Winning today’s Pravda Award:
The United States is the most admired country globally thanks largely to the star power of President Barack Obama and his administration, according to a new poll.
You know, the kind of star power that can get the Olympics to come to–oh wait.
What evidence is used to support the ridiculously hyperbolic claims of the first line?
“What’s really remarkable is that in all my years studying national reputation, I have never seen any country experience such a dramatic change in its standing as we see for the United States for 2009,” said Simon Anholt, the founder of NBI, which measured the global image of 50 countries each year.
He believes that during the previous administration of George W. Bush the United States suffered in the world ranking with its unpopular foreign policies but since Obama was elected, and despite the recent economic turmoil, the country’s status has risen globally.
“There is no other explanation,” Anholt said in an interview, referring to the impact of Obama.
More ridiculous hyperbole.
And of course, in the age of Obama, there is no other explanation.
Canada took the biggest hit in the latest survey, falling to seventh from fourth place, while China climbed several spots to 22nd, which Anholt believes in due in part to the successful staging of the Olympics.
Anholt doesn’t seem to conjecture that Canada’s position “suffered” because of Stephen Harper.
In fact, has Canada done anything to warrant a drop of 3 places?
And of course, China climbed “several spots” because of the Olympics which were held…over a year ago.
In Soviet Russia, poll takes you.