President Obama's Re-Election: How the News Media Around the Globe Covered It
President Obama Cries During Speech Thanking Campaign Staff (Video)
Barack Obama's victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the U.S. presidential election didn't only dominate U.S. TV and newspaper. News media around the world on Wednesday covered Obama's re-election, in many cases highlighting the close final weeks of the campaign.
In the U.K., the BBC morning news shows led with the U.S. election results, with one host emphasizing that they came in "after a long and exhausting contest costing billions of dollars."
BBC Washington correspondent Adam Brookes in the U.S. election studio mentioned estimates that the campaign spending has amounted to at least $3 billion. But he also emphasized that Americans spend $6.5 billion a year on Halloween costumes and candy. "Suddenly $3 billion doesn't feel like quite that much money," he quipped.
A BBC report led off with Obama's victory speech, highlighting that the president was "relieved, exhausted" when he addressed his supporters. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, felt "the crushing [weight] of defeat," it added before highlighting that Obama faces big political and economic decisions the day after victory celebrations.
Meanwhile, BSkyB's Sky News network focused a morning discussion on what the election results mean for Obama and the future of the Republican Party. And it highlighted that the Obama victory was a defeat for the Tea Party movement.
U.K. tabloid The Sun, which is part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., on its web site led with the election news under the headline "Barack Four More." In a second headline, it added: "Obama is U.S. president again - after an election nailbiter." The Sun also mentioned Hollywood's role in the election: "Celebrities led by Lady Gaga and will.i.am celebrated as [the] Obama win left Donald Trump seething," it said. Murdoch himself had signaled support for Romney.
British media on Wednesday also highlighted that Prime Minister David Cameron has already congratulated Obama. "I would like to congratulate Barack Obama on his re-election," media quoted him as saying in a statement. "I have really enjoyed working with him over the last few years and I look forward to working with him again over the next four years."
India woke up Wednesday morning to news of Barack Obama's re-election to the White House for a second term. Given the time difference, the morning newspapers didn't have the final results and ran open-ended headlines referring to the photo finish pre-poll predictions. Indian news networks telecast live feeds of Obama's victory speech, which aired around noon India time. Leading joint venture news network CNN-IBN ran feeds from its partner CNN.
As news of Obama's win spread, celebrities started posting congratulation messages on Twitter.
“Just landed back in Mumbai and came to know about Obama's win. It made me happy. There is something optimistic about him. :),” actor Anupam Kher- currently starring in Silver Linings Playbook– said on his Twitter account.
“Congratulations Sir, may you embrace the rest of the world too and work towards equality on the only planet we have,” tweeted director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) while offering caution for Obama, “Four more years, but four more years where the U.S. will have to come to terms that you cannot live on China funding your debt forever.”