From “The Scotsman” newspaper in … well, Scotland, of course:
Political editor Eddie Barnes examines Obama’s win and what it means for the rest of the world. The health of the American economy is “the key focus for the coming months,” Barnes said, as the American economy drives the global one. But there are foreign policy issues at hand as well.
These North Korean defectors watched the U.S. election results in Seoul and were very disappointed, says CNN’s Seoul Correspondent Paula Hancocks: “They believed a Republican would have a more hard line approach to the North Korean regime but most hoped Obama could do better this time around. They weren’t too pessimistic for an Obama 2nd term but had plenty of advice for him.”
Do Myung-hak, Sec-Gen, NK Intellectuals Solidarity: “President Obama trying to engage one-on-one with the North Korean regime won’t work, that will just raise Kim Jong Un’s stature and will have a negative effect… Mr. Obama should come up with policies in conjunction with South Korea and not individually engage North Korea.”
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Le Président félicite @BarackObama, Président des Etats-Unis d’Amérique, pour sa réélection cc @whitehouse #USA2012 pbs.twimg.com
Editor's Note: A translation for those who don't speak French ...
Mr President (Dear Barack is written by hand alongside this)
The American people have renewed their trust in you for the next four years. In the name of all French people, and personally, I offer you the warmest congratulations. This is an important moment for the United States, and for the world.
Your re-election is a clear choice in favour of an open, united America, fully engaged on the international scene and conscious of our planet’s challenges: Peace, the economy and the environment.
France and the United States share common values. I am convinced that during your new term of office, we will reinforce our partnership to favour a return to growth in the struggle against unemployment in our countries, and to find solutions to the crises which threaten us, notably in the Middle East.
I know that our co-operation will proceed in the same spirit of dialogue, of esteem and of respect, and I would like to assure you of France’s commitment to strengthen the ties of friendship and trust which bind us.
Mr President, allow me to express my high esteem and my feelings of friendship (this is a bit like saying ‘Yours faithfully’)
(‘Friendly’ is written by hand here, in English)
Writing for Germany’s "Der Spiegel," Tyson Barker says Obama will likely continue to clash with Chancellor Angela Merkel over her handling of the eurozone crisis.
“Germany might expect President Obama to spend some of his political capital in Europe -- heavily rooted in his stratospheric popularity on the Continent -- to make a more public case for deeper, more resolute integration and coordinated fiscal expansion,” Barker writes.
More from the North Korean defectors who discussed their disappointment with Obama’s win over lunch with CNN in Seoul.
Kang Chol Hwan, Former labor camp prisoner & author “The Aquariums of Pyongyang”: I hope President Obama will act strongly on behalf of the enslaved North Korean people, but for the last four years he didn’t seem to have that kind of philosophy… North Korea has enslaved its citizens and the US has to try and change that but they have mostly ignored this and left it up to South Korea to deal with. Nothing has improved for the North Korean people.” Credit: KJ Kwon/CNN
Congratulatory messages are still coming from world leaders. Here’s except from a message to Obama from India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh:
"It gives me great pleasure to convey to you my warmest congratulations on your re-election as the president of the United States. The renewed confidence that the people of your great country have reposed in you is as much a tribute to your qualities of head and heart as it is an indication of the faith that the American people have in your leadership. Your mandate gives you a historic opportunity to continue to work for the welfare of the American people as also for global peace and progress at an admittedly difficult juncture, not just for the U.S., but indeed for the world at large.”
“I have no doubt that there is much more we can do together to further strengthen the India-U.S. partnership and thereby advance peace and stability, expand mutual economic opportunities, harness the potential of science and technology, innovation and higher education and empower our people to address global challenges.”
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From CNN’s Ben Wedeman in Cairo: “Most Egyptians seem to prefer Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, many of them saying they felt the Republicans are simply too pro-Israeli. But for most Egyptians, there’s so much going on in this country after the revolution -- a faltering economy and an uncertain political future -- that they really aren’t paying much attention to these elections.”
Altaf Mansoorali Hirani, an iReporter from Tanzania, expressed delight at Obama's re-election and says he hopes to attend the inauguration early next year.
In a video response, Hirani offers advice to Obama, who faces several economic and political challenges in his second term. "America is a democracy we all look upon,” he said. “You need to work together as a bipartisan country, not for the party.”
Hirani also urged Obama to visit his home country and the African continent. "Africa is your country, your continent, let's have more initiatives for Africa," he said.
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The status quo doesn’t sit well with the Syrian opposition, according to CNN’s Arwa Damon in Beirut:
“The Syrian opposition wants to see America taking a more active role (in Syria), no longer standing on the sidelines. But really there are very few that actually believe the U.S. is going to change its policy. … A lot of opposition members have been expressing their deep frustration with America’s ongoing lack of concrete action … saying they feel as if the U.S. has somehow betrayed and abandoned them, especially when we consider the White House’s positions when it came to the uprising in Egypt and the very active role that America took in Libya. …
"Many are greatly concerned that if America does in fact continue along its current course, the situation in Syria is only going to drastically escalate.”
From CNN’s Al Goodman in Madrid:
“Spaniards closely followed the U.S. presidential race, especially because Spain was mentioned during the campaign as a big problem among European nations suffering an economic crisis. The jobless rate here is more than 25%.
“So many Spaniards are pleased that Barack Obama was re-elected. He said the world can’t let Spain sink. They hope further economic recovery in the United States will help Europe and Spain get back on their feet.”
After Obama win, hope and relief in China
CNN’s Kristie Lu Stout explains why China is breathing a sigh of relief after Obama’s victory. "China is quite happy that Obama won the election because Obama is a known entity," said political columnist Frank Ching. "It's better to have the devil you know, than the one you don't."
