Obama has just returned from his Asian trip having prior to his departure declared he was the first Pacific President! Really? Ever herd of Teddy Roosevelt? He reoriented US military policy to start concentrating on the region, sent the “Great White Fleet” all over the Pacific and won a Nobel Peace prize for negotiating a peace deal between Russia and Japan. Does Obama think he is the first Nobel President as well? Or FDR, who fought a little war over there, President Obama, you may not have herd of it, WW2, it made the US the dominant Pacific power. Or Truman, who rebuilt much of the war ravaged region, confirmed with the Korean War, and by establishing permanent US economic ties and bases that the US would not turn from the Pacific. Kennedy and LBJ who made an American commitment to fend off communism even in Pacific countries not vital to US economic interests. Nixon, who ended the hostile relationship with China, went there when it was politically difficult to do and who the Chinese to this day see as a great man? Ever heard of these guys Pacific President Obama? (By the way the Islamic world did not invent algebra, the compass or the printing press and pen. But that is for another post.) Still, given the way Obama was pushed around on his Pacific trip, the Chinese saying no to every last one of his initiatives, and lecturing him openly (not done lightly in China) on US debt levels and the falling value of the US dollar and demanding what no other President could concede to, they call all the shots at all joint press conferences; the Japanese (who changed their own laws to send troops to Iraq at the request of Bush) telling Obama they want base reductions and will no longer help with promised logistical support in the Afgan war, the Indians recently expressing their concern that the Chinese perceive US policy as weak and undirected. Our first Pacific President did a lot of bowing, literally, before friend and foe, but he came back with nothing and left an impression of US weakness. Maybe Obama is the first Pacific President? If he means the original meaning of the word. No, there was always Jimmy Carter.