Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The World and President Obama - Airdate - 11/6 - 4 p.m. (ET)

Update - 11/6/08: This show has aired. You can download the MP3 from our archive. Let us know what you think!

Joe Hardtke

As you've probably noticed by now, we've postponed a few of our shows this week to devote more time to Barack Obama's victory in Tuesday's election. We were joined by Parker Palmer today who reflected on Obama's background and tomorrow we turn it over to the journalists who covered this election for news agencies abroad.

We've all heard the reports: Parisians were overjoyed, Russians were muted, Kenyans had a national holiday while Iraqis remained skeptical. I quickly booked two wonderful journalists to the program to relay what they've seen. Marc Chavannes reported from Washington for the Dutch paper NRC Handelsblad and Charlayne Hunter-Gault commented on African perspectives for CNN, NPR and others. We hope to book a journalist from the BBC. I'll let you know if that happens tomorrow.

In the meantime, we have a question for you: What do you think will happen to our image abroad during an Obama presidency?


Brian Dunbar said...

A brief honeymoon - something like the week after 9/11 - but then ... realization that while it's a historic moment ... it's not a game changing deal.

What .. what?

Whatever problems 'the world' had with America last week have not changed _this_ week because we decided to live up to our ideals.

We still have global commitments for our military - only the rhetoric changes, if that. Our culture is still going to do what is does that annoys everyone so much.

F. Milton Olsen III said...

Mr. Obama is just more "W" in a slick black package. His appointments make that abundantly clear.

He serves the same masters that Bush and Cheney do... and that's not us. As Frank Zappa put it so well

F. Milton Olsen III said...

"Down in Washington, they just look out for number one-- and number one ain't you... you ain't even number two..."