World Welcomes Obama's Win

Across the top of today's Times of India is a photograph of Obama and Clinton with the headline (due to the time difference): "Obama Closes In On Dem Win, But Will Hillary Be His Running Mate?"

For those Indians following the race, it is an exciting time.

"It's a very historic moment," said Darius Lam, 38. "It's a contest that we're all looking forward to. You know everybody loves an underdog, and he's someone who has really fought his way to the top so it will be very interesting to see what will happen in November against a very established rival."

Brazil

Down in Brazil, most people you speak to on the street, in a taxi or in a bar will tell you that they want to see Obama take the White House.

From Rio to Brasilia, Brazilians see Obama as a new face who will refresh America's tarnished image abroad.

President Bush's decision to invade Iraq were very much frowned upon in this country, which has only engaged in one international war -- in the late 19th century -- with Paraguay and Argentina.

Newspapers and TV bulletins are not shy about promoting the senator from Illinois.

Brazilians said that Obama represents a change from the old guard of U.S. politics and will seek to engage in positive relations with Latin America.

Brazil's potential has already been tapped by other countries, such as China and Iran, and the consensus is that if the United States is not going to acknowledge its economic growth, then there are other countries that are only too happy to take the opportunity to do business with Brazil.

And of course there is his race.

Brazil has the highest number of people of African descent outside the African continent, and the country is intrigued by Obama's racial background, saying he almost looks like he could be Brazilian.

Margaret Conley, Sonia Gallego, Dana Hughes, Ammu Kannampilly, Christel Kucharz, Alexandra P. Nadezhdina, Noriko Namiki, Phoebe Natanson, Karen Russo, Christophe Schpoliansky, Lara Setrakian, Stephanie Sy, Emily Wither and The Associated Press contributed to the reporting of this story.

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