US President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks to the media on the situation in Iraq on the South Lawn of the White House, before his departure for vacation at Martha's Vineyard, in Washington August 9, 2014. — Reuters
John Robson, National Post: Barack Obama: The incredible shrinking president
While presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump loom horrifyingly larger, can we spare a little horror as U.S. President Barack Obama looms ever smaller? No, I’m not sorry he’s leaving. I’m alarmed at a series of recent foreign policy humiliations showing just how badly the incredible shrinking president has damaged America’s standing in this turbulent world of ours.
First, emerging from the back door of Air Force One at the G20 in China after local functionaries literally denied him a red carpet. Second, begging Russian President Vladimir Putin for help on Syria and getting chlorine gas. Third, being told off by the president of Turkey over American support for Kurds in Syria. Fourth, being cussed out by the president of the Philippines.
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WNU Editor: I cannot think of one foreign government or leader that feels sorry/sad/disappointed that President Obama's term of office will soon be ending .... not one. But I can think of dozens who either do not care that he is leaving .... or are glad that he will soon be gone. President Obama may have connected with enough Americans to win the Presidency twice, but he definitely does not have that connection with the rest of the world.