The new dispensation seems to be working well. The French and the British were at the point in the Libyan operation in the spring of 2011, with the Americans "leading from behind" but in an indispensable supporting role.
Frenchmen sell berets. But Frenchmen don't buy them. Tourists do. In order to indicate they've been in France. One possible theory is that Frenchmen sell berets in order to spot foreigners more easily.
The common feeling among those who attended a gala reception in Paris was that Obama's election and presidency gave hope to not only the United States but also the entire world.