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Obama's International Following

By Shailagh Murray
Sen. Barack Obama may be struggling to connect in Wheeling, but he's doing well in Wien.

"The World Wants Obama Coalition" of international and U.S. expatriate supporters has turned into a booming marketplace of campaign-related outreach -- mostly involving people who are not eligible to vote in the United States but who are transfixed by the Obama candidacy.

The site lists 23 local Facebook groups (i.e. "J'aimerais trop que Barack Obama soit President!" and "Latinoamerica Apoya a Barack Obama") and eight global groups (like "The Whole World for B.O." and "Obamaism Worldwide"). Blogs and websites include (in Cyrillic) and

A "Bridges for Obama" photographic project, organized by Meredith Wheeler, a Chicago native now living in Lautrec, France, depicts Obama supporters and signage on 40 prominent bridges around the world, from the Pont Neuf in Paris and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence to the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul and the Nujibashi Bridge in Tokyo.

Another group is working to subtitle Obama videos into different languages, and is seeking volunteers to help with Arabic and Urdu. The archive already includes Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese translations. And the site gives instructions for making get-out-the-vote calls to U.S. voters using the low-cost Internet telephone service, Skype.

The instructions read, "Start by explaining who you are, and asking if they would be happy to talk, for example: 'Hi, I'm Justin from London, England, and I'm part of an international movement supporting Senator Obama. I can't vote in this election, but if you have a few minutes I'd love to talk to you about how a President Obama would improve America's standing in the world.'"

There are links to Obama songs, including a Spanish ring tone and a Mexican mariachi number, "Viva Obama." The candidate has inspired a Bollywood tribute and a reggae song. The Irish band Hardy Drew and the Nancy Boys posted a Clancy Brothers meets Beastie Boys original number, "There's No One as Irish as Barack O'Bama":

O'Leary, O'Reilly, O'Hare and O'Hara

There's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama

You don't believe me / I hear you say

But Barack's as Irish / As was JFK

His granddaddy's daddy / Came from Moneygall

A small Irish village / Well known to you all

Toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a loo, toor a lama

There's no one as Irish / As Barack O'Bama

"Senator Obama looks different, he sounds different, and millions of non-Americans believe he will act differently," reads the coalition's manifesto. "We cannot vote in the 2008 US elections, but if we could, we'd back Obama."

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 14, 2008; 11:21 AM ET
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Here's another Obama song site with a free download. The artist is Andy Fraser, a UK citizen and resident of California who is supporting Obama. Andy Fraser was in the band FREE and he wrote the mega classic, "All Right Now" and many others....Check it out at

Posted by: Lou | May 16, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

what's that sweetie? step into my oval office alone for a minute, honey. i just need about 15 minutes with you, baby.

Posted by: obama da player | May 15, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

That does not surprise me. I volunteered at the Barack Obama field office located in San Antonio, Texas on the pre dominantly Mexican American side of town (down the street from Hillary supporter Henry Cisneros). I enjoyed working side by side with folks that came from Columbia, France, Argentina.... Our field coordinators (Obama staff) included wonderful folks from New Jersey, Iowa, Pennsylvania and California. Volunteers of different ethnicities from Seattle, Washington to New York City descended on our little Obama store front office. Regardless of geographic region, skin tone, religious background many spoke Spanish fluently. It also showed our Obama staff how diverse the Latino population is. The tacqueria saleswoman across the street loved her profit margin with us as did the internatinal media (both German and French television). GQ, Associated Press, CNN and other national outlets also spent a hours covering our operations as block walkers and phone bankers began and ended long days of high impact, face-to-face voter contact. San Antonio thanks the world and the nation for sending us your Obama supporters and media! THe response was great, oh sure we got thumped by Hillary supporters (except two of our precincts on the west side --yeah!). Bexar County and the rest of Texas is better for the international/national volunteer Obama participation/attention -- in turn our guests got a taste of the wonderful cosmopolitan mix of Mexican and U.S. customs and languages blended in a big political mixing bowl on the west side of San Antonio, Texas. That was some spicy political salsa to say the least and the weather was great and folks had a great time! But the bottom line is voter paricipation skyrocketed. I have been involved in grass roots campaigning before and felt a sense of jubilation at the pride shown by working Texas families when they voted. Early voting sites looked like a crowded Costco parking lot! This really spells trouble for the Republican party. Thanks to our internatinonal and national visitors Texas made political history. --written by an at large delegate to the Texas Democratic Convention in June...

