International opinions generally approve of Barack Obama's re-election, according to the various international reactions to the 2012 U.S. presidential election.
Most Chinese citizens viewed Obama as a more liberal and populist candidate than Mitt Romney. The Chinese public congratulated Obama upon his re-election, saying that the continuity will benefit both countries, according to Xinhua News. Chinese President Hu Jintao said that China-U.S. relations had made positive progress in the past four years as a result of joint efforts.
The western world also showed its positive attitude toward Obama’s re-election. "One of the first things I want to talk to Barack about is how we must do more to try and solve this crisis [in Syria]," David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, said to the Huffington Post on a visit to Syrian refugees on the Jordanian border. "Congratulations to Barack," he said. "I think he's a very successful U.S. president and I look forward to working with him in the future."
Zindzi Mandela, daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela, said to the Huffington Post, “As a mother and as a grandmother who raises boy children, I think that the symbolism of having a black man occupy the highest office is something that can make my children very aspirational to know that this is possible, you know, in their lifetime."
The re-election also brought mixed feelings among international students at Boston College.
“I personally don’t want to see Obama be the owner of the White House for another four years even though he was chosen again by the nation... President Obama seems to focus on the long-term development of America but if he can’t find a way to massively increase jobs, there will be more social problems. Somehow, America needs a bolder president who knows the financial world well," Simon Liang, CSOM’ 16, said.
As an international student from England, Marcus Kalamotusis, CSOM’16, approved of Obama’s re-election when considering British political culture. “England is quite liberal and I would say that definitely the majority of people wanted Obama,” he said. “The idea of a politician being against abortion and against gay marriage is absurd in England. So I would definitely say that the English really don’t like Romney’s social policies.”