March 16th, 2010
07:00 PM ET

How would you rate Pres. Obama on foreign policy?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When Barack Obama was elected, there was a hope that he would improve America's standing on the world stage.
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More than a year later, tensions are rising between the U.S. and several key nations.

In the Middle East, by some counts, U.S.-Israeli relations are "in a crisis"... the worst in more than three decades.

Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is defiant when it comes to defending construction in East Jerusalem - despite pressure from the U.S. to stop. This will probably throw a wrench into Israeli-Palestinian peace talks; and that only hurts America's image in Arab countries. Israel announced the construction during V.P. Biden's trip to Isral - a big time diplomatic slap in the face. Meanwhile Hamas called for a "day of rage" today, rioting at the re-opening of a synagogue in Jerusalem.

Then there's China... Some suggest the communist nation is manipulating its currency; and trying to take advantage of America's credit crisis. For its part, China accuses the U.S. of pursuing hegemony in the world, trampling upon the sovereignty of other countries and trespassing on their human rights. Didn't we use to say that human rights stuff about China? Things sound good there.

President Obama has been unable to do anything about Iran's nuclear program, despite making that a priority early in his term.

And lastly - ahead of President Obama's scheduled trip to Asia - thousands of people protested in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country.

The followers of a conservative Islamic group say that even though Mr. Obama spent his childhood in Indonesia, as president he is following the policies of George Bush in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here’s my question to you: When it comes to foreign policy, how would you rate President Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Steve in Canada writes:
I think he is going the right way. This latest dust-up with Israel is a proper reaction to that stunt they pulled on your V.P. last week. In the Middle East, nuance and appearances are everything, and Israel gave the U.S. the finger in front of all.

Keith writes:
The president appears to have been overcome by what theologian Robert Jewett calls "The Captain America Complex." He has been playing to the machismo American image and has not seized the opportunity to normalize relationships with Cuba and behave civil with Iran. His refusal to enter into an honest relationship with Israel–one that calls them out for their fascist policies–has also hurt his credibility. I still support our President, but I want to see him use some common-bridge building sense rather than cave in to patriotic and protectionist American sensibilities.

Andrew writes:
I agree that President Obama has not had the most successful year, but I disagree with the way you presented this information. You are setting up the public to go against Obama. By focusing on his failures, we are not able to move on. There is a reason why he won the Nobel Peace Price, he inspires hope in people, and if we cannot believe that anything good can happen, then that's exactly what is going to happen.

Daryl writes:
President Obama should be applauded for his foreign policy. It's a balm to our souls that we finally have an intellectually-blessed leader with the ability to see all sides who actually puts diplomacy above war.

Michael in Nevada writes:
We all had high hopes for him, but he has done little. I suppose it's hard to hold it against him seeing as he has been tied up in the health care imbroglio for months on end.

Chip writes:
Much like every other promise that Candidate Obama made, too much talk coupled with too little real action equals a red-penned F.

Ron writes:
About two notches below Billy Carter. That's right Billy, Barack makes brother Jimmy look like Adlai Stevenson. Pathetic!

soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Jerry

    I'd give him an A. I voted for Barack Obama with the hopes that he would fix our broken image abroad. Which he did. And as long as he's pushing for Israel to scale back he will continue to get an A from me.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  2. Jacques Guay

    As faras foreign policy is concerned, the President is doing a good job. Don't forget, this country of ours is not an easy one to govern or to lead. The Republicans, or GOP are not giving much of a chance to do the job right at this time.

    I have every confidence in his leadership and knowledge that he has acquired over the year.

    And yes, Rome was not built in a day. Americans expect and want everything today. dorry it does not work that way.

    Take care


    March 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  3. Eugene Northern Cal

    I'd give President Obama a W, for weak on foreign policy. The Apologizer has emboldened anyone that wants to take a shot at us and ostracized our staunch ally Isreal. Not bad for his first year in office. However, Mr. Liberal's decision to continue the war against trerrorism, at the risk of losing his political base is commendable.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  4. Joanne

    Mr. Obama is unqualified, inexperienced and lacks foresight. He's never owned a business, never been in the military, never truly was a leader of anything and it shows. He has been living off the taxpayer for most of his life however...inc his college paid for by other people.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  5. Eugene Northern Cal

    I'd give President Obama a W, for weak on foreign policy. The Apologizer has emboldened anyone that wants to take a shot at us and ostracized our staunch ally Israel. Not bad for his first year in office. However, Mr. Liberal's decision to continue the war against trerrorism, at the risk of losing his political base is commendable.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  6. Jim Laubler

    Slow out of the gate in Afghanistan (indicisiveness kills soldiers) but catchng up.

    " F " in other foreign policy. It's the economy Mr. President. As goes our economy, so goes the world. If this virus isn't stopped, more instability is bound to happen.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    I would rate him nothing but a speech maker, who has little concept of the world, nor how to solve the world's problems.

    We can be thankful, he has some people in his government who have some degree of experience, to prevent Obama from disastrous moves.

    The criticisms of Israel, are a joke. Israel has attempted time and again over the past 40 yrs. to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians, who have consistently rejected peace. It is time for Israel to tell the US to get lost, and to do what they have to do. They have tried long enough.

    if the US wants to criticize, then they need to criticize the real culprit, in the denial of mideast peace.......the Islamic hatred of the Palestinians.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  8. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    I’m not much interested in foreign policy at the moment. We have much more serious issues at stake right here. But in answer to the question, he’s not as bad as Bush was, which is to say he is better than a minus 10. Although he did drop the ball with Israel this week. Having been slapped in the face by a nation that has taken so much in aid, support and friendship (as in the only friends they have on Earth) he should have told them to kiss off and solve their own problems from now on. If someone physically slapped us in the face, I doubt many of us would have simply said, “That wasn’t nice,” and continued the dialogue as if nothing happened.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  9. Rex

    well it's gotta be better than his domestic policy cuase it sucks

    March 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  10. Frank

    B, then again after Bush's 'F'.....oops sorry, Cheney's 'F' Bush was another sockpuppet like Reagan.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  11. Kevin Hancock

    He is nothing but another puppet.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  12. Conor in Chicago

    Better than Bush.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  13. Conor in Chicago

    I think Obama has done well to recognize that the US may be the most powerful country in the world, but it is not more powerful than the entire world.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  14. Jim Z..Ft. Worth...Texas

    By comparison to whom....the last eight years of untruth's, deceit, immorality, ineptitude, ignorance, a long list Jack. Based on the precursor's left behind in the Oval office....PERFECT!

    March 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  15. Jack in Virginia

    O gets a 0. Let's start with South America: In an effort to pander to the leftist dictators in Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil and even Cuba, this administration took the side of a former Honduran president Mel Zelaya, who tried to make himself El Presidente for life over the objections of the nation's own congress and supreme court. In Europe, he has alienated the first pro-American French leader in decades and showed a glaring lack of support of our closest ally, the British, in their festering dispute over the Falklands (the inept State Department spokesperson, P.J. Crowley, even referred to the islands by their Argentinian name). Speaking of Crowley and turning to the Mideast, he gravely insulted Libyan president Mumar Khadaffi and our even more inept Vice President Biden is systematically dismantling our close relationship with Israel. Remember hitting the "reset" button with Russia (even though it said "overcharge")? Well, we ticked off the Czechs and Poles by scrapping our missile defense plans that the Russians strongly opposed, then implemented a less capable one, which the Russian took equal umbrage at. And I still haven't even mentioned all the great progress we've been making in getting Iran and North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. When it comes to foreign policy, President is all bows and kow-tows and little else.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  16. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Like my grade on his lack of doing something about the job situation in our country. An F minus. As a matter of fact, I've very disappointed but not suprised at his lack of performance.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  17. Michael Alexandria, VA

    I would give it a solid B. An A would require deeper thinking on Afghanistan and leadership in redrawing the boundaries of the region from Gaza to Kashmir.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  18. Maria

    Hmm. I think he's a solid B or B+ so far. Some of that is shared with
    the State Dept. Let's see the vote in Iran, and Israel's continued invasion of Palestein, pushing them into the sea. Then I'd like to vote again.



