As noted Monday, the Washington Post’s editorial board has consistently turned up disappointed with President Obama‘s performance abroad, first with his handling of unrest in Egypt, then Syria and now Ukraine.

The paper bemoaned the world’s “receding” Democracy on Obama’s watch.

And yet, this was the Post’s hope for Obama in 2008 when the paper endorsed him over then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain:

Abroad, the best evidence suggests that he would seek to maintain U.S. leadership and engagement, continue the fight against terrorists, and wage vigorous diplomacy on behalf of U.S. values and interests. Mr. Obama has the potential to become a great president. Given the enormous problems he would confront from his first day in office, and the damage wrought over the past eight years, we would settle for very good.

What a difference six years makes.

h/t James Taranto