Again, as one of those who did not vote for President-elect Obama and seeing the many people that were inspired by his message it made me think of the talk about how the United States is percieved in the world. While it has been a much talked about subject, and often times many people come to the conslusion that the stature of the United States has been somewhat diminished as if late, I thought you might enjoy this. "American elections have shaken me to the core. I have always thought the Chinese political system is the best in the world, but it is not so. We are deprived of our sacred rights, rule of law and human rights are trampled upon. To have a democratic system like the one in the USA is more difficult than touching the sky... But we long to achieve freedom and democracy, which is a difficult task for us young people in China." (Anonymous) "American democracy changes all the time. The role of this new America in the Third World will be more humane and more ethical." (Adel, Yemen) "If tomorrow we were electing the president of planet Earth, I would choose Obama." (Andrei Sidorenko, Vladivostok, Russia) In Afghanistan, the U.S. Embassy invited scores of Afghans to watch the U.S. election results at a party at Kabul's Serena Hotel where a well-planned Taliban bombing and gun attack in January grabbed world headlines. Organizers even set up an unofficial polling station for Afghan visitors to cast ballots. The result: 74-3 for Obama. "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place. We applaud your commitment to supporting the cause of peace and security around the world. We trust that you will also make it the mission of your presidency to combat the scourge of poverty and disease everywhere." Nelson Mandela Elation, Skepticism As World Reacts To Obama Win : NPR Now what this says to me, in loud words is that the world is willing to give this man a chance and his ability to inspire those here has reached ears and eyes all over the world, so then as out next President perhaps we should do the same.