Game Over For McCain and Bush, Obama Wins US Election
Press comments from all over the world about the Obama victory.
Even countries that are not well disposed towards America are mainly giving positive reactions.
A change for the better
Only Satan would have been worse than the Bush regime. Therefore it could be argued that the new administration in the USA could never be worse than the one which divorced the hearts and minds of Americans from their brothers in the international community, which appalled the rest of the world with shock and awe tactics that included concentration camps, torture, mass murder and utter disrespect for international law. Yet in choosing Obama, the people of America have opted to come back into the international fold. Welcome back, friends!
Al Jazeera, Qatar
Change sweeps Chicago city
"Yes we can." - When the news echoed across Chicago's Grant Park that Barack Obama had, indeed, become the first African-American president of the United States of America, a visible wave of emotion swept across the thousands who had gathered. One African-American woman, standing alone at the edge of the crowd, began sobbing silently and uncontrollably. Others were far more voluble, screaming with joy, chanting Obama's name and shouting "Yes we Can" as the results rolled across the giant television screens erected in the park. It is extraordinary to think that a nation has been wracked with racial turmoil for so much of its bloody history has now elected - and by a huge margin - its first president of colour. But it is also very American.
A Middle East Message to the New American Leader
Whether or not you choose a more multilateral foreign policy style, you will certainly have to contend with some pressing issues that have arisen or become exacerbated over the past eight years. Dear Mr. President, congratulations! Not only have you inherited a global economic crisis unmatched since the Great Depression but you have also inherited an increasingly tumultuous and more radicalized Middle East....Your challenge is to figure out how to convince Iran in the next year or two that it shouldn't go forward with developing a nuclear weapon. Sanctions have not worked due to a lack of cooperation by nations like China and Russia.
Associated Press of Pakistan
PM greets Obama, Biden on election as US President, Vice President
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday congratulated Senator Barack Obama on his election as the 44th President of United States. In his letter sent to Obama, Prime Minister Gilani expressed the hope that under his dynamic leadership, United States would continue to be a source of global peace and new ideas for humanity.
We wish US president-elect Obama well
Like American people on the other side of the Pacific, we are elated, too, at the landslide win of Democrat Barack Obama, who will become the 44th President of the United States of America on January 20 next year. We wish him all the best in bringing America out of the present financial quagmire as soon as possible, and re-energize the world's largest economy with his brand-new ideas and vision. A strong US economy is in the interest of China and all other countries that trade with it.
North Korean News
Obama becomes president in historic US elections
Barack Obama, the 47-year-old first-term senator from Illinois has won the historical election in the US, as the first African-American president. Obama swept to victory over Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, whose running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, was seeking to become the nation’s first female vice president. As expected, Obama won overwhelmingly among African-American voters, but he also took a small majority of white voters.
Obama scores historic victory
Democrat Barack Obama made history Tuesday, trouncing Republican John McCain and becoming the first African-American to be elevated to the pinnacle of U.S. politics. As president, Obama will have to tackle the daunting task of repairing the economy, damaged by the U.S. subprime mortgage meltdown, which has also sent global financial markets into a tailspin and taken a toll on some major financial institutions.
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
Experience not enough for McCain
John McCain's fight for the presidency comes to an end in Phoenix, surrounded by his family and friends. Despite McCain's strong fight, it wasn't enough to prove the polls wrong which had predicted his downfall.
BBC, United Kingdom
What kind of president will Obama be?
History will remember Barack Obama for the change he personifies. As America's first black president he will write a new chapter in a long story that began in slavery and persecution and has not yet ended in equality. But he is determined that history will remember him as an agent of change, not just as a symbol of it, and that will not be easy. Mr Obama has made history by winning power. As he attempts to make history in the way he exercises it, he will be weighed down by high expectations. He is going to need all the many gifts - and all the luck - that got him here.
The Times, United Kingdom
To the victor the spoils — a world full of problems
The problems that will confront Barack Obama beyond the United States make a nonsense of the metaphor of an in-tray. That suggests bureaucratic neatness, a stack of problems waiting for attention that can be dispatched one after the other. Instead, he will inherit a worldwide map of problems that demand more time, military commitment and money than America can possibly deploy..
Barack Obama, The New World
"Change will come to America," says the newly elected president Obama.
By winning California, the Senator of Illinois made sure he would get the 270+ electors' votes needed to receive a majority in the Electoral College which will elect the next U.S. President. He also won the popular vote. The announcement of Obama's victory was followed by scenes of joy and happiness across the country, particularly in his stronghold Chicago where tens of thousands of people kept repeating the mixed race African American candiate's slogan "Yes, we can" with enthusiasm.
Le Monde, France
Barack Obama elected president: "This is your victory"
The democratic candidate has been elected President of the United States. He promised all Americans that "change has arrived."
Barack Obama, 47, will be the 44th American President and has made national history on November 4th, 2008. A little after 5 o'clock, Parisian time, the American media announced the victory of the democratic candidate over John McCain. The senator of Illinois will thus become the first black president of the United States. Less than an hour later, he was on stage in Grant Park in Chicago, his stronghold, to celebrate his victory and to reassure Americans that "change has arrived."
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
Barack Obama has won the election to become the next president of America with a clear and resounding majority. Even if the word historical has been used almost over-extensively to describe the significance of this election victory, it is justified without any restriction. For the first time in the history of the United States, an "African-American" is moving into the White House.
In triumph, but without any triumphalism.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
America - risen from the ashes
We shall overcome: 45 years after Martin Luther King's famous speech, the USA is demonstrating that the country has been able to grow up. Barack Obama can build bridges across the wide gaps his extremely unpopular predecessor has torn open.
Neuer Zuericher Zeitung, Switzerland
A new era in America
The pendulum has swung far in the USA – much further than anybody could have predicted just a few months ago. The Democrat Barack Obama has not only won the election to become America's 44th President with an overwhelming majority, he will also be supported by a Congress with clearly strengthened Democratic majorities. The era, during which the Republicans held the presidential office in Washington, the majority in Congress or even both, has finally come to an end after 14 years. The political caesura, however, goes probably even deeper. Obama has redrawn the political map and triumphed in areas, which for decades were regarded as Republican strongholds. No other Democratic presidential candidate since the mid sixties has achieved such a high voter turnout as the Senator from Illinois.
Magyar Nemzet, Hungary
Landslide victory for Barack Obama
All parties as well as the Foreign Office welcome the election of Obama and express their hopes for new perspectives not only with regard to European-American but also to Hungarian-American relations. This is a historic victory, because for the first time in the USA Democracy has won against prejudices.Obama is now faced with many tasks, of which the two important must be tackling the financial crisis and finding a solution to the Iraq-Afghanistan problem..