Did Barack Obama return the compliment by defending the United States? Hell, no. Instead, he made a joke about the length of Ortega's speech, which he allowed to go unchallenged and unanswered.
It is becoming obvious that above all else, Barack Obama wants to be loved and admired, and he thinks the way to achieve affection is to act like a patsy instead of as the leader of the world's wealthiest and most powerful nation, dedicated to individual freedom.
Instead of reassuring those people being ground under the heel of despotic regimes that the United States stands with them and will refuse to bow and scrape before their oppressors, he plays kissy face with the worst of them.
Apologizing is not a sane foreign policy. It is the foreign policy of a weakling. And it didn't work in Europe where the people listened to him begging forgiveness and shook their heads in wonder.
Contrast his behavior outside the United States with that here at home. The namby-pamby, apologetic Barack Obama seen outside the U.S. disappears here at home, where his administration shows signs of employing the Gestapo-like tactics of foreign despots such as singling out patriotic Americans for opposing baby-killing and out-of-control borrowing and spending, and terming them "extremists" who are endangering our homeland security.
This is getting scary.