Well we can see how President Obama's apology tour of Latin America has affected the perception of the United States down there. We just have to look at the drama around Honduras' internal affairs. Well if it was Iran, it would be internal affairs.
Both Hugo Chavez and President Obama want the same thing. Proto-Marxist and now ousted President Zelaya of Honduras back as the leader of that country. As negotiations continue in Costa Rica to resolve the crisis, the Zelaya buddy and printing press for the illegal ballots Hugo Chavez does his best to swagger and steal the spotlight.
He is blasting the United States for being timid. He wants the US to recall its ambassador, impose economic sanctions, and even use the US military forces who have been training with the Hondurans to do 'something.' This gives Chavez cover for his failure to invade Honduras, as he has promised, to reinstate Zelaya. He can now turn to the rest of Central and South America and say "I showed solidarity with Zelaya and argued for his forceful return. If the interfering and imperial United States could do nothing because President Obama is fearful and blocked any such forceful action, then how could I do anything." Factor in President Obama's worldwide tour to reset US relations with various countries which is being seen as 'I do humbly apologise for the United States being such a powerful nation.' and many will believe him and Chavez becomes a greater statesman for the region as the US influence becomes weaker.
Obama is proving to be a weak horse on the world stage and those with no honorable intentions are sharpening their knives because they see the United States as weak as a logical corollary. Instead of Alinksy, Obama should have read Nicolai Machiavelli.