Obama is America's first global president, Douglas Brinkley says

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Barack Obama "is our first global president," according to historian Douglas Brinkley.
"Obama came of age, really, after the Cold War, with the Internet being the transformative engine of society, and he now takes his multicultural heritage and the geographical diversity of his upbringing" to the world, Brinkley said in an interview Tuesday as Obama wrapped up his first trip abroad.

Brinkley, who has written about presidents from Teddy Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan, said Obama "is playing to the world right out of the gates, whereas most presidents have not."

Whether you like Obama or not, it is hard to disagree that, by virtue of biography and message, he is a transformational American leader abroad. His trip to Europe and Asia was the confirming stamp of that new reality.
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