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article imageU.S. State Department Says Entire Globe is Obsessed With Presidential Election

By Chris V. Thangham     Nov 4, 2008 in Politics
More than 4,000 foreign journalists were granted credentials to cover the campaign finale by the U.S. State Department.
Political fever is raging around the world according to U.S. State Department spokesman Keith Peterson.
He told the Washington Times:
"Interest is unprecedented...And every journalist is looking for their local angle. It's huge in Bangladesh. In France, 'Le Figaro' devoted five pages to the election. The Russians and Nigerians want to know how foreign policy will affect them, the Irish want to talk about the Irish ancestry of Sen. Barack Obama on his mother's side."
This particular election not only affects the U.S. but also the world.
Residents of India are particularly worried about how the newly elected president will affect their off-shore job industry. One of their local newspapers, the Indian Express, has posted a live election widget to see the latest results.
Kenyans want to show support for Obama, as his father was born in the country.
The Vietnamese are curious about Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Hanoi, four decades ago.
Voice of America (VOA) is providing live news in almost every foreign country in which it broadcasts. They will be broadcasting in 45 languages (including Urdu, Mandarin, Creole, Albanian and others) to more than 134 million listeners. They also broadcast via satellite TV and online.
VOA Executive Editor Steve Redisch told the Washington Times:
"It's not just the American electorate which is energized. It's worldwide, and it goes beyond the uniqueness of the candidates...People are trying to understand what America is all about, and how it all works - what we're doing and why we're doing it."
The world is concerned about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the economic crisis that spread from the U.S. to other countries. They want to know if the next president can solve the crisis.
Other prominent media involved are Alhurra, the American-funded Arabic-language television network, Al Jazeera, Agence France-Presse, the BBC and more. Furthermore, political coverage is exploding from blogs, social networks and citizen journalism sites.
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