"The World Reacts"

by Rachelle Hruska · January 21, 2009

["Iraqis gathered at a cafe in Sadr City to watch the ceremonies." Via KARIM KADIM for AP for NYT]

“Obama represents hope not just for America but for the world.” So said Rodolfo Sasa-Garcia, an economist from Mexico City in today's article in the Times titled 'Abroad, Many Hope for "New Chapter'" "From Kenya to London, millions gathered around television screens in public squares, cafes and living rooms to watch Mr. Obama accept the mantle of American leadership, and with it, take on the hopes of a world battered by war and recession."

Some of the photos from around the world, below:

"A supporter in Kogelo, Kenya, the village where Mr. Obama's father lived and where his step-grandmother, Mama Sarah, still resides."

"Soldiers in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad took in a telecast of the inauguration. Photo: Johan Spanner for The New York Times"

"As Israeli forces continued to pull out of Gaza, men watched the inauguration at a souvenir shop in Gaza City. Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press"

"Kenyans gathered in Kisumu to celebrate. Mr. Obama's father was born in Kenya. Photo: Sarah Elliott for The New York Times"

"Americans and Turks gathered at a bar in Istanbul to view the ceremony. Photo: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times"

"A Shaman performed a ritual near Lima, Peru, honoring the new president. Photo: Martin Mejia/Associated Press"

"In the center of Paris, hundreds of French and American guests crowded the main hall of the Hotel de Ville, as city hall is known, to watch the inauguration. Photo: Tomas van Houtryve for The New York Times"