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Building bridges

Obama is wildly popular across the globe. But in the middle east, America's toxic image will not be cured by a new face and friendlier rhetoric alone

By Jim Sciutto   December 2008

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As an American overseas, watching the world celebrate Barack Obama’s victory on 4th November was both exhilarating and a little bewildering. Over the last few years, I’d grown used to the lectures from friends and strangers on just how much my country was damaging the world. Now, there was dancing in the streets (often literally) from London to Lahore. And the official reaction was nearly as effusive. President Nicolas Sarkozy’s congratulatory statement read like a love letter.

Overseas Obamamania sprang from many causes. Across the world, there is deep desire for…

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