UPDATE:(9/13/2009) It appears that the "reform" candidate in the Iranian elections lost--but there are riots in the streets--I still consider this the Obama "Effect."
It appears, after waiting for many years, we have a President who, when he speaks, the world listens.
After his speech in Cairo, an American friendly administration was voted into office in Lebanon.
Now, although the vote still hasn't been counted, and Obama reached out his diplomatic hand to the Iranians, a so called reformer has made a real challenge to the more reactionary elite of that country.
Its not a real democratic election in Iran, because the religious leaders decide who can and cannot run for public office---but it is still a major shift, particularly among the younger voters of the Shia controlled country.
This new Obama Effect is challenging the old world order, and his vision and toughness in the area of health reform, domestically, for example, has brought much of that special interest community into a movement, not seen since the persuasive Lyndon Johnson.
We may not get exactly what we want on the health care front, but because of the OBAMA EFFECT, Americans will see an entirely different health care delivery system, this time around.