Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Barack Obama’s election was met with euphoria across the United States and reverberated around the globe. Here is a sample of the world’s reaction.
Bulgaria: President Georgi Parvanov on Wednesday expressed confidence the United States would remain the “leader in building and strengthening of a peaceful and prosperous world” under Barack Obama’s presidency.
Russia: Only Satan would have been worse than the Bush regime. Therefore it could be argued that the new administration in the USA could never be worse than the one which divorced the hearts and minds of Americans from their brothers in the international community, which appalled the rest of the world with shock and awe tactics that included concentration camps, torture, mass murder and utter disrespect for international law. Yet in choosing Obama, the people of America have opted to come back into the international fold. Welcome back, friends!
Nelson Mandella: “Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place,” Mandela said in a letter to Obama. We note and applaud your commitment to supporting the cause of peace and security around the world. We trust that you will also make it the mission of your presidency to combat the scourge of poverty and disease everywhere. We wish you strength and fortitude in the challenging days and years that lie ahead. We are sure you will ultimately achieve your dream making the United States of America a full partner in a community of nations committed to peace and prosperity for all.”
Israel: Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni congratulated US president-elect Barack Obama on his Tuesday victory, saying that Israelis were “impressed by his commitment to the peace and security of Israel” during his recent visit.
Britain: Americans placed their faith in Barack Obama, turning their backs on a past of slavery and segregation and electing the first African-American to the US presidency.
Australia: Leaders, including Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, have congratulated the US president-elect Barack Obama. Mr Rudd said that Barack Obama has realised Martin Luther King’s dream of 45 years ago. “Forty-five years ago Martin Luther King had a dream of an America where men and women would be judged not on the colour of their skin but on the content of their character. “Today what America has done is turn that dream into a reality,” Mr Rudd told reporters in Launceston. Mr Rudd said the US election result was a great testament to the strength and maturity of the American democratic process.
Germany: German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said she was “convinced that Europe and the United States will work closely and in a spirit of mutual trust together to confront new dangers and risks and will seize the opportunities presented by our global world.”
France: From the front lines of Iraq to more genteel spots like Harry’s Bar in Paris or the Sacramento in Argentina, the election of Barack Obama unlocked a flood of hope that a new U.S. leader would redeem promises of change, rewrite the political script and, perhaps as important as anything else, provide a kind of leadership that would erase the bitterness of the Bush years.
India: The son of a Kenyan father and an American mother from Kansas, Obama was born at a time when black Americans were still battling segregationist policies in the South. His election triumph over Republican rival John McCain on Tuesday is a milestone that could help the United States bury its long and often brutal history of racism.
Singapore: Overcoming their nation’s torturous racial history, American voters overwhelmingly elected Barack Obama as the first black president of the United States, turning to the inspiring young senator as their best hope to revive a country weary from war and economic turmoil.