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.
President Barack Obama meets with his national security advisors concerning the situation in Iraq, in the Situation Room of the White House, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)