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From Herticalt @ Daily Kos: Obama Saves G20; Does America Proud

According to sources inside the room, President Obama just played peacemaker in a spat between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China.

In the finaly plenary session among the G-20 leaders, Sarkozy and Hu were having a heated disagreement about tax havens.

You heard it hear first, an American President actually brought people closer together acting as a mediator. Could this be signs of a new role for the US to play in the 21st Century? We can only hope. And this is no small issue, China is fiercely protective of their banking centers and the French are on a regulatory rampage. Bringing these two parties closer together kept the G20 from moving towards an unworkable situation.

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ABC News Blog

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by Magnifico on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 05:26:44 PM EST
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From The Termite @ Daily Kos: Yes, I DO give a damn what the rest of the world thinks!

I'm sitting here with goosebumps on my arms as I read accounts of Obama at G20, and I want to share my enthusiasm with you.  Will you join me in reflecting here for just a minute?

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This "American exceptionalism" is rationally and morally bankrupt, and President Barack Obama is ushering it out.  He is ushering in a new era of American exceptionalism which is based on the understanding that we must always be willing to examine ourselves, our actions, and their consequences to ensure that they are worthy of us.

What is exceptional about us isn't our destiny.  If we understand anything from our current state of peril, it's that our destiny is a work in progress, and we can still fuck it up mightily.

Our power isn't what's exceptional about us, either.  We have begun to understand our vulnerability, and we have rejected the charlatans who've promised to keep us safe by stripping away our freedoms.

What is exceptional about us is how we choose to bear the unique burden of simply being The United States of America.

by Magnifico on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 05:31:17 PM EST
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Magnifico:
What is exceptional about us is how we choose to bear the unique burden of simply being The United States of America.

maudlin?

the only exceptional thing about america was that it thrived on an ecology that had been respected and conserved by millennia of native americans, while the rest of the world's low hanging resources were starting to be tapped out.

it goes deep the brainwashing, huh?

in one sentence he says what he knows the world has been long waiting to hear, then in a few seconds has america ushering in a new exceptionalism!

mind-boggling...

is it so hard to get, the concept of equality amongst all global citizens?

and that's on dkos... i shudder to think what the great majority who are even less aware of the conditioning they have been subjected to still believe.

...and the racism O's election was supposed to symbolise the end of is just as pernicious and distasteful when delivered in this ethnocentric, myopic style.

the harder they come... what's unique about the usa experience is how depersonalised and demented the cognitive dissonance has become.

i'm increasingly seeing obama as a majordomo to the megawealthy, giving them a shiny new frontman to argue for the plutocrat status quo.

what's astonishing is the charm and savvy, how ingratatiatingly nice he and his family come across.

so the cog-diss is in its own way as mindbending as during gwb's era, it's just very different, brand new flavas!

heavens, the man is a politician, what did i expect?

walk like a basketball player, quack like a statesman, act like the other 'great pretenders' of recent history.

nothing personal, just business.

and tomorrow the hopium will take hold again...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Apr 3rd, 2009 at 07:38:30 AM EST
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