, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  7. Johnny

    I have just watched President Obama speak to the Turkish Parliament. It was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

    I think Obama is really putting a great image on Americans now.

    April 6, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  8. Ron

    Sorry to rain on the parade here but....Repairing OUR image ??? I'm sorry but who hurt who on 9/11 ??? If you forgot, don't worry, it will not be long till you have another attack to remind you. As for him being Muslim, No I don't believe all are bad, if he does good for our country , I support him, but I do not want to live in a socialist Country. I am not a man of riches, but I still want the opportunity to be

    April 6, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  9. Yeagerhood

    The President did very well in his address to Turkey.
    I noticed the tele-prompt monitors. However, I could never "catch" him reading?
    If you watch other presidential adresses. You will "catch" them reading.(especialy President Bush)

    Clinton was good, but President Obama! Wow! It felt like he knew what he wanted to say..... and then said it.
    Maybe President Obama and Clinton used tele-prompters for bullet points.
    Then there's Kennedy I don't think they had prompters that discret when President Kennedy was in office. Who knows?

    How bad would it suck though, if President Obama fixes everything in four years. Then right before re-election the Mayans were right and the earth stands still?

    I guess the four year dream I have. Is just the unemployment talking.

    Just thoughts.


    April 6, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  10. CJ Smith

    It has been a long time since I have been this proud of our President on a foreign trip.

    April 6, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  11. judy

    Absolutely Pres. Obama is repairing our image. We were almost becoming an embarressment with Bush and his gang in charge. We were arrogant and indifferent. There is nothing wrong in saying that. That also doesnt mean that we will let people step all over us. The President should try to get along with ALL countries. If they cross us in the wrong way, then he can deal with cutting them off. I am so prould of our country our Pres. and First Lady.

    April 6, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  12. Lorie Hershberger

    I am very proud to have President Obama representing us to the world. His leadership ability to bring people together and to encourage a better world is inspiring. It is time we realize as a nation that we are just one nation in the world of nations and we need to lead by example. We need to understand that our security and the worlds security is not totally dependent on us, but on the bonds we have with each other. I guess a community organizer can make a difference.

    April 6, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  13. Darlene Vowels

    My husband and I applaud President Obama's presentations and comportment throughout his overseas meetings. We are especially impressed with his detailed understanding of the countries where he has traveled as demonstrated through his speeches. It is with relief to see fence rebuilding and the first step in reestablishing positive relations with our allies and reaching out to potential advisaries.

    April 6, 2009 at 9:10 am |
  14. usaindependence

    Obama is giving away our sovereignty AWAY.

    Sovereignty is the right to exercise, within a territory, the functions of a state, exclusive of any other state, and subject to no other authority

    April 6, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  15. glibert neville

    i belive that pres. obama is doing agood job trying to brng the world and the nation together.

    April 6, 2009 at 9:08 am |
  16. Tom Morgan


    April 6, 2009 at 9:07 am |
  17. C Cash

    The more I listen to Pres. Obama, the more I realize how intelligent he really is. He has impressed me with his decisiveness and actions. His openness and truthfulness of speaking to all that moving forward positively will not be easy. Those that realize this, also realize that if the American people and American government get behind his ideas and actions and continue moving them in the right direction, there will be a lesser impact on future generations. Americans are survivors and we will overcome this period in our history.

    April 6, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  18. ron

    My respect for this president and our country is growing and growing,

    This trip abroad has renewed my faith in American leadership and prowess throughout the world.

    April 6, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  19. Vicki Crosby

    I am so proud of our President. He is working so hard to repair the damage to our nations standing in the world. I'm totally positive that we have elected the perfect person for that difficult job.

    April 6, 2009 at 9:03 am |
  20. Lynne

    Did Obama just say that he was Muslim during his speech in Turkey? I thought I heard something like "we will not have intolerance to Muslims etc... and I know this because I am one!" Did he say that? I don't care if he did, but the animals will be out to get him on this. I can hear it on Hannity now 🙁 I don't want anyone having a field day with this.

    I thought his speech was wonderful. I almost cried, because I feel so blessed that God has blessed us with this President. He is so peaceful. He can change the world. Never thought it was possible and it's so easy to become disillusioned from anything good in this day and age, but he is good. His family is good and he makes me proud again. I'm a proud American again!

    When everything seems wrong with this country these days, he gives me hope. He is the one thing that's right!


    April 6, 2009 at 9:02 am |
  21. david decarolis

    I have just watched President Obama speak to the Turkey parliment.

    He is doing an outstanding job of repairing the international relations for the United States. The fact that he speakes to the future of the world and our common reliance on each other is very important.

    President Obama is the leader we want and expect for our country.

    April 6, 2009 at 9:01 am |