France, Britain, Germany and Italy Want an Obama

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

From the New York Times.

The election of Barack Obama was greeted in Europe with euphoria.


Many are asking if there could be a French, British, German or Italian Obama, but everyone knows the answer is no. At least not anytime soon.

It is risky to make racial comparisons between America and Europe, given all the historical and cultural differences. But race had long been one reason that Europeans, harking back to the days when famous American blacks like Josephine Baker and James Baldwin found solace in France, looked down on the United States, even as Europe developed postcolonial racial problems of its own.

“They always said, ‘You think race relations are bad here in France, check out the U.S.,’ ” said Mohamed Hamidi, former editor of the Bondy Blog, founded after the 2005 riots in the heavily immigrant suburbs of Paris.

“But that argument can no longer stand,” he said.

“In this election, the Americans not only chose a president, but also their identity,” said Dominique Moïsi, a French political analyst. “And now we have to think, too, about our identity in France — it’s the most challenging election ever. We realize we are late, and America has regained the torch of a moral revolution.”

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10 Responses to France, Britain, Germany and Italy Want an Obama

  1. feminazi says:

    It’s ironic that the USA elected a black president before France. After all, France was where African Americans relocated back in the 1920’s and 1930’s to escape racism and inequality. I am so filled with pride over the election of Barack Obama. I feel good about being American. Now, if we can just end the occupation of Iraq and close Gitmo, I will sing!

  2. Massagatto says:

    The French are not the socially evolved people we’re led to believe.

    While Parisians are liberal and progressive, in rural France and the south, the French people are every bit as racist and bigoted as people in Texas, Alabama and Mississippi.

    In fact, until recently, the French didn’t use deodorant to mask their filthy body odor.

  3. Bill Hussein O'Reilly says:

    Never been to France but I’ve heard other folks say they smell of bad BO.

    I’m proud of America for electing Obama, too. For once we got it correct.

  4. Elvis Lives says:

    The day the Chimp is out of office and Obama is sworn in, it will be cool to be American again.

    My heart is full!

  5. rawdawg says:

    he is the man

  6. Peace Nick says:

    I watched the BBC very late after Obama won.

    They showed lots of coverage from across Europe including from Rome.

    I don’t think I fully got how important Obama’s election meant to the world until I saw the Italian news anchor, a man, maybe in his early 40’s, start to cry on-air.

    It’s as though the whole world was waiting for George Bush to go away and America to return.

  7. Chani says:

    I suspect the reason why so many other countries (inlcuding Thailand, btw) are ecstatic over the election of Obama is because it’s an escape from the horrible, aggressive, wretched foreign policy of George Bush ~ which was the geopolitical equivalent of Ken Wilber’s “eat it, f*** it or kill it”.


  8. Brigadoon says:

    Did you guys see Bush on TV yesterday saying how he regretted saying “Bring it on” and “Mission Accomplished.” They guy is such a moron and he’s really so delusional to think people are interested in reading his memoirs? Too funny.

  9. Kelso's Nuts says:

    What I really like seeing is how overjoyed the Colombian people are about having Obama as President of the USA.

    Colombia has been the USA’s little war and drug laboratory for 45 years interrupted only by the Gaviria and Samper administrations earlier this decade. It’s the third largest recipient of US aid after Israel and Iraq and the people are bloody sick and tired of the US prolonging a civil war they’ve been wanting to end for a long time.

    Obama has begun making all kinds of good statements about how he sees the relationship changing and how with US money has to come a peace process and there are atrocities on both sides and the Paramilitaries can no longer count on the USA to back them up on bogus “national security” reasons if they don’t come to the table to work out a peace deal with the FARC.

    I think Uribe was kind of seasick when he realized that while HE might support McCain, his people across the political spectrum supported Obama by 92-8!

  10. stradella says:

    Kenya even named a national holiday in honor of Obama. They are over joyed!

    But not as happy as I am. I never thought this day would come.

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