Second, with soft power, he has put the U.S. on a path of economic growth, while the economies of Europe, Asia, and Latin America are in recession or slowing. This is good for the American people but it's also critical to our respect in the world. When I was U.S. Ambassador to Romania in the late 1990s and I would ask Romanians what they thought of the U.S., they would repeatedly mention our economic growth under President Bill Clinton. Success earns respect. It is human nature to want to be with winners, not losers. And President Obama's pro-growth policy, particularly in contrast to Europe's failed austerity plans, is winning back respect for America lost under President George W. Bush. In addition, President Obama's respect for our allies and for other cultures, from Europe to China and from Africa to Latin America and the Middle East, is winning the U.S. friends where the Bush Administration lost them.