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Show Of Hands April 22nd, 2016 11:24am

President Obama has urged the UK voters to stay in the EU. Polls show a virtual dead heat between the "stay" and "leave" campaigns for the upcoming June 23rd referendum. Is it Ok for the US to openly take sides in the UK politics?

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drcynic Pittsburgh, PA
05/05/16 3:10 pm

Why not? Their politicians have taken sides in our elections before. It's nothing to get in a twist over.

05/04/16 8:12 pm

They do it to us so might as well do it to them

krukie Plymouth
04/29/16 7:06 am

Take sides but don't encourage or try to influence them, they are the UK, they do what they want (within reason). Obviously if they want to invade us for no reason, that's self explanatory.

wilgeno Saint Paul, MN
04/28/16 9:41 pm

Why the hell certain we voice our opinion in UK politics? The UK and every other damn country won't stay out of our politics!

jamjay Atlanta, Ga
04/26/16 7:51 pm

Just hope that the Brits understand that whatever the Big Dummy wants is Wrong!

04/25/16 6:03 pm

Obama, should have stayed home and kept his mouth shut. He has caused severe damage to this country, with his record he has no business in getting involved with the Brits. There are Presidents that could pull it off, sad he is not one by a long shot. He has already pissed of the Brits, enough damage done.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
04/23/16 4:16 pm

Yes, it's okay for us to openly take sides. No, Obama did not take the correct side.

wetheslaves Live each moment fully
04/23/16 3:04 pm

It is always good to state clearly the consequences and impact a decision will have on a relationship and then allow the other party the freedom to decide their own actions.

corino Utah
04/23/16 11:00 am

They regularly take part in our politics. It's okay for us to express opinions. It is not okay for us to donate money to candidates.

tdaddy Kentucky
04/23/16 2:00 am

Absolutely! If England had been able to convince the U. S. South to end slavery on their own the Civil War may have been avoided and hundreds of thousands of lives saved.

LoyalOkie E Pluribus Unum
04/22/16 10:13 pm

The USA can do whatever the hell we please๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ We are a world superpower. Well we were until Obama.

TiltonAllStarz Outside Ur Comfort Zone
04/22/16 7:58 pm

Absolutely not.

Nor is it acceptable for the UK to be involved in ours.

badgerben Las Vegas
04/22/16 6:57 pm

There is a significant difference between internal and external policies.

04/22/16 4:08 pm

Funny how Obama welcomed the Syrians, but urges the Europeans to stay...

ctskapski x
04/22/16 2:13 pm

Politics is an international affair. It should be as okay to urge a country to do some specific thing as it is to have open alliances. It could lead to trouble, but that's much less likely than if the country were being told to do some specific thing.

Volt Florida
04/22/16 2:12 pm

It is not our public policy so the president does not embody national consensus. He should not say anything on our behalf with regard to this.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
04/22/16 12:50 pm

Meh. I don't have a strong opinion on this. But, it just seems like poor form to me.

omniku dot com
04/22/16 12:48 pm

It's pretty hypocritical for us to urge them to do something we would never do ourselves. As part of this deal the UK would need to give up a lot of its sovereignty. Imagine if we were being asked to have some Mexican laws supersede the laws of our land... We would NEVER agree to that!

ProbablyEug Oakland
04/22/16 12:37 pm

Obama was invited as a guest to speak by the PM. He didn't just show up of his own accord.

ProbablyEug Oakland
04/22/16 12:36 pm

Lol speaking of virtual dead heat.

CTYankee!!! Connecticut
04/22/16 12:30 pm

It is in poor form for a foreign head of state to take sides in a domestic election.

weallhave1 Tennessee
04/22/16 11:46 am

The president is free to state his opinions and reasons why, but he may be disappointed to learn he has even less respect outside the US than he does with the people inside.

04/22/16 11:36 am

Just so everyone knows: if they leave the EU that will greatly hurt us; if we get economically hurt, you will all be so pissy and blame Obama. So maybe you should think about things, like how economics work- say nothing if you don't know- before you come to conclusions

Henry123 Connecticut
04/22/16 11:10 am

For most stuff I'd say we should stay out of it. But for something like this with huge international implications I'm not against it

TheCameron UCF
04/22/16 11:02 am

Alright... I see what we did there, good one guys.

SonofThunder peace
04/22/16 10:58 am

We should stay out of their political decisions

Aznerok Louisiana
04/22/16 9:59 am

Just as they should stay out of our politics, we should stay out of theirs.

04/22/16 9:32 am

I guess, yes. But not Obama. He just keeps embarrassing us.

04/22/16 9:26 am

I mean, people from America... Especially the President should be allowed to voice their opinions on what's going on. And explain why they feel that way, BUT, they shouldn't tell people how to vote!

SonofMetal Heavy Metal
04/22/16 9:25 am

To take a side sure. To force them in any way, no.

