Christie Is Right: America Really Has Lost Respect in the World

The world likes President Obama, but several countries hold America in slightly lower regard now than they did in 2008.

Mariano Rajoy, Spain's prime minister, clockwise from left, Matteo Renzi, Italy's prime minister, Francois Hollande, France's president, U.S. President Barack Obama, David Cameron, U.K. prime minister, Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, and Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Union (EU), attend a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) meeting at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Brisbane, Australia, on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Group of 20 leaders agreed to boost their economies by a collective 2.1 percent over five years and will establish a global infrastructure hub to help reignite patchy world growth.

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During a Presidents’ Day speech in New Hampshire, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made a claim made by several Republicans and Democrats before him: America is a shadow of its former self, thanks to the president of the opposite party.

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