The message was clear: America wanted change, with Barack Obama, thatâ€™s who they got. Now begins the tough job of actually being the President of the United States. Now that the landslide election is over, what happens next? Not only is Obama going to be under the microscope of the entire nation, he will also have to endure the glare of the global spotlight as well.
How will Americaâ€™s first African-American president leave his mark on the world?
It has been said that the world has only two global superpowers: The United States and the world opinion. Not since the weeks and months immediately following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center have these two things collided in the way they did the night an African American stood before the nation and accepted the task America has laid before him.
What effect will Obama have on the United Statesâ€™ place in the world?
Already, his victory has given wings to the human-rights crusades of people around the world, in a way that Bush simply couldnâ€™t. The election of an African American to the highest office isnâ€™t just an American victory, it is a human victory. But that doesnâ€™t mean his task will be an easy one. When Barack Obama steps into his new job, he inherits a mountain of challenges both domestic and foreign. The fact that his victory has been met favorably by many corners of the globe is a point in his column, however. He is, at the moment, being touted as â€œthe worldâ€™s presidentâ€.
There is little doubt that Barack Obama is at the virtual opposite end of the spectrum from George W. Bush on most issues. Because of that, it is likely that Obamaâ€™s approach to things like the United Statesâ€™ military presence in countries like Iraq or Afghanistan will undergo quite a change, as will the â€œif you arenâ€™t with us youâ€™re against usâ€ mentality t