World Celebrates With America

By Leela de Kretser,  Newser User

Posted Jan 20, 2009 8:47 AM CST

(Newser) – Obamania has swept the world with mock inauguration ceremonies celebrated all over the globe. From the Japanese city of Obama, to Kisumu, Kenya, hundreds of thousands turned out in temples, shrines, museums, galleries, and local squares with painted faces and Obama Tshirts to mark the 44th president's inauguration. 

A Chinese girl smiles as she poses for a snapshot with a painting depicting U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, by Chinese artist Yu Chengsong, during an exhibition to mark his inauguration.   (AP Photo/ Elizabeth Dalziel)
Lancelot Bourne from Santa Fe, NM, holds a cardboard cutout of President-elect Barack Obama to celebrate Obama's Inauguration in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)
A sign reading "Official Obama Office" hangs outside a classroom of the Kogelo primary school, during celebrations ahead of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration.   (AP Photo/Riccardo Gangale)
A street seller holds a Barack Obama calendar alongside Kenyan craft work, in curio shops in the village of Kogelo, Kenya.   (AP Photo/Riccardo Gangale)
A child with Obama's name painted on her face seen at a mock inauguration party, held in Kisumu, Kenya.   (AP Photo/Riccardo Gangale)
American Brianne Woodward from Crownpoint, Ind., reacts as she poses with a wax figure of Barack Obama in Madam Tussaud's wax museum in London. To mark the inauguration, US citizens get in for free.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Cans of cookies are placed on a table before being offered to visitors who came to a temple to celebrate the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, in Obama city, Japan.   (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
"Obama Girls," made of local residents of northern Japan's Obama city, perform Hawaiian hula dance to celebrate the inauguration of the President-elect during a gathering at a Buddhist temple.   (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
A Kosovar puts up a billboard congratulating President-elect Barack Obama, in Pristina, Kosovo, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
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