What a difference a 100 days makes… Since Joe Biden took office, America’s image overseas has improved by an average of nine points, according to a Morning Consult political tracking poll of 14 countries.
Germany showed the biggest gain in net favorability, 47 percent, which is defined as the percentage of people with favorable minus unfavorable views of the US from Biden’s first day in office, Jan. 20, to April 25.
Japan (39 percent), France (37 percent), Canada (32 percent) and UK (30 percent) ranked next.
Morning Consult believes Biden’s message of “We’re back” on the diplomatic front that he made after two weeks on the job coupled with his decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement climate pact, bolstered America's image overseas.
On the other side of the ledger, US net favorability ratings fell in China (-13 percent), South Korea (-2 percent) and grew only 3 percent in India.
On the home front, 78 percent of us now have a favorable image of the US compared to 73 percent on Biden’s first day on the job. The unfavorable score fell from 22 percent to 17 percent for a net favorability gain of 10 percent.
That means that most foreigners have a better image of our country than we do. What do they know that we don't?
Tom Nides, who did a very short stint as CEO of Burson-Marsteller, is under consideration for the US ambassador to Israel post.
He joined B-M in 2004 from Credit Suisse, where he was chief administrative officer, and fled to Morgan Stanley the next year for the COO post.
Nides left the investment banker for the State Dept. but returned to Morgan as managing director and vice chairman in 2013.
The Duluth native was Wall Street's biggest supporter of Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's Democratic presidential primary run. He shifted to Joe Biden after she dropped out of the race.
In his Linkedin bio, Nides neglects to mention his B-M posting.
The New York Times is canceling the term "op-ed" because it no longer makes sense in the digital age, according to Kathleen Kingsbury, editor of the opinion section.
Launched Sept. 21, 1970 for articles penned by outside writers, op-eds were so named because they ran opposite the paper's editorial page.
Kingsbury notes that today's Times readers access the medium online so there is no "geographic ed" for the op-ed to be opposite of.
She may view the term op-ed as “a relic of an older age” but the term has a certain gravitas about it, compared to its replacement term, "guest essays."