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As a sharp contrast to George Bush, Barack Obama, during his campaign and his first months in office, has received international acclaim and acceptance around the world. Even the vast majority of Europeans, who openly opposed and disliked George Bush, have welcomed Obama enthusiastically. He was even awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2009. Within the first year of his presidential tenure, Barack Obama already appears to have gained back more soft power than George Bush ever had.
Lauer, Ashley, "Presidential Embodiment of Soft Power: The Missing Element of the Current Theory of Soft Power" (2010). Theses & Honors Papers. 33.