Americans may be divided over the presidential election, but the world clearly prefers Barack Obama, Melinda Brouwer writes on AlterNet. Here's why:
- Other nations share Obama’s desire for change in US policy, "and want him to make good on it."
- Unlike John McCain, Obama "represents the antithesis of the current president. That part doesn't get lost in translation."
- Electing an African American shows the US is tolerant and mature—qualities it claims to possess and "that people abroad want it to possess."
- An Obama election would show that Americans can reason and correct their mistakes—like electing President Bush a second time and going to war for "all the wrong reasons."
- Obama's international roots appeal to people all over the world: "Foreign publics can pick and choose with which 'Obama' they identify most -- the perceived Muslim, Asian, or African Obama."