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ISWANU PRILYAWAN

Jakarta

“Since Obama became president of the U.S., it has gained more respect, especially from Muslim countries.”

ADEL SHEHATA

Cairo

“The reputation is for the better. His situation with the Arab countries is better somehow. And he’s trying to improve the American-Arab relationship, not only Egyptian. So Obama is cooperating with all Arab countries.”

ALEXANDER ROSSIKIN

Moscow

“He became a symbol of democracy and freedom for many people. He is intelligent, high-educated, tranquil, and diplomatic; he has humanistic values and adequate behavior. I have never wanted to visit America before, but now I do.”

APOSTOLIS FILAOS

Athens

“I believe America is more respected mainly because Obama is closer to common people. I believe he has helped her reputation.”

NAGHI PANAH

Tehran

“They shot down one of our airliners and supported Iraq in their war against us. Now they have placed sanctions on our nation. I would not respect the U.S. for that, but I cannot speak for the world.”

XU FU LING

Shanghai

“The Chinese people have always respected America. America helped China during the Second World War. But now, because America is getting involved in Chinese affairs such as territorial disputes, there are some problems.”

JONAS PAES VILELA

São Paulo

“He’s a great statesman, respected not only by the black population but by many of the whites as well. ... America continues to be one of the most free countries in the world. It is, it was, it will be.”

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