    March 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  19. Carl

    I would rate Obama as a minus in all policies, he just can't get anything done, great talker but thats about all, sad, very sad.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  20. yvonne

    Nashville TN. Our president is presenting a good image to the rest of the world. Unfortunately, the warmongers and imperialists from the former administration are still waging their own wars at the American people's expense.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  21. Paul

    He has more troops in foreign countries than when he was elected and this has keep the unemployment rate down. What will the unemployment rate be if they all come home?Jack tell me why we have troops in Germany ,Japan and other countries. I think we are repeating what the Romans did trying to police and control the world.
    We will pay for this!!!!
    Paul in Ames

    March 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  22. Paul

    I think he's terrible on foreign policy and is kissing up to some bad people, but he's trying to do good on domestic policy.

    I think changing the health care insurance system and increasing financial regulations are a good thing and will make this country better.

    The Republicans are probably better on foreign policy, but they're terrible on domestic policy. They're 100% owned by insurance companies, big Wall Street corporations, and by the wealthy.

    They don't care about anyone in the middle class or lower.

    So given the choice, I think I'd have to go with Obama.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  23. JENNA

    When it comes to foreign policy, how would you rate President Obama?

    I am waiting to see how he handles this current slap in the face of Americans by the Israelis.

    If I was president Obama, I would halt all aide to Israel until they halt all settlement building.

    Let's see who he really supports, Americans or Israelis. We are NOT one and the same.

    Roseville CA

    March 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  24. sylvia

    Par excellance!!!!! Brillant He understands how others should be treated – with diplomacy and not with guns and tanks. Under Bush Americans were seen as bullies.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  25. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri


    His score on that note is I am sorry to say is ZERO!!!!!!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  26. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    President Obama excels at foreign policy. He is dynamic and personable, and his diplomatic skills and compassionate ideals make him a natural ambassador. His complexion and mixed ethnicity are assets in relating to the nations. Mr. Obama's foreign skills are superior to his domestic skills, because in this country, the president is the CEO-number one administrator-and not a king or merely a diplomat or spokeperson. Mr. Obama's managerial skills need improvement, but he has excellent advisors and is learning and maturing. He took office at a young age for a president. I believe he will be a top-notch leader by the end of his term. His wife Michelle is the perfect First Lady, foreign and domestic. She is beautiful, intelligent, and gracious, and she already posseses the administrative acumen which Obama is only now acquiring.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  27. SARAH from Wisconsin

    "A" for coercing Pakistan to cooperate with our War on Terror, "F" for Korea, Iran, especially the latest in the Israel debacle. Also...WE DO NOT APLOLOGIZE TO OTHER COUNTRIES FOR PAST PRESIDENCIES. We can only hope his predecessor in 2012 will have the decency not to apologize for Pres. Obama, even though there is plenty to apologize for.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  28. John from Alabama

    Jack: President Obama is 100% better than the last guy holding the job. President Obama has a more precise message on this nation's foreign policy. His actions in Afghanistan my increasing troop strength demonstrate is support of his generals. His promise to get this nation out of a combat role in Iraq is moving forward. His willingness to attack terrorist hideouts in Pakistan is bold and refreshing.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  29. Bizz Quarryville,Pennsylvania

    Well, let's see, president Obama hasn't invaded any countries on weak false intelligence. He mended relations with our Allies and stood up to Israel when they purposely embarrassed the vice president while visiting their country. I therefore would have to give him an A on foreign relations.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  30. Stella-NY

    Jack I could care less about foreign policy right now. GET SERIOUS!!! Our country is being flushed down the toilet. A time bomb is ticking and not a single person in this country knows how to stop it (or maybe they don't want to stop it). Start asking the people who are RESPONSIBLE for CREATING this MISERY and SICKNESS upon our country some SERIOUS questions. If you don't know how to ask such a question
    try using this one. Senator Mitch McConnell why did you vote for and pass legislation to give US corporations tax breaks and handouts to ship MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of jobs out of America knowing full well it would promote the destruction of this Country??? MAKE HIM ANSWER THE QUESTION and stop being just another MEDIA LAP DOG.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  31. NelsonLJR [Barton, MS]

    Better than george bush did ;;

    March 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  32. Helen

    The last time I checked many talibans were being captured. I don't know. You tell me Jack.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  33. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Is there a grade below F minus? The Mideast, Iran , North Korea, terrorism, Honduras, China; you name it, and it's worse than it was when he took office.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  34. Jim


    If the comparison is merely to George W. Bush then Obama rates a solid 10 out of 10. But let's be honest, compared to Bush YOU would rate a solid 10 out of 10. Viewed in a proper historical context, I think Obama still rates pretty high, maybe 9.5 out of 10. America is respected once again by most countries and is looked to, once again, for leadership in military and economic matters.

    Reno, Nevada

    March 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  35. Jill

    Excellent. Its the one area he has really shined.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  36. Loren, Chicago

    What foreign policy? I thought that he was just continuing to do what George Bush did, with the exception of going around the world and apologizing (when no apologies were due). I think that the world can go on without him, so better he just stay in the White House. Oh, wait, staying there means he screws up the U.S. Go Mister President, travel the globe.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  37. steve in florida

    Stellar. Period. And I fell in love with Hillary all over again, too. It's nice to see a firm grasp with a light touch instead of the flailing of ham-fists we've recently enjoyed.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  38. southerncousin

    Are you kidding? An absolute abysmal failure, a catastrophe in a suit. Countries that were our friends are starting to hate us, countries that always hated us, now hate us and disrespect us for being so weak. I lived through the miasma of the Jimmy Carter years and this is so much worse. Hopefully, we will have a strong Ronald Reagan type at the end of this nightmare to restore our dignity. Obama is a complete failure in both foreign and domestic policy and is as phony as the Peace Prize he won for doing NOTHING. Compare it to the one Al Gore won for LYING and Obama is a much bigger liar.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  39. Bobga


    March 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  40. Jay in Texas

    I'd give him a "D" in foreign policy. He can get extra credit, though, if he removes all combat troops from Iraq by summer 2011 and/or removes all combat forces from Afghanistan.
    Brownwood, Texas

    March 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  41. Fred R DeLeon SR

    EXCELLENT!!!!!!! Almost kissing the hand of Royal Japanese figure.
    Almost kissing the hand of Arab Lords. EXCELLENT!!!!!!


    March 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  42. Semo Rantamaki

    I think Obama is doing his best considering the circumstances. The back and forth with Israel is just a minor spat. After all, he kept quiet, while Israel was committing War Crimes in Gaza (according to the Goldstone Report). Bush was in fact in charge then during the last days of his Administration. Israel sealed off the West Bank for a couple of days because of protests. Don't think the Israelis and the Palestinians will be talking anytime soon. Instead, they will be tallking about holding talks. Mideast peace is long long shot, if that.

