Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Global Crises Will Define Barack Obama's Presidency

The historic Inauguration Day - slideshow - was overwhelming and momentous!

Now, finally, America believes that it has found the right man for the job. The expectations on election day were high -- and they have now risen even higher. On the domestic front, Obama is expected to overcome the financial crisis, stem the rising tide of unemployment, reduce social inequality and achieve nothing less than raising the country to new heights of greatness...

On the foreign policy front, the
wish list of the international community has grown even longer over the past eight years with every single disappointment with George W. Bush. Obama is expected to achieve peace in the Middle East, prevent Iran from building the bomb without resorting to bombing the country, integrate the Chinese into the world community, tame the Russians, unite the Europeans and -- in his spare time -- also achieve reconciliation with communist Cuba… Cordula Meyer, Gregor Peter Schmitz and Gabor Steingart, Spiegel International

Welcoming the new president to office Nicolas Sarkozy said: "We are eager for him to get to work so that with him we can change the world.” Telegraph UK

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