September 21st, 2009
03:27 PM ET
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Obama's global support put to the test?

President Obama delivered a speech to the Muslim world this summer in Egypt
President Obama delivered a speech to the Muslim world this summer in Egypt

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama, facing daunting domestic challenges, may have another tough battle on his hands: maintaining the United States' growing popularity throughout the world.

And the spotlight will focus on global issues this week.

On Tuesday, Obama meets with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders separately and then jointly. He will also meet late that day with Chinese President Hu Jintao and speak to the Clinton Global Initiative meeting.

The president meets Wednesday with Japan's new prime minister and addresses the U.N. General Assembly. Later, he will meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev - their first face to face meeting since Obama's decision to scale back U.S. missile defense plans in the Czech Republic. Later Friday, Obama will take part in two G-20 meetings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, focused on the global economy.

Coming up with a plan to deal with the worldwide recession, experts have said, will be a key challenge for Obama.

"When it comes to the global economic crisis, publics around the world tend to see the U.S. as having a negative impact on their own economies right now," said Richard Wike, associate director for the Pew Global Attitudes Project.

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Chris D.

    President Obama has had a stellar beginning to his foreign policy agenda.......
    On a lighter note, I see the wingnuts are out in full swing this afternoon.

    September 21, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. IndyVoter

    Is that a question CNN? Why do you always frame your questions as regular statements with a question mark stuck on the end of them instead of asking a real question?

    September 21, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Keith in Austin

    I Pray that BHO voices words of STRENGTH instead.of weakness regarding our Country.

    September 21, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    I know Obama's not bald yet but he should wear a rug anyway because Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will walk all over him.
    In fact, there is a long line of leaders around the world looking forward to taking that walk. It will make them more popular at home.

    September 21, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Tulsa

    the republilcans out there have a hard time remembering that the PRESIDENT has also said in no uncertain terms that the USA is the strongest, most democratic and most admired country in the world. I guess it just doesn't fit into their narrow mind that it is possible to accept RESPONSIBILITY for things that have been done in our name that were WRONG and at the same time be PROUD of our nation.
    So continue to spread your lies. The majority of AMERICANS are smart enough to ignore you.

    September 21, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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