I think the world has sized Obama up and concluded that he’s weak, very weak. The Olympics are a good example of this. One theory has it that Chicago is in, and that the price for that is Obama’s appearance before the Olympic Committee. In other words, Obama got bossed around both by Chicago and by the Olympic Committee. He’s sort of weak in that scenario, but he still gets what he wants.
But another theory (mine, to be precise) is that the matter is still up in the air, that Obama is going to the Olympic Committee as a true supplicant, and that the OC still has the power to turn him down. With a strong president, this situation would never have arisen. First off, a strong president wouldn’t have gone begging for an Olympic game. Second, of course, the OC would never dream of sayin no. But here, how tempting to have the President of the United States on his knees before you, and have the power to say “no.”
I guess time will tell, but either scenario paints a depressing picture of what it takes for the Left and the world at large to “like” a US President.