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News of Barack Obama's victory brings 'relief and joy' around the world

Obama_paper_2_2 About a month ago, we pointed out an Economist poll that asked what would happen if the whole world could vote in the U.S. presidential election.

The conclusion then was that the rest of the world (with the exception of the country of Georgia) preferred Democrat Barack Obama to his rival, John McCain.

So we weren't entirely surprised to learn today that American Democrats aren't the only people celebrating Obama's historic victory. According to Henry Chu, the Times' London bureau chief, the rest of the world is downright ecstatic about Obama's win, too.

Chu writes:

"If history records a sudden surge in carbon emissions on Wednesday, it may be due to the collective exhalation of relief and joy by the hundreds of millions -- perhaps billions -- of people around the globe who watched, waited and prayed for Barack Obama to be elected president of the United States."

For more on how the rest of the world is celebrating, check out Chu's article here. And click here to see photographs of how the rest of the world is celebrating.

-- Kate Linthicum

Picture credit: The front page of Al Watan (from Damascus, Syria).

 
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Way to kill a buzz, Chu.

I don't understand why the whole world is rejoicing,
Look at the statistics of Illinois and especially Chicago (where Obama has supposedly done sooo many good things). Cook County-highest tax rate in the entire country. Chicago-murder capital of the country. Chicago schools-among the WORST in the nation. I sure hope Obama does a little better with the US than he has done with Chicago!


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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