    He is continuing the drawdown In Iraq. Have to wait and see how the election results go.
    Has escalated in Afghanistan. That is a long term situation. Time will tell.
    Somalia is still a mess, after the the Bush Administration did some so called surgical strikes in 2006 and green lighted the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia which created a humanitarian disaster. You have an active insurgency going on there.
    The drug wars in Mexico will be a challenge for him.
    Also the news media should ask him about the War in Congo, which has killed millions of people. But wait, that does not involve Muslims. So maybe not.
    How about the insurgency in Sri Lanka ? The Government has mostly crushed it. Nah, not that. That does not involve Muslims either.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  43. Mark, Oklahoma City

    It would be a lot easier to rate Mr. Obama's foreign policy if he had one.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  44. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    Except for the Israeli Republican State, I think that Obama is doing quite well.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  45. Darren - Detroit

    We fianlly got a president taking the fight to the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11. I'd rate the president high and bet al-Qaida's still pissed that John McCain didn't win.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  46. Ed from California

    Our jobs are still being outsourced. Our Banks are still doing their underhanded dealings. The Communist Chinese are invading our country (think about it). We have the highest unemployment rate since the great depression. The middle class is an endangered species. More people work for "government" than in the private sector. Frankly Jack, I don't care about whether some country likes me or not. I want America to get back to work and start paying taxes. I want to go to any store in America and buy something that says, "Proudly Made in the U.S.A.". Now, is that too hard to ask? I don't want a foreign policy. I want a domestic policy, that puts working families first and Wall st. second!

    March 16, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  47. Sara - Brklyn

    I give the President an 'A' on foreign policy. We've seen more success in getting to the leadership of groups like the Taliban since President Obama became the commander-in-chief. We are seeing more international support including the Muslim Cleric who issued a 'fatwa' against suicide bombers. Finally, his administration has stood up to Israel's unrelenting land grab. Obama understands the world and understands that for America to succeed we need to be part of the new global world.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  48. DavidNv

    A Pure outright loser. He studied Constitutional Law for nothing because He just does'nt get it. When he leaves on his trip he should never come back.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  49. Ed Tallahassee

    Pretty Good the World no longer hates the US.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  50. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, Obama is as undecisive, as weak, as wishy-washy on foreign policy as he is on the domestic side. He has absolutely no concept of leadership, and is pushed/pulled by his staff in whichever direction seems to be popular at the moment. There is a rapidly decreasing amount of respect for him/the country from foreign governments who recognize his lack of experience and weak leadership qualities, and his words/threats/deadlines have all shown that he cannot make a decision, and has no stomach for anything that might cause friction. Bottom line, he is a WHIMP, and the world knows it.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  51. Jerry

    I always thought Americans were the most intelligent people on this planet – I have changed my mind – how could the majority of the voters elect a person with no background to the most important position on this planet – it shows that if you are articulate the American people could be deceived and they were – now we are stuck with this no experience President for 3 more years –

    March 16, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  52. Michael G Tampa, FL

    I wouldn't rate it very high, and to be perfectly honest, I think
    that having our military actively at war in two different countries
    is a waste of our money, and does nothing to bolster peace, understanding, and cooperation among nations.
    And, Congress needs to stop ALL foreign "aid", until they can balance the budget, don't you think ?
    Why does the US still have military bases in Japan and Germany ?
    If we brought ALL the troops home and closed ALL foreign bases, all those soldiers would be spending their paychecks at home, instead of overseas.
    US foreign policy has been in the toilet since the end of WWII.
    It's always been about regime change and oil Jack.
    And read Michael Klare's book, "Resource Wars", and you will see where the US is headed in the future.
    Seen on bumpersticker, "I'm already against the next war".....
    Michael G
    Tampa, FL

    March 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  53. David in San Diego

    Way better than Bush-lite. Not as good as JFK.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  54. Terry

    I dont think he has done anything....but taLK.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  55. bob

    a failure, without doubt. He has abandoned our long term allies while at the same time appeasing those that hate America. I can't believe we apologized to Gaddafi

    March 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  56. thomas

    I don't think flying on Air Force One is called policy. Perhaps it's call frequent flyer miles but not policy.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  57. Mike from Denver

    He apologized to every country and world leader, and has given the terrorists a schedule of when to come out of hiding. At the end of his first quarter, I would say he better hope this is not being graded as pass/fail.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  58. Joe CE

    I rate Obama good on foregin policy – the one spot with a claer imporovement over Bush. However, this assessment is subject to review after the Isreali stellement thing plays out – right track so far.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  59. Peg from N.Y.

    He is better with Foreign Policy than he is at creating real jobs!

    March 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  60. Greg, Ontario

    The only one he can have with the American way of thinking. Get what you can for America for the least amount of money and secondly the least amount of lives. Or is that the Republican foreign policy? Frankly as a Non American I can't see the difference between them.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  61. Phil, georgia

    After all the mess Bush got us in all around the world, practically hated. Pres. Obama has given us a good name and will. Making other nations willing to do business with us again and put their name on the line for our sake.

    As far as Israel, they no it was wrong to have the building announcement on Biden's visit. And its right, as a friend, to call them on it and call on them to be fair so peace can be obtained over their.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  62. Ryan- Galesburg, IL

    The President has restored rational thought to our foreign policy after "W" alienated the entire world. His only downfall has been allowing critics to characterize forward-looking initiatives as a "weakness". The bottom line is, we are in a much better place than we were 1 short year ago.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  63. Brian


    In a vacuum, I'd give him a 9/10. But compared to his predecessor...he gets a 254/10.

    Boise, ID

    March 16, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  64. Aaron

    What foreign policy? Other than trying to take a hardline with our only true ally in the Middle East (Israel) there is none. Ironically, if I didn't know any better I would still think President Bush was still in office.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  65. Laurie

    Very Weak....

    This is an area where he obviously has no experience to bring to the table. We have trouble brewwing all over the globe.... Middle East, Asia, South America. You name it....the heat is rising and this administration is distracted, to say the least.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  66. angel

    My rate to the Obama's presidency in foreign policy is the worst ever.
    No other President has done so much damage to the USA that Mr. Obama. No other President has been so disrespected by the whole world than Obama.
    China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and so on and so forth-None of them respect the Obama's administration at all. Anyone who looks at the record will be able to recognize the terrible deeds that this Obama's presidency has done to the USA in less than 2 years. He has gone all over the world putting America down, critizing America, bowing and begging and for what? No one listen or respect a word coming out of our President.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  67. Sean from Texas

    If our foreign policy is to "bow" to those before you, then I give Obama an A+.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  68. David

    I rate President Obama a 3 with 10 being GREAT.
    Is he purposely trying to dismantle the USA?

    March 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  69. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I give Obama a grade of "C" on his foreign policy. He has done nothing spectacular in regards to foreign affairs beyond spending America dollars to help prop up failing financial institutions abroad. We are so deep in debt now we may never get out. Made in America for China may be the new stamp we find on all items we buy in the future. Half of all of the proceeds that we make on exports go to pay back interest on loans from China.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  70. Sean from Texas

    I've thought hard about this one, Jack...let's see...Iran is building a nuke, China is allowed to economically destroy us, and Obama gets tough with Israel??? Wait a minute...last time I checked Israel was an ally...whats wrong with this picture???

    March 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  71. keith

    Well I'm from Coatesville, PA, and my rating of the President, I would give him a G it's lower than a F. He has done nothing except use TAX-PAYERS money to campaign. He cares nothing about what the American people want. Has given no time to foregin affairs, right now the White House, has upset many countries. With speaking before we think. I think the President and Vice President, need to get more diplomacy. He should put health care to sleep and start doing what he promised the American people.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  72. Fred

    By foreign policy, I'm assuming you to mean, selecting the correct geography to visit. Germany and Africa turned out successfully. However, were I the White House travel agent, I'd likely suggest a bit more in the way of "stay-cations," replete with activities like getting some work done from the oval office in Washington, DC. Can't beat the setting, and I hear the room service is outstanding.
    San Diego, CA

    March 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  73. DW Gard

    I would rate this administration with an F. But I would blame the Sec. of State Clinton.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  74. AlphaPoe1

    For only one year in office, President Obama as done very well. He can draw rings around George Bush when it comes to foreign policy.

    March 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  75. leo

    I voted for Obama. I'm disappointed on so many levels. he seems to lack the jewels to actually do what he said he would. Still, he's better than Bush and definitely better than McCain would have been. Just grow a pair already!

