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World hopes for a 'less arrogant America'

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It won't be more arrogant for sure.

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Amen. The failures of the past 8 years are so close to being resolved from this evening alone. I can taste Obama's victory. Change. Go Obama.

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...Yeah right!!!

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I just voted, for Obama.

ANxious to see the results in a few hours/

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You can't get more arrogant than things were with bush... except that McCain seems bound to TRY to be a more arrogant leader; and with his propensity for spazzing out when he doesn't get his way, he could succeed. Fortunately, Obama's got the election in the bag.

Thank god the embarrassment of bush is over.

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ok, I gonna shoot from a different view. I see/hear more Americans criticize the US than I see/hear from any other. Make a negative statement against the US and few Americans I know would go haywire. On the flip, say something negative about most other countries in the presence of people from that country in question and the conversation usually excalates.

I have heard how Americans are before Bush so I am going to question many did you think we were arrogant before Bush and won't now that he's out? McCain has an old style to him that his perhaps not welcomed, but I am going to say Obama has an arrogance to him as well so I am not quite getting the whole picture. Smitty has called on me number times not to judge a certain people because a few in that group are nutty - even though they have a large following and support, but yet the entire population gets a black eye because of Bush?

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American hopes for 'less arrogant World'.

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There is a lot of research on arrogance (Google "self-enhancement") and there can be little doubt that Americans go in for it big time, and far more and far more vocally than Japanese.

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I think that is more like these...

Pride - Often said to be the big one, as "pride cometh before a fall." Traditionally the most vile of the Seven Deadly Sins, it was the one that corrupted Satan as it involves placing yourself above God (or whatever deity you're invoking) and all others. The idea is, they'd make things work better than what's going on now. So, they feel it's only right they should Take Over The World. By definition, it is the one Sin that prevents the sinner from repentance, as they are too proud to admit that they were wrong. Termed "self respect" when treated as a virtue.

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I don't mind Americans (or anyone else) being arrogant if they've genuinely got something to be arrogant about. The last 8 years they haven't, but some have seemed to be more arrogant than ever.

Here's hoping after the election Americans will once more have reason to be arrogant.

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the entire population gets a black eye because of Bush?

Well, he was given two terms, and over 90% of you did approve of his warmongering. The remaining single-figure percentage, I agree, get a rough deal out of their association with the War Prezzidunce.

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gurugurugaijin said:

American hopes for 'less arrogant World'.

Not this American. And not many millions of Americans just like me. I hope the world will forgive our many indiscretions of our recent past. But I don't have to wait for the answer. I have been in contact with quite a few people from Europe and Asia for years and they understand we are stuck with too many NeoCons and their zombie followers in America.

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skip: "On the flip, say something negative about most other countries in the presence of people from that country in question and the conversation usually excalates."

I really, really think you are mistaken. For example, if there were suddenly a people want less arrogant Canada article, there would be almost no posts, and most Canadians would come on and dis themselves (like some of us did about the Canadian non-election recently -- see?). On the other hand, this thread is guaranteed to get HEAPS of hits by people NOT defending themselves (if non-American) but attacking the US, and Americans defending themselves, with some simply calling other nations socialist, etc. In other words, it's 'news' because it's guaranteed a strong reaction from Americans and REaction from non-Americans alike.

And again, sorry, but when it comes to people fighting over something so simply as grouping all nationals under one flag as 'arrogant', or saying said flag or constitution is nothing but 'paper' or what have you, you never see a stronger reaction than from Americans, and often can escalate into argument or worse.

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There is nothing arrogant about Obama. You guys are just simply misinterpreting share cool for arrogance, from a man who is just totally comfortable in is own skin. An attitude that has been informed by a decidedly black social culture and has for the most part, placed its hopes and dreams at times challenged, in the value of education and hard work.

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History will judge that whether US was arrogant or not!

Back in 2003, Bush declared US will go alone to war with Irag whether UN security council approved or not. He confronted everyone who did not agree with him. Secetary of State Rice also declared US has a special place in the world & does not need to concern about the international organisation. Bush also announced TV in "Bring them on" to his enemies. the result was increasing casuality of soliders in the front line. Later on he admitted his speech was very blunt & promoting the more gurilla warfares from enemy.

After many years of draining the man power & finanicial resources, both of them are friendlier & more diplomatic. However it is too late and Banks have no money to finance their vision anymore. Clintion lied before however no one died. I have no statics for the casuality of Irag & US marines. Recent financial crisis indicated his excessive spending & unrealistic budget policies. Bush owed the public for his apology.

He made his country broke and wasted many people lives for unnecessary war. If he is not arrogant he need to apologise to American public for his mistakes. He did nothing good for US & the world during his term. Besides that when he was young, he avoided draft for vietnam war. He has a blood in his hands.

