Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Vedrine on Obama

In a May 20 interview in Le Monde, translated and posted by Nur al-Cubicle, former French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine says this in response to a question about the American presidential race: "If Obama is elected, the world will breathe a sigh of relief. Obama will galvanize the world, because he will be the first American president to understand them."

I voted for Obama in a primary and will vote for him in the general election (should he be the nominee), but Vedrine's statement strikes me as a bit excessive (either in putting too much weight on Obama's shoulders, so to speak, or in discounting the entire list of U.S. presidents, or both). Reactions?

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