Henry Kissinger famously came out to give President-elect Obama a chance as well, despite his traditional Republic stripes inside several administrations, and as a legacy adviser who represents the establishment line.
Just after the 2008 election, Kissinger remarked on Obama’s great opportunity to create a new world order – with his fresh face and great reception around the world. Kissinger says about then-President-elect Obama:
“The president-elect is coming into office at a moment when there is upheaval in many parts of the world simultaneously. You have India, Pakistan; you have the jihadist movement. So he can’t really say there is one problem, that it’s the most important one. But he can give new impetus to American foreign policy partly because the reception of him is so extraordinary around the world. His task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period when, really, a new world order can be created. It’s a great opportunity, it isn’t just a crisis.” — Henry Kissinger, January 5, 2009