Americas choice 2012 international reaction - CNN

Americas choice 2012 international reaction

  • Villagers of the hamlet of Kogelo in western Kenya dance in celebration following media-announcements of the re-election of USA's President Barack Obama early on November 7, 2012. Credit: TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images

  • Journos got off easy. Early night.
  • Risk is back on today as the markets digest another 4 years of Obama and decide that certainty is good at this jucture ^KB #FX
  • #natesilverfacts When Nate Silver fights Chuck Norris he predicts every move he makes
  • Writing for, a reminder from David Rothkopf, the CEO and editor-at-large of the FP Group, that hard work is ahead: Obama will get little time to celebrate
  • President Gül and PM Erdogan conveyed their congratulations to President Obama on his electoral success and re-election as US President.
  • No doubt we’ll be seeing quite a few clips from this… Obama’s full acceptance speech. Read the story on

  • So where did Romney go wrong? Timothy Stanley, historian at Oxford University, hazards a guess in this op ed for -- : Romney couldn't overcome contradictions
  • Interesting stat… Obama’s three-word tweet -- Four more years -- featuring a photo of the U.S. president embracing his wife, has been re-tweeted more than half a million times.
  • Every new(ish) job has to start with a to-do list. So what should be on Obama’s? Elaine Kamarck, a lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, presents the U.S. president with a daunting list. Five things Obama must do
  • The financial world is now waiting to see what the United States does to tackle the so-called fiscal cliff, which experts say could send the economy into a recession if it isn’t addressed by December 31.

    "It's a sort of game of Congressional chicken taking place, just as we saw in the summer of 2011," said Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Group.

    Read more from CNN's Kevin Voigt: World worries as U.S. fiscal cliff looms
  • After US election FM #Westerwelle counts on working closely with US, new impulses for disarmament + free trade initiatives
  • I look frwrd to continued cooperation w @BarackObama so @NATO remains effective against new threats, w new capabilities, network of partners
  • The transatlantic bond remains as important as ever for peace and security and @BarackObama has shown great leadership in keeping it strong
  • 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.”

    Credit: KJ Kwon/CNN

  • Le Président félicite @BarackObama, Président des Etats-Unis d’Amérique, pour sa réélection cc @whitehouse #USA2012

    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)

    Francois Hollande

  • From CNN’s Arkady Irshenko in Moscow: According to Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov: “Putin sends Congratulatory message to Obama. Kremlin took news on Obama win very positively.”
  • 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

  • I congratulate @BarackObama on the re-election. Will continue our good relations.
  • 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.”

    Credit: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

  • @Margiechelsia in Mombasa, Kenya tweets: "Dvds for Obama's acceptance speech now available at River road,usicheze na Kenyans!" That was fast!
  • An Afghan journalist poses with a cardboard cut-out of the newly re-elected President Barack Obama during an election event at the U.S. embassy in Kabul.

    Credit: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

  • 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.”

  • Romney had threatened to brand China a currency manipulator on his first day in office. Now that that threat has subsided, is tension between the two countries likely to ease? Read this from CNN Money’s Charles Riley -- Obama win may ease China tension
  • Japan Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda tells the media: "I have sent out a congratulatory message. I would like to continue to cooperate with him." – from CNN’s Tokyo producer Yoko Wakatsuki.
  • And this from Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura Chief:
    "I would like to send a heartfelt congratulations to President Obama. The importance of the Japan-U.S. alliance is increasing as the security in East Asia becomes severer. We hope to further develop and deepen the alliance with President."
  • 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.

    What's your take on the election results? Let us know at!

  • Judging by the early results of our open poll, most of you – 77% -- were not surprised by the election outcome.

    Of those who were surprised, 16% were moderately surprised and 7% were very surprised.

    For those who were surprised, what exactly was it that surprised you? Was it simply Obama winning a second term, or the way he did it? Let us know in the comments. We would love to get your take!
  • I'm signing off now... I'll leave you in the capable hands of the very internationally-minded Kyle Almond in Atlanta. Keep the comments coming… and of course your photos and tweets. You can send images and video to iReport Adios! #uselection #fourmoreyears
  • 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.”

  • A relief to see election results as they affect the world as well as the USA. Hope policies that back education, social welfare, economic growth will flourish during these difficult times, indeed beyond the US borders to the EU and elsewhere - rather than the worrying divide that is incrementing between the rich and not rich!
  • Election Night was filled with genuine emotions on Twitter, following months of sharp exchanges, memes and too many jokes to count.

    Here are some of the highlights, compiled by CNN’s Brandon Griggs and Heather Kelly: The best Election Night tweets

    A sampling:

    Happy: Lady Gaga

    Not Happy: Donald Trump
    "He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!"
  • 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."

  • I'm a belgian citizen, it is a great day for your country and for your President, that I always supported over here in my country. A great day for me also, it is my birthday: 64y.
  • From @Presseurop:

    Hey, there's a European newspaper that does not have #Obama or #Romney on its front page: 24 Sata (Croatia)
  • 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.

    Check out our photo gallery for more interesting shots from around the world.

  • Greetings from Sweden. With Obama holding an estimated 90% support in the largest morning newspaper's readers poll, i don't think there is much doubt about who gives the US respect abroad. The change from the Bush years is absolutely massive.
  • 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.”

