From Obama’s victory speech (complete transcript):
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
To all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.
Tonight, we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.
This is our time — to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.
Responses around the world:
“Your victory has demonstrated that no person… should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place.” -Nelson Mandela in a letter to Obama
“At a time when we must face huge challenges together, your election has raised enormous hope in France, in Europe and beyond.” -French President Nicolas Sarkozy
“Barack Obama ran an inspirational campaign, energising politics with his progressive values and his vision for the future.” -British Prime Minister Brown
“The American people have to change their policies in order to get rid of the quagmire made by President Bush for them.” -Iranian official Gholamali Haddad Adel
“I hope that this new administration in the United States of America, and the fact of the massive show of concern for human beings and lack of interest in race and colour while electing the president, will go a long way in bringing the same values to the rest of world sooner or later.” -Afghan President Hamid Karzai
“Senator Obama will be taking office at a critical juncture. There are many pressing challenges facing the international community, including the global financial crisis and global warming.” -New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark
China’s President Hu Jintao called this “a new period of history”.
The Times of London said Obama had revitalized U.S. politics. “The immense turnout in yesterday’s election was testament to the energy, excitement and expectations of a rejuvenated American democracy, as well as the fears of a nation standing at a crossroads of history,” the paper said.
To celebrate this momentous election, Kenya even declared November 5 a national holiday!