September 21st, 2009
03:27 PM ET
5 years ago

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. Thomas

    Obama has greatly improved the USA's image internationally. He has got Russia working with us to deal with Iran (something unfathomable a few years ago).
    So the problem is now people like the US again thanks to Obama?

    September 21, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. SS

    Yay Obama! I am proud to have a president like you represent Americans around the world...

    September 21, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. RRRUSA

    It really must be hard for Republicans to see a President that is actually very popular throughout the world...that must seem like such a THREAT to them......I mean a President who actually negotiates and works together....instead of a sabre rattling loose cannon that half the world thought was about to drop the bomb on them!

    Of course there are threats in the world. We may not agree with Russia, but last I heard, they are not training Al Quaeda operatives, and they are not selling or buying weapons from North Korea!

    Oh....to be fair....c'mon....BUSH was the one in way over HIS head.

    September 21, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Rob

    On the good side, all the world's tyrants (or most of them) will all be in NYC, so Obama won't have to use Air Force One (at taxpayers' expense) to travel around and apologize, bow, and kiss butt. Plus it'll be convenient for these leaders to actually see what Obama's willing to give away. Maybe he can even get them covered under Obamacare.

    So when does Obama chair the "From Superpower to Wimp" seminar?

    September 21, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. The new GOP party of NO, racism, and hate is emerging and least you Rightwing NUTS forget, Bush had 47 Czars

    remember in the campaign when John McSame said President Obama was a novice in the world stage....well, we all know how well that turned out....with his visit to Germany and the UK!

    give the president a chance!!!

    September 21, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Albert

    We lost about 2800 people in the 9/11 attacks. To remedy that Bush caused 4300 US Troops to die. Still the threat persists and Al Quida is existing. We spent $1.5 Trillion already. Had we given this money to Al Quida, they would promise never to attack us.........................

    BUSH AND CHENEY ARE WORST US PRESIDENT / V.P. – THEY ARE LOW I.Q. AND DUMB IDIOTS – PUT THEM IN JAIL. :|

    September 21, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Apologizing and selling our national security and sovereignity down the road all the way. This back stabbing supposed ally is the most dangerous man on earth. By the way Ralph, he took an oath to protect and defend the United States not other countries and seems to be like you say, doing just the opposite. All of you liberal dope smokers who adore this bozo, are going to get a lesson in reality real soon.

    September 21, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Elroy

    Hilarious! "... how to deal w/ the US' growing popularity...". Nice journalism, make us think that we're somehow becoming more popular without addressing the real facts. More popular with who? Our enemies? As the Wall Street Journal put it last week it's much easier these days to be an enemy of the US than to be an ally with all the concessions Obama has made for "appeasement".

    September 21, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. geecee

    Our President will be excellent, of course. The world leaders seem to like him very much and I have no doubt he won't disappoint.

    September 21, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. victim of republican greed

    With just a little attitude adjustment, I am sure Jobless can find work. Until then, it is good that President Obama extended his unemployment benefits.

    September 21, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. cedgar

    The only think the President will show the UN leaders is his inexperience as a leader.
    This is exactly what he has shown the American public.
    How many times has he been on TV talking about his health bill?
    He does not have a bill but goes on and on about the fictitious bill. There has been no vote on either floor for any health bill.

    September 21, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. LIP

    Just like every President before him, he received baggage he could have done without. It is unique in that it was a result of a Democratically controlled congress from 2006-2008. President Obama has used all to often the excuse that this is Bush's mess and it truly wasn't and everyone knows that. We can hang this on Dodd and Frank.
    Putting that aside, President Obama is my president and he represents my country and I stand behind him 100%. He just needs to stop using the former president as an excuse and step up to the plate and start assuming responsibility for everything he does throughout his term(s).
    Good luck Presiedent Obama in all your future endeavors and may God bless you.

    September 21, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. victim of republican greed

    Some people do not know the difference between a bargaining chip and a buffalo chip.

    September 21, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. GOP=KKK

    GO OBAMA!! WE LOVE YOU!!!

    We are proud of you, and we support you 100%

    Don't get distracted by the toothless, hillbilly, Tea-Bagger, Klan-ish critics who only want you to fail...regardless of how it hurts America.

    It's more important for them to destroy you then it is to build...or after W., RE-BUILD our great Nation!!!!

    September 21, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Ha Ha Ha Ha

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha............................ :)

    Every Human Being who is born on Earth has a Value.

