I see a similarity in Obama to Bush and indeed to all other head's of state.
It is interesting how easy it still is to see the President of America as The Leader of The Free World (TM). For so long, the bringing of peace to the entire planet was touted as justification for often violent US foreign policy.
But like any good international leader, the primary interests lie at home. It is therefore not much of a criticism to brand Obama (and Bush) as 'protectionist'.
The distinction is however, whereas Bush sought to secure benefit and wealth to petro-chemical and weapons manufacturing companies (aka close family friends), Obama is seeking to re-establish the reputation of America as a whole, to encompass all fields of industry.
There has been criticism of Obama overly chastising BP. But BP are scumbags. But such vocal condemnation does illustrate how Obama intends to put America first before all. Canuckians are worried about trade implications... Iraqis etc might worry about security concerns... but ultimately Obama recognises the need to safeguard domestic issues and that is no bad thing.
I just hope this doesn't create an isolationist climate, where past wrongs are not righted and that future co-operation is jeopardised.
Just coz you don't understand it
Doesn't mean it makes no sense!