People the world over reacted to Barack Obama's re-election. Global citizens are mindful of the fact that the impact of decisions made by the world's only superpower reaches far beyond its borders. Obama, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has achieved somewhat iconic status globally. However, Obama's reelection was a disappointment to some world leaders despite the jubilation in other parts of the world.
“It is definitely encouraging for Angela Merkel in Germany. If the leader of the West can make it, so can the leader of Europe,” said Dominique Moïsi is a senior adviser at the French Institute for International Relations. In his official message of congratulations to Obama, Chinese President Hu Jintao said bilateral relations had made positive progress in the past four years through joint efforts. Leaders all over the globe weighed in on Obama's re-election with some former foes issuing awkward congratulations.