April 7, 2009

Amanpour: What Obama's overseas trip achieved

Posted: 09:31 AM ET

By CNN's Christiane Amanpour

Such has been the success of President Obama's first overseas visit that some observers are even suggesting North Korea's weekend rocket launch was not the dreaded "3 a.m. moment," but a golden opportunity for the U.S. president.

Coming just hours before Obama's big speech on combating nuclear proliferation, it added urgency to his proposals.

Analysts are also hailing Obama the deal maker, pointing to how he smoothed away Turkey's opposition to the former Danish prime minister becoming the new NATO secretary general. Turkey had objected because of the Danish cartoon flap, which Muslims viewed as insulting the Prophet Mohammed.

Days earlier at the G-20 summit in London, England, Obama was credited with getting last-minute consensus out of French President Nicholas Sarkozy and Chinese President Hu Jintao over tax havens and financial regulation.


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hugh ~ california   April 7th, 2009 9:57 am ET

President Obama achieved much attending the G-20 Summit in agreeing–by consensus–to eliminate loopholes in the financial banking system to help restore the global economy, but the crowning achievement was restoring respect for America's leadership in the world. Obama critics will surely disagree, but our new President did more for American diplomacy in a week, then former President Bush could in nearly eight years!

Michael C. McHugh   April 7th, 2009 10:31 am ET

Here's a part of Obama's genius: if you are hostile to such a nice guy, it makes you look very unreasonable. And I think he is a genuinely nice guy: smart, personable, engaging, charismatic. Everyone knows this. In this case, he's handling the North Koreans and Iranians just like Republicans at home, by reaching out to them, appearing conciliatory and willing to discuss differences. If they just dismiss him or act irrationally, then it just makes them look bad.

And just between us, those regimes in North Korea and Iran aren't exactly pleasant. One is Stalinist and the other religious fascist, although I do have more hope for internal change in Iran in the long run. They have a great talent for making themselves look bad in the PR since, especially against a master politician like Obama–who is as popular as FDR.

Juan From Tampa   April 7th, 2009 5:19 pm ET

I think President Obama had a big success during his first trip overseas, not only because of all the achievements he made but also because he met with the people not only the governments. Proof of that is the town hall he held yesterday at the Turquey university were he addressed all kind of questions.

His next international challenge will be this month at the summit of the Americas in Trinidad. Here he will have to deal with the increasing number of leftist presidents in Latin America and the pressure from some of them in removing the cuban embargo. I have no doubts he will emerge triumphant from this summit but, his message to the people and the governments of the region, will have an impact on the leadership that Mr. Chavez and his followers currently have in Latin America.

amb   April 7th, 2009 6:34 pm ET

I think Obama made the U. S. look weak, by apologizing for our "arrogance"- what arrogance?, among other statements he made. He should have upheld our country as a worthy nation, helping other nations when they needed help, such as in WWI and WWII, Desert Storm,etc. And this present war, we are defending ourselves – the U.S. was attacked on U.S.soil. Obama has no empathy for the U.S. He is too far left to love our wonderful America and , in deed, disclosed his feelings for our country – it doesn't sound like it's his country.

Dave of Detroit   April 7th, 2009 7:07 pm ET

Response to amb-The Bush Administration took our allies into Iraq in a Unilateral Decision to oust Sadaam. Then he proceeded to make Iraq our own little pie-The French President was mocked when he was upset that his Country was denied the contract that he had with Sadaam-Remember the Ha-Ha funny do away with French Fries in the Capital and rename them American Fries. Each and every Country that allied itself with us had their President , Chancellor, or whatever voted out of office as a result of these Countries backing the Bush-Cheney Invasion of Iraq-These Allies included Spain, Germany, The Brit's-Tony Blair was ousted as a result of listening to G.W. and we took the spoils-Good for Dick and all of G.W.'s Buddies not so good for ouir Allies. Our Allies do not like to be treated like fools and Obama is going to have to work hard to reassure them that his administration is not like that of George Bush or he will get no help at all!

Jay   April 7th, 2009 8:19 pm ET

It showed that the U.S. is not the arrogant bully from the past administration, and that we are willling to listen to other countries ideas.

Linda Yates   April 7th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I have been a fan of Christiane Amanpour for many years. Far as I'm concerned, she is in a class of her own! One of a kind! I always feel I have gotten the best info possible from her. She's made many sacrifices to achieve this level of competence, and I, for one, am grateful.

Nick Boyko   April 7th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I am very Proud of President Obama's trip! To see world leaders reaching out to him was such a refreshing change. The USA has lost respect around the world thanks to Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld. We viewed as two-faced and arrogant.

President Obama is working hard to repair our image. Together with Michelle and Secretary Clinton they will succeed!

Yes We Can!

Judith   April 7th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I agree with Dave of Detroit and Jay.

As far as North Korea Our new President is a 'think first' and do later like President Kennedy during the Missile Crisis.Fact is Japan was on the border watching them to see if anything would happen.Had it President Obama wouldn't put America in arms way.

Amb,I disagree with you about President Obama saying he's too far left to love America.Bottom Line it seem that some keep adding that right side,middle side and left side.How many solders have died in past Wars that were from the left,middle and right side.God sees no sides,only men because of politics.
All Americans are equal and do love our Country.Sometimes the ones that cry the loudest are the ones to watch and wonder about.Their heads are filled by Fear because they listen to ones that play the Fear Card during Politics.

President Obama is trying to bring everyone together for peace.Ones that are in doubts should be the ones to watch out for.

Larry   April 11th, 2009 12:27 am ET

I have watched Obama numerous times on the news. Invariably he looks to the left, he looks to the rightj, but he never looks at We the People who are behind the camera. Why do you suppose this is going on?

Just curious

Eric   April 15th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Obama,,, enough of this man already!!!

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