Non-American friends: Who are you supporting?

I'd like to hear from those of you who aren't living in America. Who would you rather see in the white house and why? How do you think it effects your country?
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I am an American living bi-continentally between the US and France. My boyfriend is French and of course he supports Obama. (The French generally do not like the US conservative doctrine...even their "far-right" camp would be the US eqivalent of "moderate". They don't have an equivalent to the US "republican" camp...the right in the US is a lot more extreme than the French right.) I'd say the OVERWHELMING majority of Frenchmen support Obama, don't want another four years of Bush relations/failed policies, and they equate Obama to a very contemporary JFK.

My best friend is German and living in the US. He of course supports Obama. He's not allowed to vote yet, unfortunately, but he said if he could, he would definitely vote for Obama. He said he actually seems "sincere", etc. (He seems to really favor Obama, too; I was shocked.)

I would think if someone were from the Middle East, that's a region that would definitely support the conservatives. Bush has done a lot to help/provide protection and incentives for the UAE, for example. So they overwhelmingly support the Republicans.

But in Europe, my take as an American-born person living overseas is that they overwhelmingly support Barack Obama. I hope that one day we can reestablish relations with Europe, as we need the west on our side and it would make things a lot easier for me when I'm home in France.
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I'm officially an "American living abroad" because I was born in the US, but I've lived almost all of my life in Canada, and consider myself Canadian.

This is the first US election I've voted in, and I voted for Obama. I had no plans to vote. It was my (Canadian) husband who took it upon himself to find out how an American abroad can vote, registered me online and had a ballot sent to me.

I think that Obama is far and away the preferred choice of the rest of the world. There is a general sense that he is more educated and informed about world affairs and more culturally aware. The US under Bush has been viewed as an international bully - sticking its nose (and troops) where they don't belong and don't understand, financing the dictators of its choosing (my family is from India, and most Indians I know are not happy about the amount of money pouring into Pakistan - who do you think is on the front lines when Pakistani terrorists run amok? India!)

The US also used to be viewed as a place where international scholars could come and learn. That's not the case any more - it is freaking impossible for international students to jump through the hoops to get a student visa. It took my husband nearly 9 months to get a one year visa to do a fellowship in the US (and he is married to an American!). One would assume that under Obama, this general immigration policy of "if you are brown you are a terrorist until proven otherwise" might be revisited.

However, as a Canadian, the fact that McCain is more supportive of NAFTA might in fact make him a better president from our vantage point.


I'm in the UK, and I was devastated when Bush got in last time. Obama for me - for both domestic and foreign policy reasons.
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I'm in the UK, and I was devastated when Bush got in last time. Obama for me - for both domestic and foreign policy reasons.
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My initial thoughts are that whoever leads a country should be fair, believe everyone to be equal and remember that whatever they do has an impact on the rest of the world. Some intelligence helps too!

So I guess that's Obama then?
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I'm not from abroad but my student group on campus had a woman from Mexico who used to work on the maquiladora (factories). We asked her who does she think would help make changes in the foreign policy relations with the other countries in the world and she said that if McCain gets in to power nothing will change and that if Obama gets into power a little might change. So she favors Obama because he has a possibility of making things change for the better.
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My daughter's college roommate is German and she wants Obama.
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You have a daughter in college? How old were you when you had her, 3? You look like you're in college!
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My daughter's college roommate is German and she wants Obama.
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You have a daughter in college? How old were you when you had her, 3? You look like you're in college!
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I am from Canada and now living in the US with my SO. I have been watching the debates and listening to what each candidate has to say. I wish I could vote and I would very happily place my vote for OBAMA ALL THE WAY. Every time I hear him speak, it makes me cry because it just seems like he is genuine and wants things to change.
my coworker is from lebanon and he supports mccain.
he thinks obama is naive and a dreamer.
I support McCain.


I don't trust Obama. What kind of change is he talking about? He's not clear enough...


I respect those who support Obama, though.





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Most of my relatives in Israel support McCain because they're afraid of Obama being very anti-Israel. But at the same time they don't like the change that the US has taken under Bush and they're afraid that it won't change if McCain goes into office.
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I'm Australian and like many of my countrymen, I couldn't believe that the voters of the US would put George Bush in once, let alone twice. He and his party seem so reactionary and old fashioned to me. If the Republicans are elected again, the world will think the US has just shifted from one red neck Christian to another in Palin. McCain might not be extreme, but she certainly seems to be.

The over the top patriotism and fundamentalist Christian attitudes are scary in what is supposed to be a secular government, because they lead to suspicion of anyone who does not share their views. From here, the US seems very insular and unwilling to understand the world.

Because of this, I have my fingers, toes and eyes crossed hoping that Obama is elected president next week. I think it is the only way the US will regain the respect of the majority of the world.
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