President’s don’t always do so well on their first trip overseas but that doesn’t seem to be true in the case of President Barack Obama. Going into the G-20 meetings this week Obama wanted unity and action from the European governments and it appears that’s what he got. But it did come at a price. Obama had to scale back his ambitions somewhat, including accepting that the Europeans wouldn’t approve massive new spending to stimulate the global economy.
Keep in mind though, the administration may seem like they came out with a winning victory in part because they scaled back expectations in the days leading up to the summit.
Looking ahead to the foreign agenda and the president’s plan for Afghanistan, Obama seemed to forge a relationship this week with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. But again, look to a scaling back of expectations: while the French will not provide new troops to fight in Afghanistan, they will help by offering their police to aid in training Afghan police forces.
To get my full report card check out my appearance on Good Morning America this morning: