"Cue audible gasps around the auditorium," said the BBC live commentator.
How about: cue audible gasps from sea to shining sea? Obama's cred is going to suffer, badly, but only because he built up the hype.
"There's a reason the president is rarely dispatched to a summit whose outcome is uncertain... The White House staked, and lost, some prestige on that one," said Ben Smith at Politico.