November 1st, 2010
03:31 PM ET
10 years ago

WH Dispatch: Midterm global image makeover?

Washington (CNN) - The ground may shift under the Capitol on Tuesday, but the White House is not concerned that midterm election tremors will impact America's image abroad.

"It demonstrates once and again the most powerful example for the world to see the American people exercising their constitutional responsibilities," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

During a briefing on the President's upcoming Asia trip, Gibbs insisted that regardless of the outcome in the midterm elections it is still "a testament to the great American experience," because it shows the global community how the U.S. "conducts elections" and brings about "electoral change in a peaceful way."

On Friday, President Obama embarks on a 10 day trip that will take him to India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan. It's his first major overseas trip this year and includes a stop in Jakarta, which was on two previous itineraries until domestic issues, like health care reform and the Gulf oil spill delayed those visits.

White House officials downplayed any election fallout when it comes to Mr. Obama's global agenda, including fiscal issues or negotiations over the free trade agreement.

And when asked how much time on the trip would be devoted to reassuring world leaders jittery over political changes, Michael Froman, deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs said "I imagine politics in the U.S. will be a subject on this trip. Other countries are interested in what goes on in this country."

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. toughlove

    Conservatives don't care what the world thinks as much as they care about continuing to b the greatest nation in history. And rightfully so. We're not on Junior high any more. Which gives s rip what other ppl think?!?

    November 1, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It's great to show the rest of the world how our political process goes. However, if republicans gain control of Congress, the rest of the world is going to look at Americans as a bunch of idiots.

    November 1, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    In other words, the world isn't going to stop laughing at us.

    November 1, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Presidential Duties

    Its good to see that the president is taking his presidential duties seriously and not allow himself to get caught in partisan campaigning this election year.

    With the economy in great shape and terrorist threat at an all time low, there is no need to rush and foster trade/allies relationships until after the election.

    November 1, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Dar

    WOW Mr, Gibbs, what happened to screw the Repubs, eating a little crow there dork.
    Now that the white house knows that there is going to be a change of politics in the congress/senate they are backing down and kissing a little butt to try and save any resimbulace of an administration that Odumbo was trying to build.
    See you in 2012 Mr. Gibbs, or wait, no we wont, you'll be out of a job too with your boss.
    To bad Odumbo didn't listen to the needs of the many and only heard what he wanted to hear. ME, ME, ME, I, I, I, I am the one.
    Does lame duck ring a bell in your ears Odumbo................................ Can you hear that?

    November 1, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama has been very successful in changing our image around the World who speak of him as being the most intelligent and knowledgeable President as he continues to move this country forward. World leaders are moving their country forward in science, math, etc. by looking for the brightest and smartest to meet their challenges. We must have the most intelligent President to lead us now and in the future if we are to have continued respect around the World.

    November 1, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. John

    If AMERICAN People VOTE THESE NUT CASE BACK BY SARAN PALIN AND THE TEA PARTY. It going too make us look pretty dumb too the rest us the WORLD.

    November 1, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Al, CA

    Vote for democrats! First priority for all common sense people is to prevent GOP&Tea from gaining power!

    November 1, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. TSUNAMI ALERT: Expected loss of Socialist DemocRATS CATASTROPHIC

    The world will see the American people are still in charge of their government and will not hesitate to FIRE INCOMPETENT SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS. Only the leftist looney tunes give a damn about what every dictator or terrorist abroad thinks about the USA. Since Obozo has been in office, they've spent most of their time rolling on the floor laughing at him and the USA for apologizing to them.

    November 1, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. John

    We have been blessed with the scientific determination there is a genetic motivator for a person to be a liberal. I have been a long time supporter of the premise gays are born with a genetic reason they are gay. I fully support that with the clear understanding other factors such as environment and an amount of choice also play roles. One can only hope they can find suitable treatments for both of these genetic defects and rid the worlkd of both scourges.

    November 1, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Bill

    Yes he has changed our image, and he does seem intellegent to whom? Hugo Chavez? AHM-A-Dinner-Jacket? Kim Jung Ill? Yep he probably is smarter than they are!?!?!?!

    November 1, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Monster Zero

    Good post John, I have often thought that both those topics may not be determined so much by genetics but as to a more specific environmental explanation or phenomena. Over population or skewed populations of certain species sometimes morph females into males and vice-versa or may be determined by temperatures during adolescence, hermaphrodites capable of reproduction are common among fish, plants, amphibians and reptiles. That isn't to say that mammals sexuality and possibly the tendencies of social beliefs may not be influenced by some natural occurrence within their specific environment. I mean look at the lemmings behavior, not sure if I would call these a scourge, they are just simply different than some preconceived notion of social acceptance. Natures laws will ALWAYS prevail and man would be better serve by looking at living with them instead of trying to nullify them.

    November 1, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |