Agricultural Economist with 30 years of experience in the developing world in rural and agricultural development projects. Used to joke about "pays en vois de sous-développement" but now regard the West as the role model for that monniker.
Just an anecdotal comment: As an almost life-long expatriate, I found myself, for the first time in my life, embarrassed to be an overseas American during the Bush administration. My international friends' and colleagues' views of the US, its role in the world and the extent to which America lives up to its own espoused values, deteriorated dramatically during the Bush administration.
Despite his shortcomings and his failures to deliver on very ambitious campaign promises, President Obama has done a great deal to re-establish the credibility of the US and what it stands for during his administration. I see this in my every day interactions with people outside the US.
It would be a shame to lose the momentum the President has built up. And it would undermine efforts to promote real American values abroad.