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CNN's Candy Crowley somewhat surprised by Donald Rumsfeld's ignorance of Obama's good global image


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Anti Obama sign Indonesia 11-6-10 it says Dont Add More Grief to Indonesia with Obama

CNN's Candy Crowley was perpetuating one of the American media's favorite myths about Barack Obama, that his mere election in 2008 had radically improved the United States' image around the world after thoseU.S. Flag is  Burned in Pakistan 2-17-11 disastrous eight years of Republican George W. Bush, whose policies and flunkies caused so many foreigners to really dislike the globe's sole remaining superpower.

Obama's "supporters," said Crowley, "say that in two years he has been able to return this country to a status of being liked across the world in a way that America was not liked during the Bush administration.

"That he has once again made America a beacon."

The trouble for Crowley Sunday was that she was interviewing Donald Rumsfeld.

Rumsfeld knows a little something about the world after being a military pilot, corporate executive, congressman, White House aide, Washington power-player and media adversary, as well as secretary of Defense during many of those Bush years.

"Do you agree with that?" she asked Rumsfeld with a straight face.

"Do you think that -- that the U.S. is now looked at much differently than it was and much more positively than it was during your tenure?"

Rumsfeld is promoting his memoirs, "Known and Unknown," and has been doing nonstop media appearances trying to sell as many copies as possible because he's donated all proceeds to benefit military families.

Referring to Obama, he told Crowley, "No. And I don't think there's data that supportAn anti Obama Sign in Indonesia 11-7-10s that.

"I think he has made a practice of trying to apologize for America. I personally am proud of America." 

Crowley seemed surprised at Rumsfeld's ignorance about Obama's powerful positive public image abroad.

She stated: "Well, he seems to be quite popular overseas in a way that President Bush was not. The streets aren't full of people burning him in effigy."

She continued: "There does seem to be a new -- a chance to look at America in a different way than it did during the Bush administration. You don't think that's true?"

Rumsfeld replied: "I don't think that's true and I don't think that there's data that would support that."
Crowley didn't need any data. She persisted: "Even though the streets look differently?"

As you might expect from some stubborn Republican, Rumsfeld stuck to his guns: "I just don't think it's correct."

Now, what could this retiree, this Donald Rumsfeld fellow, possibly know that his au courant media interviewer has missed in recent months?


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-- Andrew Malcolm

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What an ironic example of projection by CNN

Crowley is simply doing job as educator of the ignorant masses for the elites running Washington. They always know what is best for the sheeple. The rest of the world holds Obozo in the same esteem most Americans feel for their dear leader.

This is what is wrong with this countries media, Blind to the facts. Bush was not hated around the world only people that hated him was the Muslim world that was hating on America that is a fact!!!

Ah, the power of photos...poor Candy doesn't know about the effigies because it hasn't been reported by our vaunted mainstream media. Nothing new there.

Most of the loony left TV reporters are former flower-children of the sixties and now need to retire and hit the assisted living thing. Their ideas are as old as they are.

Good image around the world? What world are you in?

Obama bows to every dictator in the world, bad mouths the U.S. to the world, abandons Israel, betrays England to satisfy his deal with the Russians, returns gifts from England, supports the regime in Iran and wants to model our healthcare system after Fidel Castro. Name one leader other than a communist dictator who thinks Obama is so wonderful. Even they have no respect for a man who turns his back on his country.

You, Ms. Crowly need a reality check. Take off your rose colored glasses.

Facts be damned, Candy's got an agenda to push. And a snickers to eat...

The Lame Stream Media fiddles while Rome burns. I believe the charge is accessory after the fact (and during and before).

Headline should read "Donald Rumsfeld's somewhat surprised by liberal reporters ignorance of Obamas bad global image."

obama is probably more popular overseas than in America but only with those who hate America and love what he is doing to harm us from his internal position. Far more harm than they could inflict from outside. They see him as an ally with them against America. So do I.

CNN does NOT have a slanted view of Obama.....hahahahaha.

"A fact to a liberal is like kryptonite to superman."

Larry Elder

Candy Crowley. Didn't your mother tell you sweets are bad for you? What a water-carrying moron.

