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Difference is that Bush destroyed America's image as protector. The US have done many dubious things throughout history (covert operations, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Mujahadeen etc etc the list goes on). But the reputation as the protector of the weak and defender of the righteous was still in tact until GW Bush's presidency.
Now America is considered an antagonistic element in an already politically sensitive gloabl arena.
The one thing you should thank Obama for is giving the US some credibility again on the world stage.
But, the world also saw how Americans reacted to having a black man in the white house and it wasn't pretty. The accusations of terrorism, islamic fundamentalism, that he hates whites, that he hates christianity and wants to destroy america were shocking to a world who has been told that democratic elections are the only path to societal order.
But we saw thousands of Americans saying that they wanted to secede from the United States rather than be presided over by this democratically elected black man.
As a sociologist it was very interesting to watch.
Though I think Obama has done much more than help to restore our standing on the world stage.(The improving economy, healthcare, taxes etc.)
The right spoke of his "apology tour." Of course he never actually apologized for anything though the previous 8 years were indeed regrettable for our nation. W was an embarrassment for sure, considered a dangerous man by many of our partners.)
The US is arrogant and oil crazy. We have no right to the world's supply of oil but we don't seem to know that. But as long as we continue to allow big oil to craft our energy policy...
But very true, racism is alive and well. No doubt about it.
In parts of the Middle East, they'll kill you if you're the wrong sect of the same religion.....
Here the tea party is born because of the first black president. The signs say "Take back the country." Where was the tea party while W was doubling the debt?