February 02, 2009 12:00 PM

FOR A DAY, EVERYONE IS AN AMERICAN

In Dublin pubs, they sang an unlikely hit, “There’s No One as Irish as Barack Obama.” In Lima, shaman Felix Rondan performed a ritual to send strength to the new President, while in Obama, Japan (the name means “little beach”), girls hula-danced to honor his Hawaiian roots. Even in the Middle East, said Queen Noor of Jordan, the Inauguration was “looked at with enormous hope.” In Kenya—the homeland of Obama’s father—villagers stood on bikes (top) to watch local celebrations. In the capital, Nairobi, newspapers dubbed America’s leader what so many overseas hope he will be: “Obama the Great.”

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