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A picture is worth 1,000 words: Europe falls out of love with Barack Obama


In an op-ed published by the UK's Telegraph this week, foreign affairs analyst Nile Gardiner wrote about "floudering" President Obama and his "weak, underwhelming" performance in Germany this week:

President Obama’s words may well have pleased his German government hosts, content to see a United States whose ambitions as a military power have been significantly clipped since George W. Bush left office in 2009. But Barack Obama underscored again why he is no JFK or Ronald Reagan. In front of the Brandenburg Gate, Obama sounded more like the president of the European Commission than the leader of the free world. It is never a good sign when a US president parrots the language of a Brussels bureaucrat when he is supposed to be a champion of freedom. Obama’s distinctly unimpressive speech in Berlin was another dud from a floundering president whose leadership abroad is just as weak as it is at home.

To further illustrate Gardiner's point, compare the popularity of candidate Obama to President Obama in these images of 2008 and 2013, via Fox News:

h/t Ace

Wednesday's conservative rally in DC attracted between 5,000 and 10,000 people.  Meanwhile, President Obama's speech in Berlin drew just 4,500.

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