A global leader emerges

April 2, 2009

Watching Obama’s press conference after the G20 meeting it was remarkable to see him comfortably field questions by journalists from around the globe

He picked Chinese, Indian and Australian questioners, in addition to the obvious European and domestic press.  The Indian journalist asked about his meeting with Manmohan Singh, to which he replied “First of all, your prime minister is a wonderful man… I think he’s a very wise and decent man, and has done a wonderful job…”.  What a way to establish rapport and repair our battered image!

In every answer I heard the trademark cool and calm explanation of complex problems with the usual poise and command.  But I also heard deep respect and even admiration for all people.

In the end this PR effort may end up being just as important as the IMF infusion and reorg, regulations and crackdowns, as it starts to creates trust on us and our government.

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