An interesting comparison between the new president elect and the current president of Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou.

1. They are intelligent, smart and knowledgeable but often lack sound judgment, which comes with rich experience and repeated tests by trials of life.

Very Asian. Worth a read.

Ma Ying-jeou and Obama
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4 thoughts on “Ma Ying-jeou and Obama

  • Talk about generalizations.

    Sure, Obama hasn’t taken office yet, so we still don’t know exactly what to expect of him. But, I would be hard-pressed to make such comparisons between the priviledged-son and career partisan Ma Ying Jeou and our current president elect. I don’t mean to pooh-pooh Mr. Ma, but I wouldn’t put him on the same level as Mr. Obama, who worked hard for much of what he got on his way up.

    I find little similarities between these two politicians, aside from the nebulous linkages made by the China Post. Aside from his intelligence, Ma has a lot more in common with President Bush than he does with President-elect Obama

  • Robert,

    Thanks for stopping by, you have a nice blog. Yes, we don’t know what to expect of Obama, because short of getting elected he hasn’t accomplished anything at the national level. I know that he voted present a lot in the Illinois Senate and his colleagues helped pad his resume on his way to the US Senate. He has not made any executive decisions in his life until his choices for cabinet positions.

    I think there was a lot of concern in the green party as to whether Ma was “Taiwanese” enough, because of his dual citizenship and party affiliation. Now, even his former supporters are turning against them as the green parties concerns pretty much came to life…you probably know more about this but I hear pretty regular dispatches from the in-laws. There is similar concern as to whether Obama will work hard to protect American interests or put the interests of a cosmopolitan transnational elite ahead of us goofy citizens.

    But his cabinet pics haven’t been bad, and the recent flailing of the Bush administration hopefully leaves us no where to go but up.

    Do stop by again.

  • One more thing,

    The article was good for a chuckle. Obama marks the transition from the adulation of “legacy” to “affirmative action”. Both Barack and Bush became president in large part for who their father was, rather than what they themselves accomplished. That said, Bush was governor of a big state for six years, and he did pretty good down here. Obama’s track record is a tabula rasa.

  • As for the worries of Obama’s allegiances to American interests, you would have to define what you mean by American interests. When former presidents took action to, say, insure the steady flow of oil from a certain country, even though their actions stirred vitriolic anti-American sentiment (by propping up dictators, for example), are they protecting American interests or endangering the American people? The truth is, it is becoming more and more apparent that viewing international relations as a matter of state-to-state interaction is out-dated. Much of what is in America’s best interest involves cooperating on an equal footing with countries with whom it normally wouldn’t (including Iran) in order to address shared threats. These sort of moves by Obama, should they be taken, will be framed by many in the US as a capitulation of American sovereignty to the international community, though.

    As for the “affirmative action” comment, I fail to see how electing a man who is seen by policy experts across the political spectrum as qualified, intelligent, and determined is indicative of affirmative action. There are great risks involved in every presidential selection, and Obama is no exception. Yet, that doesn’t mean he is an inherently weak candidate.

    Finally, regarding Ma, he never really had the KMT vote down pat. There are many prominent KMT elites who despise Ma. However, the KMT is much like the GOP, in that when it comes time to vote: party loyalty is key. Ma’s current approval ratings, after only about seven months in office, are less than 30 percent, and the stock market has not stopped sinking since he was sworn in, so I would say that he faces considerable pressure from both within and without his party. Yet, in the end, I doubt KMT party members would ever vote for another party….unless Soong rises from the ashes of the People First Party.

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