Geraghty highlights (so you don't have to give the NYT traffic if you don't want to) some parts of the article, but I was struck by this (emphasis mine):
Arab officials echo that sentiment, describing Mr. Obama as a cool, cerebral man who discounts the importance of personal chemistry in politics. “You can’t fix these problems by remote control,” said one Arab diplomat with long experience in Washington. “He doesn’t have friends who are world leaders. He doesn’t believe in patting anybody on the back, nicknames.“You can’t accomplish what you want to accomplish” with such an impersonal style, the diplomat said.
I'm so old, I remember when nicknames for foreign leaders were the sign of oafish incompetence. My, that was just 4 years ago. Whoda thunk?
So let me get this right: Barack Obama was supposed to make the Muslim world love us. Only he's distant with them, won't do the work necessary to build friendly relationships, let alone actual friendships, was absolutely without feck in handling the Iranian uprising and the the "Arab Spring," blamed others on his staff for his own failures. Oh, and to top it off, he spent most of his time with the UN General Assembly today blaming America and our love of Free Speech for the actions of barbaric thugs in Cairo and Benghazi, among other places, just a couple of weeks ago.
The Economy, of course, is of paramount importance, but I can't imagine anyone who seriously believes that the tax-and-spend policies of the Democrats will help the economy as much, let alone more, than Mitt Romney's ideas of slimming down government. If the Economy is #1, Foreign policy, in that it feeds into and off of the Economy, is issue #2, and Barack Obama has been a complete and miserable failure.