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The World Hails Obama’s Victory, Except…

From the Agence France-Pressee:


World hails Obama’s victory, urges change of tack

PARIS (AFP) – World leaders hailed Barack Obama’s triumph Wednesday in the US presidential election as the dawn of a new era and called for the global superpower to change the way it does business.

Obama parties were staged in capitals around the world. A national holiday was declared in Kenya — where Obama’s Kenyan father was born — to welcome the first black US president.

In Sierra Leone, six newborn babies were even named after the president-elect.

But within hours of Obama’s victory speech, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced that Russian short-range missiles would be aimed at a US missile shield in Europe, a reminder of the challenges awaiting him in office.

Nothing however could stop the wave of optimism that spread out from the United States after Obama’s victory over Republican rival John McCain.

South Africa’s iconic first black leader Nelson Mandela said Obama had shown that anyone could change the world.

“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 wrote to Obama.

“We wish you strength and fortitude in the challenging days and years that lie ahead,” he added.

President Mwai Kibaki, who has declared a national holiday on Thursday to mark Obama’s victory, said: “This is a momentous day not only in the history of the United States of America, but also for us in Kenya.”

China’s President Hu Jintao said in a written message: “In a new historical era, I look forward to… taking our bilateral relationship of constructive cooperation to a new level.”

Medvedev, who was himself elected president in March, called for “constructive dialogue” in a message to Obama.

Earlier however, during his first state-of-the-nation address, he announced that Iskander missiles would be based in the western territory of Kaliningrad to “neutralise” US missile defence plans.

With wars in Iraq and Afghanistan heading White House priorities abroad, there were also calls for a change of tack on the US “War on Terror” launched after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The “‘War on Terror’ cannot be fought in Afghan villages… Afghanistan is the victim of terrorism,” Afghan President Hamid Karzai said.

Obama’s election would not lead to a quick US disengagement from Iraq, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said.

“We don’t think there will be change in policy overnight. There won’t be quick disengagement here. A great deal is at stake here,” Zebari told AFP.

Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he was certain US-Israeli ties would strengthen under Obama.

“Israeli-US relations are a special relationship based on values and common interest, with tight cooperation,” he said in a statement.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a vociferous critic of the Bush administration, said in a statement: We are convinced that the time has come to establish new relations between our countries and with our region, on a basis of respect of sovereignty, equality and true cooperation.”

Obama’s supporters celebrated in major capitals around the world.

In Kogelo, Obama’s Kenyan family home, hundreds of villagers erupted into song and dance.

Swinging branches and chairs in the air, men cheered and clapped while women shouted “Obama! Obama!” in the village where his grandmother lives and where his late Kenyan father was born.

In the Sierra Leone capital Freetown, the church bells rang out as people sang in the streets, motorists sounded their horns — and newborn babies were named “Barrack Obama” at the city’s main maternity hospital.

Note that this sentence:

Obama’s supporters celebrated in major capitals around the world.

Leaves out some of Mr. Obama’s supporters who aren’t even mentioned.

Such as Hamas and Al Qaeda and the Taliban…

But apparently not everyone got the memo:

But within hours of Obama’s victory speech, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced that Russian short-range missiles would be aimed at a US missile shield in Europe, a reminder of the challenges awaiting him in office.

What a shock, huh?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 5th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “The World Hails Obama’s Victory, Except…”

  1. GuppyNblue says:

    The Russians must know that Obama won’t follow through with Bush’s missile defense plans. But now they’ll be able say, when we got tough with the American paper tiger, they backed down. Who can argue different?

  2. sheehanjihad says:

    My question is, what countries besides our own will Obama throw under the bus so the world will still like us?

    We wont have long to wait.

    The gates have been opened from the inside, and the hordes are poised to sack and pillage our nation.

    And those who voted for freebies and entitlements will discover how hard it is to get them when our national security is traded for being well liked.

  3. BillK says:

    That’s OK; everyone knows Obama will remove the “missile shield” anyway, so it’s more of an item for the “to do list” for the chosen one than a “challenge.”


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