A recent article in the Politico commented on Obama’s popularity worldwide, particularly in Japan and Europe.
“Global interest in the 2008 U.S. presidential race, and particularly in the junior senator from Illinois, has triggered intense media coverage overseas. And one thing is clear: Obama plays well way beyond Peoria — in Tokyo, London, Frankfurt and Nairobi… “The fact is, because of this country’s importance and all its recent screw-ups, the politics of the succession of George W. Bush are watched like a hawk,” he [Rupert Cornwell, Washington bureau chief for the London Independent] said. “I get the sense British readers are more interested in American politics than British politics.”
I think this is particularly interesting because Obama as a political leader could improve international relations. With the Bush Administration’s general rejection of multi-lateral negotiations, a new leadership acknowledged early by the international community, could improve the U.S.’s position and appearance in the world.