"After taking his message as the 'first Pacific president' through four countries in eight days, President Obama wrapped up his tour of Asia on Thursday with talks with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and a planned visit to U.S. troops stationed in the shadow of nuclear-armed North Korea," the Washington Post's Kornblut writes. "The Seoul stop was the last on a trip that has notably lacked concrete achievements but has seen Obama's personal narrative on full display, as he reminisced about the ice cream he ate during a childhood visit to Japan, invoked his "historic ties" to Indonesia and recalled his mother's work in the villages of Southeast Asia. After more than a week of using his biography to connect to audiences in Asia -- perhaps the last corner of the globe where he had yet to take his story -- Obama appeared as popular as ever among ordinary citizens in the region. But is his biography-as-diplomacy approach beginning to show its limits?"
"President Barack Obama said Thursday the United States has begun talking with allies about fresh punishment against Iran for defying efforts to halt its nuclear weapons pursuits. Obama's tough talk came as Iran indicated it would not ship its low-enriched uranium to Russia for processing, the centerpiece of deal aimed at a peaceful resolution to Iran's contested nuclear program. 'They have been unable to get to 'yes,' and so as a consequence, we have begun discussions with our international partners about the importance of having consequences,' Obama said in a brief news conference with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak."
The New York Times: "Mr. Obama's words were his strongest to date and seemed to signal that he was ready to move to sanctions."
"Congress approved stimulus funding to jump-start the economy, mostly by creating jobs, but also by paying for existing public services and cutting-edge research. In many cases, the $3.9 billion awarded in Massachusetts is financing precisely such ventures," the Boston Globe says. "But millions of dollars are going to investments that seem further afield from the stimulus plan's mission."
The New York Daily News looks at what it sees as the aging of this president: "President Obama didn't look his age when he took office in January. Ten months later, nobody would mistake him for a kid."