Monday, July 21, 2008

A Strong Woman's Voice for the Pending Change

I will freely admit that I am not always up to date on all the players on the current political stage. So, while scanning the news today (which I am behind on yet again) I came across the name Susan Rice. She is currently serving as Obama's foreign policy adviser. However, she has clearly been making a name for herself long before I belatedly stumbled across it.

There is a concise article in Spiegel Online with Susan Rice concerning Obama's upcoming visit to Europe. Most rational people realize that the past almost eight years have almost decimated our relations with European countries. While I can admit that perhaps his visit is indeed somewhat PR related since he is not yet President, at the very least he is trying. I respect that. And I respect Susan Rice in her effort as one of his advisers.

I think this is my favorite portion of the interview:

SPIEGEL: The reception for Obama in Europe will be very warm. But too much European enthusiasm could backfire in an US election campaign.

Rice: Americans understand that our security is enhanced when the United States is trusted and respected in the world. Unfortunately, our standing in the world has diminished in the last several years. This has hampered our ability to work cooperatively to confront global challenges. Americans are hungry for change both at home and in our relations with the rest of the world. Barack Obama represents a dramatic departure from the policies of the last eight years. There is no downside to Americans seeing the promise of change manifest both domestically and internationally.
(image via Citizen Jane Politics, where you can read more about Dr. Susan Rice)

3 comments:

frau sally benz said...

I used to pay attention to the people in the background, but stopped when I got tired of the election (around March or so), so this is an awesome story to read about! Thanks for the heads up!

Is it just me, or do WOC seem to be on fire lately?!

Sungold said...

I'm in Berlin right now, and people here are totally excited about Obama's visit. For all the ill will we've garnered in the past few years, there's still a big reservoir of friendship that he can tap into. Even the younger, more cynical folks (those too young to remember the Berlin Airlift, which is pretty much everyone by now) are ready to welcome a new start.

Habladora said...

Maus, great post! I like this Dr. Rice a lot. I'm also relieved to hear, Sungold, that people are ready to give credence to a politician from the States again... it shows some hope.