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January 20, 2009
The world watches as President Obama takes office

As Barack Obama was sworn in on Tuesday as the 44th president of the United States, people around the world were glued to television sets and radios.

The “Eurotopics” blog provides an overview of international coverage of the inauguration, including editorials from Finland, Slovenia, Estonia and Greece.

The “Citizen” blog adds notes from Switzerland, Spain and South Africa.

Filipina blogger “Jane” writes about her reaction to Obama’s inaugural speech, and argues that technology has made the inauguration a truly global event.

The “El Morsa” blog speculates about what the Obama presidency will mean for Peru.

An English teacher in Colombia writes that “Obamania” has struck the country, and that the main questions on the minds of Colombians concern trade and immigration.

The “Good Blog” writes that Obama has brought hope to one impoverished village in Guatemala.

Blogger “Akin” writes about African leaders attending the inauguration, arguing that most are corrupt and that only Ghana should be given the privilege, as it stands out as an example of democracy.

The “Liberal Conspiracy” blog writes that Britain will never have its own Obama, comparing the history of racial politics in the U.S. and U.K.

The “Rajul” blog outlines come celebratory events in France to mark the inauguration.

An Indian blogger writes that although South Asians may celebrate the inauguration, the future holds many challenges for U.S. relations in the region.

Worldfocus speaks with journalists and citizens around the world to get a sense of the global reaction to the new U.S. leader.


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