If Europeans could vote in the US election one week from today, the outcome would closely resemble that of the Economist’s world voting map.
But nonsensical claims of socialism, marxism and ‘defeat’ from the US far right aside, an Obama presidency will quite likely surprise many Europeans, John Vinocur writes in the International Herald Tribune.
The realities of American interests, American responsibilities and the American presidency mean that all the soft power instincts and readiness for multilateral mosh-pit politicking attributed to Obama by Europeans can quickly look imaginary.
Obama is not Michael Moore transmogrified. He will fulfill no one’s dreams of a capitulating, apologetic United States.