2.18.2008

World's Eyes on Obama

Obama's eloquence, vision and "unlikely" campaign for the U.S. presidency inspires folks at home and influencing friends and foes aboard. Below are excerpts from the international press and global bloggerdom:

Barack Obama - a John Kennedy for our times (UK-Timesonline)It is hard to see who can stop Senator Barack Obama becoming the next President of the United States. He has built up an excitement such as no candidate has created since President Kennedy in 1960. He is, in my view, a better speaker than Kennedy. Like Kennedy, he combines personal magnetism with a strong appeal to American idealism.

Obama prerogative (Malaya)"... It is clear, however, whose election would have the most dramatic effect: Barack Obama. In one fell swoop, an Obama victory would eliminate at least half the massive anti-Americanism now felt around the world.

US Presidential race: Prominent Indians back Obama (One India) The 2008 US presidential election nominee, Democrat Barack Obama, seems to be gaining support in the Indian-American community.

Japan's Obama Town Loves Obama the Candidate (GOLDSEA AsianAmerican) Barack Obama has never been to this port town on Japan's snowy west coast, and residents only know him from news reports on his faraway campaign for the U.S. presidency. No matter, Obama the town is nuts about Obama the man.

Does Obama prove US is colorblind? (China Daily) US Senator Barack Obama's convincing win in Thursday's caucuses in Iowa - a state with just a smattering of minority voters - demonstrated his support crosses racial lines and supported the idea that America is receptive to electing its first black president.

Steun Bos voor Obama valt slecht (Nieuws) Premier Jan Peter Balkenende heeft vicepremier Wouter Bos op zijn vingers getikt omdat de PvdA'er zijn voorkeur heeft uitgesproken voor Barack Obama, de Democratische presidentskandidaat in de Verenigde Staten.

Obama for President? (Singapore Patriot) I've been following Obama's campaign on the Internet for several months now, and I must say I'm rather impressed with the man. There is something different about him. Inspirational leadership is what comes to my mind.

Obama bribes voters offering 210 billion stimulus plan (Pravada) Democrat Barack Obama said Wednesday that as president he would spend $210 billion to create jobs in construction and environmental industries, as he tried to win over economically struggling voters.

Plantea Barack Obama reto político sin precedentes en EU (Notimex) El senador y aspirante presidencial demócrata, Barack Obama, plantea un reto político formidable y sin precedentes en Estados Unidos, porque resume la cultura de sus ancestros kenianos con la estadunidense, señalaron analistas.

Watching Obama, Mexico opens a window on its racial issues (Cox News Service) The Mexican media has crowned Barack Obama the "black Kennedy" and interpreted his strong candidacy as a signal that the United States is finally entering the age of racial enlightenment. Obama has created a buzz in the country's blogosphere and among the chattering classes, who see him as the embodiment of the American dream. But despite the public accolades, Obama's candidacy has also opened a window onto Mexico's own uneasy race relations and mainstream society's treatment of the poverty-stricken and largely ignored Afro-Mexican community.

Canada and Obama and the world (CBC) Toying with the notion of an election over Afghanistan, Canada's fractious political parties peered into the abyss on Tuesday — but the abyss peered back. Funny thing, but what might have stopped them going over the edge looked and sounded remarkably like Barack Obama.

Campaign Confidential: The Obama Factor (Torontoist) A strange thing is happening here in Toronto Centre: Barack Obama seems to have become a candidate. Not literally of course, and (as you'll see) it's not clear what party he's representing, but his presence is certainly being felt.

Obama supports Israel. Period. (Haaretz) Barack Obama's big speech on Israel is now over, and as expected, the candidate made no secret of his support and dedication to the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

Obama a proxy dream of hope for Africans (Kenya Today) In fact Obama, seen from this side of the continent, has become a “proxy-dream”, not only for Kenyans but for many Africans, entangled in daily hardships, unable to have dreams of their own, barred from the road to success and self fulfilment by so many seemingly insurmountable hurdles.

Obama must tame America for the continent of his ancestors (Nationmedia.com) Barack Obama, now leading Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party presidential primaries ahead of key battles in Texas, has come like rain on American politics.

Barack Obama's popularity soars - in Germany (International Herald Tribune)
Obama's high standing goes beyond his opposition to the Iraq War, which has always been unpopular here. The sudden crush is intimately bound up with the near constant comparisons here between the young senator from Illinois and President John F. Kennedy - still admired in Germany and particularly in Berlin - which have stuck fast as his identity in the German press.

Obama=1 Establishment=0 (Audentes Fortuna Iuvat) El triunfo de nuestro candidato Barack Obama en la primera fase del complejo sistema de elección presidencial de Estados Unidos nos devuelve la esperanza. Y quiero gritarlo con histeria: Obama es la re-encarnación de Kennedy. Obama es la política como nos gusta: incluyente, esperanzadora, audaz!

Many Indonesians cheer Obama in Democrat race (ANTARANews) The 2008 U.S. presidential election is being watched closely by millions around the world but few are more fired up than Indonesians, who can lay claim to Democratic hopeful Barack Obama as nearly one of their own.

Veltroni as Italy's Obama (OneNews) Walter Veltroni reckons there's something of Barack Obama about him. "Yes we can!", the Rome mayor said in English at the end of a news conference this week to launch his campaign to be the next leader of Italy, borrowing the catchphrase of the Illinois senator who aims to be the first black US president.