After spending less than 36 hours in Europe last week for a G-20 meeting of world economic leaders, President Obama may wish he could run on his record for re-election here rather than back home.
The stalled U.S. economy, his biggest political burden, is doing just fine by today's European standards. His actions in 2009 to stimulate the economy administer bank bailouts and regulate financial institutions, attacked by Republican opponents, were the subjects of tutorials for European leaders who increasingly must follow his lead.
And his national security record — a full Iraq pullout, the slower planned exodus from Afghanistan, the successful military operation in Libya and especially the killing of terrorists led by Osama bin Laden — is appreciated.
"We need the leadership of Barack Obama," French President Nicolas Sarkozy gushed just hours after the U.S. president's arrival here. "He is much loved and much liked here in France."