Hard hitting Bret Stephens has written a piece The Dissing of the President. By itself, the article is not mysterious at all: Stephens lists various (too many, way too many) cases where the world leaders of all kinds demonstrate their disrespect of Obama and/or his administration.
The mysterious part for me was related to the lede: "The world is treating Obama like another failed American leader." The devious Mr Stevens mad me go through the whole article before I stumbled on the identification of that "another failed leader". Here it comes:
All this in just the past four months. And all so reminiscent of the contempt the world showed for Jimmy Carter in the waning days of his failed presidency. The trouble for us is that the current presidency has more than 1,000 days to go.OK, now it is clear. Good.
P.S. My browser played up, apparently, since I didn't see the picture placed by the author (or the editor) somewhere in the middle of the article. It shows the "reference POTUS" in the midst of one of the most infamous moments of his career.