Cameron and Brown hail 'historic' US election outcome

By staff writers
November 5, 2008

UK Conservative leader David Cameron pipped Labour PM Gordon Brown in the quest for an immediate brush with 'Obama magic' by hailing the new US president-elect as the first of a fresh, pioneering generation of world leaders - a generation he clearly wishes to join.

Cameron said the American presidential race had been an "exciting and inspirational contest". He added: "In electing Barack Obama, America has made history and proved to the world that it is a nation eager for change."

Before the result was announced, Prime Minister Gordon Brown had noted that the election was a "landmark" event.

Responding to Mr Obama's victory over John McCain, Mr Cameron said: "In these difficult times people everywhere are crying out for change. Barack Obama is the first of a new generation of leaders who will deliver it - he has my whole-hearted congratulations."

He continued: "This is an important moment not just for America but for the world. Barack Obama's victory will give people a new opportunity to look at the United States and see her for what I believe she is - a beacon of opportunity, freedom and democracy."

Mr Brown earlier said the campaign had led millions of people to take a "renewed interest" in public affairs. He said: "It has seen landmark events - women coming to the fore in American elections as candidates and as a vice-presidential candidate, the first black leader to stand for office of US president with a chance of success, a great statesman in John McCain as well, recognised to be one of the great strategic thinkers of our time."

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