Posted by: barckforsouthexas | May 15, 2008 1:22 AM | Report abuse

The most comprehensive playlist you will find on the internet with songs in support for Barack Obama:

Posted by: Svarten | May 14, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

This article touches on a key asset of Obama's that all Americans should appreciate. Your international image has likely never been lower, meaning the world is a more dangerous, unwelcoming place for all of you. Obama is just one politician, not some miracle worker, but he could go a long way to restoring the U.S. to its rightful position of respect.
He has obviously never sought support from or voiced any kind of approval of terrorist groups. But if, for instance, he is better able to convince Hamas to recognize Israel and make peace, how exactly is that a bad thing?

Posted by: Matthew | May 14, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Most people in OZ do like him, He is too up himself. and the reason why we don't like him is we don't trust him. History show what he has done and what we will do. Evil, awaits its right moment to strike

Posted by: Jawathegreat | May 14, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Edwards Endorses OBama

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

No, deborah, my problem with Barack HUSSEIN Obama is mostly about his pro-choice views (he was endorsed by the NARAL butchers today). Thanks for the "concern" though.

Posted by: JakeD | May 14, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

"...Vern is obviously attempting to incite Obama supporters. It's best to ignore that sort of thing."
That sort of sentiment will get you disemboweled where i come from as well. Ignore NOTHING and FIGHT EVERY FIGHT!

Posted by: United States of Oakland | May 14, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

What more need be said??

Posted by: jencm | May 14, 2008 3:48 PM


jencm, I will allow for the possibility you are 12 years old and explain the world to you. All politicians will do the things Milbank describes, it's called posing for pictures and they'd look like idiots if they didn't. The only difference here is this was Sen Clinton doing it and therefore the Washington Post will type it up in a story and pretend otherwise. I see from your reaction the Post has achieved its desired effect.
You're welcome.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

At the The Cannes Film Festival, Sean Penn blasts Obama's 'phenomenally inhuman and unconstitutional' voting record...

Posted by: Kate | May 14, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

They voted like 99%-1% in Gary, Indiana for Obambi....economically similar to many poor rural areas in West Virginia....

But nobody is calling Gary, Indiana the most racist city in the country...

Why do people attack whites who have been supporting Obambi to the tune of 44% of the white vote?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

send obama back to africa. he can herd goats in kenya and think about audacity.

Posted by: bubba | May 14, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"2:57 p.m., Yeager Airport, Charleston, W.Va.: A steep descent brings Clinton's plane to Charleston's hilltop airport. After an appropriate wait, she steps from the plane and pretends to wave to a crowd of supporters; in fact, she is waving to 10 photographers underneath the airplane's wing. She pretends to spot an old friend in the crowd, points and gives another wave; in fact, she is waving at an aide she had been talking with on the plane minutes earlier."

What more need be said??

Posted by: jencm | May 14, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Great. This is going to be the most racist event in US history. Thanks, dems.

Posted by: troy | May 14, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I applaud the Washington Post for NOT censoring such asinine postings as vern's (see May 14 2.40pm) ...
Posted by: United States of Oakland | May 14, 2008 3:25 PM

Vern is obviously attempting to incite Obama supporters. It's best to ignore that sort of thing.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

black is beautiful and so is tan, but white is the color of the big boss man. mccain '08

Posted by: big bill | May 14, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

black is beautiful and so is tan, but whit is the color of the big boss man. mccain '08

Posted by: big bill | May 14, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

To those of you pooh-poohing this, remember what an asset it was to have a popular President by the name of Kennedy during the Cold War. We don't need to decide elections based upon what people in other countries think, but it doesn't hurt if they already like our new leader.

