The following “comments from Reddit”:http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/7beo2/obama_wins_the_presidency/ sum up the world’s feelings:
bq.. Dear Rest of The World
We didn’t fuck it up
p. The reply:
bq.. Dear America,
Regards, Rest of the World
The “New York Times:”:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/opinion/05wed1.html?em
bq.. This is one of those moments in history when it is worth pausing to reflect on the basic facts:
An American with the name Barack Hussein Obama, the son of a white woman and a black man he barely knew, raised by his grandparents far outside the stream of American power and wealth, has been elected the 44th president of the United States.
p. Eight years of George W. Bush had laid waste to the America’s good will – but the America the world once looked up to is coming back! Obama is not the messiah, and there is so much wrong in America that it might not be possible to right the ship in the first four years of his presidency – but the country has already started doing what it did best, so many years back – provide hope to the world that anything is possible.
More “New York Times: For Many Abroad, an Ideal Renewed “:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/05/us/politics/05global.html?em=&pagewanted=all
bq.. GAZA — From far away, this is how it looks: **There is a country out there where tens of millions of white Christians, voting freely, select as their leader a black man of modest origin, the son of a Muslim. There is a place on Earth – call it America – where such a thing happens.**
Even where the United States is held in special contempt, like here in this benighted Palestinian coastal strip, the “glorious epic of Barack Obama,” as the leftist French editor Jean Daniel calls it, makes America — the idea as much as the actual place — stand again, perhaps only fleetingly, for limitless possibility.
*“It allows us all to dream a little,”* said Oswaldo Calvo, 58, a Venezuelan political activist in Caracas, in a comment echoed to correspondents of The New York Times on four continents in the days leading up to the election.
Tristram Hunt, a British historian, put it this way: Mr. Obama “brings the narrative that everyone wants to return to – *that America is the land of extraordinary opportunity and possibility, where miracles happen.”*
p. More commentary from “reddit”:http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/7beo2/obama_wins_the_presidency/:
bq. From Australia: Thankyou. It’s like watching a close friend check out of rehab.
bq. Dear America, we have loved you all along. Though we might have shaken our head in disbelief for the last 8 years, we have long known that mistakes are made, especially in the footprint of one of the greatest tragedies in our shared history, September 11th. We congratulate you, and we love you. And we know that — despite all your flaws — you still represent a beacon of freedom in a world mired in injustice.
bq.. I’m a 30yr old black man.
I never thought I’d see something like this in my lifetime. I didn’t think my grandchildren would either.
I’ve always been proud of what my country could be, but not often proud of what it was.
Today, for the first time in my adult life, I’m proud of what it will be.
I didn’t vote for him because he was black, I voted because he was the best person for the country.
Today, I don’t feel black. I feel American.
p. Obama’s “victory speech”:http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/04/obama.transcript/index.html?iref=mpstoryview:
bq.. If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
p. The “Big Picture has some great pictures of the Obama campaign for presidency”:http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/11/the_next_president_of_the_unit.html.