    1. Some have a Value of being a Doctor.
    2. Some have a Value of being a Plumber.
    3. Some have a Value of being a Janitor.
    4. Some have a Value of being a Truck Driver.
    5. And Some have a Value called "Nuisance Value"

    The Person at # 5 is always a Nuisance to Everybody, including to people from 1 through 4.

    Rush Limbaugh belongs to Category # 5. :P

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha............ America has the best Jokers in The World.....

    Rush Limbaugh is a Joke.......... GOP supports him is also a Joke.....

    What a Joke.......... What a GOP............. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.......... :)

    September 21, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Idiot_Pelosi

    The JOKER has come to town and no one cares.

    September 21, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. phoenix86

    Speaking negatively about the United States, critizing the United States, and offering to put the United States in a weaker position has always been popular overseas. Obama will do fine.

    September 21, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. seebofubar

    The only people more nieve than Obama on forign policy are the crazies that think that he's doing a good job. The world is a vicious place and we have a pansy as a president...how did this ever happen?

    September 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Tom

    Poularity? When were the best interests of the US ever left up to a popularity contest and successfully executed? It amazes me that the American people allowed themselves to be buffaloed into voting for this leftist weasel who is giving away our hard won diplomatic strengths while drinking beers in the white house backyard with a cop and the guy who resisted his arrest. Like his puffed up campaign promises, popularity is just hot air that shifts with the wind.

    Defense of our people and our borders is most important.

    And Ralph, we all know you're sarcasm is there, you aren't as smart as you think you are.

    September 21, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. RealityKing

    The media fantasy was definitely better than the Obama reality.

    September 21, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Bush_Low_I.Q.

    SOCIALISM..... We don't Need SOCIALISM in AMERICA.....
    SOCIALISM..... Obama's Health Reforms are SOCIALISM.....
    SOCIALISM..... SOCIAL SECURITY is not SOCIALISM.....
    SOCIALISM..... FREE EDUCATION UNTIL 12 GRADE is not SOCIALISM.
    SOCIALISM..... BAIL OUT OF WALL STREET is not SOCIALISM.
    SOCIALISM..... BUSH lied that IRAQ has WMD's is not SOCIALISM.
    SOCIALISM..... We believed what BUSH said is not SOCIALISM.
    SOCIALISM..... 4300 Troops died is not SOCIALISM.
    SOCIALISM..... Feds BAILED OUT AIG and BANK of AMERICA is not SOCIALISM.

    How easily we get Fooled and Misled by GOP............ Whatever Bush and GOP did is not Socialism........... Whatever Obama is doing is Socialism..............

    September 21, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Billy J ..Texas..

    I don't see how folks think that throwing the finger at someone is going to fix anything. And that is exactly what the former administration did, over and over. Now they are mad that this new administration wants to go back to the way we did it with Clinton, first Bush, even Nixon. They just love to hear themselves cuss at folks. I bet they are the guys that dream of the butt kicking they would give some guy that cuts them off on the freeway, but never dare actually pull over to try it. They want to pay our heroes to do it for them in a fake war, to build up their own weak ego's. pheh!

    September 21, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. J.P.

    But, but, but... I thought if we only elect the community agitating shakedown artist, why, why, why, why it'd be sunshine and rainbows and unicorns as far as the eye could see?! I'm confused.

    I thought the whole world of angry radical turd-world dirt clod eaters was just going to fall in love with us and volunteer to carry our books to school. Gee, what happened? Did hope and change have a head-on collision with reality?

    I think it would be fair to say if you voted for this guy you should have to turn in your voter registration card for one electoral cycle, as sort of an "I'm too stupid and dangerous to be trusted with voting rights" timeout. You can use the four years to read the Constitution.

    September 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. TCM

    I wonder how many languages we could find to cite,

    "One and done," in ?

    September 21, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. Steph

    Turn off Faux news, look around you, and try to spend a few minutes in reality.

    -The economy is improving.
    -Cash for Clunkers was a HUGE success.
    -Our troops are coming home from Iraq (and the entire area hasn't imploded).
    -The President gave a great motivational speech to school children (unlike Reagan's partisan speech about his tax policy).
    -The USA is much more popular under President Obama than it was under W.
    -Most of America wants health care reform.
    -A large majority of Americas love this country and respect our democratic system (which means you respect the elected president, even if you don't agree with him).

    God Bless You President Obama!

    September 21, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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