Barak Hussein Obama with his oratory skills, charm, and keen mind, during his one year in office, was able to improve the image of America with the people of the world. At the same time, however, President Obama developed a large gap in trust with leaders of governments allied with the United States, the US friends, if you will.
Sarkozy of France, as does Ahmadinejad of Iran, mock Obama for his naiveté and inexperience. The Eastern European are upset because Obama was willing to remove the promised missile defense shield in order to appease the Russians, who, as it turned out, gave the United States nothing in return. The Indonesian people would like a statue of Obama removed since he has done nothing on their behalf. The Islāmic World, in general, in spite of overtures the young American President have made towards it, does not take Obama seriously. And, under President Obama, relations with Israel, the only dependable ally of the United States in the Middle East, deteriorated to their lowest level.
Reneging on a United States promise of [advanced] missile defense for Eastern Europe, delaying the move of the United States embassy to Israel, to Jerusalem (a delay that is an insult to a sovereign nations, a slap-in-the-face to an ally by not allowing said ally to name its own Capital,) and then allowing his (Obama’s) Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, to compliment Benyamin Netanyahu for concessions he is willing to make, and then, in front of large crowds and the press, suggesting that the United States backs unconditional negotiation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The Secretary of State caused range in the Islāmic World, she then tried to apologize, but rather than to satisfy the Muslims, she caused an irreparable issue of trust with the Palestinians.
The above is but a superficial overview of the gap in trust that the Obama Administration created with both friends, and foes. There is little, or no doubt, that the United States populous image in the worlf improved by Obama, over what it was under President George W. Bush. President George W. Bush appeared to the world population to be a bully, but allies leaders knew that they can count on his unwavering loyalty. President Obama, on the other hand, charmed the people of the world, but the young American President created a chasm of trust with governments of US allies, a problem due to sacrificing friends for political expediency.