November 1st, 2010
04:25 PM ET

Midterm global image makeover?

WASHINGTON (CNN)--The ground may shift under the Capitol Tuesday, but the White House is not concerned that midterm election tremors will impact America’s image abroad.

“It demonstrates once and again the most powerful example for the world to see the American people exercising their constitutional responsibilities, said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

During a briefing on the Presidents upcoming Asia trip, Gibbs insisted that regardless of the outcome in the midterm elections it is still “a testament to the great American experience,” because it shows the global community how the U.S. “conducts elections” and brings about “electoral change in a peaceful way.”

On Friday, President Obama embarks on a 10 day trip that will take him to India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan. It’s his first major overseas trip this year and includes a stop in Jakarta, which was on two previous itineraries until domestic issues, like health care reform and the Gulf oil spill delayed those visits.

White House officials downplayed any election fallout when it comes to Mr. Obama’s global agenda, including fiscal issues or negotiations over the free trade agreement.

And when asked how much time on the trip would be devoted to reassuring world leaders jittery over political changes, Michael Froman, Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs said “I imagine politics in the U.S. will be a subject on this trip.  Other countries are interested in what goes on in this country.”



Topics: Asia • President Obama • White House

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