Mr Obama is finding himself not much in favour these days with foreign countries. While in China, he received a very strong talking-to by China’s finance minister in which he was told that the USA needs to clean up its finances and that the weak dollar is unacceptable.
Der Spiegel, one of Germany’s most prominent news magazines has basically stated that Obama’s “nice guy” approach to foreign policy is not working. They also quote former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in which he compares Obama to Jimmy Carter, something the White House fears even more than comparing him to George W. Bush. You can read that here. The Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth, the UK minister of defense is publicly criticising Obama’s handling of Afghanistan these days. You can see his criticisms of the whole campaign by clicking on this link.
For those who care about such things, it seems that Hillary is getting several living magazines to help her spruce up the State Department. Better Homes & Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Mother Earth News, and This Old House will redecorate portions of Blair House and the Harry S Truman Building. You can read about her latest grand plans here.