Via Hot Air: NYT - Obama overruled Hillary Clinton, foreign-policy advisers on Mubarak.
It goes on - "The tensions between Mr. Obama and the Gulf states, both American and Arab diplomats say, derive from an Obama character trait: he has not built many personal relationships with foreign leaders. 'He’s not good with personal relationships; that’s not what interests him,' said one United States diplomat. 'But in the Middle East, those relationships are essential. The lack of them deprives D.C. of the ability to influence leadership decisions.'"