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OBAMA: 'IN THE SPIRIT OF BIPARTISAN COOPERATION,

PLEASE ALLOW ME TO WELCOME YOU ABOARD'

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Tages Anzeiger, Switzerland

There is More at Stake than Obama's Presidency

 

"Given its many unresolved problems, the future of the United States itself is threatened. If in the wake of their electoral success, rather than taking political responsibility, Republicans were to engage in the politics of obstruction and denial - and with all eyes already on the 2012 elections - governing in Washington could become well nigh impossible. The consequences would be far reaching."

 

By Correspondent Martin Kilian

 

Translated By Ulf Behncke

 

November 3, 2010

 

Switzerland - Tages Anzeiger - Original Article (German)

A somewhat contrite President Obama takes questions the day after a devestating blow to Democrats.

 

BBC HARDTALK: Is it time to prepare for gridlock in the U.S. Congress?, Nov. 3, 00:05:19RealVideo

Washington: After the landslide win by Democrats in the 2008 presidential and congressional elections, not a few commentators were convinced that the party of Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Roosevelt would hold on to power in Washington for quite some time. The result of yesterday's congressional elections disproved this assumption: A mere two years after the Democratic triumph of 2008, Republicans emerged as victors of the 2010 midterm elections. They will now hold a majority in the House of Representatives and they also made gains in the Senate.

 

Not that they were campaigning on any new ideas: As always, tax cuts were touted as a political miracle elixir, while smaller government and budget cuts are to reduce the looming national debt. The fact that Republicans never once detailed precisely where they plan to apply the red pencil didn't stop a majority of voters from carrying them to victory. That is why this election result is such a potent reprimand for a president who appeared incapable of charting a course through the crisis, even if he was saddled when taking office with the worst catastrophe since the Great Depression in the 1930s.

 

A SUPERPOWER IN TATTERS

 

Barack Obama will be forced to rethink and engage with a reinvigorated Republican opposition which sees him as a political accident, and which, under the influence of the Tea Party, may be more hard line than before. With the fragmentation of power in Washington, where Republicans control the House and Democrats the Senate and the White House, chances are that things are likely to end in deadlock. Instead of paving the way for a long overdue rehabilitation of this ailing superpower, whose citizens are plagued by fear of social decline and national collapse, this new balance of power could throw Washington into fresh chaos.

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At stake here is not just the presidency of Barack Obama. Given its many unresolved problems, the future of the United States itself is threatened. If in the wake of their electoral success, rather than taking political responsibility, Republicans were to engage in the politics of obstruction and denial for the next two years - and with all eyes already on the 2012 elections - governing in Washington could become well nigh impossible. The consequences would be far reaching.

 

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La Jornada, Mexico: A Dire Midterm Result for the U.S. and World

Le Figaro, France: Tea Party: An 'American Fever' that Will Quicky Pass

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Le Temps, Switzerland: Obama Pays Big for Anemic Growth

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La Jornada, Mexico: Obama 'Bit Off More than He Could Chew'

Le Temps, Switzerland: Cheap Advice for President Obama

Tageblatt, Luxembourg: Prepare for 'Tea Time' in America

El Pais, Spain: As U.S. Exposes its Divisions, China Powers Ahead

Global Times, China: The West is Forming an 'Axis of Evil Ideology'

Hispanidad, Spain: How Spain Can Build its Own Tea Party: Copy Palin

El Universal, Mexico: Immigration Reform: Obama's Ace in the Hole

Le Temps, Switzerland: America's 'Cry of Agony' Through the Tea Party

Izvestia, Russia: Evil Obama and China's Yuan: It's About the Midterms

Liberation, France: Christine ODonnell at the 'Oral Stage'

Financial Times Deutschland, Germany: West Must Halt Slide Since 9-11

El Mercurio, Spain: The 'Neo-Nazi' Campaign Against President Obama

El Mundo, Spain: Beck and Palin Search for Mythical 'Paradise Lost'

Der Standard, Austria: In Despair Over Democracy - Both America's and Ours

National Post, Canada: U.S. Democracy Suffers 'Death By Talk-Show Host'

La Jornada, Mexico: Beck and the New U.S.-Right: 'Like a Horror Movie'

Iraq News Agency, Iraq: Sarah Palin: The 'Seductress' of the American Election

 

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[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US November 6, 1:08am]

 







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