April 15, 2009
Posted: 1841 GMT

We received a rousing response to last week’s poll in which we asked whether your views of the U.S. had changed after Barack Obama’s trip to Europe. Below we’ve posted some of your comments and continue to invite your comments on this and any other topic.

Barack Obama was very clear about the mistakes the US made but I also agreed with him that Europe and the rest of the world focus too much on negative events and seem to forget the many good things the US does. The leading country in the world is involved in almost everything that happens. Nobody’s perfect, neither is the US, but Obama made clear that it was, is and will always be a great nation!
– Johan

Obama himself has not changed my view on the US (yet) – you always had great (and even many “greater”) guys like him! The fact that the US elected him president and his approval rates are still so high up however has changed a lot – and at least over here only for the better!!!
– Ulf Kleinings

I think president Obama’s approach to things will greatly improve the image of the United States of America in the eyes of the rest of the world.
But i think it will be wrong for people to sit back and hope that only “One Man” can bring change to the world, only one person can cure the world of the current economic crisis. True change lies in the hands of each and every one of us in our own little way. Only then can we move forward.
That’s my opinion!
– Ifeanyi

Again, just because we didn’t post doesn’t mean we didn’t appreciate your comment, we just didn’t have the space! Keep em’ coming and we’ll keep trying to highlight as many as we can.

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James   April 15th, 2009 8:45 pm ET

POTUS BHO has already shown he's the tax & spend liberal everybody thought he was. What needs to happen to make the US economy recover is a HUGE simplification of the US tax code, along with perhaps raising of taxes on fuel, a national sales tax like a VAT, and a FLAT INCOME TAX that EVERYBODY PAYS. Consumption taxes are the fairest and most equitable way to tax. Many Americans have to get off the notion that government can provide everything without everyone having to pay for it, just as they have to realise that the Government cannot solve all of their problems.

Tarek (BB)   April 16th, 2009 6:12 am ET

Hi Hala, and the rest of Idesk team.

Best wishes to you all.

Truth. Mr. BARAK OBAMA, THE PRESIDENT OF USA, is a nice clean good heart clean mind with beatifull thoughts.He wants to bring back happy days to american people, economy and health, you are really lucky to have such a good man to be your president. For myself i wish him succses new and in the coming future becouse he is one of the best.

Best regards to hala and the rest.

Nsikak Essien   April 17th, 2009 12:32 pm ET

Mr Obama is a gift from God to the whole world, let us support him in all ramifications todo the will of his sender so that God will not be unhappy with us. God bless Nigeria,God bless America and the entire universe

Niyaz Salih   April 18th, 2009 10:40 am ET

Victory of president Obama was not only a victory for American democracy and promise, it was a victory for all nations who discriminated back in history. As a kurd who suffered from Saddam regime i was so happy that Obama gained a victory because we have the same background. Both of us were suffered and considered as second class citizen. I have faith on Obama that he can make the world a better and safer place than any time before. He has started seriously and i am sure will continue like this. In my opinion the best policy that he has announced was about eliminating nuclear weapon. It is obvious from this policy that he supports peace and negotiation rather than threaten and wars.

Sayah   April 18th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

Hi Hala!
I have nothing to say about Mr the President, since a lot has been said about the man, and much more is about to be said. The point is that, Mr George Bush was the problem. He is now gone and so are the problems. The country goes beyond that man. It transcends him. Mr George Bush represented but himself, his way of thinking and dealing with things. Therefore, our views about the USA were, are and will always be the same. The USA “re-brought” Democracy to the world. Many thanks in return to the USA.

Mike Ogbalu from Lagos Nigeria.   April 20th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

Barack is clearly on course. The traditional economists cannot see where he is going, they are too absorbed in the old way of doing things. This is an unconventional crisis and it would require unconventional methods and wisdom. Also mending America's image in the world will ensure that he will have enough time and focus in the coming 18 months to deal with the crisis at home. For this crisis too much experience is an unwanted baggage!!

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