LONDON (AP) – Excitement about Barack Obama emerged as a global phenomenon Wednesday as commentators and citizens around the world welcomed the news that he had sealed the Democratic presidential nomination.
The excitement was less about Obama’s foreign policies-which remain vague on many fronts-than a sense that the candidacy of a black American with relatives in Africa and childhood friends in Asia marks a historic moment.
Michael Cox, a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics, said Obama’s win “has sent out a lot of positive signals around the world.”
“He has a very appealing persona-elegant, fluent, strings lots of sentences together into paragraphs,” Cox said. “But in terms of (his) actual policies towards the Middle East, Iraq, Iran, China, Europe-actually, we don’t know.”
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