The World Reacts to Obama's Win
Netanyahu and the Dalai Lama among those sounding out
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2012 8:15 AM CST
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures to devotees as he arrives to give a religious talk in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

(Newser) – The world reacted to President Obama's reelection this morning with a mix of optimism, skepticism, and a healthy dose of blah, the AP reports. Among the murmurs from abroad:

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron: "One of the first things I want to talk to Barack about is how we must do more to try and solve this crisis [in Syria]. Above all, congratulations to Barack."

  • Calling their strategic alliance "stronger than ever," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to "continue to work with President Obama to preserve the strategic interests of Israel's citizens," reports the Jerusalem Post. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel and the US "will be able to overcome any of our differences."
  • French President Francois Hollande: "Your re-election is a clear choice in favor of an America that is open, unified, completely engaged in the international scene, and conscious of the challenges facing our planet: peace, the economy, and the environment."
  • Dalai Lama: "You have made earnest efforts to live up to [the] great hope and trust placed in you by the American public. I believe you have been re-elected now in recognition of that effort."
  • Amir Karimi, resident of Tehran: "No breakthrough happened in relations between Iran and the US" over the past four years, and things declined "with the sanctions being imposed. So I think the outcome of the elections that was just held will not make any difference for Iran."
  • Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik tweeted, "Hope we can work together to bring peace to the world" (via the BBC).

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Nov 8, 2012 1:01 AM CST
I'm so glad the news media were able to reach someone as qualified to give their political opinion as a RESIDENT of Iran. Come on, guys, are we so stuck on freezing them out that we won't even talk to an expert? Grow up, U.S. journalists.
Nov 7, 2012 2:50 PM CST
In his concession speech, Gov Romney called for unity. In his victory speech, the President said he'd be calling on Romney for help dealing with the recalctrant GOP-Tea Party. So, what happens? "Non-deep-thinker" rants the following..." They're going to see why the Divided States of America is a bad idea, and why having a President of 50% of the country is a bad idea, and why treating small business like garbage is a bad idea, and why having some government office in charge of their health care is a bad idea." Sore loser? One could imagine the GOP puttng forth a candidate who could represent the values and feelings of more than 50% of Americans, but apparently not in 2012. So, we try again with House Leadership which would only vote on GOP-sponsored bills and a Senate GOP Minority using the filibuster to stop anything the President tried to do, including appointees to the Federal Courts and Government. I suspect it will take a sound drubbing in the 2014 Mid-term Elections before Boehner, McConnell, Ryan, Cantor, Rove and Tea Partyers Amy Kremer, Judson Phillips, Jenny Martin and Co., realize we're not buying what they're selling! It's time to stop sulking, find some common ground with the rest of us, reject extremes which hurt the least among us, and DO something for America!
Nov 7, 2012 10:21 AM CST
This time Netanyahu laid a real Bibi in his nest. Obama is not dependant on the Jewish vote for re-election. Obama can afford to stop aid to the the neighbors of Israel. This would free them up to vent their frustration directly with Israel at the same time not having to answer to the USA. Obama could inform the US public about the dealings with Israel and the danger is causes to our relations with our Arab partners. Obama can afford to ignore Netanyahu and when he tries to push on his various contacts within the congress expose them also. I really think that Netanyahu has never taken the time to understand Obama. Romney had Shelden Adelson funding him and this did not help him to win. Many in the USA are aware of the direct attempt by Netanyahu to stop Obama. What Netanyahu is not aware of is this is not his average Goy. This is Barrack Obama from Chicago and this game Bibi is a bit too old to understand. Look at Romney.