Posted by: Chuck | May 14, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Go O'Bama! May the wind always be at your back, the road rise with you, and that you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows you're dead!

Obama World Tour 08!

Posted by: Chief Two Dogs | May 14, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Castro supports McCain

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I applaud the Washington Post for NOT censoring such asinine postings as vern's (see May 14 2.40pm) or even deborah's (see May 14 11.46am). It should serve as a reminder that the ignorant (read: the bigoted, the illiterate and the citizens of flyover) too are afforded the right to vote. Where I come from, Vern would no doubt be disemboweled if he was courageous enough to disrobe, remove his hood and express those sentiments to someone of any race on the street. And, Deborah my dear, though the vehemence of your allegiance is laudable, never be afraid to use the spell check feature on your machine before posting. It's what Obama would do.

Posted by: United States of Oakland | May 14, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Terrorists For Obama

# Date Action
1 2008-05-14 11:34am PT This post was found by JBlog Central and given an initial rating of 5 stars.

Hamas, the Palestinian Sunni Islamist militant organization (i.e. terrorist group) and political party has come out in support of their favorite U.S. Presidential candidate....Barack Obama. Hamas' top political adviser in the Gaza Strip, Ahmed Yousef, said in an interview with World Net Daily and ABC radio that Hamas "hopes" Obama will win the presidential elections and "change" America's foreign policy.

Posted by: Steve Mc | May 14, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Private School for Senator Kid


Chicago School

boy hard choice

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

another $100 for Obama

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse


Obama is a 'POOR' Black American that has to worry about bills, sending his kids to PRIVATE SCHOOLS.. (Not that HE NEVER ATTENDED ANY PUBLIC SCHOOL)

He tries to COACH US with his thoughts and beliefs about his early life, and his beliefs about issues.

READ HIS TWO BOOKS.. then analyize those comments.

Also note that his campaign has spent over 178 MILLION DOLLARS on his campaign ... SO FAR. APPROXIMATELY 100 MILLION has been spent on MEDIA advertisement.

NOW look at the POOR Barrack.

He alleges that this money is coming from small donors over the internet. It would be interesting to see how much money was sent via prepaid credit cards.


Remember YOU THE AMERICAN PEOPLE allowed the GOP and their Rich Backers to PUT GOD BUSH INTO OFFICE.

Now you are not doing enough research... and you are allowing the DNC, THE Media
and the Rich and Powerful supporters BUY your vote to put a MYSTERY MAN INTO OFFICE.


Posted by: Miller51550 | May 14, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Thank God the USA is not the World.

Posted by: True Patriot | May 14, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Countdown to Nomination Update
140 to 2025 Obama
307 to 2025 Clinton
426 delegates 237 Super 189 Elected

Posted by: delgate math | May 14, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for profiling us Shailagh!
Readers can find more information on and on our Facebook and YouTube groups.

Posted by: The World Wants Obama Coalition | May 14, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

the good people of west virginia will never vote for a black member of the negro race. god bless you west virginia.

Posted by: vern | May 14, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

to JakeD:

You wrote:
"Of course Barack HUSSEIN Obama is polling well outside of the U.S. (thankfully, they don't get a vote ; )"

HUSSEIN, HUSSEIN, HUSSEIN, HUSSEIN, HUSSEIN..... we get it already, JakeD, JakeD, JakeD, JakeD, JakeD. Most of us have evolved. Oh, but I am impressed that you can spell AND capitolize.

I think the world's opinion matters since my humble guess is that the U.S. is part of the world and probably will be for, I'd venture to say, forever.

Posted by: Hussein, Hussein, what's really in a name? | May 14, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

If you want to find out more, go to

Posted by: Ingrid | May 14, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is NOT a politician. All of his and his campaign's actions are undertaken with only pure, altruistic motives and serve nothing but the common good. If you do not believe this is true, you are obviously racist, like fat ugly racist billary and her demon followers.

I thought you ought to know the Truth, before it's too late. So, all of you stupid, evil billary voters better come around right now if you know what's good for you.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Have you seen him glide? It's riveting.

