The damage of [President Obama's canceled Southeast Asia trip] is not irreparable. At the end of the day, these are just meetings.
I think the question is more one of credibility – that credibility, trust and confidence in the U.S. ability to engage on a sustained basis. That’s a difficult thing to try to recover once that sense of the guarantee that the U.S. will always be there starts to erode.
October 4, 2013, ,
Los Angeles Times