The World Reaction

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Democratic Convention

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.

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19 Responses to The World Reaction

  1. DMason says:

    These reactions are stunning. At last, after 8 long year, America can rejoin the community of nations and become a member of the world. This is huge.

  2. Woodcliffe says:

    I can’t tell you how good it feels as an American to rejoin the world community of nations.

    For eight years, I kept wanting to shout out to the world, “We didn’t vote for Bush in 2000 — he was installed by a corrupt Supreme Court.”

    At last, the planet can look to this country with hope again.

  3. Rachel says:

    It’s so strange because I know Barack Obama will be our president, the 44th president. But, I somehow see him as a leader for the entire world to embrace. We haven’t had a president we can look up to and respect in a long time. But we do now!

  4. TOM339 says:

    I hear you, Rachel. I hear you.

    When the returns came in last night, I started to see not only a nation less divided but a world more unified and and less fractured.

    Obama’s numbers are stunning and they give him a mandate to govern by. Consider:

    OBAMA: 338 Electoral College Votes

    SENATE: 56 Seats

    HOUSE: 252 SEATS

    The Supreme Court is safe from becoming a kangaroo court of rightwing demagogues, too.

    Today is the start of something powerful.

  5. David says:

    Speaking from Australia, I can say people are positively buzzing!

    At work yesterday someone yelled out, “Obama’s won!” and everybody rushed to the television. There was a lot of excitement.

    America has so much power and this power can be used for incredibly wonderful things or it can be used for horribly destructive things. After almost eight years of the disgusting Bush regime, I think most people forgot America was capable of wonderful things.

    I am very cynical about politics and politicians, but Obama’s victory speech brought me to tears, such is his elegance and humility. Obama is someone who reminds us of the wonderful things America is capable of. 🙂

  6. David says:

    One more thing, I very much like this quote from an AP article:

    “This is the fall of the Berlin Wall times ten,” Rama Yade, France’s black junior minister for human rights, told French radio. “America is rebecoming a New World.

    “On this morning, we all want to be American so we can take a bite of this dream unfolding before our eyes,” she said.

  7. Estacada says:

    67% of voters between 18-to-29 backed Obama.

    This number is twice the youth vote of 2004 and played a decisive role in Obama’s victory over the Old Coot.

    I couldn’t be happier this morning. 🙂

  8. Fran says:

    This worldwide ripple effect makes the win even sweeter.
    It’s like a wave of hope has emerged.
    Free at last!

  9. Jeannie says:

    Don’t forget the city of Obama, Japan.

    People are celebrating in every corner of the world. I am so thrilled!!!

  10. toddyenglish says:

    I feel REALLY proud to tell people I’m American again (I’ve been lying and saying I’m from Canada…and saying “Aboot” instead of “About”)!

    Just think about it…

    After eight years we’ll finally have a leader that can conjugate a fucking verb! Seriously, I am honest to goodness excited about that seemingly minor detail!

    I am still elated.

  11. HelenWheels says:

    Christopher, I am so elated!! We can be good neighbors again! We won’t be just feared or hated!

    What an exciting night. I’ve never experienced anything like it. One of my sisters was lucky enough to be in Grant Park, I’m so jealous (I’m from ChiTown).

    I’m sort of in shock today!

  12. We were all living history last night. For the rest of my life I will always remember the moment that they called the election on MSNBC and the crowd of 250 + began jumping up and down, clapping, shouting, chanting and strangers hugging. We also wept, many of us were just overcome with so much emotion. It was like the day the Space Shuttle exploded in 1986 for me.

  13. Mauigirl says:

    It’s wonderful – and so inspiring to see the positive reaction generated around the world. I think it would be less effusive if the other side had won.

    BTW, I am very disappointed about the 4 anti-gay-marriage propositions that passed. I’m going to nab that “I support same-sex marriage” flag you have on your sidebar and put it on my blog.

  14. jazzy says:

    This is a great post! I am so proud this day. I feel so light as if I could almost float away. I am reved up and ready to go more than ever. I contacted some advocacy groups today to start getting even more involved with issues that are important to me. I encourage everyone else to do the same.

  15. two crows says:

    at last! a president we can respect and who can command the respect of leaders around the world!

    now, we must repeat over and over and over—-
    I wonder if this is what the people felt in the streets of Paris when the Allied troops arrived.
    I’ll bet so—– 🙂

  16. My humble musical letter to president Obama:

    Hannah Friedman

  17. kellybelle says:

    Wow. I hadn’t read Mandela’s congrats. Damn, that’s just wonderful.

  18. enchantedrocker says:

    I can finally breathe and function again…even though I’m from Texas (at least it’s Austin!), I feel so proud of this country for what it has just done. My family, friends & I feel a little more clean and squeaky now, too, like we’ve all just begun to wash away some of the filth of the criminal Bush regime! We can all be thankful for the chance to start anew. May the diety of your choice (or none, if you prefer) bless Barack, and all of us. It’s truly a wonderful time to be alive. Thanks to all who voted for Barack. YES WE CAN!

  19. Maithri says:

    Thank you for this brother,

    We are so happy over here!

    The world has changed,

    Peace and love, M

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