Sunny Mundal is discussing who is the leader of the free world and says:
When Barack Obama revealed that his last phone call as President was to Angela Merkel, reaffirming their alliance and friendship of the last eight years, he wasn’t just saying goodbye. He was handing over his baton. The German Chancellor isn’t just the leader of Europe, she is now the de-facto leader of the free world. [emphasis and period added]
We are more of an Angela fan than most and it is possible, but not likely, that she is the moral leader of the free world although we think the obvious choice is Bibi. If standing up to Putin is one of the requirements then Angela is out. Our disagreement is with the bold sentence. The US has not been the leader of the free world since W. Barack was not the leader of the free world when he was president. Sunny lists some of the reasons that The Donald should not be considered leader of the free world:
The US President isn’t motivated by protecting liberal democracy or freedom, his sole ideology is Trumpism: corporate autocracy with a populist facade. And he surrounds himself with white nationalists even more hostile to liberal democracy than he is
Although you would need to change a few terms to make it completely apply to Barack, there is no doubt that liberal democracy (yes, liberal democracy is different from American liberalism) does not motivate him and is a foe of freedom as he demonstrated often and especially in all his dealings with Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba.
The problem is that the USA is still the financial and military leader of the free world even if our president isn’t up for it. Barack wasn’t. The Donald is likely to be an improvement but he Sunny has a point that he may not be a sufficient upgrade.