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Rebrand USA   (+2, -2)  [vote for, against]
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America is languishing in the international popularity opinion polls. Forthcoming presidential elections will result in a leadership change. Why not use the opportunity granted by the latter to redress the former?

New flag, new slogan, new outlook, new paradigm.
-- Texticle, Jun 14 2008

Ah, yes. Bakin_27_20Care_20of_20Business
It was here. [pertinax, Jun 17 2008]

The new US flag... http://images.wagst...J0R3Q&nmid=55272641
...and don't do it again. [wagster, Oct 17 2008]

Considering the influx from the South, how about calling it Mexico? Press 1 for English.
-- Klaatu, Jun 14 2008

Rename it to "United State's of America"
-- phundug, Jun 15 2008

What if we just toned the flag down a bit for instance cornflower and taupe or terra cotta and persian blue?
-- JesusHChrist, Jun 15 2008

...the la-and of the freindlyyyy,
and the home
of the

Oh wait, that's Canada.

See this is why I won't do two shows a night, I just...I won't do it.
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jun 15 2008

You deserve a break today; just do it, hit the spot and be all you can be for the real thing.
-- Ling, Jun 15 2008

//market it abroad as aggressively as possible//
With an impressive fireworks show, by special delivery.
-- Amos Kito, Jun 15 2008

Now 30% more (or less) free*. Subject to availability, while supplies last.
-- Laughs Last, Jun 15 2008

Contains Nuts.
-- 8th of 7, Jun 15 2008

Sweet -- this will give us the opportunity to add more stars to the flag.

Scotland, you know you want in.
-- mylodon, Jun 15 2008

US? A!
-- wagster, Jun 15 2008

"Under New Management" will go a long way towards fixing the image problem. America can be proud of term limits.
-- pertinax, Jun 15 2008

Slogan: It takes two hands to hold an American.
-- daseva, Jun 15 2008

I think The Who summed it up best when they said "meet the new boss, same as the old boss".
-- Noexit, Jun 16 2008

[mylodon]: That's an idea for the "maybe" pile, I think.
-- Jinbish, Jun 16 2008

Well, don't look now, but if it turns out to be the boring old guy rather than the shallow young guy, there might be a pleasant surprise in store; does anyone remember the early stages of the 2000 process (before it all came down to pregnant chads and counter-intuitive court findings)? If I remember rightly, there were two candidates in the primaries (one in each party, as it happens), who seemed serious about changing the way that U.S. federal politics currently gets funded (i.e., through sinister lobby groups).

Now, stop me if I've just remembered this wrongly, but I think that of those two, the one in the Republican party was called McCain.

Of course, it may all come to nothing, but if he hasn't forgotten what he was saying eight years ago (which he may have done, in the course of a senior moment), then there might just be a truly significant change in management on the way. But don't hold your breath.
-- pertinax, Jun 16 2008

Jimi Hendrix's version of the Star Spangled Banner is just fine to represent how I feel about my country.
-- xandram, Jun 16 2008

Oh, it's YOUR country, is it ?

<pointing at [xandram} and shouting>


</pointing and shouting>
-- 8th of 7, Jun 16 2008

If the USA is to get rebranded, it should be somewhere that it is easy to show off- maybe the forehead, or back of the hand. The whole buttock branding thing led to many misunderstandings and foreign policy gaffes.
-- bungston, Jun 16 2008

Oh Lord, he's been on the mushrooms AGAIN ... [bungston], you promised to lay off that stuff ....
-- 8th of 7, Jun 16 2008

We could call it New Coke.
-- nomocrow, Jun 16 2008

// IT'S HIM ! //

sp. HER!

Careful with those ferrets.

I'm sure we had this same problem a year or two ago from a beaver-hurling Canadian. (See link).

Oh, and [xandram], don't be too hard on your country. Like any other country, it's not going to get any better if nice people despair of it.
-- pertinax, Jun 17 2008

I get the rope and the oiled pipe cleaners. But ferrets?
-- Moonguy, Jun 17 2008

less bumpy than gerbils.

-- Custardguts, Jun 17 2008

It wouldn't be fair to Obama - He said he won't be the president of these or those, he only wants to be "the President of the United States of America!".
-- pashute, Oct 16 2008

Well, [Texticle], your idea is noteworthy in several regards. The annotations that it has drawn from the HB masses, as well, brings to light several valid points but, of course, I would be remiss were I not to retort: Bite me.
-- MikeD, Oct 16 2008

That's a good idea - in the same way that everyone hates the big corporate monolith Unilever, but loves Ben & Jerry's - conveniently forgetting that Ben & Jerry's is just a Unilever brand.
-- hippo, Oct 17 2008

If everyone has 15 minutes of fame, and there are 6.7 billion people in the world - that equates to a total of 69,791,666 days of back-to-back fame, by which time, some of the people at the end of the queue will have died (and possibly become fossilised - 69,791,666 days is about 193,865 years and 8 months - i.e. a long time to wait) and the people at the front of the queue, who've already had their fame might lose interest, spoiling it for everyone else. My point is that it's just not a practical allotment. If instead, the amount of actual fame were apportioned in blocks of 15 nanoseconds each, the whole tedious affair could be organised in about an hour and a half, leaving everyone to get on with something else.
-- zen_tom, Oct 17 2008

I had a quick go at redesigning the US flag (link).
-- wagster, Oct 17 2008

Needs more guns.
-- Texticle, Oct 19 2008

//If everyone has 15 minutes of fame, and there are 6.7 billion people in the world - that equates to a total of 69,791,666 days of back-to-back fame, //

Served concurrently... viewed similarily.
-- 4whom, Oct 19 2008

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