08:57 - 09 April, 2005
His approval rating is down to 44%, The lowest of any sitting President in history.
I think we are pining for a President that makes our allies cheer and remember what is good about America.....Republican or Democrat - wouldn't it be nice to be trusted and admired again overseas? I loved seeing tapes of Kennedy in Berlin, but I also loved seeing Reagan telling Gorby to "tear down this wall" 20 years later, or Nixon arriving in China. Very different politically....but all proud moments for what America used to be! Idealistic as that is....that is what I pine for!
Perhaps, this will bring a tear to your eye. In contrast to the waves of Booooing that hit Bush today at the Pope's funeral, Bill Clinton was Mobbed and greeted with adoring chants of U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!
As Mr. Clinton went for a walk, ...shoppers, tourists having lunch at outdoor cafes and Italian business people going to meetings all stopped to greet him.
Along the streets, people starting yelling "Bill, Bill, Bill," and a few shouted "U.S.A.!" One shopkeeper raced out with a photograph of Mr. Clinton on a past visit.
"You go around the world and you see a lot of affection for Americans," he said.
[can you imagine, a plain shopkeeper has Clinton’s photo hanging on his wall]
..by the time Mr. Clinton made it out of the back streets and into the open square, a mob of hundreds developed. Mr. Clinton's nervous Italian bodyguards put him in a car and sped him away.
After the dinner with the Italian leader, he went out with President Viktor Yuschenko and stayed out with him until after midnight.
This is amazing...Bush has made the world a cold cold cold heartless place, as did his Father....Whether you like or dislike Clinton, he sure had a better way with people and our standing among the populous of this beautiful world.....
I realize...There is hope........