On September 12, 2001 almost every human on the planet waved an American flag and said “I am an American” and in the past 7 years we have squandered that solidarity, goodwill, and our treasury to boot.
What a wonderful opportunity we have before us; to rebuild and perhaps regain the place we had seven years ago. It may not be as good as we want it to be in just a few months or years, but it sure is great to have the chance to make our nation something great. And it is wonderful to see so much shift in how we as Americans are viewed worldwide, in one evening.
Electing a smart, young, assertive black man changes how Americans are viewed forever. I am truly proud to be an American. Truly proud.
from Le Monde, watching minute-by-minute what the reaction was…
08:16 – Angela Merkel affirmed the importance of partnership with the United States
German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Barack Obama on his victory “historic”. “Be convinced that my government is aware of the importance and value of our transatlantic partnership,” she added while inviting the new president to visit soon in Germany. 200 000 people had come cheer the candidate at a transition in Berlin.
08:10 – Frank-Walter Steinmeier expects a change in U.S. foreign policy
America has voted for change in domestic policy as foreign, “said Foreign Minister German Social Democrat, who welcomed future collaboration with the new American president.
07:28 – No quick exit from Iraq as the chief diplomat in Iraq
The election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States “will not a quick U.S. withdrawal from Iraq,” the chief diplomat in Iraq Hoshyar Zebari.
07:22 – Gordon Brown welcomed the “progressive values” and a “vision for the future”
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown congratulated Barack Obama on his election to the American presidency, commending his “progressive values and vision for the future.”
07:03 – A “great hope” for Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy congratulated Barack Obama for his “brilliant victory” in the U.S. presidential election, which he said raises <”un immense espoir” France, Europe and the world. By choosing the Democratic candidate to become their Metis 44th president, Americans were “the choice of change, openness and optimism,” writes the French president in a message which the Elysee released a copy Wednesday.
06:57 – The appeal of Hamas to Obama
Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has called U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to “learn from mistakes” of previous administrations, and especially (George W.) Bush “to the Arab-Muslim world.
06:56 – Entering a “new era” for the Afghan president
Afghan President Hamid Karzai congratulated Barack Obama, saying that his victory in the U.S. presidential election would bring the world into a “new era”.
06:53 – congratulation to Hu Jintao
Chinese President Hu Jintao congratulated Barack Obama on his victory in the U.S. presidential election, indicating want to raise the relations between China and the United States to a new level, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
06:49 – Mahmoud Abbas calls for the involvement of the new president in the conflict
Mahmoud Abbas called the American president elected Barack Obama to accelerate efforts towards a settlement of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
06:44 – circumspection in Baghdad
The election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States “will not make a quick U.S. withdrawal from Iraq” as chief diplomat in Iraq Hoshyar Zebari. “We do not believe there will be a sudden political change,” he stressed.
06:40 – Optimism in Asian markets
Asian stocks posted strong increases. In Tokyo, the Nikkei gained 2.52% to 4 h 35 GMT after having already rocketed to 6.27% yesterday. At the same time, Hongkong s’envolait of 5.65%, 4.39% for Singapore, Seoul and Shanghai 3.71% to 4.22%. Sydney gained 2.77%, 0.55% of Taipei, New Zealand 1.47% and 2.90% of Bangkok.