Governing With the Style and Grace of Rodney Dangerfield

This is not exactly a laughing matter, but the reference immediately came to mind on reading a report in The Telegraph:

Other foreign governments have also seemed to be going out of their way to embarrass the administration. Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, was in Russia this month to talk about sanctions against Iran, among other things. Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, picked the moment to announce substantial help for Iran’s nuclear power industry. In Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai managed to invite Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, to Kabul at the same time as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president.

Mrs Clinton also ran into trouble in Brazil when Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the Brazilian president, made sure to warn the US not to “push Iran into a corner” while she was in town. She then had to share an uncomfortable stage with his foreign minister.

All of this follows the amazing snub by the Chinese at the Copenhagen climate conference at the end of last year. They held a crucial meeting without inviting the Americans, and then tried to stop Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton from entering the room.

We are not used to seeing the US probed and prodded for weakness in this way.

Read the rest, but the report outlines how Obama has failed to live up to his promise after the “disastrous loss of respect in the Bush years.” Strangely I don’t recall the Bush administration being probed and prodded for weakness this way.   Though Bush may have been characterized as more of a Rodney Dangerfield than the elitist Obama, it seems quite obvious who “gets no respect.”