04/22/16 9:16 am

They interfere with our elections.

obertar1 NY
04/22/16 8:59 am

The US isn't taking a side. Obama is expressing his opinion on behalf of our greatest European friends. There ought to be a LOT of super-smart people involved in making such a decision. Has this been contemplated & well-thought out? Have they met with oher countries to determine pros & cons & impact on other nations, people & economies? Does it benefit ISIS?

mikeyDe Marine Corps
04/22/16 8:46 am

Good luck not taking sides at the very least in just opinion on anything.

schoolmom1969 Nebraska
04/22/16 8:41 am

I'd rather we'd suggest what our government thinks is best than force a country to change to how we want it through war and manipulative power.

bethanyq Ess Eff
04/22/16 8:21 am

Why wouldn't it be? He's just urging them to do what he thinks would be best for the world's economy. Other country's leaders comment on our policies too.

Crawdaddy11 MIMNAZMN
04/22/16 8:11 am

It's ok for some politicians but not for Obama. Whatever he does we must disagree with!

professorwho Madness and Genius
04/22/16 8:07 am

Every other country gives their two cents on the US, so why not?

04/22/16 11:39 am

I don't think any country should tell another country how to run their government (unless they directly affected through a union etc.)

ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
04/22/16 7:45 am

Why does our government have to stick our nose into every little thing?

FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
04/22/16 7:38 am

Its our right and duty as #1 to be international busy-bodies.


Zod Above Pugetropolis
04/22/16 7:32 am

In general, endorsing a particular candidate or party, no. But this isn't politics in that sense, it is about the greater global economy that we, the UK, and Europe are all a part of. We have nearly as much interest in a strong EU economy as Europe does, and as one of the UK's closest partners, maybe even a greater interest in encouraging them to not take a position that will be detrimental to themselves in the long run.

04/22/16 7:19 am

If those tea drinking cunts want to take part in American politics to prevent trump from winning, then we have the right to do what we want in their government

17millionTwats Leeds, UK
04/22/16 7:26 am

Come at me bro ๐Ÿ˜‰

bethanyq Ess Eff
04/22/16 8:22 am

I, for one, welcome our tea-drinking overlords' interference if it means no Trump.

schoolmom1969 Nebraska
04/22/16 8:43 am

How is the UK preventing Trump from being president? Are they sending their citizens over to keep Trump supporters from voting?

mikeyDe Marine Corps
04/22/16 8:49 am

I think in his own way he was just saying if they want to be so vocal on a issue like openly saying they don't want Trump as our prez, then we can share our opinion on this issue.

schoolmom1969 Nebraska
04/22/16 8:54 am

I equate UK's petition to ban Trump the same as the group that tried to ban Bieber from the US. It's not happening and it's ok for the people to speak out about what kind of influence they want in their country. If the Brits don't want Trump in their country, they have every right to voice that....but it's not going to influence what Americans do anymore than Canadians would change whether they buy Bieber music or go to his concerts...

mikeyDe Marine Corps
04/22/16 8:58 am

Yea, unwanted opinions are just ignored. We ignore there trump comments. They ignore our EU comments. They are just outside opinions. Nothing to get all ruffled up about.

bethanyq Ess Eff
04/22/16 9:04 am

I don't ignore their Trump comments. The Brits are spot-on there.

mikeyDe Marine Corps
04/22/16 9:07 am

Aww, your not aboard the ๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚Trump train๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚๐Ÿš‚ ? Lol

Survivalistien I am Green and Retired
04/22/16 7:13 am

America needs to pull out of the worlds ass and let countries govern themselves. I'm getting tired of this baboon called my leader telling my home country what to do.

bethanyq Ess Eff
04/22/16 8:24 am

"Baboon"?? FFS dude it's like you said "meh, why bother hiding it, everyone already knows I hate black people."

Survivalistien I am Green and Retired
04/22/16 8:56 am

I said baboon because I don't have to deal with faggots like your self. Second I don't hate those type of people, he's just terrible president, an imperial asseioe who has to contro people he doesn't govern. Now good day sheep

bethanyq Ess Eff
04/22/16 9:01 am

I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised at racism and homophobia coming from a user calling himself "Herr Panzer"...

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
04/22/16 7:03 am

Of course Obama wants them to stay in the EU...

suppressedID That is my secret Cap
04/22/16 6:55 am

The Brits should listen: he is the Second Coming.

Okie1967 The world is crazy
04/22/16 6:55 am

Meddling in the politics of other countries is a small thing compared to our many military invasions wherein we kill thousands if not millions.

Spiritof76 USA 1776
04/22/16 6:51 am

Not really. By taking sides here, Obama has choosen to alienate half of the UK. Smooth move Exlax.

schoolmom1969 Nebraska
04/22/16 8:45 am

And......the other half???? And the rest of the EU that would not want the UK to leave????

Spiritof76 USA 1776
04/22/16 10:14 am

Why take sides either way? I would've just said that whatever you guys choose to do will not hinder our relationship and left it at that.

GenericProfile Custom Tags Are Gay
04/22/16 6:43 am

Yes, but Obama is wrong, lmfao.

shygal47 Florida east coast
04/22/16 6:39 am

I wouldn't think charitably of some foreign leader telling my country what to do, however, if I had asked the foreigner his opinion, I would listen ... ignore it but listen anyway since I had raised the subject...similar to this situation.

04/22/16 6:30 am

Yes. We have interests in these other countries' affairs and we should try to convince people to go along with them.

skinner Wisconsin
04/22/16 6:29 am

Yes, when it involves the future of the Eurozone it is absolutely appropriate.