All eyes were on the Unites States last night, awaiting the results of the most historic election of our lifetime. When Obama was officially declared the 44th president of the USA, celebrations spanned the globe from the streets of Harlem to the slums of Kibera, Nairobi! Here's what global leaders and everyday people all around the world had to say about President Elect Barack Obama's resounding success in the 2008 presidential election:
Celso Amorim, Foreign Minister of Brazil said, "In this case hope has won over prejudice this is good for the United States and the world as a whole."
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pointed out that relations between Venezuela and the US, now at their lowest point in years, could improve in an Obama presidency. Chavez said he would meet with Obama only "on equal and respectful terms."
Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki declared Thursday Nov. 6th a national holiday for Kenyans to, "Celebrate the historic achievement by Senator Barack Obama and our country." Kibaki continued, "This is a momentous day not only in the history of the United States of America, but also for us in Kenya. The victory of Senator Obama is also our own victory because of his roots here in Kenya. As a country, we are full of pride for his success."
Conservative President of Mexico Felipe Calderon congratulated Obama on his triumph in the U.S. presidential election and expressed hope to "strengthen and deepen bilateral relations and work to build a better future for the region."
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso congratulated Obama, saying, "This is a time for renewed commitment between Europe and the United States of America. We need to change the current crisis into a new opportunity," Barroso continued, "We need a new deal for a new world."
Nelson Mandela spoke directly to Obama declaring, "Your victory has
demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to
dream of wanting to the world for a better place"
Housewife Crisitina Recio shared the perspective from Havana, Cuba saying, "I think with Obama we will have some improvement. We're going to breathe a little because if McCain had won we would be in bad shape-and not just the Cubans." While restaurant employee Diego Lopez added, "With Obama, there has to be a relaxing of policy towards Cuba because he has at least promised to change things such as ending travel restrictions for Americans and that will be good for everyone."
Emmanuel Miranda, a 53 year old police officer in Brazil said, "It is the beginning of a different era in the U.S. The United States is a country to dream about, and for us Black Brazilians, it is even easier to do so now."