Sunday, July 10, 2016
Did President Obama Fail The World's Expectations Of Him?
Nahal Toosi, Politico: How the World Fell Out of Love with Obama
In countries key to the president’s legacy, people express profound disappointment in a man from whom they expected great things.
The rest of the world fell as hard for Barack Obama as Americans did.
Back in 2008, the same qualities in the 47-year-old senator from Illinois that excited U.S. voters enthralled people around the globe. He was a fresh face and a compelling orator. He had spent his childhood in the Asia-Pacific, and his skin color alone made billions of people feel a connection with him. Perhaps most importantly, he was not George W. Bush, the president who invaded Iraq. Obama promised “hope” and “change” and people believed he could deliver—that he would end wars in Muslim countries, improve America’s standing on human rights, even alleviate global poverty. “Yes we can!” shouted The Age, an Australian newspaper, when he won office. Just months later, the rookie president was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a nod more to his promise than to anything he had accomplished.
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WNU Editor: This Politico post is still a "puff" piece on President Obama .... with a few digs at Donald Trump .... but even President Obama's staunchest supporters are now realising that his foreign policy record is not what he should be remembered for.