The Inaugural Address Heard Around the World
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Tens of millions of people watched Barack Obama take office. News coverage, commentary and public opinion are as diverse as the audience. Today we’ll hear what’s being said in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. On Reporter's Notebook, fast action on Guantanamo Bay and growing problems with Mexico.
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Barack Obama’s inaugural address was not an event witnessed by Americans alone. On his first day in office, President Obama has been calling leaders in the Middle East. Opposition to the war in Iraq was a major factor in Barack Obama’s campaign and his election. And despite the friendship between George Bush and Britain’s Tony Blair, US relations with Western Europe took a dive during the past 8 years. Barack Obama is an African-American, but he’s not the descendent of slaves. His father was a highly educated civic leader in Kenya who came to the US for higher education. There was no reference to Latin America—not even to Mexico, where President Obama will be faced with increasingly rampant drug and gun smuggling, and where the economic crisis could drive more immigrants northward.
- Martin Savidge: Anchor, Worldfocus
- Alissa Johannsen Rubin: Baghdad Deputy Bureau Chief, New York Times, @alissanyt
- Ghassan Khatib: Jerusalem Media and Communications Center
- Efraim Inbar: Director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies
- Philip Stevens: Associate editor of the Financial Times; Senior political commentator
- Daudi Were: Blogger at Mentalacrobatics, founded of KenyaUnlimited.com and the Kenyan Blogs Webring
Challenges for Obama in US/Mexico Relations? ()Military judges at Guantanamo Bay have already accepted today’s request by President Obama to shut down prosecutions so that the process can be reviewed.
- Ricardo Pascoe: international affairs advisor, Social Democratic Party in Mexico
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