What advice would you give Barack Obama?

Less than two weeks to go ’til Barack Obama takes on the most powerful job in the world….what advice would you give him? Plenty on his plate….the crisis in Gaza, the economy, Iraq, Afghanistan. What should his priroties be?

39 Responses to “What advice would you give Barack Obama?”

  1. 1 Roberto
    January 9, 2009 at 20:00

    RE “” what advice would you give him? “”

    ———- Understand that many consider you a messiah like figure expected to deliver miracles.

    Don’t fall in love with the hype. Instead create a team to filter all the criticism. Most will be bad, but some valid, so embrace that as a resource. Please do take care with your family. First Grandma is a brilliant idea, so you’re starting on the right track.

    Know when to wear the high waders and when to be fast on your feet. Understand much of the world wishes you to restore the integrity of the US by their definition, but plenty in power seeking to blunt you or even hurt you.

    And please do forgive us for ever being so presumptious.

  2. 2 Syed Hasan Turab
    January 9, 2009 at 20:23

    Please restore dignity & respect for USA, by way of adopting healthy internal & external long term policies. Let USA stood on principal’s of justice instead of hipocracy, restore trust in trust worthy friends of USA.
    Fillup the communication gap between public & policy maker’s of USA.

  3. 3 DENNIS
    January 9, 2009 at 22:40

    [Less than two weeks to go ’til Barack Obama takes on the most powerful job in the world….what advice would you give him? Plenty on his plate….the crisis in Gaza, the economy, Iraq, Afghanistan. What should his priroties be?]

    My advice is to Barack Obama is to bring in a lot of very smart and intelligent people in to the cabinet and in office with you when you entered on 20 January 2009…Because there are many wide ranging crises and problems that will be left on your table…

    My first priorities in the first 100 days:
    2)Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza [Middle East with Israel]

    ~Dennis Junior~

  4. January 10, 2009 at 02:05

    OBAMA SAID: “I think it’s important not to live in the bubble, so you’ve got to be open to outside information, particularly criticism,”

    “I’ll tell you, I very rarely read good press. I often read bad press, not because I agree with it, but because I want to get a sense of, ‘Are there areas where I’m falling short and I can do better?'”

    So, If we were in any position to give Barry advice, it would be to visit BitchAboutObama.com. We don’t serve Kool Aid, just the truth.

    God Bless America

  5. 5 John LaGrua/New York
    January 10, 2009 at 02:16

    You must view all aspecrs of foreign policy through the prism of American interests.Avoid the trap Bush fell into ,allowing the so-called Neo cons to control Mid-east policy in the interest of Isreal to the detriment of the US. As President you will swear to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the land .There is reasonable questions as to the cupability of high level members of the Bush Administration in crimes committed in violation of US and international law.Accordingly you have a solemn obligation to order investigation and prosecution if the facts warrant it. You were elected to begin a new era in US politics ,the people should not be betrayed by old style machinations. If you call upon the people to support intellegent policies they will do so.and the nation will prosper..Good luck.

  6. 6 Emile Barre
    January 10, 2009 at 11:54

    Don’t let the Clinton clones you have appointed push you around.

  7. 7 Emile Barre
    January 10, 2009 at 11:56

    Which naturally is why I cannot see it. You dont want comments.

  8. January 10, 2009 at 14:10

    My advice to Barak Obama is to make sure that he should give a special attention to Africa. It would be very disappointing for him to ignore Africa as an African-American to sideline Africa whilst President Bush and Clinton provided support to Africa.
    It will also be good for Barak Obama to hold meetings with African leaders and other groups especially in most war torn countries to find lasting solutions.

  9. 9 Bev
    January 10, 2009 at 16:30

    Obama must not let others determine with whom he should speak in the attempt to improve the USA’s reputation on the world diplomatic scene.

  10. 10 Pancha Chandra
    January 11, 2009 at 15:28

    Barack Obama will most certainly bring positive change to the way America is governed. He has already assembled a very impressive team, rich with experience and high talent. Of course his priorities will be the economy, provide employment, reduce the dole queues, improve America’s standing in the world, ensure affordable healthcare and bridge the gap between the haves and the destitute. This is a tall order but Obama has shown the power to galvanize the strengths of Americans no other President has managed to do except for JFKennedy. May Obama’s star shine brightly and guide America to a prosperous future.

  11. January 11, 2009 at 16:25

    My advice to Mr Obama is to redress the mistakes of the outgoing Bush Administration. He should make more efforts to help the US get more credibility as it has lost too much of it in different parts of the world, especially in the Muslim world because of its invasion of Iraq and its unconditional support for Israel.

