Honestly though, there is no accounting for taste here, obviously.
I don't want to go America bashing...but most admired? Obama? Really?
I'm just not that convinced.
Maybe it's just one of those situations in which the "Most Popular" really just means "the one everyone has heard of." Everybody knows the United States and feels our impact, so we're bound to have huge numbers of fans (and detractors).
Who wants to try a bottle of merc's "Extroversion Olive Oil?"
With 0.6% of growth, there's nothing to brag about, my dear Victor.
Furthermore, Australia's economy is a particular case amongst developed countries, mainly because it has (almost) no industry, and is almost entirely based on agriculture and ore exports.
And while the world may not need expensive cars anymore, il will always be dependent of food and ore, especially rising economies like China and India.
Somehow, Australia's economy is very similarly structured to the Russian one, but with only the seventh of its population.
Anyway, the question was which nation is the most admired in the world?
Well, there's irrefutably an Obama effect, and I think America should be proud of it. And the contrast with the previous administration is so sharp that it can only enhance this effect.
Welcome back Blackmail. We are delighted to hear your Parisian voice. You breathe Paris into the provinces and so we feel just a little less provincial.
Lieutenant Cook beat Jean-François La Perouse de Galoup, Comte de La Pérouse, into Botany Bay by a few hours. Ah, if only La Perouse had been first, I could have been a French provincial under your tutelage.
But alas, I am reduced to boasting about 0.6% growth - in English.
Movie makers must get in there every once a while. Those penguins are so photogenic.
Fluffy, penguins don't start wars. I'd encourage you to admire Antarctica, rather than the United States (we like to call ourselves "America," but that's not our real name).
Originally Posted by Victor
So me ol' Fluffy, how do you feel about Antarctica? The Antarctic Treaty keeps people out, even tourists. There is only a couple of scientists down there.
So do you most admire Antarctica or America?
I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle and here is my spout. Every time I steam up, I give a shout. Just tip me over and pour me out.