Yep, the stubborn Republican not wearing his rose-colored glasses. Can the Journ-O-Lists please realize that the rest of the world is holding up a finger to Obama. But it is not saying that he's #1.

They're all spreading lies.

Crowley is just another ignorant liberal Obama groopie.

I've heard the name Candy Crowley but don't watch CNN. She sounds wholly misinformed. The word, "biased," comes to mind.
Fewer and fewer people are watching CNN.

People are revolting worldwide against the socialist, statist, or fascist, principles that Obama advocates. The revolt within the USA began with the last mid-term election.

Crowley you are completely ignorant. You can't possibly be that blind to believe the world all of a sudden likes us since Obama was elected in 2008. We have been embarrased by him. The U.S has nothing to apologize for. If other countries want us to apologize, then they should stop coming to us with their hands out & learn to deal with there own issues.

Typical liberal always trying to show what is not supported by facts!

It surprises me that she would ask that question to begin with. Setting one image on fire, from what I can tell, is not the best sign of a compliment.

The streets are different... they are full of protesters.

The world is cool with Obama. They only hate Americans.

It is nice to see Rumsfeld, someone I have always admired but not always agreed with, speak truth to power. Affection is not necessary and rarely desired in international politics; results matter. And, to date, we are all poorer for this administration's results (friend and foe alike).

Actually, Rumsfeld was a Naval Aviator, not Air Force. That Candy would continue to push her silly notion even with contrary photographic evidence doesn't surprise me. Just like Obama did not bow to the Saudi King. They say he didn't, but the video says the opposite.

Enjoyable read to start my Monday. Thank you Mr. Malcolm.

I am surprised at Crowley's lack of Obama's image and lack of respect around the world!

The liberal MSM have been in bed with Obama from the start. Obama's Marxist, anti-Semitic, anti-white, anti-Christian frame of reference matches that of our major news outlets disdain for America and all she stands for. I am not suprised Candy ... after all, with the sheer size of your waistline, it has taken more than a gallon of koolaid to convince you.

Rumsfeld was a Naval Aviator and is rightfully proud of it.

The general rule is: "Dont confuse the messenger with the message." Obama really hasnt changed any of Bush's policies: Its the same message. We just have a nicer messenger. Neil Young sang, "We got a kinder, gentler machine gun hand." refering to the first Bush. It's the same thing.

Me thinks the pictures back Ms. Crowley. Mine eyes hath seen the glory!

Thats not India where Mubarak's picture is burning alongside Obama. Thats Egypt you morons ...Dont you have an review process at LA times

Candy is serious. If you listen to her and the NPR crowd, they are stuck on that day in Germany when like a Messianic prophet, he enthralled a bunch of people that feared George Bush. George Bush, for all his faults had the world in awe.

When George Bush said he was going to do something, by God, he did it. After 911, we were left pretty much unmolested. The situation in the Middle East was stable. Basically, he kept the world at bay.

Then comes Obama, perpetually bent at the waist. He has projected so much weakness and lack of resolve that every sinew of diplomatic tissue that was holding the world together has frayed and come unraveled. We have gone from a super power to just another player on the world stage. We have been neutered, rendered powerless.

So now, CNN, NBC, CNBC, CBS, MSNBC, and NPR are left with wearing the rose glasses, that give Obama the image of a healer and a profit.

We only have two more years, I only hope it is not to late.

Whoa! Ms. Crowley needs to use the search engine on her computer for more than the daily-kos. Even a visit to Drudge gives links to almost every European news agency, where she would recieve an eye popping education on how much "esteem" Obama warrents. Obama has made it clear he thinks we as a nation suck. He has established that he feels he only has to be President of the selected groups(unions)that elected him. The media cannot grasp why so many refuse to attach the title of the President to his name, clue! because he has no respect for the job he holds nor for the majority of the country. He was elected on false pretence, the last election with its sysmic shift of seats in the congress failed to get his or his party's attention. Ms. Crowley is part of the problem, she has drank from the kool-aid decantuer and won't put it away.

True that Islamic Nations hate Obama LIKE they hated Bush. But having travelled to England, France and Italy both during G.W. Bush's regime and the current presidency, those American friendly people love Obama while they thought Bush was an arrogant hick cowboy.

No wonder CNN is in last place and falling further.

