The world reacts to Obama’s election

The world reacts to Obama’s election November 5, 2008

Two weeks ago Jonathan and I sat down for lunch with Pascal Bruckner, a leading French intellectual, novelist, and proponent of neo-conservative ideology. He surprised, I think, both of us when he stated that Americans just do not realize that Obama is not only looked at as a candidate for the United States, but as a the candidate for the world (similar to Reagan, FDR, and Wilson, I suppose). Despite being a strong supporter of the Iraq War and of Donald Rumsfeld, Bruckner relayed to us that he hoped that Obama would win.

Now I know a little bit of what Bruckner means by “world candidate.”  CNN has a collage of video clips of the world’s reaction to the election of Barack Obama to the office of President of the United States. It’s worth a look.

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  • Ressourcement

    How come we didn’t sit down when any leading French intellectuals when I was down there?

    All I got was a hurricane.

    Damn. 🙂

    –jn

  • digbydolben

    A little while ago the children of Neuss, Germany, where I am presently living, paraded through this small town on the Rhine with their parents, singing “Obama has won, Obama has won,” and the “Star Spangled Banner.” I watched their procession from the balcony of my apartment, absolutely thunderstruck. All week long, it has been obvious that the entire European continent is united in its desire to once again believe in American values and idealism. Today in the school where I work, people whom I barely know came up to me to congratulate me on “the great thing that your country has done.”

  • Darn, I didn’t ask leading French intellectuals who to vote for.

  • blackadderiv

    Today in the school where I work, people whom I barely know came up to me to congratulate me on “the great thing that your country has done.”

    The greatest thing our country has ever done? Talk about irrational exuberance.

  • joseph

    Talk about irrational exuberance.

    Slightly.

  • Canadians are pleased. I heard some cheering I the street last night. Today after Mass profs and fellow students congratulated me.

    Other interesting pieces on global reactions to Obama’s election:

    General:
    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2008/11/20081155293464248.html
    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2008/11/05-1

    Latin America:
    http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0805618.htm
    http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/1554/1/

    Afghanistan:
    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2008/11/2008115105513722774.html

  • jonathanjones02

    Bruckner was very gracious and engaging. He stated that both policy and image were damaged, but also placed this in its historical context: many times have the U.S. and its allies been on opposing sides of big issues, and many times will it be so in the future, just as Europeans have a very long and unfortunate history of disagreement among themselves. But many of our long-term strategic interests are aligned, especially when it comes to Islamic-based extremism. His writings on that topic, as a Frenchman very concerned about radicalism in his country, are worth watching.

    He supported the overthrow of Saddam on humanatrarian grounds, but I imagine such (essentially Wilsonian) arguments will be harder to make in the future absent a near undeniable and immediate threat.

  • Policraticus

    Darn, I didn’t ask leading French intellectuals who to vote for.

    Neither did I.

  • Ressourcement

    Michael I–

    Curious: did you vote by absentee ballot? West Virginia, right? I was wondering due to the fact that you had stated only a few days earlier that you decided to vote.

    Cheers!

    jn

  • jn – Yes, absentee ballot.

  • jonathanjones02

    Selections from around the Middle East. Be sure to check out the Al-Qaradhawi fatwa.
    http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD210308

  • S.B.

    Today in the school where I work, people whom I barely know came up to me to congratulate me on “the great thing that your country has done.”

    Obviously Nazi sympathizers, or else just completely ignorant of fairly recent history.

  • joseph

    Michael,

    As far as Mexico is concerned, Obama will help them by funding pro-abortion propaganda groups to fight the bishops down there that are trying to keep abortion illegal. That ought to earn him some street cred, eh?

  • S.B.

    Sorry, I read “greatest” rather than “great.”

  • S.B.

    The Onion produced a video segment just for Gerald Campbell and MM: http://www.theonion.com/content/video/obama_win_causes_obsessive

  • Franklin Jennings

    “All week long, it has been obvious that the entire European continent is united in its desire to once again believe in American values and idealism.”

    Suckers. Have they learned nothing from 200+ years of history?

  • Kurt

    The Holy Father sent a very nice personal letter to the President Elect. Typically, teh Popes only send the formal letter in January.

  • Katerine

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today posted a congratulatory message to President-elect Barack Obama on this website and also cautioned Obama to change America’s ways and to reverse policies based on what he described as “belligerency, occupation, bullying, demagoguery,” among other things. Ahmadinejad writes that Obama must “overhaul” America’s domestic and foreign policies because the people of the world and U.S. expect it.

    According to today’s LA Times – “instead of extending an olive branch to President-elect Barack Obama, who says he is open to talks with Tehran, Iranian military officials Wednesday delivered what could be interpreted as a sobering message to America.” Leaders of the armed forces issued a notice warning U.S. forces that any violation would be met with force.

    Is anyone else afraid of Iran having nuclear weapons?

  • Alexander the Mongol

    I really like how the Russians congratulated President Obama and the Americans.