BRIT HUME: It is difficult to look at a map of the world these days and find places where the Obama foreign policy has unmistakably made things better. But there are signs that the president may alas be shedding some of the illusions that have helped make the world such a disappointment to him.
The estimable Peter Baker of The New York Times reported over the weekend that the president has all but abandoned his attempted partnership with Vladimir Putin's Russia in favor of the kind of containment that was at the heart of U.S. policy towards the Soviet Union. Never mind that less than a month ago, Mr. Obama said the Ukraine crisis is "not another Cold War we're entering into."
As the saying goes, better late than never. Mr. Obama's problem seems not so much that he believed Vadimir Putin and other leaders were so different from their predecessors, but that he himself was so different from his. This is a man who said to a visitor back when he was a mere Senator, "Wouldn't it be great for the world if I were president?"
Well, he's been president for nearly six years and things aren't great yet. And there are signs that President Obama still thinks his very presence can make him that way.
As he heads to Asia this week where there are serious strains among allies Japan and South Korea, and as you heard, continuing difficulties with China. A top Obama aide suggested the problems, they are not that hard, saying, "Showing up matters a lot in Asia."
SHANNON BREAM, FOX NEWS: Brit, some very confident talk. Where do you think then-Senator, now President Obama had that confidence, where did it come from?
HUME: I think this man had such a meteoric rise to the presidency, perhaps more meteoric, more uninterrupted than any man in history, that it's almost understandable that he would develop a pretty high opinion of himself, which I think to a great extent he retains to this day, but the world is interrupting him now.