The World Votes: How the Global Community Sees the American President

The President of the United States is often called 'the most powerful person in the world'. At a time of gridlock in domestic politics, it's in foreign affairs that a president is often most able to exert direct power. But does that description ring true today, and how is an American president's influence felt, understood, and imagined by people beyond US borders?

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    A sealed ballot box is seen after voting ended at a polling station during the second day of parliamentary elections in Cairo. (Photo: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

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    A sealed ballot box is seen after voting ended at a polling station during the second day of parliamentary elections in Cairo November 29, 2011. Egyptians voted on Tuesday in a parliamentary election that Islamists hope will sweep them closer to power, even though the army generals who took over from President Hosni Mubarak have yet to step aside. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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    (Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Burton)

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    (Photo: REUTERS/Gary Cameron)

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    Students at Northumberland Park Community School. (Photo: Marco Werman)

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    Palace of Westminster (Photo: Wiki Commons)

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    London's Regent Street (Photo: Marco Werman)

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