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'Leader Of The Free World'?

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EssieTregowan Fri 03-Mar-17 12:29:24

I've watched loads of US political dramas lately. They all call the President the 'Leader of the Free World'.

Is that really how Americans see themselves? It's a bit insulting/deluded, isn't it? Or is the president actually the most powerful man in the world (another thing they always say). Bit scary if that's true considering who it is now.

Does the US really have all the power, globally? Or is it just propaganda?

Or do I just watch too much telly and it's not how it is at all?

TheStoic Fri 03-Mar-17 12:32:23

It's a term left over from the Cold War. 'Free World' as opposed to the Communist countries.

TheStoic Fri 03-Mar-17 12:33:17

And right now, I'd say Putin was the most powerful person in the world. Kind of ironic...

DJBaggySmalls Fri 03-Mar-17 12:33:28

I know a few Americans online and its how some of them see themselves. When the USA had a lot of influence they dragged us through McCarthyism into the Cold War. They dont like to be reminded of that.

Trump seems to see himself in that role <terror>

gabsdot Fri 03-Mar-17 12:34:38

I live in a free democratic country and he's not my leader, thank goodness.

I think a lot of Americans do think that America is the greatest country in the world and feel sorry for the rest of us for not being American.

TheOnlyLivingBoyinNewCork Fri 03-Mar-17 12:35:38

They really do seem to think like that. It's bollocks though, Trump couldn't lead an alcoholic to a bar, let alone the whole world.

It is a hold over from the days when they were more powerful globally, from the Cold War I think?
You might just as well call Angela Merkel the leader of the free world.

VestalVirgin Fri 03-Mar-17 12:37:46

It is not so free if there is a supreme leader, is it? Especially not in the current situation.

But yeah, unfortunately, the US president is very powerful. Only really counterbalanced by Russia, which is ... very worrying, considering just who is the head of state there.

EssieTregowan Fri 03-Mar-17 12:40:02

God it's scary.

Let's hope there's a real life Olivia Pope or Elizabeth McCord keeping things square.

VestalVirgin Fri 03-Mar-17 12:40:26

It is a hold over from the days when they were more powerful globally, from the Cold War I think? You might just as well call Angela Merkel the leader of the free world.

Which would be more accurate. I feel freer in Germany than I would in the US.

But Germany doesn't have an atom bomb. So ... yeah.

Huldra Fri 03-Mar-17 13:14:43

I've heard tv presenters in the UK use that expression too, it really irritates me as there is nothing accurate about it. Leaving aside the bit about the Free World, when on earth did the UK, Germany, Croatia, Australia vote for him? He is president of the USA.

President of one of the post powerful economies in the world maybe.

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