  • World markets rallied & the dollar eased as Obama's victory reduced risk of a move to tighten U.S. monetary policy.
  • Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is an envoy for the Quartet on the Middle East, which is mediating Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    In an interview Wednesday with CNN’s Sara Sidner, he talked about why he thinks Obama’s re-election is good for the region.

    “I think that President Obama has a very clear strategic vision for the Middle East, and I think that is based on helping it through a process of change. This whole region is in upheaval. I think he does recognize -- and I think this is fundamentally important -- that this Israeli-Palestinian issue can’t be put on the back burner. It’s got to remain center stage.”

    “And I think the strategy of saying to Iran, ‘Look, there is a way out, but you’ve got to take it and we’re going to keep up the diplomatic pressure … all options are on the table,’ I think that’s the right strategy.
  • 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.”

  • A few comments from CNN readers across the globe:

    Fadi Radwan Radwan: In Syria, we have been listening for the past 20 months to the voice of the largest democracy in the world. But we've heard nothing except thunder without rain. Now Mr. Obama has all the time he needs to act on Syria.

    Icini: Congratulations from England America, you did the right thing but please Republicans, put aside your hate and ensure your parties work together on the economy and other matters, it will ease your recovery so much. During visits to the US I was shocked at the depth of dislike the two main parties have for each other. A lame duck president will not be able to do his job properly and you are too important to the rest of the world to ruin yourselves by dividing your country. We wish you well.

    Peter: Europe is celebrating the victory of Obama and it is all across news today. Both Europe as the USA did have a hard economic time, but we are both recovering and must keep pushing forward. Americans can be very proud to have such a leader as Obama, because if we had Obama as president in the EU, we could already be a United States of Europe. Europe is looking forward in a wonderful relationship with the USA and president Obama. GL Americans!
  • 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.

    What do you think about the U.S. election? How does it affect you? Send us an iReport!

  • 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?

  • Reaction from readers on three different continents:

    Dweezy: "Live from Chongqing, China — home of China's biggest political scandal in decades (Bo Xilai) — happy to be having my own Tea Party (Pu'erh Tea), celebrating Obama's reelection, my 30 Chinese engineering university students this afternoon agreed you were the strongest choice. Truly, the globe is better with you in command, good buddy."

    bonny_m: "I am from Kenya. Obama just made me proud with his speech. He said 'we are a family, we have differences yes, but ..but America is a union, we are one and have one belief.. equal opportunity, we are strong we rise after challenges together as a United people.' How I wish Kenya could be like that! Congrats USA."

    adudeinitaly: "There seems to be a sigh of relief now that President Obama gets a second term in consideration that the last 4 years have been generally steady in all geo-political aspects in regards to world stability, economic freedom and iconic representation. Obama brings to the world what the United States really is: a United International Melting Pot that every walk of life somehow belongs to. Go for it Mr. President and make all of us proud to be an american in the world!!"
  • In an opinion piece for, Elaine Kamarck lists five immediate challenges facing President Obama.

    At the top of the list? Finding America's footing in the new Arab world.

    “When all the ballots are counted and the parks swept clean of the debris from election night rallies, President Obama will have to figure out what is happening in this very volatile part of the world and what, if anything, we do about it,” Kamarck says.

    Check out her full story here: “Five things Obama must do”
  • 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.

  • I work at a southern Swedish school and all my students were thriled with the outcome and have had Obama as a favorite. Personally it's been more interesting to followthe comments from my American friends where the outrage from the republican followers have been outraged to say the least. Personally I'm glad the current president now remains in office for four more years. The world seems to have greater support for him. More people are calling out and demanding and end to mixing state and religion and since there is a majority of atheists here the Republican debates and outbursts that are often backed by religious views seem more threatening and unrealistic than keeping it together and basically...keeping it real. What speaks aginst the entire US voting system is that it is NOT entirely democratic with the electoral voting system in use.
  • Brazilians are happy this morning, says CNN’s Shasta Darlington.

    “Obama is a very popular man here. Just last month, in local elections, a number of candidates changed their name to Obama to get more votes.

    “The government, on the other hand, is less engaged. That’s because of the economy. The United States used to be Brazil’s main trading partner. Now, it’s China.”

  • Well, all good things must come to an end, and this blog is no exception.

    Obviously there will be a large amount of election stories from CNN in the coming days and weeks, so stay close!

    Thanks for reading everyone, and good, er, afternoon, from Atlanta!
  • by Kyle Almond, CNN edited by Lauren Said-Moorhouse 11/8/2012 10:34:34 AM
  • That's it from Nick, Hilary, Kyle and myself. The blog is now closed. Thank you to all those who joined us over the last 48 hours. We had so many insightful comments and observations we became chained to our desks to make sure we included as many as possible.

    It's was an exciting moment in history and we're happy we got to share it with you.

    Guess we'll see you back here in four years. Until then, Goodbye!
  • by Lauren Said-Moorhouse edited by kevin.taverner 11/8/2012 10:49:11 AM

    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.

    The blog is now closed, but you can still get full election results here. And, of course, will be following up with many more stories as we step back and digest this moment in history.

    Blog curated by Nick Thompson and Lauren Said-Moorhouse in London, Hilary Whiteman in Hong Kong and Kyle Almond in Atlanta

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