This "cementing", of course, may not occur. Why? Obama is seen as weak internationally and militarily. Consider: Obama has gone "the extra mile" to apologize for America, cater to the radical islamic factions, and generally offer weakness as a way to placate those in the Middle East. And, would our terrorist enemies rather have a strong US president or one who they believe will not take serious action? People, if such a conflict should happen, may well elect to go with a person felt better positioned to bring victory.
I don't think Obama has watched sufficient episodes of TV's "NCIS". Had he, he well would know Gibbs' Rule #6 - "Never apologize, it's a sign of weakness". The Arab culture believes in this "rule" strongly.