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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  1. Tim

    As long as he knows how to make a proper apology to all that seem to want one, we'll be ok.

    September 21, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    From calling the war on terror a 'man caused disaster' to apologizing to dictators, to appeasing the russians on missile defense, it will be hard to keep improving our popularity. there's less and less for him to cave on.

    September 21, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Scott, Tucson

    Since he recently back-stab Poland, I don't think the trust factor on Obama would be too high among our European friends..

    September 21, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Ralph

    It is ridiculous that Obama wants to consider countries other than our own. Why should we do anything for any country that doesn't have our best interests at the forefront? We, after all, are the only country that really matters. Certainly all those other lowly countries can recognize this and be willing to compromise themselves for our benefit, right? If only we had a leader with that good 'ol "you're either with us or against us" cowboy attitude.

    The sad thing is, some of the posters on this board probably don't realize I'm being sarcastic.

    September 21, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Steph

    President Obama is a fair man, but he is also a tough negotiator. He will do very well this week.

    Some won't like his stance on this issue or that because they don't immediately benefit, and he is playing clean-up from a global economic crisis that primarily is of our (Americans) making. No one expects one leader to be admired by all. There will be disagreements. To expect otherwise is unrealistic.

    He will be applauded for his efforts to create better oversight of the financial industry here in the US, and his willingness to talk about global warming (in contrast to his predecessor) has already been noticed.

    September 21, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. victim of republican greed

    It is good to see a real leader in the white house. It has been a rough last 8 years. We would be much farther on the road to recovery, though, if we did not have to pay for the unnecessary war in Iraq.

    September 21, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Helen, NY

    What support and from whom. I am sorry to say that Barack cannot get any support. All these leaders are seasoned and full of experience. Barack Obama is a raw hand. He has to start learning. On the job training, it is called. Barack is a young radical boy with radical ideas.

    September 21, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Peter

    Preisedent Obama the most popular president in the the entire world!!
    This is a guy who uses brains than muscles. He has the characteristic s of Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandera combined!!. How I wish the constitution allows for life presidents in the United States !!

    September 21, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. victim of republican greed

    Ralph, I enjoyed your use of sarcasm in your posting. If you wanted people to think, "Mission Accomplished."

    September 21, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. J Farrow

    Can you imagine if this week's agenda was facing John McCain? I am quite sure President Obama will go into all of these meetings well prepared.

    September 21, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Obama Victim

    this guy is in waaaaaaaay over his head

    September 21, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. JOBLESS IN IOWA

    Obama, your retraining of employees is not working, There are NO JOBS for retrained employees.

    September 21, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. Dean O

    Of course its a global conspiracy. UN and Obama go hand and hand. Selling out Eastern Europe and making friends with Marxists and dictators. First Cuba, then Venezuela, now America. Obama 44th President but 1st Socialist.

    September 21, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Every time a U.S. President acts on the world stage his global support is put to the test. We are the only super power left and the largest, most robust economy on the planet.

    I much prefer having President Obama represents us than the arrogant cowboy we had in office for 8 years. President Obama is very intelligent, has a broad understanding of the issues and challenges facing not just us, but the whole world.

    He is also does not have a "my way or the highway" attitude – and if you don't think that matters, you're naive. Ours is an inter-dependent world, one in which the strong and the smart survive – and the foolish who look only at the short-term soon perish.

    Thank goodness President Obama falls into the former category!

    September 21, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Since he recently back-stab Poland, I don't think the trust factor on Obama would be too high among our European friends.."

    Hard to really understand what the back stab was in light of the FACT that the technology they intend to implement instead will still protect Poland and will do a better job of it than the previously proposed technology. I guarantee you Gates and the unanimous Joint Chiefs of Staff are not recommending it just because Obama said so. Nice try tho...maybe next time you'll pick an argument with factual support.

    September 21, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "boy"

    And people were pooh-poohing what Carter said?

    September 21, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Burns NH

    President Obama has a mind to fullfill his dreams. It is sad to see that he does not include us all in that dream. His ego will be the
    down fall of America as we once knew.

    September 21, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. Steve (the real one)

    How I wish the constitution allows for life presidents in the United States !!
    ----------------------------
    If you want a president for life move to Cuba! Maybe North Korea! This is America! What a dangerous, ridiculous statement!

    September 21, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    It's childish to think that it's a sign of weakness to be accountable for your actions and make apology when you are wrong.

    President Obama, unlike the former White House occupant, is an adult, capable of honest reflection. And from that reflection and the subsequent acceptance of reality, he is then capable of moving forward with a much greater chance of making sound decisions and a much lesser chance of repeating mistakes.

    For those who disagree with me, I dare you to make an honest, fully accountable apology to someone you have wronged – in front of your peers – and without excuse.

    September 21, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Mark

    He just gave our only bargaining chip with Russia over Iran away. Good luck on the naive optimistic approach.

    September 21, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Doug, New Jersey

    If we really wanted to do something about the environment we would rid the planet of Democrats. After all, they account for 99.9% of all the hot air. Funny how Democrats are color blind, they say they see green but in reality it is red.

    September 21, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Duck Fallas

    That's PRESIDENT boy to YOU.

    Screw Poland. Whatever happened to "America First?"

    September 21, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. willard bullock

    i am not belived that obama will not trust of untied states cause obama have problems with plot musilims fbi or police would like invesgatoir charge against terroist iam belived that ayber would like charge against obama what about in 1970
    i will not trust obama cause muslims make trying fix with terroist

    September 21, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. yuri

    Now that he has almost eased into his white house seat, it behooves on BHO to bargain for broader and border issues to be presented at his beck and call. In otherwords, he should portray the US as a gentle giant, but a giannt that can not be messed with.

    September 21, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Daron

    Apologizing and compromising when you do something wrong is not a weakness. That is courtesy, humility, and diplomacy. It is funny how the same group of people that demand an apology from the government for high taxes, indoctrinating their kids, broken campaign promises, mortgaging their futures, taking away their healthcare, having THEIR country stolen, etc, etc. These same people think it is egregious to apologize to or compromise with another county as if we somehow run this planet and that our leader (that they complain about so much) haven’t made any mistakes.

    September 21, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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