But the state-run People's Daily portends dark days ahead for the U.S. president: "As soon as Obama gets re-elected, he will immediately be confronted with the strangling of Washington's political machine."
Sarah Obama, step-grandmother to President Barack Obama, smiles during a press conference Wednesday in the Kenyan hamlet of Kogelo after Obama's victory was announced.
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The U.S. election got heavy coverage on Pakistani television. The results aired live on dozens of channels, says CNN’s Reza Sayah in Rawalpindi, Pakistan:
“Four years ago, many people here supported Mr. Obama. Not the case this year. Many wanted change. They wanted Mr. Romney, and that’s because they still don’t like U.S. policy in the region, especially the drone strikes.
“One official said he hopes Mr. Obama will end the drone strikes in the conflict next door in Afghanistan. A U.S. Army official said it doesn’t matter who’s in Washington, nothing will change for Pakistan.”
Lessons for Canada from a long U.S. election
What does Obama’s re-election mean for America’s neighbor to the north?
In an editorial Wednesday morning, the Montreal Gazette weighed examined Obama’s stance on several issues facing Canada, including free trade and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It also said Canadians should feel grateful that they don’t have to deal with the partisan gridlock that Americans do.
“Finally, the seemingly endless U.S. election campaign is over; and the re-election of Barack Obama — a sensible moderate by mainstream Canadian standards — is good news to many, perhaps most, Canadians. We have to hope that the president, and Americans on the whole, make the best of this new mandate.”
CNN’s Sara Sidner said there was no cheering and no jumping up and down during an election viewing party at the American Center in Jerusalem:
“This is a mixed crowd. Some people here are saying they’re very happy to see that (Obama) is in place because they believe that is the right choice not only for America, but for the Middle East.
“Others here were really hoping for Romney, believing that he would have closer ties with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. …
“We talked to a group that has been registering voters here – American-Israeli voters – and they said they had a 400% increase in the number of people who registered to vote during this election compared to the 2008 election. …
"But the big thing here is whether or not (Netanyahu) wins re-election, which everyone believes he will, and what the relationship between him and President Obama will be and what that might mean to Israel.”
How’s your German?
In this Die Welt editorial, Ansgar Graw says the pressure is now on Obama to deliver what he couldn’t during his first four years.
“Obama is a highly intelligent politician and an exceptionally gifted communicator, but he may have become a victim of his own charisma,” Graw writes. “He believed that his intelligence would be enough to convince others of the correctness of his ideas. But in politics, and especially in a polarized two-party system, reaching a compromise takes more than the sheer power of persuasion, which can look like arrogance and presumptuousness when used by someone in power.”
Full story: Now President Obama must really deliver
For iReporter Rummel Pinera, who has been keeping tabs on the presidential race from his home in the Philippines, Obama's victory was a vindication of his hopes.
"I'm so happy to hear the news,” he said. “Obama is a huge icon for racial equality and social justice.”
Pinera said Obama's victory will work well for Filipinos, many of whom work overseas and send invaluable remittances, or funds, back home to support their families.
"The Obama administration's job-creating programs will certainly benefit Filipino migrant workers who are employed in the U.S., as well as such workers' families here in the Philippines," he said.
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CNN’s Christiane Amanpour was just on Starting Point discussing how Obama’s global popularity has changed since he first took office:
“Four years ago, the U.S. image and influence around the world could not have been lower. There was a major crisis to the end of President Bush’s terms because of the war in Iraq, and it was just terrible for the United States. President Obama changed that, and his personal popularity was huge around the world, and with that he lifted the popularity of the United States.
"Now over the last four years, he’s remained very popular personally, particularly in Europe and Africa, in parts of the Far East. But in the Islamic world, in the Arab world, his popularity has plummeted. And so that is going to be a challenge as well – not just because it’s a popularity contest, but because there are real issues to look at going forward: Iran one of them, Syria another, the Israeli-Palestinian process another.”
Obama’s re-election relieves Brussels
Jean-Pierre Stroobants, writing for French daily newspaper Le Monde, says European Union officials can breathe a sigh of relief with the election results: “It seemed indeed easier to pursue relations with Obama than to wait for the establishment of a Republican administration whose stance on Iran, the Middle East, relations with Russia, even the consequences of the ‘Arab Spring’ could worry.”
Like American voters, international iReporters said they expect more from Obama's second time in the White House. And they called for action on a range of issues, including climate change, the global financial crisis and relations with the African continent.
Full story from CNN’s Sarah Brown: Praise and reflection from world on Obama re-election
U.S. and China: Worlds apart but much in common
In the space of one week, the world's two great powers decide their immediate futures. But it's not all they have in common, writes CNN’s Stan Grant.
America and China are joined at the wallet. China makes mass cost-effective products, United States consumers buy them. The U.S. is China's single biggest trade partner, China is the biggest holder of American debt.
What will Obama’s victory mean for U.S.-China relations?
From CNN’s Ivan Watson in Istanbul:
“The Turkish government likely breathed a sigh of relief upon hearing news of Obama’s re-election. By all accounts, the Turkish prime minister and Obama have developed a very close working relationship over the last four years.
“As for Turkish public opinion, there is much less enthusiasm for Obama now than there was four years ago, when some businesses even advertised their products using his image.
“One of the biggest questions here will be the future of U.S. policy toward Turkey’s neighbor Syria. There are more than 100,000 Syrian refugees that have fled the fighting to Turkey, and there are growing fears here that Turkey could be dragged into a war with its Syrian neighbor.”
From our growing world photo gallery:
Indian artist Sudaran Pattnaik adds final touches to his Obama sand sculpture at Golden Sea Beach in Puri, India.
How did the world respond to President Obama’s re-election? Relive the night (and early morning) all right here, with comments, photos, videos and analysis from CNN correspondents around the globe.
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