What they are saying: World reaction to Obama’s election

People walk past Spanish newspapers with pictures of President-elect Barack Obama on the front pages at a news stand in Madrid.
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People walk past Spanish newspapers with pictures of President-elect Barack Obama on the front pages at a news stand in Madrid.

Barack Obama is now president elect, and the world is reacting. Here’s a sample of that reaction.

From Kenya to New Delhi to Caracas, correspondents for the New York Times capture the jubilation and hopefulness of ordinary citizens. “It’s kind of nice to feel good about the United States again.”

Aljazeera rounds up the more formal (but still interesting) statements of world leaders: Hoshyar Zebari, the Iraqi foreign minister, said Washington would not adopt a “quick disengagement” policy with Baghdad under the presidency of Barack Obama as a “great deal is at stake here”.

Some analyses by journalists
Greg Sheridan, foreign editor of the Australian, wrote: “It is the final tribute to George W. Bush. In his America, allegedly awash with racism, militarism and bitter religion, the white war hero with the evangelical running mate got creamed and the black man of letters got the presidency. “ 

Campbell Clark, in the Toronto Globe and Mail writes: “The changing times mean Canada must 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 Canada as a path to reducing U.S. dependency on Middle East and Venezuelan oil, analysts say.”

Martin Kettle in the Guardian (UK) writes: “So, while Obama has a mandate that has been denied to every Democratic president since the days of Martin Luther King, he also has a level of support that he must be careful not to test to destruction. Forty-eight per cent of Americans did not feel the hand of history on their shoulders on Tuesday, in spite of everything. Yet the election of 2008 feels, in many ways, like the resumption of a progressive project that was mislaid in the convulsions of the 1960s.”

Herb Keinon in the Jerusalem Post writes:  “Change in US  Middle East policy as a result of Tuesday’s elections is expected to be ‘evolutionary, not revolutionary,’ according to diplomatic assessments in Jerusalem.”

Joel Kramer is CEO and editor of MinnPost.com. He can be reached at jkramer [at] minnpost [dot] com.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 11/08/2008 - 12:51 am.

    So what does Editor Joel Kramer think…or think about what others think, about president-elect Barack Obama?

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