Perhaps the greatest change in governance has come in Iraq, but Obama doesn’t want to mention that because that would imply a tip of the hat to George W. Bush. By the way, is Obama going to urge Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority leader, to hold elections when he visits Ramallah in late March? He's still governing three years after his term ended.
Incidentally, a number of analyses I've seen since writing this article emphasize Obama's nice sentence about Israel as if it is of great importance or some kind of revelation. It is standard--even though he repeated the word "iron-clad"--and denotes absolutely nothing new. I don't think Obama will do much in regards to bilateral relations but let's be frank here: Since Obama believes he knows better what Israel security needs are than do its leaders then anything he does is "pro-Israel" even if it is against Israel's will.
I'm not trying to make any dramatic point here--again, bilateral relations will continue to be okay--but to point out the bizarre way Obama's statements get interpreted in order to praise him. The same applies to his standard sentence on keeping all options open regarding Iran's nuclear program.
“From the coalitions we’ve built to secure nuclear materials, to the missions we’ve led against hunger and disease, from the blows we’ve dealt our enemies, to the enduring power of our moral example, America is back. Anyone who tells you otherwise, anyone who tells you that America is in decline or that our influence has waned, doesn’t know what they’re talking about.”