If the objective test of the value of Barack Obama's recent European jaunt is whether or not it helped or hurt his chances of becoming president, it would seem the verdict is in. Intrade shows a steady slide since Barack left the U.S., for a total loss of about 8 percent in the value of a share of Obama as president:
Was it the refusal to acknowledge the success of the surge? the cancellation of visits to American troops? the ego on display? Take your pick. Undoubtedly all contributed to the slump in the polls.