November 23, 2007, President-elect Obama gave this radio interview. Emphasis mine.
“I truly believe that the day I’m inaugurated not only does the country look at itself differently, but the** whole world looks at America differently**. If I’m reaching out to the Muslim world they understand that I’ve lived in a Muslim country, and I may be a Christian, but** I understand their point of view**. My sister is half Indonesian. I traveled there all the way through my college years so I am intimately concerned with what happens in these countries and the cultures and perspectives these folks have. And these are powerful tools for us to be able to reach out to the world, and when you combine that with my work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on everything from immigration to issues of genocide, then** I think the world will have confidence that I am listening to them and that our future and our security is (sic) tied up with our ability to work with other countries of the world. **And that will ultimately make us safer. And that’s something that this administration [Bush] has failed to understand.”
This link provides actual audio of the interview:
Did this happen? Did Obama’s inauguration create better relations and more likability toward the United States? Have the countries that hated us before have better feelings toward us because they realize President Obama “understands their point of view?” Has his whole presidency achieved any of these things that he claimed would happen on the day of his inauguration?