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Traveling Obama Faces World Anger

Never mind talking to Iran, it's Europe that's the more immediate problem: While President Obama was elected in part because of his appeal as a fresh new start for America's damaged reputation abroad, most of that goodwill has quickly been eclipsed by the economic crisis, which many blame on America. As a result, expectations are low for this week's trip abroad on a variety of fronts, from securing commitments for greater stimulus spending at the G-20 to convincing NATO to expand its role in Afghanistan."There's an anger in the world...about how people think our country has helped create these problems," Senator John Kerry tells The Washington Post. "The president has to lift heavily to get us over the Bush hurdle."