    March 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  76. Rich McKinney, Texas

    If you grade him on a curve then he gets a C. After all Jack it is not his fault if he sucks at foreign policy. Hell the man had no experience in it before he was elected. We can't expect he is going to know what he is doing with no training and no prior skills in diplomacy. All Obama had was a smoke screen of "hope and change" and it was enough to get him elected. If Obama sucks at foreign affairs it is because of the people that voted for him. They put him in office. They are now reaping what they sowed.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  77. cy gardner

    Well, since I live in America, I'd have to say his foreign policy must be better than his domestic policy. I hope. cy gardner , arlington, va

    March 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  78. Rod from Ill

    Jack, the simple answer to this question, is whom do you think could have done a "Better Job"? "NOBODY", thank god we have someone who cares about someone other than are selves.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  79. Marcel-Windsor -Canada


    Mr Obama is doing great!! He did BOW in front of every King.
    He apologised to every Dictator.
    Oh...he forgot to come to Canada for the Oppening of Winters Olympics.
    Give him an F for that.
    have a nice day

    March 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  80. Homeless D in Atlanta


    At least he is not an embarrassment!

    March 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  81. Don (Belleville, Ontario)

    How do you want us to vote, Jack?
    Shall we simply deem him as having passed without our having to actually vote?
    Or shall only the Democrats vote without any input from the Republicans?
    Gosh. It is so hard to get anything accomplished when there are so many voting method decisions to be made before we actually vote. It may take years for anyone to answer your question, Jack.
    Welcome to America.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  82. Kyle, Irvine, CA

    Well Jack,
    The president is making the right decisions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The diplomatic issues in Israel, Iran etc.. are just as screwed up now as they were 30 years ago.

    Unfortunately the President of the United States is the "go to" guy for the worlds problems. I kind of feel sorry for him Jack, but then again he wanted to be president,

    March 16, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  83. Mari, Utah

    Excellent, compared to what we had before. President Obama is willing to reach out to both friends and foes.

    As the old saying goes, "Keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer."

    Israel will continue to do as it pleases, I wish the U.S. had the courage to say, "no more foreign aid to you!"

    March 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  84. Bev

    A+ The U.S.A. is liked much more than the previous administration was. As far as Israel goes, we are not their keeper, they are adult enough to handle their own problems. If they don't like what our Country wants them to do, then quit sending the Aid money.
    As far as Iran, we could go to war, but that is not what we need.
    China owns a ton of our debt, thanks to Bush and Cheney, so we don't need a conflict with them.
    Let President Obama handle things, he wants what is good for America and not what is good for the Corporations and the rich.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  85. jimmy from greenville nc

    I think the rest of the world has gotten over Obama's great speech making ability and are still waiting for him to actually do something. The only thing I see that he has done was send more troops to Afghanistan and we all know how that will end.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  86. frankie

    I am proud to have the United States of America represented to the world by President Barack Obama.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  87. H @ Idaho

    After a lifetime of fatty foods, multiple helpings of desserts and two packs of smokes a day, a friend went to the doctor with "a little shortness of breath" and ended up getting an emergency heart bypass surgery. When I saw him a week after surgery, he was hating the surgeon who caused him so much pain while missing the cigarettes and the sweets.

    Today, we are ready to rate Obama the same way this fellow graded his surgeon. But the one we need to be blaming is the president that got us in this mess with 8 years of reckless behavior.


    March 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  88. honestjohn in Vermont

    Obama's foreign policy is weak and ineffective clearly lacking a cohesive strategy and we are paying for him to "learn on the job." The results are not very impressive, but what would one expect when you elect a guy with ZERO experience.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  89. Greg H - Minneapolis

    I think Alfred E. Newman summed up Obama's foreign policy quite well. "What, me worry?"

    March 16, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  90. Janne from NC

    D-. Hows that apology tour working for you now?

    March 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  91. Tim

    Actually, I think he's doing very well in this area, and these recent "crisises" are proof of it. China is it's own nation, and if we don't like the way they do business, then we're free to look for other lenders, or adjust our lifestyles so that we're not in constant debt. That's the nature of the "free market", and we shouldn't complain about it just because it doesn't always work in our favor.

    As for the middle east crisis, I say that it's about time we had a President that doesn't simply cater to Israel's unilateral-style of negotiations. The fact that this supposed "friendly" nation is so willing to deliver a diplomatic slap-in-the-face to any peace process should make the math more obvious : lose this single ally, and you'll be rid of a many enemies.
    Tim, NYC

    March 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  92. Jim

    I think that President Obama has done a good job so far with foriegn policy. He's had so many alligators in his swamp that he's had to juggle too many things at once and no man or woman can handle it all like the electorate expects. We've avoided another terrorist attack and we seem to be making progress in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He's trying to improve the economy in spite of working with an obstructionist republican party who want him to fail and he's made friends in foriegn countries that weren't our friends before, like France. You couldn't pay me enough to take the man's job.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  93. Dennis North Carolina

    i would say c grade and not tough enough.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  94. Eileen (Peabody)

    I would rate him “the best he could possibly do".

    When he offered his hand rather than his fist....that was a commendable start to his foreign policy. What happened is his hand was returned with the inevitable fist. So now, we take a different path to respond to the fist fight!


    March 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  95. Mr. D

    He is caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to "pleasing" the rest of the world. In this day and age it seems impossible to keep everyone happy, and who cares if we do. Countries are going to do what is in their best interest, and so should we. Let China try to keep the world in one piece. I doubt if they are interested in doing that. Obama has his hands full just trying to keep this country glued together. He has chosen, out of necessity perhaps, to go down the domestic path and as a result foreign affairs has taken a back seat Under these circumstances I would give him a "C-".

    March 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  96. Fenia

    He has done an excellent job for his first year,apart Iran but that is not just his fault other world leaders must pay more attension on Iran as well

    March 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  97. Steve, Clifton, VA

    I would say that the President has made a significant shift to turn the country into the right direction relative to foreign policy. The United States is again seen as an intelligent powerful world power again. Many of the current issues around U S foreign relations are problems that have existed for decades and we are finally having more and more honest dialog with the respective countries which could subsequently lead to solutions which will be beneficial for all parties involved.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  98. Ken Mayer, Millington MI.

    Hello Jack. Good question, First of all it shouldn't come as a big surprise that all the turmoil that you mentioned in your prelude, were all issues that were left on the table from the failed Bush/Cheney Foreign policies. President Obama has already done more to shore up our relationships in the world ,Israel has to come to the table for a real peace solution. The president must stand firm on his policy to force Israel Back to peace talks. China what can you say, make a deal with the devil then you have to deal with the devil. America better get ready for a huge showdown with China.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  99. Margaret L. Ford

    President Obama is handling our concerns around the world just fine; he does not have to get involved with every skimish in every country! As Americans, we can pick and choose our rate of involment as we've done historically. I am pleased with President Obama's leadership at home and abroad. As a "sleazy" antagonistic reporter, you need a
    judgement check!!

    March 16, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  100. Darwin B Phillips

    This young man changed the perceived perceptions of America thruout the entire World, in a matter of a few months, who among us can grade that ???

    Taunton, MA.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  101. Krishna

    In one word: Weak. There has not been a strong, unequivocal, foreign policy since Ronald Regan. He was very focused and forceful. He was relentless in dismantling Soviet Evil Empire and did so. Now, it is unbelievable that we are borrowing from a communist country to survive. Millions of our young men and women gave their lives fighting communism and every president since RR have been timidly submissive to the Chinese evil empire. The Chinese veto inviting Dalai Lama?


