Le Monde Editorial: Obama the Realist

Put this editorial in the category of political wisdom from the French.

In abandoning or modifying some of his most cherished political positions, has Obama lost his soul or discovered his vocation?

According to the editorial board of Le Monde:

“Will the one who wants to be the bringer of ‘change we can believe in’ keep his promise if elected on November 4? To win this election, Mr. Obama is ready to abandon or modify some of his strongest commitments. So he decided to refuse public financing for his campaign and the spending limits attached thereto. Thus he is prepared to vote yes in the Senate for a bill that would justify the wire tapping authorized by Mr. Bush. He has also revised his position on the presence of troops in Iraq and has given assurances to pro-Israeli organizations. … These are the rules of the game and we shouldn’t exaggerate the importance of such tactical gestures. And neither should anyone imagine that politics has ceased to be politics, nor that it’s possible to win an election in the United States or elsewhere without being a realistic politician.”


Translated By Kate Davis

June 28, 2008

France – Le Monde – Original Article (French)

Just four years after it was he who set the tone at the Democratic national convention in Boston, Barack Obama will be officially nominated in Denver in late August, as the party’s candidate for the presidency of the United States. The road traveled by this man who in 2004 was only a candidate for a senate seat in Illinois is breathtaking. By giving preference to this mixed-race 46-year-old to try and conquer the White House, Democratic voters have brought honor both to their country and to the talent of this still young and inexperienced politician.

Barack Obama’s success owes much to the presidency of George Bush, who has been condemned by Americans. The “conservative revolution” that began with Ronald Reagan nearly 30 years ago is out of momentum. The “cultural wars” dating back to the 1960s – between the liberal left and the conservative right – belong to another age. The economic crisis, the awareness of environmental emergencies, the human and financial cost of the war in Iraq and criticism of the errant ways of Washington are provoking the massive rejection of the Republican Party. The desire for change also explains, in part, why Hillary Clinton has been overtaken in the Democratic primaries.

READ ON AT WORLDMEETS.US, along with continuing translated foreign press coverage of the U.S. election and how others perceive our nation.

Author: WILLIAM KERN (Worldmeets.US)

Founder and Managing Editor of Worldmeets.US

  • Neocon

    Barak Obama is a great big sheet upon which you write upon him that which you want him to be and then his generic “Change” and “Oh yes we can” becomes like parables in the bible. They apply to us all.

    Want gun control? You got it.
    Want health care for all? You got it.
    Want to raise the taxes on the rich? You got it.
    Middle class and want tax relief? You got it.
    Want to balance the budget? NO problem.
    Global warming got you down? He will solve that too.
    War in Iraq a drag? No problem were going to come home soon.
    Bin Laden heavy on your mind? We will get him.
    Welfare not making ends meet. No problem you’ll get more under Obama.
    Germans dont like us? No problem they will love us when Im in office.
    Peace Ellusive? Im the prince of peace.

    What you want is a promise. All you have to do is write it on the GREAT BIG SHEET and its yours.

    How can Obama possibly loose??

  • Neocon

    Oh and the heat Obama is taking from the far left over his upcoming support for the FISA bill will go along way toward determing who Barak Obama is. Keith Olberman who is Rush Limbaugh from the other side is demanding:

    And he damned well better take it. The Senate vote on this tortured and reckless piece of legislation has now been postponed until after the 4th of July break. The Democrats, completing their FISA experience, a collective impression of Homer Simpson falling off a cliff and hitting every bramble on the way down, didn’t exactly plan this fortuitous delay.

    How he handles this will go a long way in telling us who Barak Obama is.

  • DLS

    He appeals to idealists, not to realists. He’s all about Appearance and Feeling Good and saying “yes” to all manner of Democratic special-interest-leaning voters and parties, Federal Government Entitlements and Other Government Goodies For All.

    It will be interesting to see what changes in Washington besides complexion of the President after November.

  • http://polimom.com Polimom

    Neocon said: “Welfare not making ends meet. No problem you’ll get more under Obama.”

    What are you talking about?