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As a non-american, who do you think would make a better US president? Romney, Obama,.. or perhaps some other?

Asked by ninjacolin (13673 points ) November 6th, 2012

I’m gonna share a letter I wrote to some American friends on another board:

Hi, Americans.

You’re the only United States of America that we have. As such, your decisions affect everyone greatly. We don’t want you guys to suffer. We don’t really want to kick your asses. We just want you guys to be happy and we want the rest of the world to be happy too.

So, just so you’re not completely in the dark as to what your peers think would be best for you.. (you know, like how friends don’t let friends drink and drive!) just so you don’t feel all alone in making such large decisions like “who should run the world’s USA?”.. we’ve brought this thread into existence to share our insights from around the world to help inform your decisions where you see fit.

;)

Non-Americans, in your opinion, who would make a great US leader this time around? Could you share your thoughts on what makes your preference? Do you see one side doing more for the world at large than the other? Do you see one side doing more for the American people than the other? What are your insights?

Americans, feel free to chime in and inform us on stuff and such too. :)

Disclaimer: This isn’t meant to be offensive or manipulative of the American people at all. So, if you see it that way.. you’re wrong. :) Quite instead, this is a matter of sharing ideas and better informing the opinion of US voters in a leisurely and globalized-intellectual kinda way

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Pazza's avatar

1. Ron Paul.
2. Bill Hicks
3. George Carlin
4. Sean Hannity
5. Bill O’Reilly

I know 2 an 3 are dead, and if 1 ever gets in, it won’t be long before he’s dead.
And as for 4 an 5, well, I just wish they were brown bread!

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@ninjacolin Hey, that’s nice, Thanks.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

I’m quite a fan of Jill Stein, who is the presidential candidate for the Green Party. Admittedly I don’t know much of her policies, but she did say this:

“A foreign policy based on militarism… is making us less secure, not more secure. We need to cut the budget and bring the troops home.”

I heartily agree.

Of the more realistic candidates, I think Obama and Romney are both awful people who have done and will do terrible things with their immense power. However I consider Obama to be the lesser of two evils.

ucme's avatar

I’ve already said so on a better question than this ;¬}
If there were no limits as to who’d be president, then i’m going for Eddie Murphy, just because.

glacial's avatar

For right now, Barack Obama is the best choice. But I’m looking forward to an Elizabeth Warren presidency down the road.

Ron_C's avatar

@Pazza
1. Ron Paul.—almost dead ad everyone’s crazy uncle
2. Bill Hicks—dead comedian
3. George Carlin—dead comedian but would have been a great president
4. Sean Hannity—one of the biggest mouths and smallest minds on the Fox faux-network.
5. Bill O’Reilly—Old cranky guy that leaves perverted messages to his secretaries. Too loud and not bright enough to run a garbage truck, let alone a country.

Ron_C's avatar

@glacial good choice, an ideal ticket would be Elizabeth Warren for president and Obama for vice president.

jrpowell's avatar

People say that after Obama’s second term Hillary will be to old and I agree. But I adore Elizabeth Warren and would love for her to run.

Let’s face it old white guys. This is probably the last election you could possibly win before you have to start courting the blacks, Hispanics, and woman.

glacial's avatar

@Ron_C No way Obama (or any other president) would run for vice president!

I’d also look for Cory Booker to start positioning himself for a presidential run. That guy is practically Superman.

Ron_C's avatar

@glacial I would enjoy the irony of a guy giving up a second term to run as vice-president. Frankly, if I had the chance I would be honored to run as Warren’s vice-president.

Cory Booker looks pretty good, he pissed off both sides of the isle He shovels driveways, saves women from fires, and offered his home to people devastated by hurricane Sandy.

fremen_warrior's avatar

a boiled potato

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Ron_C I was just wondering about that the other day, not that I think it would ever happen, but would Obama be allowed to run for VP if he served 2 terms as Pres?

Yetanotheruser's avatar

@uberbatman

(US Constitution Amendment 22)
“No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.”

This amendment, as I understand it, does not have any language restricting a person from serving as VP, even after two terms as President. That VP could even become President again, if the then current President died or was unable to perform the duties of the office. The Constitution states that a person may not be elected to the office more than twice,.

Example: President Jones is elected and serves two terms. Jones is then elected as VP to President Smith. President Smith dies in office. Vice President Jones would then become President Jones again, to complete President Smith’s term. President Jones, however, would not be able to run for another term.

(Edited for clarity)

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Yetanotheruser thats what I thought, thanks for clearing it up. Wonder why we’ve never seen a pres run for VP. Then again by the time most Presidents are done their 8 years the country is sick of them so it’d probably hurt the new Presidental canidate instead of helping them lol

harple's avatar

I don’t know of a single friend, colleague or acquaintance here in the UK who think Romney should win. Perhaps I just keep a certain kind of company…

KNOWITALL's avatar

No matter who is in the Presidents chair, you won’t be kicking our asses, I assure you. :)

Ron_C's avatar

@Yetanotheruser thanks for answering @uberbatman ‘s question. That was a very good answer.

Yetanotheruser's avatar

@Ron_C thanks. I thought it deserved an answer, but I did not want to derail the thread, and i didn’t think it needed another thread.

glacial's avatar

@KNOWITALL Canadian here. Been there, done that, celebrating the anniversary this year. ;)

ninjacolin's avatar

Well, now that they’re over.. i for gone think you guys did a great job. :)

KNOWITALL's avatar

@glacial Oh, in 1812, I almost forgot about that. Happy celebrating, come get Justin Beiber and take him back to Canada…pleeeasssseeeeeee?!

glacial's avatar

@KNOWITALL Haha! NO WAY!!

KNOWITALL's avatar

Well gee, thanks a LOT!

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