From France to Pakistan to China, many have voiced expectations that John Kerry's vast experience and diplomatic skill will be a boon to dealing with international crises and issues.
Experts say that while President Hollande's decision to send troops to Mali has been backed across the political spectrum, the public could sour if the campaign's initial successes don't last.
It's hardly been a secret that the French government hoped President Obama would win a second term.
The visit is seen as a reward for Ghana's commitment to good governance and democracy. There's also newfound oil and a photo-op at a former slave fort.