Not surprisingly, President Obama declared the economic summit a success, NBC's Chuck Todd reported on the TODAY show. "We finished a very productive summit that will be, I believe, a turning point in our pursuit of global economic recovery," the president said. But identifying concrete accomplishments out of a sometimes unwieldy meeting of the world's 20 wealthiest nations isn't easy.
"Our problems are not going to be solved in one meeting," Obama said. "They're not going to be solved in two meetings."
The most substantial G-20 action: A commitment to invest $1 trillion into the international monetary fund -- money that will prop up the world's poorest economies. Other parts of the agreement are less tangible. And it will take time to see if they really work.
"After more than 11 hours of meetings, Mr. Obama emerged Thursday from his first summit meeting with a handful of modest concrete commitments. He did not get much of what American officials had been hoping for, notably failing to persuade other countries to commit to more fiscal stimulus spending," The New York Times writes. "But he, along with the other world leaders present, did get a more forceful and detailed blueprint for a global recovery than a similar gathering 86 years ago, when an earlier generation failed to take collective action to counter the Great Depression."
Politico's Martin, "Obama proclaimed at the end of the conference that his country would be more humble in the world, but there was nothing modest about the attention he received."
The New York Daily News' take on Obama and the economy: "Obama further hedged his bets, saying in plain English that he can't promise any steps taken at the summit will cure the world's economic heartburn, and he held up failed insurance giant AIG as an example."
For now, at least, Obama basks G-20 afterglow, even when he agrees to disagree with world leaders. "…heads of state found in President Obama a guy who could take "No" for an answer Thursday at the world economic summit, and that's what they liked best."
Reuters reports, "The U.S. Senate early on Friday approved Lieutenant General Karl Eikenberry to be President Barack Obama's ambassador to Afghanistan."
The Hill also tackled Obama's campaign promise tally card. "President Obama has let a handful of campaign promises slide in his first 10 weeks in office. Obama's aides insist that the president has adhered to his promises of change even as Republicans and special-interest groups have howled at every deviation from the campaign, perceived or otherwise."
The New York Post writes about the "schoolgirl crush" on the First Lady.
By the way, Republicans are still hitting the president for not visiting Landstuhl during the campaign. RNC adviser Alex Conant on MSNBC: "Tomorrow's he's having a town hall in France. I would note that the town hall in France with Frenchmen is very near the air force base in Germany that he skipped last summer. Interesting to see if he's going make a visit to the troops and do what you would expect a president to do, visit with troops."