    March 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  102. Will

    Poorly. The Indonesian protests are no surprise. Obama proved all of his 'I'm not George Bush' campaign rhetoric to be just that when he sent more troops to Afghanistan. People in Indonesia don't seem to have fallen for it as hard as many Americans have.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  103. jim miller

    Personally, I think he is best "Boot Licker" we have ever had in office.
    Nuff said.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  104. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Grading President Obama's handling of foreign policy on a curve that includes George W. Bush, I'd say he gets an easy "A". Although he has been a bull in a china shop in several areas of the world, it appears the Canadians are still talking to us. At least they were prior to the Olympic games.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  105. Melissa

    A "B". Just like everything else he's done.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  106. Gary H. Boyd

    There's no course one can take on how to be President of the United States. Folks that occupy the Oval Office must learn as they go. Shortly after becoming President, Harry Truman dropped atomic bombs on 2 cities and later fired a General of the Army. Dwight Eisenhower ended the Korean War. John Kennedy damn near got us into one over missiles in Cuba and later escalated what became Vietnam. George W. got us into wars in Iraq and Afganistan and now it's Obama's turn. He hasn't gotten us into any wars and is trying to get us out of two but his foreign policy judgements seem a bit amateurish and they certainly aren't winning many friends for America. To be fair I'd give him a C-minus.

    Gary Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    March 16, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  107. Simon/Orlando

    Ask Israel. They're just crazy about him. They've been an allie for 35 years and he manages to alienate them in less than a year after taking office. He just doesn't have a clue about international relations. Now he's cutting our nulear arsenal because he thinks the Russians will do the same. Naive.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  108. Gigi Oregon

    What hope does he have? Did he borrow the money from China? Did he mess in the Middle East about ten years ago. How much clean-up can a President do in less than 18 months. After the damage of the last eight years.
    The question should be "after the last administration how much policy change can a new president clean up in less than 18 months." and is he...

    March 16, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  109. Matt in Blacksburg, VA

    I think President Obama is doing a good job. He has remained true to his promise to be more diplomatic with rival nations. It's nice to have a leader who does not see in black and white. There are many shades of gray in foreign affairs, and knowing the Commander-in-Chief sees more then "bend to their will" or "invade" is comforting.

    My only issue is North Korea being kept off the "state sponsors of terror" list. How they ever were removed is beyond me, and I thought that President Obama would add the DPRK back.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  110. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Is there a grade lower than F? EPIC FAIL!

    March 16, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  111. george coleman

    george from crofton, kentucky.
    He stinks! He' a afraid to claim his American heritage as a citizen. He's so afraid he will offend some foreign country or their representative he denies his true identity as the President of The United States, rather he is a citizen who doesn't believe he should stand behind his own country's strengths and weaknesses. He's shames ne every time he tries to play down his position and the position of the leader of our country. I think he should stay home and study American History.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  112. Linda in Arizona

    I'd rate barry the same as bush, whose destructive policies he continues to pursue enthusiastically both at home and abroad. That would be an "F", Jack.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  113. John from Dallas

    A little more bowing seems to be in order.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  114. Tim in Texas

    In recognizing that Pakistan is central to the war on terror and acting on it – something that the Bush administration didn't do – an A+. In re-engaging Israel in Peace talks and taking a firmer line with them – something that Bush didn't do – an A+ . General Petraus said that Israel's continued building in Settlements is putting our troops in danger. Their interests and ours are not always the same. Obama was correct to insist that they stop building, and if they continue, it is time for us to stop sending them three billion a year. In dealing with Iran – did Bush get tougher sanctions – no – Obama gets a B. Indonesia is protesting? Seems to me that a few years ago people were burning American flags in Europe and throwing shoes at our President in Iraq. Obama gets an A.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  115. Reynard

    Our President is carrying a big stick and walking softly. Exercising your dominance is not always the most effective way. It may not be his fault that nations might want to test his resolve.... our domestic press show politician after politician berate the Commander in Chief. They have no reverence or respect for our leader so why are we surprised that other countries are following our lead? We have set the precedent for disrespect towards our own President. Clean it up.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  116. David of Alexandria, VA

    Pretty much about a c+. That gives some benefit of the doubt for being preoccupied with domestic issues for a year. All-in-all, though, the rest of the world may be experiencing some disconnect between theri expectation of the presidential candidate and the delivery of the president. Sound familiar?

    March 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  117. Katja in Bradenton, Florida

    I would rate the Prez at a 2. He needs to be here at home, fixing our problems. Or he can go visit our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    He has no business trying to tell othere countries how to operate when we are such a mess. He seems to be following the old "do as I say, not as I do" adage. It doesn't work on teenagers,and it doesn't
    work on other countries.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  118. Susan Frost

    Even on his worst day, far better than the alternative. The President may not be perfect, but he doesn't sing songs about bombing Iran and he knows Africa is not a country. A little better is a big improvement over a lot worse.

    Tuscaloosa AL

    March 16, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  119. Gilbert West

    President Obama is a hell of a lot better than George Bush was! The difference is like night and day.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  120. Conor in Chicago

    Obama is doing everything that any other President does: Rolling with the punches.

    To suggest that anybody else would be doing anything drastically different simply doesn't recognize the nature of world politics right now.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  121. IKHAN san jose ca

    Hi Jack,
    the rating would not earn the President much marks. Disappointingly the change we Americans & the world was expecting after his induction in office is not there to see.
    Same old of the same old foreign policy direction which is not going to solve the long festering issues plaguing the world especially in the Middle East.
    Our national security & vital interests are directly tied to these issues but nothing concrete is being done to resolve them.The latest failure is the slap in the face that our Vice President got during his visit to Israel. That speaks a lot for our strength as a nation & the direction of our foreign policy.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
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    March 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  123. Ralph Spyer

    ZERO We are still in two wars, Israel still has Ledensraum with our V.P in the country. Iran will get the bomb, then the rest of the middle east. South America is leaving our influence. and the best part we are running out of money to start any new wars .

    March 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  124. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Compared to shrub Bush I would have to give him a 10 on a scale of 10.
    As in the past ever president has tried to promote peace between Israel and the people of Palestine and all have failed, all one has to do is go back two thousand plus years and there are the Palestinians and Jews fighting it out, they been fighting for hundreds of years and I don't see any hope that it'll end anytime soon.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  125. Keith - Ohio

    And I thought George W. Bush was lousy in dealing with foreign policy. That was until I see how Obama seems to be pushing his own agenda on everyone, not only the citizens of the U.S.

    Just what drummer is he marching to, and what American & World history books has he ever read??

    I have never been so ashamed of my vote, as I have been since last November. I don't know how much 'change' I can endure.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  126. Scott Stodden

    I would give President Obama a B+ and Secretary Clinton an A+++++++! Secretary Clinton has worked harder than any other secretary in American History since Madeline Albright! Jack its not President Obama's fault that he inherited two wars, its not his fault that Iran is defiant when it comes to shutting down all nucelar programs, its not his fault that Israel is being defiant when building new settlements in Jerusalem! Everybody is critical of President Obama and its wrong, he's doing an amazing job as President given all that he's inherited! Change is going to take time but slowly this country is changing Jack now what about that?

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    March 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  127. Timothy R Ferrell

    The president policy has been lacking in all phases.We have become weak in the eyes of the world.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  128. Tim

    Having been nothing more than a political organizer,you cannot expect him to take on the much more experienced world leaders.The more he goes offshore, the danger become greater. We have become a paper tiger in the eyes of the world.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  129. Bob of Baltimore, Md

    Heis talking to the important countries. He is not taking his ball and going home the way Bush did.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  130. Steve Canada

    I think he is going the right way...This latest dust-up with Israel is a proper reaction to that stunt they pulled on your VP last week..In the middle east, nuance and appearances are everything, and Israel gave the US the finger in front of all...Maybe put a "review" on aide and arms sales for a few months..That might get their attention. Then Israel will "take care" of Iran as a way of making nice...PURRRRFECT!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  131. greg lancaster,tx

    weakling. Israel would never have dumped on a strong president. Obama's wishy washy nice guy image is crippling his ability to conduct foreign policy.

