Obama’s Re-Election Celebrated Around World
From his old school in Indonesia to a Japanese beach town that happens to share his name, people around the world cheered President Barack Obama’s re-election Wednesday.
The results of Tuesday’s election were closely watched in many countries. Several U.S. embassies held mock elections and threw parties as returns came in.
At Jakarta’s Menteng 01 Elementary School, which Obama once attended, students happily marched with a poster of the president from one classroom to another after hearing that he had defeated Republican Mitt Romney to win a second term. “Obama wins … Obama wins again,” they shouted.
A statue of a young “Barry” Obama, as he was called as a child, stands outside the school.
“I want to be like him, the president,” student Alexander Ananta said.
The news also thrilled Obama’s former nanny in Indonesia, Evie, who became well known this year following reports of her struggles living in the conservative country as a transgender.