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Obamamania once again

Published Nov 07, 2012 08:12am

Barack Obama’s re-election as President of the United States shows that Americans are once again ready to put their faith in him.

Despite slow economic recovery and high unemployment, with a sweeping victory over Republican candidate Mitt Romney, is it time for Obama to change the “yes we can” to “yes we will?”

He may have won in the battleground states, but the battle has just begun. With a nation increasingly divided over issues such as the economy, healthcare and foreign policy, the time is here for the president to prove himself for the second chance he has been given. Can Mr Obama fulfill the American dream this time round?

At the same time, it is not just Americans who would be closely watching the Obama presidency elected for a second term, the world too, would have its eyes on him. Can the ‘four more years’ also establish a better stance at foreign policy now?

According to a recent analysis piece published by Dawn.com, a Karachi-based lawyer said, “Many Pakistanis were disillusioned by the tenure of Obama. For some reason they held the strange view that Obama’s promise of change was directed at them rather than at the US electorate. They were therefore shocked to discover a muscular foreign policy shift against Pakistan under the incumbent US administration.” Will Pakistanis change their view point of the President and the Democratic Party towards one more in touch with reality? Or will they still expect something extraordinary to arise from Washington?

Drone strikes have made the American president increasingly unpopular. However, the Obama administration’s support in areas of education and healthcare in Pakistan reflects a change in America’s approach towards dealing with Pakistan and the Pakistani people. Do you think this change will carry on for the next four years and further support Pakistan’s basic and more vital needs? Or will the Pakistani government still depend on the US for more in terms of military and financial aid while not getting any positive response on that end?

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