International reactions to the 2008 Presidential Election7:09 pm - 11/05/2008
Obama's half-brother Malik is carried through Kogelo village, Kenya. The president-elect's relatives erupted in cheers Wednesday, singing "We are going to the White House!"
At Obama's former school in Jakarta, Indonesia
Christine King Farris, Martin Luther King Jr.'s sister, reacts to the news at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
Last night's victory party at Grant Park, Chicago
Barack's step-grandmother Sarah Obama in Kogelo, Kenya.
Barack's step-grandmother Sarah Obama holds a press conference in Kogelo, Kenya.
New Delhi, India
Outside the White House
Above, a celebratory sand sculpture on a beach in Puri, India.
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Kenyais ecstatic at the news of Barack Obama's historic election as president of the . Upon hearing news of their beloved "son's" win Wednesday morning (East African time), residents of Kogelo village burst into song and cheers of joy. [...] United States
American flags, stars-and-stripes-themed clothing and slogans praising
are highly visible today. One very small, sleepy restaurant in Siaya town, the nearest town to Kogelo, was playing CNN International to a small but rapturous audience, one of whom was wearing an American flag hat." America
[Kenyan] President Kibaki: 'This is a momentous day not only in the history of the
United States of America, but also for us in . The victory of Senator Obama is our own victory because of his roots here in Kenya . As a country, we are full of pride for his success.'" Kenya
Regarding concern in
Israelabout an Obama presidency, [longtime Obama friend and former Congressman Abner] Mikva said that 'Barack will be the first Jewish president in the .' US
'He has a yiddeshe nishama,' [a 'Jewish soul'] Mikva said. 'He is committed to
Israeland its security concerns and understands that democratization does not happen by force but by example, and there is no better example in the Middle East than .' Israel
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said
Israelhoped the president-elect would maintain the U.S.friendship with and commitment to peace talks. ' Israel expects the close strategic cooperation with the new administration, president and Congress will continue along with the continued strengthening of the special and unshakeable special relationship between the two countries.'" Israel
The deeper hurtful reality this election campaign has revealed is that Arabs and Muslims are the new Jews and blacks in the US, because they are treated today in the same way that Jews and blacks (then called negroes) were treated in the early-mid-20th century…The new president will inherit this world where racism against Arabs-Muslims is the last permissible form of wholesale slander and denigration."
The black Kennedy to the White House.
will make its own transition from George W. Bush's security agenda to Barack Obama's economic agenda. The changing times mean Ottawa Canadamust focus on finding shelter from a wave of protectionism expected in Congress, persuading Washington's new power brokers that U.S.and Canadian jobs are linked, and possibly, selling Canadaas a path to reducing U.S.dependency on Middle Eastand Venezuelan oil, analysts say."
Obama is America's offer of reconciliation after all those years of premeditated political provocation, of military action not backed by international law, of America's claim to be entitled to military pre-emptive strikes. The Bush doctrine was scrapped last night. The unilateralist stance of the Western superpower is likely to be over for now."
Yesterday’s results were head-spinning stuff… The country regarded loftily by many Europeans as hopelessly racist and irredeemably right wing has voted to be ruled by a black man, at the head of a party committed to economic redistribution and a foreign policy rooted in peaceful diplomatic engagement."
José Manuel Barroso, the European Commission President, expressed hopes that the incoming Democrat President Elect will reverse the policy of George W Bush by uniting with the EU to fight global warming. 'This is a turning point for the
. It may also be a turning point for the world,' he said." United States
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Barack Obama's victory brings a new American dream"
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the 4 train in NYC :)
Times Square, NYC
Union Square, NYC
Article on the global perspective of Obama's election...
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I also want to share this from a BBC article:
American elections have shaken me to the core.
I have always thought the Chinese political system is the best in the world, but it is not so.
We are deprived of our sacred rights, rule of law and human rights are trampled upon and to have a democratic system like the one in the USA would be more difficult than reaching the sky.
But we long to achieve freedom and democracy, which is a difficult task for us young people in China. (Sent from a mobile phoneto BBC China.com)