by Patrick Appel

Obama is much better liked by the world than Bush was. Drum marvels:

Time will certainly erode this goodwill.  That's just the nature of these things.  But for now, the rest of the world has a spectacularly improved view of how they expect the United States to act on the world stage.  As Dan Drezner says, this is a hard measure of Obama's and America's newfound soft power.

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