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yawn.

we were hated (envied) when clinton was prez.

all i can foresee is even greater envy.

canada, australia, new zealand, england, the diminishing pseudo-states of europe are decades, possibly hundreds of years away from electing to president or PM someone like obama.

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smitty, if the US was not at the forefront of many major things in the world like finance, sports, entertainment, etc would we still be having this discussion? I don't think so. the poster above I guess sees what I see and that we have been considered arrogant even when Clinton was head of the country.

Since we are so arrogant, I wonder why we put how much money into countries, including enemies hands - most times before we even put into our own people. Since you brought up Canadians, nearly everyone I am a friend with constantly are comparing the US and Canada - roads are better, we are north Hollywood, and it always ends the same way "we kicked your butts back in 17.. what ever."

Am I supposed to believe now that Obama will become the president, we are going to considered less arrogant?

everton: get off it. black social culture and has for the most part, placed its hopes and dreams at times challenged, in the value of education and hard work." Save that when you are talking to some Anglo, not me. and as for education and hard work, you forgot to tell a lot about that or they apparently forgot or ignored it.

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Great!!!! Lets get rid of these Wall Mart Republicans

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What the hell? Who wrote this? America is another country this isn't the moon landing people!?

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Wall Mart Republicans = does that equal red necks? I hope you are not referring to Hispanics.

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IMperiumMundi: That sounded pretty arrogant if anything did.

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The world will be disappointed!

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the diminishing pseudo-states of europe are decades, possibly hundreds of years away from electing to president or PM someone like obama.

lol

Considering some of the comments IM has made regarding Obama ('this guy,' 'failed domestic terrorist william ayers' protege', 'bogus, pompous'), you'd think in his mind that would be reason to envy 'the diminishing pseudo-states' rather than the opposite.

Congratulations on the quick flip, IM. And you did it without even changing your handle. :-)

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we'll see after the election if anything will change (for the better i hope)

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Pride comes before a fall, but power hates a vacuum. Will those who gloat about America's decline lovingly embrace the Asian super power that replaces the Paxamericana as empire's new global dark age strips away civil liberties? Better the evil you know than the evil you don't. Embracing the unknown as "change" is a risk that may invoke the law of unintended consequences. ObaMania may be just a knee jerk emotional manifestation of American novelty, and not necessarily for the better.

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"I'd like to thank my brothers and sisters, my mother, Axelrod, blah blah blah.."

Is he accepting one of the most difficult and thankless jobs in the world, or is he accepting an oscar?

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sabiwabi at 12:44 PM JST - 5th November

The world will be disappointed!" Sabi, why do you say that? I thought you were rooting for Obama and at the same were against the US..

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Not this American. And not many millions of Americans just like me.

And apparently right over the head of you and millions of Americans just like you.

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The people of the United States are tired of the arrogancy that this country has shown in the past few years.

That's why the vote went the way it did. < :-)

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American hopes for 'less arrogant World'.

Yep. But considering the rest of the world would never even broach the thought that their actions might seem arrogant to Americans at times, I have a feeling that it's going to take a while.

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It's tough for America, being such a flawed place in a world of perfect countries. I'm sure all of the Americans who were excited about Obama's election had the approval of the rest of the world forefront in their minds. Thank goodness you all might love us now. We were all really worried about that. :-p

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Heh, when you here squeeky little rants about Europe's "pseudo-states", you know it didn't take the leap, only found a new appelation.

Besides, the US can no longer afford to retain the arrogance of the disaterous bush years...

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"World hopes for a 'less arrogant America"

As Curly in City Slickers would say, "Jesus Christ!"

Maybe the world would like a "less arrogant America," but I guarantee the world wouldn't like less U.S. foreign aid.

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The problem with 'US foreign aid' is that the benefactor benefits the most, and to the ultimate cost of the very people that are the supposed focus of their aid.

Its one hell of a fraud really.

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Besides, the US can no longer afford to retain the arrogance of the disaterous bush years...

All very true in so many ways.

But if were able to catch any of the last few months of Obama's campaign speeches, recorded in video or text, the audience he talks to principally are the financiers and supporters in other ways of the current administration. So while it is obvious Obama is eloquent, intelligent, informed, and 'in touch', the fundamental changes stop there. Obama has already signalled in those speeches that the direction of American policy both foreign and domestic will remain the same.

My guess is that because there is just so much hope and trust being placed in Obama as president by such a huge section of the US population (and a good part of the worlds as well), the disappointment felt by these people over the next few years will be huge.

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"the disappointment felt by these people over the next few years will be huge."

Perhaps - we'll have to see how well he tackles what is let's face it, a mammoth task of picking up the pieces after Bush Co's gang-rape of America.

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the article only mentions nigeria, kenya ,ireland, berlin and paris.

"Third World hopes for a 'less arrogant America''

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