China was the first to set the tone, refusing to greet Barack Obama with full honors at the airport, a gesture that resulted in the embarrassing photo of an American president exiting Air Force One via the emergency exit at the rear of the plane.
And once the G20 officially commenced, Barack Obama was repeatedly snubbed, overlooked, and largely ignored.
Then came the meeting between Mr. Obama and Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
Putin’s disregard for the American president is said to have only intensified in recent months. Putin sees Obama as something of an irrelevant child, a leader whose time has already come and gone while Putin himself has only broadened his own international influence within the power vacuum created by a too often tepid and meek Obama presidency – a view shared by many others world leaders, including G20 host nation, China.
It is the truth of the Obama legacy within international circles. His eight years were a purposely manufactured production via an all too compliant Mainstream Media. Obama is not a strong man, nor a particularly intelligent one, which has led him to prove to other world leaders time and time again he is without doubt, a less than capable leader.
And for Vladimir Putin, Obama’s repeated allegiance to the Muslim world has become a matter of deep and personal dislike toward Obama. Where Putin has long fought against radical Islam, he has watched an American president just as enthusiastically defend it, even after that radicalism took American lives. It is a display of turning against your own country that Putin finds most incomprehensible. He simply cannot understand how an American president can be so seemingly…un-American.
Obama appeared tense at the G20 in the company of Putin, while the Russian leader most often had a dismissive smirk. He shook Obama’s hand, held it there for several seconds, and then released it, turning away and chuckling something into the ear of a Kremlin staffer while Obama seethed. Mr. Obama was being shown up. He knew it, just as he also knew there was nothing to be done about it.
Barack Obama’s presidency is set to end very soon. He will be a very rich man soon after, and the pro-Obama publishers are already preparing to elevate his legacy prominently in the history books. The world leaders who shared a stage with Mr. Obama during his eight years as president know better, though.
The Obama presidency was a cheap mirror. Thin, weak, hastily constructed, and entirely enamored by the image staring back from within its inconsequential surface.