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BERLIN (AP) -- A world weary of eight years of George W. Bush was riveted Tuesday by the drama unfolding in the United States. Many were inspired by Barack Obama's focus on hope, or simply relieved that - whoever wins - the current administration is coming to an end.
From Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to the small town of Obama, Japan, the world gears up to celebrate a fresh start for America.
In Germany, where more than 200,000 flocked to see Obama this summer as he moved to burnish his foreign policy credentials during a trip to the Middle East and Europe, the election dominated television ticker crawls, newspaper headlines and Web sites.
Hundreds of thousands prepared to party through the night to watch the outcome of an election having an impact far beyond America's shores. Among the more irreverent festivities planned in Paris: a "Goodbye George" party to bid farewell to Bush.
"Like many French people, I would like Obama to win because it would really be a sign of change," said Vanessa Doubine, shopping Tuesday on the Champs-Elysees. "I deeply hope for America's image that it will be Obama."
Two years. A billion dollars. Sixty million votes cast in the primary alone. An election that started out in a country scorched by the fierce heat of the Iraq war ending in the frigid reality of a once-in-a-generation economic slump. A contest that opened with the promise of the first woman president ending in the apparently inevitable elevation of the first black man to the White House.
There’s a paradoxically anticlimactic feeling about election days. All that effort, all that money expended around the clock for years in an effort to influence what happens on this day ends in a period of almost eerie silence.
Americans will be voting for a new president this Tuesday, but the whole world will be watching, and holding its breath.
Indeed, the uniqueness of the U.S. presidential elections, as compared to those of other countries, is that the outcome of the race for the White House has a direct impact on the lives of millions of people from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, not forgetting the effect it carries on the people of the Middle East: Iraqis, Iranians, Syrians, Palestinians and Israelis among others.
The outcome of this Tuesday's election could well be the day that will change the future of the world.
by Barack Obama, the Democratic Party's candidate, will bring hope to the Middle East that relations with the United States will improve.
There can be no doubt that today's American presidential election is historic.
We could see that the outcome gives the superpower its first female vice-president. Or the majority of American voters could send its first African-American to the White House.
The campaign has been intense and clarifying. It has been conducted in the shadow of a deep and serious financial crisis, and has left no doubt that the coming president will face challenges we have never seen before in modern times.
Barack Obama and John McCain are both well-qualified for the job. George W. Bush represented a political direction we were warned about in our part of the world. It has proven to be a timely warning.
The world has never paid so much attention to a single election. In one country after another, opinion polls show that the results of the American election tomorrow will become noted as a focal point.
Polls in Japan show that interest in the U.S. election is higher among Japanese people than among Americans. In Pakistan, interest in the first debate between the presidential candidates was so high that television stations had to change their schedules to immediately rebroadcast the debate twice. Because Obama has roots in Indonesia and Kenya, these countries feel that Obama should lead. In a few Kenyan high schools, students were assigned to write letters to the two American presidential candidates. Of the completed essays, 87% wrote to "Dear Barack Obama," the remainder going to McCain. In Vietnam, on the other hand, there is a lot of discussion surrounding John McCain. The American veteran has appeared here in the smoke. In Brazil, praise for Obama knows no limits: at least 8 recent political candidates have borrowed Obama's name for their own use. Last week, a representative of China's Foreign Ministry said, "We hope, and believe, that the winning candidate will pay attention to Chinese-American relations." The Xinhua News agency also quoted the point of view of Britain's Guradian newspaper--if the whole world were voting, Obama would be checking in to the White House.
Originally posted by deltaboy
Obama if elected does not serve the world.