So the liberal media continues its drumbeat of worship for Obama....blind, deaf and dumb to what the world really thinks. They are unbelievably pathetic.

I think Crowley needs some educating. This is exactly how Obama won the Presidency. The media built him up and the American people were fooled. This article with the pictures is a perfect example.

That woman Crowley looks like an idiot for suggesting Obama has "improved" the image of the US in the world. Our image is that of a country with a leader who knows nothing about how to lead a country.
Obama is the next Jimmy Carter - a one term DEM with a bad reputation for being too liberal, too disconnected with reality, too much in bed with unions and for having lost Egypt and basically for starting unrest in the Middle East that will result in the next world war. Mark my words..

This is laughable.
So much for CNN being objective, not that it ever was.
The next time the CNN muckety-mucks get together to figure out why their ratings are HEMORRHAGING, gosh, maybe they'll look at this.

The Royals' exclusion (not that the media or obamanos care about Great Britain) of the obamanos to Prince William's wedding says something, doesn't it?
Sow's ear and silk purse come to mind...

He seems a bit popular with the Nobel Committee in Norway, most likely because his political leanings are theirs and there are foreigners who enjoy his apologies. Slim pickings after that.

HHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA I saw that interview with Crowly...she is SO brainwashed, beautifully done, GREAT article.

The difference between the Bush years vs the Obama years, is that the media went out of it's way to find instances where these events took place at. Since Obama is in office, they glaze over said protests, or fail to report them at all. I really wish Rumsfield would have asked her what she thought Obama had done so radically different, to gain that favor back in those places. The answer is...nothing. Relations with those countries hasn't improved. The media is doing their best to ensure the image of their candidate isn't sullied by such trivialities.
The media is a joke. CNN is every bit as guilty of distorting facts/promoting an agenda, as Fox News is. Anyone who thinks their not, is a fool.

Mr. Rumsfeld, would you not agree that Candy Crowley is a big fat ignorant liberal.

Congratulations LA Times! Was somewhat surprised to see this report.

(AM responds: Well, don't be surprised on this page. Hope to see you back often.)

What are you guys smoking over there? Here in Asia, GW is considered an idiot. I think most expats will tell you that Obama's election was a relief. Finally we no longer had to defend one of the most moronic presidents in history. I've heard laborers from Bangladesh, taxi drivers form Singapore, old street ladies from Shanghai all take a go at W's intellect.

Well, there is a reason why Fox News is the thinking man's source for news, fair and balanced. Crowley has come so close so many times, but there is just something wrong with her logic a little too often. This is a prime example.

When people tell others that they watch CNN or, God forbid MSNBC, they are telling people so much more about themseves than they know.

Candy, come on, George Bush was no martyr. Obama seems to feel as he is teflon Don in the Muslim world (my perception). The pictures seem to lead readers elsewhere

Candy is just another fool who cannot admit what a disaster her choice has been for our country. She seems to have lost more brain cells than fat cells. She will go to her grave thinking she had relevance in her lifetime. Neither Rumsfeld or any other patriot will never convince her of the error of her ways. STUPID IS FOREVER! The article shows her up for the koolaid drinker she is.

I am ashamed of Crowley's ignorance and I will no longer vote for any Democrats and especially Obama after this more than failed Presidency not to mention the veil being lifted so violently regarding the bias AND ignorance of the left in the media . I am sorry but if you are a true blue supporter of Obama and company get ready for utter defeat , I am afraid nothing can stop it now .

Seriously brace yourself now because it is coming in spades , I see it even from my liberal friends , get very ready

Too bad Cindy doesn't stay on top of world events. As such, you would think CNN would be smart enough not to let her interview an intelligent, informed, experienced and well-read person with extensive knowledge about what happens beyond our borders. All she managed to do is highlight her lack of knowledge and her complete bias. This is why I always pass CNN right by when I am changing channels....

Rumsfeld is correct.

Obama is a total fraud. He will not be reelected president. He will be gone from the political stage no later than January of 2013. Among other factors, the twin pincers of America's economic problems and his failed Afghan War will seal his political fate. He and Michelle will return to Chicago or Hawaii to lick their political wounds and write their memoirs, and work on his presidential library full time.

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