Wednesday, May 23, 2018

World follows Obama's rise

BEIRUT, Lebanon — No one's tossing confetti or releasing balloons, but U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's ascent to likely Democratic Party presidential nominee has captivated many of those watching the American political contest abroad.

Newspaper front pages and television newscasts throughout the world Wednesday featured photographs and footage of the smiling Illinois lawmaker.

The conservative French daily Le Figaro described him as "the man in a hurry who dethroned Hillary." The left-leaning London-based Guardian called him "a political giant slayer" who defeated his own party's entrenched interest.

An editorial cartoon in Mexico's daily Reforma depicted him as a Christ-like figure atop the Democratic donkey on Palm Sunday.

"Obama's America on the doorstep of history," said a headline in Assafir, in Lebanon.

A poll released this week by the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news channel showed more than half of those interviewed in 22 countries preferred Obama over Clinton or Republican John McCain.

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