Asian diplomat says Obama's victory would have dramatic global implications

Kishore Mahbubani, dean of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and former Ambassador and President of the UN Security Council, writes in a Newsweek article If The World Could Vote: "It is clear whose election would have the most dramatic effect: Barack Obama's. In one fell swoop, an Obama victory would eliminate at least half the massive anti-Americanism now felt around the world. Eight hundred million Africans would get a tremendous boost to their self-esteem and cultural pride. A son of their soil would, for the first time, occupy the White House, and many would whisper, approvingly, "Only in America."

Obama is not a Muslim, but the 1.2 billion Muslims around the world would take great interest in his middle name: Hussein. Indeed, the election of "H" would immediately undo much of the damage "W" has wrought. W pushed hard for the democratization of the Islamic world, but H's election would accomplish far more. Young Muslims would quickly start asking why America can elect a young Hussein when their own states are stuck with aging, visionless leaders. Obama has said that "the United States is seen as arrogant and aloof" and that "the world will work with—not against—U.S. power if it is put to principled use and directed towards common goals." Were he to implement this thinking as president, the world would become a much happier place."

ABC News: "Obama Takes Europe by Storm"

"Obama's popularity has soared in Europe since his startling win in Iowa, with European newspapers and television networks from Stockholm to Berlin to London now filled with images of the Illinois senator. In Paris, stories about Obama replaced President Nicolas Sarkozy's love life on the front pages of the newspapers Le Figaro, Libération and Le Monde, which on the day after the Iowa caucuses proclaimed: "The Greater America opts for the New Man." (ABC News, 8 Jan)

Herald Tribune - "Obama's popularity soars - in Germany"

"The Berliner Morgenpost over the weekend ran with the headline, "The New Kennedy."... An editorial in the Frankfurter Rundschau went one historic president better with a headline that read simply: "Lincoln, Kennedy, Obama," adding that "hope and optimism" are "the source of the nation's strength."... Obama's newfound popularity among Germans underscores not only the breadth of his appeal but also the opportunity he might have as president... to mend fences abroad as well as at home... Christoph von Marschall, Washington bureau chief for the Tagesspiegel newspaper [is the] author of a book released here last month called Barack Obama, The Black Kennedy." (IHT, 6 Jan)