    Redressing the US economy is of fundamental importance as its ongoing recession will have disastrous effects on the emerging economies. Without a strong US economy, the US will have difficulty maintaining its leading role globally.

  12. 12 Sam Mosin
    January 12, 2009 at 12:45

    The Presidency is in many ways more about image than substance. The country prospered under Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton – very different men in their ideology, but very similar in that they projected confidence and optimism in their public appearances. President Bush lacked those inspirational qualities.

    Aside from that, take steps to rebuild confidence in the US and world economy, avoid foreign entanglements, and defend life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness at home – especially when it means disagreeing with members of your own party with regard to abortion and gun control. Those issues are the litmus tests for defining a politician’s respect for God’s laws and the people’s liberty in America.

    He would also do well to re-examine immigration policy for the US. Europe is already experiencing dramatic changes in its culture due to the influx of people who do not share the history, heritage and values of Western Civilization. I, for one, think it’s worth saving.

  13. January 12, 2009 at 13:32

    About global politics : Maybe you (Barak Obama) are able to restore damage from G. W. Bush – the way is probably to look at truth and justice from another angle than what has been usual in the US.

    I’m thinking about peace and freedom in the world, not dictatorship and support because of unreal ideas and wishes – and the pain about Palestine and Israel is more than a superficial view from a religious mind – the real world has to be focused to gain peace.


  14. January 12, 2009 at 13:35

    Justice,fairplay and rationality are what are badly needed most and charismatic President elect Barack Obama has displayed all of these. After Jan 20th his fellow country men and women and the rest of the world will be watching and waiting to see how he fares with his powerful teams. One can only wish him well on an awesome task before him as no other past President in a long, long time.

  15. 15 Ibrahim
    January 12, 2009 at 16:51

    Advice to Obama and the American public in general is to wrestle back control of your country from the powerful lobbies and the corporations. They have their own agenda which they push through to the detriment of the people (both at home and abroad). My wish is that Obama limits their direct and indirect influence over US politics. Even if he does not succeed completely, start the motions. Take the first step towards a freer and truely democratic society where the will of the people is strongest and loudest, not the will of a select few powerful individuals and groups.

  16. 16 ~Dennis Junior~
    January 12, 2009 at 18:32

    In my earlier post: I would encourage President-elect Obama to keep on his track of
    keeping the American Public inform on the conducting the business of the U.S. people and, bringing in programmes to bring down the unemployment problems…

    Also, Jobs will take longer than a 100 days in office…

    ~Dennis Junior~

  17. 17 ~Dennis Junior~
    January 13, 2009 at 05:01

    [Spelling check: Priorities]

    Plenty on his plate….the crisis in Gaza, the economy, Iraq, Afghanistan. What should his priroties be?

    This is not to be done in a order:
    1) Gaza
    2)Cease-fire with the parties, e.g. Palestinians [Hamas] and Israel
    3)The economy [bringing in a stimulus package]
    5)Repairing the infrastucure in the United States [That will be a long-term project]

    ~Dennis Junior~

  18. 18 margaret
    January 13, 2009 at 05:16

    Dear President Obama,

    When you look at your children’s faces everyday, think, if only for a second, of other parents and other children around the world. Be grateful that yours are with you, not in hospitals or camps or factories or even underground – in graves or in bomb shelters.

    When you eat, dance and laugh at your inaugural ball and parade, spare a thought to those who are without food, water, or shelter and are dying from the bombs and chemicals made, endorsed and openly sold by your country.

    When you step into the white House, remember that the White House is in DC, USA, not in the middle east. It is not operated by a remote control. You hold the key. You are in power. You can do whatever is in your power vested in you to be just and fair and be the best human you can be for the sake of humanity. Be a man and be a gentleman!

    When you bid farewell to your predecessor, think of all his costly mistakes and vow not to repeat them. When you take your oath, think of the thousands killed in the name of ‘democracy’. You don’t have to carry on the evil pact. Remember, today you may be friends but at any time your ally can turn against you without you knowing it and will bring the downfall of your super nation. So be ready and be weary. Be careful of who you have chosen to surround you.

    Don’t be afraid of offending the rich to help the poor and the displaced. You are not a lawyer representing anyone at the UN or at any global meetings. You seek justice for all not just for those with money. And please don’t let Clinton be a Condy. That would be the worse tragedy.

    Don’t forget to count the number of stars on the flag. How many? (The other ‘star’ belongs on another flag.)

