American Politics: The World View
By Abigail Haworth
Angela Sim, 31, marketing executive
If Arnold can be governor in the U.S., anything is possible, so I wont be surprised if an African-American or a Mormon becomes president. Singaporeans dont even bother about Singapore politics, so most cant tell the difference between a Democrat and the other side in American politics. I think the new presidency has to resolve their current high consumer-lending rates. Its quite scary how overspent the Americans are. And their pension system, too where people sit on their porch the whole month drinking and awaiting the next months pension. Isnt it draining on the actual working workforce?
Supattra Vimonsuknopparat, 38, mother
Educated Thai people admire the American system of democracy and want the same for our country, but few people admire George Bush. As Buddhists, we hate war and aggression, and we all think the invasion of Iraq was a terrible mistake. America has lost its hero status for many people because of that. When I was growing up in Bangkok, everyone loved America because of its movies, music, fast food, and so on, but thats changed. Now we live in a more global society with a lot of other influences from China, Japan, Europe, and even the Middle East. America is not so important anymore.