January 23, 2009 5:24 AM

Commentary: Obama already getting best of anti-American leaders

President Barack Obama has already scored his first major victory against anti-American demagogues worldwide. He has put them on the defensive by the sheer power of his popularity in their own countries. Even before he sat down at the Oval Office for his first work day on Wednesday, Obama's significant popularity in Latin America and other parts of the world has given him a head start over what he described in his inaugural address as "those leaders around the world who seek to sow conflict or blame their society's ills on the West."

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