- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin sent a telegram (telegram?) praising Obama for winning "with such a wide margin" and in a comparison that the U.S. president might not welcome, added, “I know not from hearsay how exhaustive and intense the election campaign may be.” Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev couldn’t resist getting in one last dig at Mitt Romney, saying he was “glad that the president of a very big and very influential country won’t be the man who considers Russia enemy No. 1.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the United States as the "greatest democracy on Earth" and described the U.S.-Israeli relationship as "rock-solid" in a meeting with Ambassador Dan Shapiro, before offering Shapiro a hamburger.
French President Francois Hollande posted his congratulatory letter to Obama on Twitter, but was then mocked by readers for his poor English grammar after he signed the letter "Friendly, Francois Holland." (This seems a bit harsh.)
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, perhaps hoping his country — where Obama’s initial victory was celebrated as a national holiday — might get a little more attention from the president in the second term, wrote, "Kenya, as always is proud of our association with you. We look forward to the deepening of relations between our two countries during your second term in office."
In Britain, there seemed to be a battle between the three major parties to claim a bit of the Obama aura. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron touted the fact that he’s on a first-name basis with the president, writing, "Above all, congratulations to Barack. I’ve enjoyed working with him, I think he’s a very successful US president and I look forward to working with him in the future." Labour Leader Ed Miliband, meanwhile, wrote that Obama’s victory was built on the desire for a "fairer economy." Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, of the Liberal Democrats, used Obama to take a shot at Labour, saying Obama’s reelection proves that voters have "long memories" about who created the financial crisis.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at a meeting in Bali, Indonesia, was not in a magnanimous mood, calling the U.S. election a "battleground for capitalists" and mocking the amount of money spent on the campaign.
There’s been no reaction yet from Hugo Chávez or the Castro brothers, though the state-run news website CubaSi probably summed up the Cuban government’s ambivalent attitude with a headline reading, “U.S. elections: the worst one did not win.”
Josh Rogin covers national security and foreign policy and writes the daily Web column The Cable. His column appears bi-weekly in the print edition of The Washington Post. He can be reached for comments or tips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previously, Josh covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing extensively on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, U.S.-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries. Prior to that, he covered military modernization, cyber warfare, space, and missile defense for Federal Computer Week Magazine. He has also served as Pentagon Staff Reporter for the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper, in its Washington, D.C., bureau, where he reported on U.S.-Japan relations, Chinese military modernization, the North Korean nuclear crisis, and more.
A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.
Josh's reporting has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, ABC, NPR, WTOP, and several other outlets. He was a 2008-2009 National Press Foundation's Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, 2009 military reporting fellow with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the 2011 recipient of the InterAction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C.| The Cable |