    Listen to your elders; listen to the young. Watch the news, not just the ones in the States. If you are lost or hit a brick wall, read everything, especially history and geography. When all else fail, read your Quran. Jefferson didn’t put it there for nothing! Read! And be guided by it to get guidance and attain your own peace of mind.

    I can only hope that could try to all these, because you have the audacity to hope and look where it got you? All the best Mr President.

  19. 19 ceaserisabirye
    January 13, 2009 at 14:30

    obama should consider
    1, finincial crisis
    2,middle east crisis hamas and isreal
    3,iran south korea and russia poicy
    7,keep the standards of the americans

    should his views differ from that or have wrong policy to implimate such objectives he is likely to be similar to bush

  20. 20 ceaserisabirye
    January 13, 2009 at 14:39

    obama should consider
    the economy since it is in a depression all is efforts should be at improving the economy of the the americans and making sue that the us dollar remains the number one currecy in the world if he fails we shall look at china becoming the nwe world power power and us will follow the french germany iltay that lost ther economic power and influence in the world
    so mr obama ay thing that should make him sick should only be the economy how does he improve or keep the usa dollar in its number on place

  21. January 15, 2009 at 02:36

    Dear Barack,

    The best advice I or anyone can give you is to hit the ground running, but I’m pretty sure you know you have to do that already and particularly with the current political climate, it is more important than ever that you do so.

    I have no doubt that you must tackle head on the terrible situation in Gaza, like your life depended on it. If indeed you are going to talk and negotiate with Hamas as well as force and insist Israel comes to the table with the Palestinians, personally and directly from the start, and then hand over the reigns of discussion and negotiations to Hilary Clinton, it is imperative that you make deep and rapid inroads into the whole process, whereby an immediate ceasefire be established and a cessation of all hostilities be brought about ASAP.

    I am convinced that such action will serve you well now and in the future. If a basis for constant meetings, discussion and negotiation sets the wheels in motion towards a lasting and positive outcome in the region, then you will be able to turn your full attention upon the US domestic economy, and of the utmost importance tackling and dealing positively with global warming and climate change, and expend all your efforts in endeavouring to turn the current situation around and hopefully leave behind a fruitful and bounteous legacy for all generations to come. All sounds so simple doesn’t it. You, I and everyone knows that it won’t be and will require immense effort and considerable sacrifice on all our behalf’s. But it starts as of January 24th, 2009 for all of us. May you be honest in your endeavour and its outcome is our just reward.

    Change certain aspects of the way we live and survive, slowly but surely and the world will thank you, and be forever indebted to you.

  22. January 15, 2009 at 11:08


    January 13, 2009 at 05:16

    Wonderful sentiment and expression encompassing the hopes and wishes of so many around the world.

    Obama can achieve certain things given the time and an immense will to do so. It’s such a horrendous shame that he has had to inherit such an awful burden and incalculable problems and obstacles have been purposely placed in his way.

    Bush and his cronies were never going to lift a finger to try and alleviate the misery that is Gaza, being played out on our TV screens every day.

    George Bush left the world stage as he entered it in a befuddled and confused manner, determined to inflict as much Superpower igonorance, empiricist pain as humanly possible.

    Obama offers the complete opposite and I advise him to use his powers to their fullest extent, and implement positive and cooperative policy making throughout the world. But we must all be so patient and magnanimous in our praise when success issues forth from all his efforts.
    If on occasion he fails and he will, let us not forget he is only human and only one man after all.

  23. 23 Sara
    January 15, 2009 at 22:39

    do not be a slave to them like your predecessor was

  24. 24 narupuran Nepal
    January 18, 2009 at 07:44

    now its upto you, Where will you take the world? America is always No.1 .. America is very far from other countries…. The world is in your hand…. and the ball is in your court whether you will play it or you will blast it….. nobody cares as noone can say against you but i know you want to live so you will do something extra ordinary that noone else has done to the world…. I pray for all your good work but good should be not for you only but to the world

  25. 25 John-H
    January 18, 2009 at 12:25

    Mr Obama, staywell away from the middle east, it`s one big headache, get your forces out of there and let them get on with hating and killing each other. They`ve done so for hundreds of years, they will never change, they don`t want democracy they don`t know what to do with it.

  26. 26 Evros
    January 19, 2009 at 02:48

    Barack Obaba has a unique opportunity to resolve the Palestinian problem, which has been the core of most horrific things that happened in the last 20 years. If Bush Senior and Junior were a bit more stricted with Israel, instead of arming them with the most terrifying weapons of Mass Distraction we would not had September the 11th nor the 7th of July nor the Iraq wars and our boys would not have been forced to give their lives in a far and forsaken land called Afganistan.
    So please Obaba be your own man and get the Israelis to show some respect for Palestinian lives and give Palestinians back their self respect for the benefit of Arab, Jew and Gentile alike.

