On September 16, I thoroughly reported on the foreign affairs and foreign trade positions of Senator McCain and Senator Obama in relation to Northeast Asia. At the time, I didn't say who I would be supporting for President, but in the end I voted for Senator McCain based primarily upon his support for strong fiscal responsibility, pro-employment tax and health care incentives for businesses, free trade with U.S.-friendly nations, and one of the strongest family histories of service to the U.S. that I have ever read about. However, it seems the negative perceptions of President Bush were too much to overcome and Senator Obama will now become the 44th President of the United States.
Below is the latest on President Bush's approval ratings, currently at 27%:
On the other hand, the approval of the Democrat-led Congress is even worse, at 17%:
In other words, President-elect Obama faces a tremendous amount of pessimism in a large majority of the American electorate towards government and it will be Obama's task to spearhead a turnaround. Frankly, I do not support a great deal of Obama's agenda but will not oppose his policies simply to "oppose the man" as many Democrats in Congress have irrationally done with President Bush. As a result, I look forward to analyzing the approach President-elect Obama takes on Northeast Asia, including both his successes and failures.
On a personal note, I don't know where to start in explaining my disappointment in my home state of Michigan this election. The past 6 years the majority of its people seem to be in a downward spiraling mood of voting for the same policies that have failed to both reinvent the state and also create a business-friendly environment that at least favors continued investment by the auto industry. The best and brightest continue to leave while those who remain wallow in pity. At least now the Democratic leadership in the state will no longer have President Bush as the scapegoat for all their mistakes.
As President-elect Obama begins to move into office, I look forward to profiling his advisors on Northeast Asia and the delving into the evolution of his policies toward this region.