As Americans turn out for a major round of caucuses and primaries, the whole world is watching, almost as never before. After eight years of George W. Bush, there is intense interest in who will be in the White House next. We get a wide range of foreign views on the presidency and the electoral process. Also, presidents are supposed to be likable, but often they're real SOB's. What does it take to get to the White House? Why do candidates run?
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As polls open across the country and caucuses get under way, Super Tuesday is shaping up much like a general election, with events moving from East to West. Rhodes Cook is editor of the Rhodes Cook Letter and author of Race for the Presidency: Winning the 2008 Nomination.
Rhodes Cook, author, 'Race for the Presidency'
Satellites, cable TV and other communications technologies have made America's presidential process more accessible than ever before. On Super Tuesday, as Americans turn out for caucuses and primaries in 24 states, the rest of the world is watching. Will America choose a black man or a woman? Will the world's most powerful country be led by a businessman, a military veteran or a former preacher? As Democrats and Republicans perform their civic duty, we talk to a wide range of foreign observers. What do they think of George W. Bush? Who do they want in the White House next?
Duncan Campbell, The Guardian
Alexander Schwabe, Editor, Spiegel Online
Viktor Kremenyuk, Institute of the USA and Canada
Shlomo Avineri, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Gailane Gabr, Egyptian political analyst
Denise Dresser, Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (@DeniseDresserG)
Francois Gouahinga, Editor, French AllAfrica website
This year's presidential nominating process is longer, and arguably more grueling, than any in history. As we've heard so often, there has never been a day like today. Who is willing to put up with months of campaigning, day after day, under the eyes of cameras almost 24/7? Who wants to be in the White House? We get two perspectives. Stephen Hess served on the White House staffs of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon and was an advisor to both Carter and Ford. Drew Weston is a professor of psychology at Emory University.
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