  27. 27 Wayne Coleman
    January 20, 2009 at 14:45

    I am going to step out of character and be brief: KEEP YOUR PROMISES THAT YOU MADE DURING YOUR DEBATES !!

  28. January 21, 2009 at 19:10

    I pray that Obama will not take sides,the killing must stop,and both sides must know that.We are all tired for wars.and justifications of wars

  29. January 22, 2009 at 15:39

    what i want obama to know is that pleasing many will make him take america to a level all american will regreat he can not fulfill all he has promised hence he must look for ways to apologise in2013 the next usa elections

  30. January 22, 2009 at 16:18

    Two general categories;

    1. Never forget the best America can be; the land of (equal) opportunity, with liberty and justice for all.

    2. Don’t give into fear.

    Keep it simple and everything else should fall into place.

  31. 31 Ibrahim in UK
    January 22, 2009 at 16:30

    On foreign policy I would like Obama to stop spending US taxpayers money on funding dictators and illegal occupations. The highest recipient of US aid is Israel, and we all saw how that aid was used against Gaza. The second highest recipient of US aid is Hosni Mubarak, the longest ruling living dictator in the world today who for 30 brutal years has been crushing democracy and killing and torturing political opponents. The third highest recipient of US aid is the dictator/king of Jordan with similar credentials.
    I hope Obama can “change” US foreign policy away from supporting oppression, occupation and dictatorships and steer it towards supporting justice, freedom and democracy.

  32. 32 Brian K
    January 23, 2009 at 16:54

    You are only human. You have many, many favours to pay back. I hope that you did not receive money from outside the USA.

  33. 33 Reynard Da Sylva
    January 27, 2009 at 15:30

    Go home and read the constitution.

    That’s my advice, the white house is dripping in blood, some of it is American.

  34. 34 Ricardo
    January 27, 2009 at 15:51

    Who has not been asked the question in kindergarten or at least to himself, What would I do if I am president? I would stop war, I would save the environment?..All the time we have been sobered by the actions of the actual people in power.

    Power politics, interests groups, etc. have all conspired to the fact that no real change happened. That the one person in power did not act boldly of what apparently should be to the advantage of human kind in the long run.

    Now, Obama, you are at the top. You gave the impression of change. Now, do it. Dont´fall at the wayside. Do, what needs to be done for the good of human kind in the long run and not the next 4 yeaas to ensure another 4 years. The right atmosphere and expectations are there – do not dissapoint!

  35. January 28, 2009 at 06:00

    “What advice would you give the president of the United States”

    I Jose Lavadia would tell our president to try keeping the neighbors in touch to maintain America a joyful area. Our president Barack Obama should inspire people to chase their dreams by being a very wise president to make them think “the better you go the better you get” president Obama shall make the poor’s life easier by sending more police forces to the most dangerous ghetto areas. You can find many homeless people in those areas. President Obama should make schools better by putting students in the right grade or class that will make them understand better.
    President Obama should try to raise economy by making more citizens go to war. President Obama should start a team to help him through his job which is the hardest job because of this year’s economic crisis. First, President Obama should take care of the economy. Next, President Obama should take care of the war at Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza (Middle East with Israel). Last, President Obama should take care of the jobs and settlements.

  36. January 28, 2009 at 06:15

    President Obama should repair the infrastructure in the United States which would be a long term project. President Obama should be taking care of the financial crisis

  37. 37 Ian Cooper
    January 28, 2009 at 16:06

    Mr Pres., run America – THEN sort the world out, you might even get somewhere.

  38. February 3, 2009 at 16:23

    Mr Obama you are before the Osama.Iraq is no more under a dictator ,democracy is taking root there.Wipe out terrorism from the world through the on going war against terrorism ,to give tribute to the sacrifice of Ammerican soldiers in years ahead .There should be no compromise on this front.

  39. 39 Ahmed Abdel-Megeed
    February 4, 2009 at 07:55

    My advice would be to pull forces out of Iraq, not only will this be the key to solving the Middle East Peace problem, but will immensely help with the economy. As for the Gaza crisis, I really think that this particular problem will not be solved, only way is move one of the countries which is of-course impossible.
    I think we should realize that he will not be able to please everyone.
    And good relations with the Middle East and all of Africa will be good to his country.

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