Obama lovers take note: the July 28 - August 17 double issue of Courrier International, the widely read French compendium of stories from the foreign press, devotes its cover to “Obama the Resilient.” Among the articles, Eleanor Clift writing for The Daily Beast about Obama’s bet that the manufacturing sector will recover enough by next year to bolster his reelection chances.
Frustrated Obamistas will find the lead editorial by Philippe Thureau-Dangin especially encouraging. He compares Obama and Sarkozy, both of whom will be up for reelection next year and both of whom have disappointed many who voted for them their first time around. But this French analyst, at least, is confident that Obama will triumph because the opposition is so deeply divided. The editorial also likens the populism of Sarah Palin to that of Marine Le Pen.