    Israel must be dealt with harshly. We can not continue to rubber stamp their inhumane and disgusting treatment of the Palestinians. If anyone treated Israel that way Israel would call them anti semite.

    The only way Obama can salvage our international reputation is to deal harshly with Israel by cutting off all aid, recalling our ambassador and closing our embassy temporarily. In addition he should start to say complimentary things about Iran the same way we would approve arms sales to Taiwan if China pissed us off enough.

    Come on Mr. President you finally found your mojo on health care now find it on international affairs. It is alright to be a nice guy but people must fear pissing off the POTUS and his people.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  132. Dan

    He has embarrassed this country beyound repair

    March 16, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  133. Subhash

    A failure

    March 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  134. Don (Belleville, Ontario)

    I would normally rate him on foreign policy as "little boy lost". But that would be an insult to little boys.
    The only conclusion I can reach is that Obama has delegated his foreign policy to George W. Bush, so that whenever there is a meeting relating to that area, George W. puts on his Obama mask and attends the meeting. How else can anyone explain how Bush's war-mongering foreign policy has not changed one bit under President Obama?

    March 16, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
  135. steve- virginia beach

    After his world apology tour, taking more than 3 months to reply to a general's request for troops in Afghanastan, prosecuting patriotic Americans for punching a terrorist, treating enemy combatant terrorists as ordinary crimminals, and a host of other things that make the word imbecile come to mind, I view him as less competent than Sarah Palin.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  136. Daryl

    President Obama should be applauded for his foreign policy. It's a balm to our souls that we finally have an intellectually blessed leader with the ability to see all sides and actually puts diplomacy above war. I realize that this is a threat to those who associate intellectual capacity "elitism" and work hard to make it appear that intelligence is subversive. It's obvious that our educational system is in dire straits with all of the non-sensical arguments from the teabaggers and Republicans. I wouldn't grade him but I definitely would allow him to skip 4 grades to avoid the self esteem issues that the children of uneducated conservative parents would feel when confronted with his superior intellect.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  137. Deborah Starr

    Jack I feel like President Obama inherited a very bad situation, but still U do not feel that he has WE the People in his best interest. I feel like WE have been forgotten before he even began, WE have people here homeless, hungry, need help with being seen by a Physician due to NO INSURACE which we all know, NO RAISES for WE the working people, and those have LOST their JOBS, and where us the help for all of them and us? He feels our pain I am sure like all the others, but where is our help like they in Washington run to help those in other countries like Haiti, etc.? No where, that's where! Our leaders in both parties do NOT care! They just argie back and forth wasting time and get paid for it and give themsemselves raises for it as well. Must be nice. What WE ALL need in Washington is people like ourselves who do feel the pain of all. Good luck too all of us on that one!

    Springfield, MO.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  138. Julie Palmdale,California

    Although we have not made progress, I still applaud President Obama for the way he has handled himself. I don't think it is any indicator that he is a failure. Some events are much more complicated than they appear. China is our bank. As much as I would like to scream at them, they are supporting our dollar bill with their investments. The republicans should love them. No emission standards and no unions. Iran blew a chance. All of Europe is on our side as far as wanting to implement stronger sanctions. But, the idea of the olive branch to start off with was the correct first step by Obama. Iran's big mistake was to not take it. The educated Iranians see the folly. When it comes to Israel it is time for some tough talk. Amen to Clinton. This is something that needed to be said along while ago.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  139. Bill Stephenson

    It's simple-better than George Bush.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  140. Stephen, Laguna Niguel, CA

    It's simple Jack, an F -. Because I am not allowed to give him a G.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  141. Vic

    President Obama refuses to demand American corporations return their manufacturing back to the USA. The global trade experiment has failed. We have a choice. Return our manufacturing to the USA or dry up and blow away. railroadingamerica.com

    March 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  142. Cordy

    He better than Bush... The End!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  143. Mark

    I would give a C. I give him high marks for his ideology. No nukes, democratic Afghanistan and diplomacy in place of the ":Carrot and Stick" approach. I would give him an F for changing plans of the nuclear defense program. Hillary Clinton is not covered near as much as Rice was, does this indicate ineffectiveness? Perhaps the PhD is the difference.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  144. tariq

    i will rate president obama "the president of the united states".

    March 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  145. Frank Puff

    I'm sorry but I don't think the scale goes below 0, We haven't been laughed at like this in years. I think Obama should get a job with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. Hopefully he'll have a bad time with a Lion or Tiger, Oh My!

    March 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  146. Marcelo

    I would give him a big A. He has done all the right things. however, he is only one player. He needs cooperation from other leaders too.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  147. kevin

    i think obama is doing the best he can with what he has. i give him a 10/10 rating. he is better than bush!

    March 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  148. Chris

    If opinion polls count. Obama is WAY more popular that Bush in every country except a few eastern European countries and Russia. (They like a political strong man as it is what they are use to)

    March 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  149. Linda Lemmond

    He is doing far better than anyone lately !

    March 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  150. michael armstrong sr.

    I would rate him as a slow learner but as when he was running for president Jack you was falling all over him well you got your wish Jack like they say watch what you wish for .

    March 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  151. Cordy

    He better than Bush... The End!!!
    Cordy GA

    March 16, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  152. Jake

    He has made an excellent start, but restoring foreign trust will no doubt take years. Foreign policy is not establised by offhand comments from foreign countries...it is established by a long-standing tradition of American diplomacy. Repairing the erosion that has taken place is not an overnight job.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  153. greg spores

    Throw away Gods Word and throw away the Country. God said You shall not divide my Land, We had better stand with God or we soon will not be standing at all.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  154. Michael W

    Being a popular President is all about timing – Clinton and the dot.com boom, Bush and 9-11, and now Obama with foreign policy issues, the economy, and healthcare! I'm sorry but he's making a huge blunder in how he's choosing to prioritize! Healthcare while important – is the least of our concerns!

    March 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  155. CoolDude

    Simplifying this, a good foreign policy is nothing but having a good relationship with other countries! War against other countries which has been a trend in the history of America will kill thousands of innocents worldwide and it's no way to win people's hearts around the world!

    March 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  156. Chip Schweiger

    Much like every other promise that Candidate Obama made, too much talk coupled with too little real action equals a red-penned F.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  157. Matthew

    Obama's as bad as bush. He makes war with foreign countries and acts like it's a necessity. He needs to get our guns, missiles, bombs, and the soldier's "serving their country" back home.

    If some foreign army (I.e. not a bunch of crazies with box cutters or exploding underwear) attacks us, then we can retaliate. Until that actually happens, I'm for keeping the military on standby, on home soil.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  158. Terry Hill

    Are we so naive that we believe that other countries don't watch the polls? If the American people believe that we need to have principles, do what is right, etc. then we need to stand by that principle when it is difficult. We must stand by what we believe in. Only then, in a united United States, will we have real power in the world. If we are only interested in our own best interests, then we are lost.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  159. Tom in Illinois

    Finally, an administration willing to tell Israel when they have messed up. Jack, the reason the US has had such a bad rep in the world for so many years is the hypocricy and now you are criticizing a leader who is trying to call it the way he sees it. Make up your mind, do you want integrity or the same old games and embarrassment the US has represented in the past?

    March 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  160. kent, nj

    I would give obama a Z for supporting zionism in the middle east. General petreaus and other generals said today that soldiers are being killed in iraq and afghanistan because of israel's actions in the middle east. Hundreds of resolutions against israel have been proposed but the u.s. always cancels them with a veto at the u.n. Obama has adopted the everyone is bad in the middle east except israel policy .

    March 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  161. Paganone

    I believe the President is doing well, no longer are we being held behind rose colored glasses like the last administration has done.

