International reaction

Barack supporters in Obama, Japan

Barack supporters in Obama, Japan

From The Economist:

It is a remarkable, and historic, achievement.

From the BBC:

…the result [will] have a profound impact on the US.

From Al Jazeera:

I think through divine intervention, good luck or whatever, Obama has it wrapped up.  We can go to sleep now and wake up on Nov. 5 to a President Obama in the Oval Office!  I have not illusions about Obama but I’m sure he will at least be less belligerent and that itself will undo some of the mess the Bush administration has created in the past eight years…

From the International Herald Tribune:

Obama’s election amounted to a national catharsis — a repudiation of a historically unpopular Republican president and his economic and foreign policies, and an embrace of Obama’s call for a change in the direction and the tone of the country. But it was just as much a strikingly symbolic moment in the evolution of the nation’s fraught racial history, a breakthrough that would have seemed unthinkable just two years ago.

From Turkey:

[We] are counting on the Democratic candidate Barack Obama…

From Segolene Royale, former French presidential candidate:

Mr. Obama “embodies the America of today and tomorrow.”

From Bertrand Delanoe, mayor of Paris:

His candidacy carries an enormous hope for his country and for peace in the world.

From Die Zeit, of Germany:

The spirit of the times is for Obama — even if less so in Asia, Africa and Latin America than in western Europe. But an optical illusion may be influencing our mood — notably the comforting picture that it is not America but George W. Bush that is the problem. Out goes the ‘cowboy,’ in comes Change and Hope, and we can love America again.

From Karl Theodor zu-Guttenberg, foreign policy spokesman for Germany’s Christian Social Union:

If Mr. Obama becomes president, “we will reach a new peak of trans-Atlantic romanticism.”

From Nikos Karahalios, Greek New Democracy Party:

Greece, a small country struggling to make its mark in international affairs, has always had a history of siding by the underdog. That’s what Obama is. That’s why he’s appealing to the Greeks.  How well Mr. Obama rebrands America is crucial for Greece. It will determine how Greeks position themselves vis-à-vis the United States.

From Munaway Akhtar, lawyer of Islamabad, Pakistan:

Pakistan has always been friendly to the United States, but the people have never benefited, the rulers have always benefited. Hopefully, that would change with Obama.

From Richard Law, lawyer of Hong Kong, China:

I feel his image is younger, fresher and more energetic, with no baggage and a shorter history.

From Miriam Behrens, Swiss Green Party:

He’s perceived as a person who’s very charismatic, and he’s more open to a European approach to things. That’s very much appreciated here.

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