With less than a week from the American Presidential Election, polls from
still have President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney neck and neck into the final
straight. Standing here in Singapore,
I (and most of the world) am wondering why?
Now it’s no surprise the rest of the world prefer to have Obama to Romney when you consider their respective positions on
Israel and Iran, but even beyond that, I am seriously
perplexed on why Americans are so unhappy about Obama.
When he took over from George Bush, Obama had a laundry list of problems. Their international reputation was in tatters, their economy was in the toilet, their housing market was in a tailspin, and they were still involved in 2 wars! In his 4 years,
international reputation has largely recovered, America’s
economy is slowly recovering and America’s wars are in their closing
Now I’m not a huge fan of his. I could understand some of the complains against him. High unemployment rate, gridlock in Congress, economy that has not fully recovered but you can also argue he inherited these problems more than created them.
In short, I (and the rest of the world) don’t think Obama did that bad of a job. However not even his deft handling of Hurricane Sandy this week pull him ahead of Mitt Romney! Considering his performance, you would assume he did well enough to get another 4 years (after all Bush got 8) but yet there’s a real chance he may lose next week. And that is very strange to me which will make the results next week to be interesting.