    Stop the blind faith of yesteryear, this stuff has been happening for nearly a Decade now, its just now, America is being informed on what is really going on.... for years on end now. Americans want to the right to know, now they see whats been happening for nearly a decade. Its nothing new. If W was still in office, the same incident would be treated as secret information and hidden from the public.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  162. Nils I. Larson

    Pres. Obama is a great orator, but then, so was Joseph Goebbels!

    March 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  163. W C Peacock

    Poor, or is there a lower description available? He said he would talk to everyone: so far all talk and little action. Perhaps he would be better doing campaign style rallies in Indonesia. Don't forget the teleprompter though.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  164. Katia Romanoff

    Rating him with a Zero. The Israel, Iran and China situations are very disturbing. It looks like he's done a dismal job in the foreign arena. Heck, in the domestic arena, he's also botching up the "sell" of healthcare.
    Katia in Florida

    March 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  165. Bill

    Obama is a dismal failure to the "hope and change" generation. Having grown up in the 70's and supporting the McGoverns and Carters of the world, I had truly hoped Obama would bring some positive change. It appears either his agenda is on target with a socialistic goal or he has no idea how to manage the workings of a complicated government.

    As much as Bush was a poor communicator, Obama is becoming a dangerous leader that this country can not afford to support.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  166. Keith

    The President appears to have been overcome by what theologian Robert Jewett calls "The Captain America Complex." He has been playing to the machismo American image and has not seized the opportunity to normalize relationships with Cuba and behave civil with Iran. His refusal to enter into an honest relationship with Israel–one that calls them out for their fascist policies–has also hurt his credibility. I still support our President, but I want to see him use some common-bridge building sense rather than cave in to patriotic and protectionist American sensibilities.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  167. Michael from Nevada

    We all had high hopes for him, but he has done little. I suppose it's hard to hold it against him seeing as he has been tied up in the health care imbroglio for months on end. But, hey, that's what you get when the Department of Defense is so overwhelmingly titanic compared to the Department of State.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  168. Pat

    All of Obama's policies are terrible so far. He has done nothing but spend, and he seems oblivious to all major issues. He's too caught up in this Obamacare nonsense. Obama is loosing democrat support so quick it is absolutely rediculous. There is no point in him trying to push his health plan anymore because he will not get re-elected either way. He should take a step back and really look at what is going on in the USA and the world. While our nation suffers more and more he cannot point fingers anywhere else anymore. The world is in turmoil and we just abandoned Israel!! What is wrong with this man?? Makes me wonder who is really pullings his strings, which goes way back to his election, when his public financing promise was suddenly abandoned and he was accepting millions in donations from overseas. What a bad bad joke Obama turned out to be. I'm still hoping for change!

    March 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  169. Ron Bowman

    About two notches below Billy Carter. That's right Billy, Barak makes brother Jimmy look like Adlai Stevenson. Pathetic!

    March 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  170. Daniel Sellers

    I would give Obama and "F" in this area america is becoming a laughing stock to the world our government cant get anything done and has to resort to tricks to pass legislature. No one takes us for real. We are spending money we dont have and have no plans for how to pay it back. It seem a single minded approach health care is all it seems to be on the radar of the White House. We look like we are confused and have no clue how to fix our own problems and want to tell the world how to fix theirs,

    March 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  171. Mike - OH

    About the same as Detroit schools.

    A – for Aweful
    B – for Bad
    C – for Catastrophe
    D – for Disgrace
    E – Expelled
    F- for Failure

    March 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  172. Andrew Freeman

    I agree that President Obama has not had the most successful year, but I disagree with the way you presented this information. You are setting up the public to go against Obama. By focusing on his failures, we are not able to move on. There is a reason why he won the Nobel Peace Price, he inspires hope in people, and if we cannot believe that anything good can happen, then that's exactly what is going to happen. We (The US) need to present a united front in what we do and only then can any good happen.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  173. Jerry D. Mason

    I would give him an B+.. I understand the problems you outline and it simply states the obvious: the US does not and cannot completely control the behavior of other nations. The question is how successful has he been in digging the country out of the hole previous administrations dug for him. President Obama has managed to keep Iraq stable as we withdraw and he is actually fighting the war on terror unlike his predecessor. He and Secretary Clinton have gotten unprecedented assistance in this regard from Pakistan. He has stopped the blatant human rights abuses that so damaged our standing in the world. He is right in emphasizing to Israel that our primary interest is our own national interest and we are willing to support them so long as their interest and ours coincide. But most importantly, he has refocused our foreign policy on protecting the national interest in as peaceful a manner as possible.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  174. Monroe

    I think President Obama is doing a good job. On a scale of 1-10 I give a 7.5. The presidents foreign policy platform has been an image of international collaboration, strengthening of relationships, and the understanding that we do not torture. From time to time some nations will fuss and see differently but Obama has no control over that. I think of it in terms of my family growing up, loving each other while having some conflicts from time to time.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  175. John Randle

    I certainly sleep better at night knowing a highly intelligent man is looking after the country instead of a couple of compulsive liars.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  176. Kenny Hahn

    Granted, President Obama doesn't get all high marks for his foreign policy but he is out performing his predecessor by leaps and bounds. Further, Obama has enhanced the image of The Unied States as a cooperating entity rather than the image of a year and a half ago as a stonewalling tyrant. I believe even better relations are in store as President Obama's term progresses.

    Sultan, Washington

    March 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  177. Roibert Horne

    I believe that Pres. Obama through critizing Americas activities has actually deteriorated the US position in all area of the international area. His disrespect is factored into the responses of the world with further criticism and demeaning US. His cavalier consessions to Russia does nothing in showing strength which is neseccary in dealing with Russia, Iran, No. Korea, and even our "friends" ijn Israel. Obama is the one that lessened the support of Israel and has no one but himself to blame.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  178. jeane

    I'd say it is a lot better than the the previous policy.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  179. Michael W

    I'll give Vic an "A" for his comment too!

    March 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  180. Robbe Portman

    When it comes to killing innocent women and children living in third world countries he is in a class by himself. He has order more drone attacks in his first year than Bush did in his last three years combined. Killing innocent people is not the best way to get allies and win friends.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  181. Bob Cooke III

    I blame President Obama and all the rest of the Liberals for all our current ills. I believe the American public no longer trusts our leaders AND it appears neither does the rest of the world.

    I believe in God, Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit. We have been moving away from what Jesus taught. Our God used to stand with the USA. I'm not sure he is with the USA any longer since His name has been removed from our schools and other great institutions in America.

    And, they ay we let down His People in Israel, you just might want to leave this planet.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  182. Oscar Shank

    So far, when it comes to Iran and Israel, Obama is following the foreign policy of Bush Jr. Although Obama, unlike Bush Jr, delivered his Cairo Speech calling for a more balanced approach in the Middle East, Obama
    has not delivered on the promise of that speech. Too, for the first time
    in decades Obama's spokesmen and women have called for a stop to the Israeli settlements as a roadblock to any viable peace process, he's not done anything about those settlements, settlements against official US foreign policy. Giving Israel all carrots and no sticks for decades is no way to pursue the change needed for a serious peace process.

    Clearwater FL

    March 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  183. jlowe

    He is doing just fine; I don't remember any one asking how George Bush was doing when he sent us to War! I look at your comments almost every day, and I think you do a good job. But leave our President alone, if we could put up with George Bush, we certainly can put up with President Obama. When he is replaced, America will see who will get 100% ratings! It will just be said, Obama put us in this financial position, and nothing will be said about what George Bush and Chaney did to Americans. Its Political remember?

    March 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  184. Carty (Manassas, VA)

    Come Jack, The President is trying to handle domestic affairs, Education, Health Care, Recession Etc. The reason we got into these problems is for 8 years our domestic front has been neglected. I could care less about China, Iran Etc. The issues that Obama are working on are the issues that most American care about. We are broke out here Jack, our schools are failing and our economy is broken. We have got to fix AMERICA now or we will be speaking Chinese in twenty years!!! God "Bless" America....

