It’s funny to wake up in Tel Aviv and suddenly rush to turn on the presidential victory speech and realize that the fact that it’s happening has dawned because you’re hearing the speech in stereo throughout the neighborhood. In Israel.
Yup, we watched the elections closely on this end. Of course we would. High stakes, vested interests, etc..
And this morning, as I penned an election related piece for a U.S. based website, I traipsed through the blogosphere to find out what my neighbors in Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iraq are saying about Obama.
The consensus is a collective sigh of relief. Duh. George W. isn’t liked in most of these parts – except for in pockets of the part I live in and in the wealthier oil industry associated countries.
One Iraqi blogger, aptly titled neurotic Iraqi wife wrote of Obama as a savior. She colorfully described anticipation of new chances & renewed hope while thanking Allah for the Bush exit saying he essentially trashed her country.
A Palestinian blogger despaired. Who cares anyway? he wrote. All regimes are the same.
Many mentioned the historic significance of Obama being elected to the White House. A man of color.
My personal fave?
From Saudi Jeans:
Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States. Congrats to Abu Hussein