Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Europe celebrates the end of Bush or Why I love Paris

Not everyone around the world is rooting for Barack Obama to be the next president of the United States.

But most people are!

The election today is being watched carefully everywhere! In Germany, "...the election dominated television tickers crawls, newspaper headlines and Web sites.

"Obama mania was evident not only across Europe but also in much of the Islamic world, where Muslims expressed hope that the Democrat would seek compromise rather than confrontation. The Bush administration alienated Muslims by mistreating [read torturing!] prisons at its detention center for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and inmates at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison -- human rights violations also condemned worldwide."

Rais Yatim, the Malaysian foreign minister expressed the hope of many: "I hope Obama wins (because) of the need of the world to see the U.S. represent a more cosmopolitan or universal political attitude.

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson said "For those who have become disenchanted with America -- including many Americans -- (Obama) offers the hope of reigniting the love affair."

In Kenya, of course, Obama's support is overwhelming and Kenyans "packed churches today to pray for Obama.

And in Obama, Japan, a "sleepy ... coastal town ... images of him [Obama] adorned banners along a main shopping street, and preparations for an election day victory party were in full swing."

But, then we have Paris. I love Paris for many reasons. Here's just one more reason to love Paris. Thousands of Parisians are expected to show up for a "Good-bye George" party. How great is that?

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