    March 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  185. Christian

    When it comes to foreign policy, how would you rate President Obama? How do you rate foreign policy? By comparing the President to whom? Nixon, Bush or JFK? Too soft, smarter, Europe loves him.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  186. lynne j. in nc

    I rate him good. First, he isn't Bush with his 'cowboy diplomacy' waging wars that he didn't pay for all over the place. Second, he's sticking to his guns when it comes to playing honest broker in the Middle East. As long as he doesn't cave, like Congress does half the time, he'll be fine.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  187. Rose

    A total failure on most everything – too inexperienced and really is no leader of anything – just another follower. The job is way above him – not capable of doing a good job but he must answer to his masters or he is dead meat., He is just the pawn and puppet.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  188. Faith

    Obama's forign policy is poor. He has no backbone. The Israelis push him around and reverse his stands. Israel AIPAC is stronger than Obama's administration and they show their muscle. That loses us respect around the world. Chinese don't take him seriously. He needs to show thougness. He should be tough on Israel, people will support him. He should be firm with China. With that show of strength, he can get Iran to listen. How could he get Iran to listen to him if Israel does not?

    March 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  189. necia renee

    great Question Jack. as you and wolf stated, its not an easy job. I think President Obama has done well overall in tempering the worlds notion that because we have the largest military, we have to fight for them. I think american peoples expectations are all over the place all the time. talk about hard to do your job.
    He came into office with alcolades arounds the world, quite a change from the past administration, he has consistently stated that he respects other countries sovereignty and has brought back diplomacy from the brink of non existence. I know we want everything right now, but these are complex times and we should be encourage that President Obama is thoughtful, calm, has a vision, and a good team to execute the plan.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  190. Char

    Instead of asking people to rate President Obama, why are you not asking people to support and respect him as the Commander in Chief? Ratings are irrevelent because they are only an opinion of a few and not everyone in America.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  191. Tom

    President Obama is doing fine considering what he has to work with. You have a split public on Afghanistan & Iraq but he's trying to keep his campaign promises by ending these wars, while trying to satisfy the other half by trying to get us out in a favorable manner.
    Israel has been doing what they always wanted to do because the U.S. always had its back. It's about time someone took a stand to stop their land grabbing. They don't want peace as long as we're backing them. If you want peace, then you should try to cooperate and keep agreements.
    As far as Iran is concerned, if they want Nukes.... Let's give them some...
    Yes We Can!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  192. Joy Nevin

    Sadly, President Obama's foreign policy to date has been an abysmal failure. He cares more about posturing and passing his socialist health care bill than he does about maintaining either our integrity or the USA image abroad. It all started with his bowing (literally) to foreign leaders......his apologizing to them, his backing off from our history of helping those in need....of defending those countries assaulted by unwanted invaders. I think President Obama is a total and utter failure both here and abroad. What a shame he doesn't listen to the cries of most American people. Please tell me, is this man, who won't share a copy of his birth certificate with the American public, really an AMERICAN intent upon defending our Constitution?

    March 16, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  193. mary in toronto

    Obama is a great leader and statesman. Countries that now look more favorably on USA are leaders that have a better track record of human rights. By the way didn't an American girl just get run over by a tank in Isreael protesting the aggression against the Geneva Convention.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  194. Boyd Malloy

    Obama B+
    Israel F
    Mc Cain Traitor

    March 16, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  195. Tarek Hatem

    It is simple he have to choose side, partner with it, and take an action ... either for Israel, China, Iran, Iraq, or Afghanistan, all are connected which make it even more simple ... He can leave the whole thing all together for China and Europe to take care of it ... they already are in many cases and doing better job ... If you are not welling to provide leadership others are!

    March 16, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  196. Ted

    The indisputable fact no one is disputing, is that we no longer have to be embarrassed because of W, or make weak little jokes to foreigners who found him a laughing stock. We can once again be proud to be Americans in the presence of foreigners: no more do we have a President who rejects Kyoto, invades another country on bogus info dummied up to support a pre-conceived quarrel his father had with Sadam and because war is good for his warhawk cronies' wallets. Way to go, Mr. Obama.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  197. Aldrin

    I have observed that Obama's apparent lack of making split-second decisions with regard to his foreign policy is translated as a sign of countries not taking him seriously. I'm definitely no supporter of Bush's foreign policy, but in fairness to Bush his decision-making coupled with his resolve to carry it through is something I respect. If Obama does not have any resolve to carry out his policies to the end then he has demonstrated not just in America, but in the eyes of the world, that he has no experience. I give him a grade of D for trying but not doing enough.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  198. Tarek Hatem

    It is simple he have to choose side, partner with it, and take an action ... either for Israel, China, Iran, Iraq, or Afghanistan, all are connected which make it even more simple ... Rather, he can leave the whole thing all together for China and Europe to take care of it ... they already are in many cases and doing better job ... If you are not welling to provide leadership others are!

    Tarek, NC

    March 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  199. Chuck

    President Obama is a one time president. He does not project a leadership persona. His choice of priorties is unfathomable. Isreal would never have moved the 1400 units into the Palestinian territory, if they had any concerns about Obama's response..

    China has no respect for him by there munipulating their currency to take advantage of the US economic situation.

    We as a Nation are in serious trouble with unemployment at 9% + and trilllions of $$$$ in debt. Obama is working on Health Care and ignoring the real Need for Jobs.
    When Iran gets its Nuclear Weapons this year or next year, It won't hesitate in using them on Isreal, Europe and the US.

    I am very concerned for our Troops safety. I have no trust in Obama to do anything more than talk with Iran about it.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  200. steve- virginia beach

    No better than his domestic policy. I constantly wonder whose side he's on and what country he's loyal to. Just as I did during the Bush regime.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  201. dan howell

    I'm not surprised that Obama's foreign policy is failing. We have been failing in this arena for decades now. A reading of the late Steven Ambose's 'Rise to Globalism',.... or Noam Chomski's 'Failed States' easily enables one to see where all this is heading. Palestine hates us for our blind eye to all the injustices Israel unleashes on them. Others ask why do we have in excess of 800 military installations spread around the world? We may have been against territorial colonialism post WW2,..but we have no qualms against fleecing other nations of their natural resources and toppling them to ensure our success in economic dominion. Both parties have supported corrupt foreign policy for decades,.... and to coin an old phrase,.."we have awakened a sleeping giant"..and this time it's not us.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  202. Anthony R. Seta


    The world is place of turmoil. The president is doing a great job of navigating the minefield of foreign affairs while dogged every day with an internal opposition party that questions his birthplace, heritage, religion, patriotism and loyalty to America. Some 'few thousands' of protestors in Indonesia are no big deal compared with the domestic resistance that the prez faces everyday. I personally applaud President Obama and support just about every single FP decision since he took office. I give him an A.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  203. Sandy

    Obama's rhetoric has overwhelmed a U.S. population desperate for hope. Saying it doesn't make it so. The international community doesn't hear his voice and fire up strands of "Hail to the Chief". They know they can ignore him because the problems he had at home he's making worse and the problems he didn't have he's creating.
    Let's continue to alienate China who now owns the U.S, or Israel who has always had our back in the Mideast. Let's see how long it takes for the British to take a step back to arms length. Personal agendas and inflated egos have no place in U.S. government – Obama's included. Obama is clueless on foreign policy and so are his advisors.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  204. Roberta Gallant

    For some reason, President Barack Obama is not performing
    well in the foreign policy. President Obama always fails to deal
    with the foreign policy. He has broken so many of his campaign promises, anyway. Mr. Obama disappointed me because he failed
    to stick with his campaign commitments. He need to start caryring
    his tasks better.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm |