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Voters' Views: Geoffrey Nolan

As Barack Obama completes 100 days in office, we ask Republican and Democratic voters from across the US to reflect on his performance.

Geoffrey Nolan Salesman | Republican

Foreigners used to gladly finance our debt because they were convinced we knew what we were doing

Geoffrey Nolan
Age: 63
Lives: Miami, Florida
Occupation: Canvas awning salesman
Last election voted:
In 10 words or fewer: Political duellist - fencing with relish but not without pity

"For many years I was alarmed at our stratospheric national debt. Nobody is even talking about that anymore.

We are now talking annual deficits of more than a trillion bucks. I can't write intelligently about numbers like this.

Foreigners used to gladly finance our debt because they were convinced we knew what we were doing.

Obama made a lot of promises on the domestic front before the financial crisis hit and he hasn't said to what extent he'll modify those promises. He didn't see it coming, he doesn't understand it any more than I do, and he doesn't know how to fix it.

Having at his side a secretary of state steeled by sniper fire on the toughest tarmacs in the Balkans did little to bail out Obama on his recent visit to Europe and Turkey.

Nato ministers refused to commit to any surge in Afghanistan and Obama postured ineptly on Turkey's application to join the EU.

Former Danish leader Anders Fogh Rasmussen has eloquently defended our idea of contemporary democracy and when he was put forward as prospective Nato secretary general he found only a lukewarm friend in Obama. If it hadn't been for Sarko the Magnificent we might all still be wondering why that Silvio Berlusconi has to be so loud.

I still have a good job and in most ways life has never been better. Obama may have many faults but malice is not one of them.

On to the next election."

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