Friday, November 12, 2010

Continuing the Message of Hope and Change

Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times
President Obama is currently on his 10-day Asia tour aimed at spurring domestic job creation through increased trade and American exports. With the tenth consecutive month of American private-sector growth, this tour continues Obama’s efforts to create jobs and improve the American economy.

As an Indian-American, I take great pride in the fact that Obama hosted his first state dinner with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Now, with India as his first stop in Asia, our two worlds seemed to have come full circle.

This is especially true when Obama said, “I am mindful that I might not be standing before you today, as president of the United States, had it not been for Gandhi and the message he shared and inspired with America and the world.” It truly gives me an inspiring and patriotic feeling.

As the largest democracy in the world with one of the fastest growing economies, Asia’s nuclear-armed giant has proven itself a global power. With the U.S. economy as his top priority, Obama announced a host of new trade deals with India, supporting tens of thousands of U.S. jobs and creating a deeper and stronger partnership between the two nations.

Furthermore, in an address to India’s Parliament, President Obama endorsed India for a permanent seat on the United Nation’s Security Council. Although this has sparked some criticism from China and Pakistan, I believe it is well deserving and a smart move.

By strengthening U.S.-India efforts to fight and prevent terrorism, a permanent seat on the Security Council will also help America control the spread of nuclear weapons in the world and check the influence of an increasingly assertive China.

Although the U.S. image across the world had worsened during the past administration, President Obama’s message of hope and change are strengthening old relationships and creating new ones, helping to reverse this process.


  1. What do you mean the U.S. image across the world had been worsened during the past administration? Just because Obama is Muslim does not make the U.S. better in the eyes of those fear mongering nations.

    Second, India has not done anything significant to be a permanent member of the Security Council. Not only that, but it will definately hurt our relations with China AND Pakistan. Obviously, this wont make our nation safer, but in fact, make our jobs more difficult in our war against terrorism.

  2. Haha I can't tell if "Glen Beck is god" is being sarcastic or not but his first point is...dumb...I'm not sure he knows the definition of "fear mongering." Regarding his second point, Obama's support of India's admission to the UN Security Council was largely symbolic; there is little controversy over whether India should be admitted or not. There is wide consensus that India should be admitted, the bogus claim you make about worsened relations between China and the US is...dumb.

  3. "Glenn Beck is God" is not the sharpest tool of the shed. Obama is not Muslim, as he has stated numerous times.

    Anyone who think Glenn Beck is God should read these quotes and think:

    Back at the issue at hand, this is a great step forward for America, especially with the endorsement of the permanent chair on the UN Security Council. Most countries are in favor of this and India is fast becoming a world power.

    President Obama is going to these nations to help relations with them but also help the US at home by trying to create jobs with increased exports. This is a benefit which everyone should agree on.

    Great blog post, Ashwani.

  4. It is truly an amazing occurrence that Obama has picked India as the first on his agends for his Asia tour.He is smart enough to recognize the strategic importance of an alliance with India,whether it has to do with the economic stimulation or politics.By endorsing the Security Council,he has automatically strengthened ties with India,which was significant as the Indian government felt he was not as friendly an ally as Bush.All I can say is, well done Obama!

  5. True. I think his approach to international relations has been impressive and more tactical than Bush. Its the one element of his Presidency that people should not critique.

  6. India is an ally to the USA. Obama better be supporting India's policies


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