It’s not just Americans who are weighing in on Barack Obama’s candidacy: The New Republic’s Antonio Vargas Llosa reads the tea leaves in overseas attitudes towards the potential first black president:
- The European left is relatively mum, showing “a quiet shame” that mainstream America—often mocked for its racial discrimination—has a more open-minded attitude than the often-socialist Continent.
- European conservatives are pleased, not believing that Obama will jerk policy too far left—and excited about a likely soft power transformation.
- The Latin American right is jubilant, citing Obama's candidacy as a “reasonable way to bring about social change” within established government. As opposed, that is, to overhauling discriminatory systems with populist revolution.
- Latin American lefties have been careful with their plaudits, not wanting Obama to provide too much good publicity for the US.