Global Politics

Foreign governments and the U.S. election

(Let's begin in Europe, Obama is hugely popular there. But you're not so sure he'd win office if he was running there?) There is great hope he'll win, the world is voting for Obama, but at the same time there is apprehension and people still can't believe an African-American can become president of the U.S., and that's a reflection of their own circumstances. So in many ways it'll be a mirror for those countries' racism if Obama wins. (Some Americans might be surprised at how other countries see the U.S. as still being extremely racist because of history of recent elections?) Of course, and there is still racism in the U.S. and other countries, it's just less explicit than in the U.S. but an Obama victory might mobilize both young people and minorities in other countries to think the same could happen with them. (What makes you say that?) If Obama wins this is a strong sign of democracy working. (Couldn't the same be said about McCain winning?) Poor people around the world have an easier time identifying with Obama. (It's not as if the U.S. hasn't had African Americans in high office.) Yes, but remember those were not elected positions. This is an election that has gripped the attention of the world and it's a powerful message. (Do you hear people overseas express criticism for Obama based on his race?) I do believe racism is powerful and present in other countries�in Russia, Latin America and other places, the comments are colored by racism. (What have you heard?) Recently, President Chavez of Venezuela said, I want to talk to the black guy and I'm sure he's clear of what the responsibilities are.

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