How is Barack Obama presented by the media in Germany and America? What do they think of him and his policy? These are the questions I want to find an answer to today.
Overall, my first impression was that German and American online newspapers report on Obama very positively, but still critically. The website of the Sueddeutsche, a German newspaper, has published a very critical and sceptical article about Obama’s policy. They call him “inapproachable” concerning his behaviour towards other countries, especially Europe, and develop the opinion that Obama doesn’t try to improve relationships to other nations. Furthermore, they think he is cold and calculating when it comes to communication with other states. A soujourner is Barack Obama, they say – someone who is never really coming home, but always a guest for a while.
On the other hand, German media also caught the euphoria during and before the elections. Additionally, the voices of Obama’s opponent’s where also captured. The German media was adopting the words “Yes, we can” of Obama’s election campaigning and transported a positive feeling towards Obama. They showed that also the Germans had high hopes and expectations they lied in this new president. His idea of change and his references to the American Dream made the German media dream of a new beginning after the era of Bush. The American newspapers also said, a “racial barrier” fell when Obama was elected president.
Of course, also negative voices were captured. The opponents of Obama were demonstrating against him. These demonstrations were not ignored by the media. All in all, the atmosphere during the election campaigns was perfectly conveyed to the German population. A part of the American media was also reporting on Obama’s weaknesses. The conservative Fox News are obviously corrupting Obama’s ideas and his policy. For example, he is called frustrated. The reader doesn’t often have to read between the lines to recognize what opinion the Fox News reporters have.
As a first conclusion, I would say, that Obama was presented as a bringer of change and hope during the elections. But after time has passed and he has been in the office for a while, more critical voices are heard. The people who had an image of a perfect president and a new, fresh and changing policy have been disillusioned. In my opinion, it would have been helpful to realize that Obama is also human and that he also has weaknesses. Moreover, it is not possible to regulate a policy that is enjoyed and supported by everyone. A topic always has to be considered from all aspects. Consequently, Obama and his policy might not have fulfilled all hopes, but I think he is at least trying to.
To have something to laugh at the end: I found a very funny video on youtube that compares Obama and Bush. Just watch it and think about it: