Whatever happened to all those liberals who told us that as soon as we elected a liberal who would beg everyone's forgiveness for all of America's sins, then everyone in the world would love us? Barack Obama: the most unpopular man in Britain? â€“ Telegraph Blogs What a difference 18 months and an oil spill makes. In January 2009 Barack Obama was hugely popular on this side of the Atlantic, and could have walked on water in the eyes of the British media, the political elites, and the general public. In June 2010 however he probably qualifies as the most despised US president since Nixon among the British people. In fact you canâ€™t open a London paper at this time without reading yet another fiery broadside against a leader who famously boasted of restoring â€śAmericaâ€™s standingâ€ť in the world. When even Obamaâ€™s most ardent political supporters in Britain, including Boris Johnson, are on the offensive against the White House, you know the presidentâ€™s halo has dramatically slipped. Itâ€™s hard to believe that any politician could become more disliked in the UK than Gordon Brown, but Barack Obama is achieving that in spades. And as Janet Daley noted of the British press, the love affair with Barack is well and truly over.