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Our government is so out of fashion

Posted in Europe, USA by Ulf on June 6, 2009

usa-flag-photojpgA few days ago I’ve once again received an e-mail from the White House. The first time they sent me a mail it came directly from Barack Obama. That e-mail was about the American health care system (“Health care news worth sharing“). This time it was by some guy from his staff, David Axelrod. It was an address to the American people which asked them to watch the speech that Obama gave in Cairo (“A New Beginning — Watch the President’s Speech“). The White House has put it on YouTube. There are some remarkable things which I want to point out. It’s not about the content of Obama’s talk (it’s a very friendly and critical talk about living together peacefully). It’s more about Obama’s open attitude.

  • he publishes his speeches on YouTube. He is on Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, Twitter, …
  • he sends emails to the people in his country
  • and whenever he says something, I have got the feeling that he is honest. Listening to both opinions, and choosing the better one. He shows that he is a smart guy.
  • So… now comes something interesting: I understand every word which Obama uses. This is really remarkable since I don’t even understand everything what the German politicians say!

Oh, have I mentioned Germany?
CB013125Yes, Angela Merkel also has a podcast on www.bundeskanzlerin.de. But you know what? It sounds very much like any political talk. I just wished she would be a bit more honest. She says that she was invited by the “Initiative neue soziale Marktwirtschaft”. If she was honest then she would explain that this an industry organization. She talks about the economic stimulus packages, but she doesn’t mention the resulting government debts. Has any politician in the current campaigns in Germany explained how we want to pay all the money back that we’ve just invested into our economy? Merkel says what the government wants to do, but she doesn’t mention what the government cannot do. It sounds like an election campaign talk. And worst of all: Her podcasts come in weekly rythm. Why not whenever she has something to say?

And how open is the German government? Look at the election of the president a few weeks ago: Julia Kloeckner (MdB, CDU) and Ulrich Kelber (MdB, SPD) have published the election results on Twitter. I believe that this is a good thing: “#Bundesversammlung Leute, Ihr könnt in Ruhe Fußball gucke. Wahlgang hat geklappt!
Imagine what our representatives in the parliament think about this? Kloeckner had to resign from her appointment as a parliamentary secretary… Args!
If you have no idea what Twitter is, please read what Julia Kloeckner is doing right now. Suddenly our representatives are much closer to us, aren’t they?

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  1. Andreas said, on June 6, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    wundert mich dass du es toll findest dass Obama auf Facebook ist, du bist ja selbst nicht dort…
    Unsere Bundeskanzlerin ist dort übrigens auch vertreten: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/AngelaMerkel?ref=nf und die Statusmeldungen sind immer aktuell.
    Dass in der Sprache ein Unterschied zwischen amerikanisch-oberflächlich-publikumswirksam und deutsch-technokratisch ist wundert mich eigentlich weniger, ich bevorzuge meist eher letzteres.

  2. Ulf said, on June 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Vielleicht hast du recht und die deutschen Politiker sind doch besser als ich sie wahrnehme. Aber die Aktion gegen Kloeckner und Kelber find ich trotzdem nicht gut.

  3. Martin said, on June 6, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Hm das erste Kommentar macht mich gerade einen Facebook link posten wollen :)
    Aber ich stimme Ulf da zu. Obamas Reden vermitteln zumindest den Eindruck von mehr Offenheit was ich zumindest nicht schlecht finde. Ich denke das wuerde den Deutschen Politikern auch ganz gut tun. Und wenn man Reden vor allem zu komplexen Themen so formuliert das sie jeder verstehen kann laesst zumindest in mir die Hoffnung aufkommen das wenigstens der Redenschreiber verstanden hat um was es da geht. O:)

  4. Ulf said, on June 6, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    … und vielleicht würde ein einfacherer Schreibstil auch dazu verleiten, eher mit der Wahrheit rauszurücken und direkter zu sein?

  5. Ulf said, on June 6, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Ach, noch etwas das ich an Obama mag, ein Zitat von seiner Homepage:
    “I’m asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington … I’m askiing you to believe in yours.”

    Erinnert mich an JFK!

  6. Pingu said, on June 9, 2009 at 9:09 am

    … ich frag mich nur woher Obama deine Email-Adresse hat.

  7. Ulf said, on June 9, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Ich habe mich mal für eine Whitehouse-Tour registriert, die leider terminlich nicht klappt. Aber ich vermute, dass ich sie da angegeben habe.


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