‘The last 100 days’: How a lame-duck Obama presidency might play out

Amid apparent snubs in Asia, Obama ‘doesn’t have any leverage’ left but can lay groundwork for Clinton

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The following article was originally run by http://www.cbc.ca/; written by Matt Kwong, Reporter

Spare a thought for U.S. President Barack Obama. Being commander in chief isn’t what it used to be.

The past week saw him being cursed at by the leader of the Philippines, leaving empty-handed on a Syrian ceasefire deal with Russia, and apparently being snubbed by China in a lapse of protocol.

It’s hard to say when, over the course of his second term, Obama changed from lion of democracy abroad to a lame-duck head of state. To scholars on presidential powers, though, a level of perceived discourtesy afforded to him during last week’s G20 summit in Asia was the clearest sign yet that his global authority is waning.

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