A new report, commissioned by Al Jazeera, shows that the race for the White House has not just captivated a vast majority of American citizens, but people worldwide.
And Barack Obama, who has declared himself “the Democratic nominee for president of the United States”, after the last primaries on 3 June, appears to be as popular abroad as he is at home.
He spoke to a cheering crowd, on the last day of the primary season, after receiving the support of enough delegates to clinch the nomination. On the two last primaries, Barack Obama won Montana, and Hillary Clinton won South Dakota.
If his nomination is confirmed, the Illinois senator would be the first black candidate to represent a major party in a US presidential poll.
Mrs Clinton (photo, from gala.fr) said she would make “no decisions tonight” on whether she leaves the race or continues until the Democratic Party Convention in August. Speaking in New York, she also congratulated her rival and his supporters “for all that they have accomplished”.
Barack Obama spoke in St Paul, Minnesota, where Republicans are set to hold their presidential nominating convention. During his speech, he accused the Arizona senator, the Republican candidate, of choosing to deny his own accomplished, Barack Obama praised John McCain’s “many accomplishments”.
He also paid tribute to Hillary Clinton and hinted that she would play a role in any future Obama administration. “What gets Hillary Clinton up in the morning is an unyielding desire to improve the lives of ordinary Americans”, he said.
“When we finally win the battle for universal healthcare in this country, she will be central to that victory.”
Later, the two Democratic candidates talked on the phone, and Mr Obama repeated his an offer to “sit down when it makes sense to you”. Though no meeting was expected on Wednesday, Barack Obama’s campaign said Mrs Clinton responded positively.
Mrs Clinton earlier told congressional backers that she was “open” to the idea of being Mr Obama’s vice-president running-mate.
Ahead of the polls closing in South Dakota and Montana, even though Barack Obama was a few delegates short of the 2 118 needed, during the day he had managed to pick up enough endorsements from the remaining uncommitted superdelegates in order to pass the winning post as soon as polls closed in the state.
John McCain delivered a speech to supporters in Louisiana before the voting was complete, and said that “the primary season is over, and the general election campaign has begun”.
He defended himself against the Obama caimpaign’s criticism that he will continue George W. Bush’s policies, saying he had “not seen eye to eye” with the US president on many issues.