I thought Obama said he was going to restore respect for America around the world?
Obama has repeatedly said one goal of his foreign policy was to restore respect for America around the world. (1,2,3,4,5). He's said that nearly as many times as he promised "if you like your health care plan you can keep it." And while he claims to be "proud" of his accomplishment in this area, global surveys show that Obama's weak leadership on foreign policy issues generates distrust among friends and contempt from adversaries.
So, it shouldn't surprise anyone when the Russians picked a woman who tweeted the racist image at right of Obama last year to light the Olympic flame opening the Winter Games in Sochi. Showing a banana to a black person in Russia is a particular racist insult.
I don't understand why Irina Rodnina would have to go so far to tweet something racist when there are so many legitimate ways to point out Obama's weakness and incompetence. Take the following from The People's Cube for example: