Axelrod Touts Obama's Foreign Policy Strategy
Byline: Jon Ward, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
A top White House adviser on Monday said President Obama's trips to Europe, Turkey and Latin America in recent weeks have created a new receptivity to U.S. interests and made America-bashing uncool.
Anti-Americanism isn't cool anymore, said David Axelrod, one of Mr. Obama's senior advisers, speaking to an audience of a few hundred at a conference in the District sponsored by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
This president has not only engaged the leaders of the world, he's engaged the people of the world, said Mr. Axelrod, arguing that Mr. Obama's approach to foreign policy has included a sense of humility that was missing in the past.
We've restored that. That's part of the accomplishment of the first 100 days, he said to applause.
The comments came one day after Mr. Obama returned from a summit of Western Hemisphere leaders in Trinidad, where he sat through a 53-minute anti-American rant from Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and exchanged handshakes and smiles with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has made no secret of his intent to undermine U.S. interests in the region.
Though critics have said that Mr. …