Obama is the new Dalai Lama

I saw the following interesting posting comparing Barack Obama to the Dalai Lama on the website of the Center for Strategic and International Studies ‘s CSIS Transatlantic Media Network  the other day. It was under the discussion thread on “How Europe Views the United States.”

The article in the German newspaper that is being referred to was written way back in June last year. In gist it says that while the Americans will vote only on November 4, the German public has voted and they have chosen Barack Obama.

CSIS is a highly respected think tank in the United States and is based in Washington, D.C.

“Obama is “the new Dalai Lama”

“June 4th, 2008 in How Europe Views the United States, Special Topic – Election 2008
“Written by: oulmo |

“In a column in the Süddeutschen Zeitung, one of Germany’s leading dailies, the German Marshall Fund’s Constanze Stelzenmüller discusses Barack Obama’s popularity among German politicians and the German population in general. She writes that Obama’s popularity in Germany has reached levels that domestic politicians can only dream of and is comparable only to that of figures such as the highly popular Dalai Lama. The headline uses the wordplay “Dalai Obama.”

“Der Dalai Obama (The Dalai Obama), Der Suddeutschen Zeitung, June 3.”


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