Elected on a platform of hope and change that included 'listening' to the rest of the world and ending America's 'bullying' tactics of George W Bush he carries a special power to help oppressed people all around the world.
Thus, his tardiness in speaking up for real democracy in Iran rather than continuing to support the old men of Iran's misogynist theocracy is deeply troubling.
More troubling, however, is how quickly he joined the worst of Latin America's left wing autocrats in denouncing the removal from power of Manuel Zelaya in what has been termed a 'coup'.
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday the coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was illegal and would set a "terrible precedent" of transition by military force unless it was reversed.Isn't it remarkable that the person who was meant to re-establish America's moral authority in the world would throw his hat in with Chavez, Castro, Morales et al?
"We believe that the coup was not legal and that President Zelaya remains the president of Honduras, the democratically elected president there," Obama told reporters after an Oval Office meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
Zelaya, in office since 2006, was overthrown in a dawn coup on Sunday after he angered the judiciary, Congress and the army by seeking constitutional changes that would allow presidents to seek re-election beyond a four-year term.
So who are they supporting?
In Honduras they have a one term limit for the position of president. The limit was introduced to ensure that the country did not go down the path of other Latin American countries that historically have seen democratically elected leaders usurp power for themselves in the same way that Chavez has in Venezuela.
Zelaya was trying to circumvent the Constitution by ensuring he could get elected for further terms.
It must be understood that Zelaya is a nutjob in the Chavez and Allende category.
His own party took action against him after the country's highest court had ordered him to stand down. They asked the army to intervene, which they did, and the parliament then replaced Zelaya with a member of his own party.
In fact, what has happened in Honduras is not only not a coup but also not illegal.
So why is Obama supporting anti-democratic forces in South America?
One reason could be pure political pragmatism. He takes the same position as China by not caring who is in power as long as the US can deal with them to advantage.
The other is that he has more sympathy for left wing dictatorships and autocrats than he does for those seeking liberty and freedom.
Whatever the case, history will not be kind to a president that did not stand up for democracy when he had both the moral authority and obligation to do so.