Posted by: shailagh | May 14, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"Sen. Barack Obama may be struggling to connect in Wheeling, but he's doing well in Wien."
...and Murray-ville, if you know what I mean.

Posted by: shailagh | May 14, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Have you noticed Barack's incredible thigh strength? I'm just asking.

Posted by: shailagh | May 14, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Barack keeps me warm.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

The bigger point is: if the rest of the world sees Obama in a more positive light.... considering our horrific international image (thanks to George Bush), obviously this would greatly improve our image world-wide. Afterall, we are NOT an island and cannot exist without the alliance of other countries. We have to stop thinking so isolated and small... it is this very notion that got us into this mess in the first place.

Posted by: nerakami | May 14, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

It seems that a handful of people have created a monopoly of negativistic comments, such as the one above, that do not represent how the public really responds to Post articles. I encourage everybody to be critical of the comments that contain smears and try to denigrate an individual's character. It seems clear that there is sometimes an intense political or personal agenda, similar to the one seen in smear mass emails.

Posted by: Concerned Adult | May 14, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

deborah-LOL! Another "Certified" member of Barry's Base! :-D

Two things:

First, that is condition applied to Females! ONLY!


A guy goes to a Brothel, gets set up.

The Worker sees the John undressing and begins laughing!

He laughs also!

She retorts; "Why are YOU Laughing? Who do you think you are going to please with THAT!?"

He starts laughing even harder! "ME"!

Posted by: RAT-The | May 14, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Despite the somewhat comedic tone of the article, with its references to all the Facebook grounps, songs, etc, there is definitely a great deal of international interest and fascination with Obama and how he would change the face of America and its standing in the world. In particular, there is a great deal of hope that the U.S. can strengthen its position as an active part of the international community that can use its power to tackle major problems. Despite endemic anti-Americanism in many regions of the world, there is generally an international sense that the U.S. is and will continue being a major force of positive action, without which many things simply do not move. This is the case with natural disasters, nuclear disarmament, poverty reduction, climate change, terrorism, the Israeli-Palestinian issue, and much more. For many people in the international community, Obama represents the opportunity of the U.S. to lead by example and inspiring countries to take action, instead of bullying them into submission. It is one of the reasons why Obama won a landslide victory among Democrats abroad, and why diplomats from throughout the world tend to speak so positively about Obama. This is a part of a working coallition that must be built in order to create positive change, not just within the U.S., but also throughout the world.

Posted by: David Schoeller-Diaz | May 14, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I believe Billary's legions of evil racist supporters just can't see the purity of Barack through the tiny eyeholes in their hoods. If they would just crawl out from their slimy hiding places and come into the light, I'm sure they would join us.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does Billary actually absorb light into the depths of her horrifyingness and reflect back a twisted sick image of pure racist evil?

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I guess my favorite thing about Barack is the way he positively glows with all the good just overflowing from him. He will save us all.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Somebody needs to get Shailagh a damp washcloth. She must be a mess after this one.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Obama 08, obama is the best all the way around not only is he handsome, and his smile lights up a room, his words are so inspirational that you have a hard time not believing in him. on the other hand Hillary wears a pound of make up her hair does not move, those pants suits are just plain ulgy, her daughter is just as ugly as she is, shes a lyer, and she will say any thing to get elected.

Posted by: sandra | May 14, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD in regards to jake. you sound like a jurk what is it about obama you have a problem with could it be PENIS ENVY
many white guys that i talked to a problems with barack to the point of hatred, i have to subpect that it is a form of jeasouly could it be PENIS ENVY?

Posted by: deborah | May 14, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Come on world! Let's put Obama over the top!

Posted by: AJ | May 14, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

JakeD, I am feeling ashamed of myself.

How selfish we have been being!

OK, World-YOU can have him!


Where do you want him delivered?

We'll just send him General Delivery-How's that? ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | May 14, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Of course Barack HUSSEIN Obama is polling well outside of the U.S. (thankfully, they don't get a vote ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 14, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Soros must be Soooooooo PROUD of his World Labor Party's efforts!

Yes, Folks, it IS the World Labor Party backing "Barry"! :-(

Posted by: RAT-The | May 14, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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