Reality check of the year: Barack Obama
Obama took office in 2009 and won the Nobel Peace prize. His Cairo address promised to mend ties with the Muslim world. However it all came to naught when there were protests all over the Arab world allegedly over a film. Obama pretended that it was only the film that caused the protests and has by and large being ignoring the rage against the US in the Arab world. The second term will be severely tested by Israel-Palestine ties and the Iran nuclear issue.
Image: In this 2009 file photo President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue on their way to the White House in Washington, after taking the presidential oath