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The world gets over ‘Obamamania’

President Obama is finding out that other nations don&rsquo;t share his boundless optimism or his enthusiasm for &ldquo;change,&rdquo; said Doyle McManus in the <em>Los Angeles Times.</em>

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The magic is gone, said Doyle McManus. After being hailed by “adoring crowds—and almost-as-adoring politicians”—on his first major trip in April, President Obama was greeted in Europe last week by the intractable realities of international relations. There was no adulation in Moscow, where Russian strongman Vladimir Putin reportedly gave Obama a “tongue lashing.” Obama had wanted Russian help in deterring Iran’s nuclear ambitions, but “there was no sign that Obama got the Russians to budge.” Meantime, at the Group of Eight summit in Italy, developing nations, including China and India, rejected a timetable for curtailing climate-warming emissions. The meeting wasn’t a total bust—developed nations joined the U.S. in committing to major emissions cuts by 2050 and pledged $20 billion in food aid for poor countries—“but it was far from a triumph.” Much of the aid had been previously promised and there’s no guarantee it will materialize this time, either.

Americans like to think that “every problem is solvable,” if only we put our minds to it. Obama is finding out that other nations don’t share his boundless optimism or his enthusiasm for “change.”

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