Of presidents of the US of A that I can recall, Australians of my ilk have either despised them or been quite indifferent to them. Despised would be Johnson, Nixon, Reagan and Bush Jnr. Indifference, Ford, Carter, Bush Snr and to a lesser extent, Clinton.
And yet, here is a President we adore, Barack Obama. He has just left Australia and we watched him with awe and adoration. If he snapped his fingers and said he was running for Prime Minister here, he would be elected with a majority never seen before in Australia, no matter which major party he ran for.
'Tis a curious thing, it is.