I’ve backpacked my way through 50 countries on 6 continents over the past 20 years - many of them on numerous occasions - all the while bearing witness to the carnage that is US foreign policy. I chronicle this odyssey in my book The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries. Despite it all, never have I seen an American President been so beloved abroad as Barrack Obama.
A big part of this sentiment is tied to the good riddance of Bush the Lesser, who was considered a laughingstock, a Nazi or both in most quarters. What really rubbed people wrong was that we re-elected him. How stupid could we be? Fair question.
Another part of it is that Obama simply looks more like the rest of the world that any US President ever has. And despite his mistakes he is capable of humility – a highly undervalued virtue in the ”exceptional” America, but one which indigenous cultures have traditionally held in high regard. Continue reading