Obama: The Muslim World's Candidate

Win or not, clinching nomination gives US huge boost abroad
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2008 10:13 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill. points to a questioner as he speaks to the media, Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – Egypt is the latest foreign spot where US journalists are finding support for the candidacy of Barack Obama, with Thomas Friedman, in the New York Times, finding "Egyptians are amazed, excited, and agog that America might elect a black man whose father’s family was of Muslim heritage." Win or not, the Democrat's success "has done more to improve America’s image abroad … than the entire Bush public diplomacy effort."

Obama's charge "revives America’s revolutionary 'brand' overseas in a way that no diplomat could have designed or planned," Friedman finds in a culture where "the past always buries the future, not the other way around." Egypt will still have issues with the US in 2009, but Obama's pending nomination has "reminded everyone that we are still a country of new beginnings."