Employment Minister Mette Frederiksen 'cried for joy' at Obama's re-election. Archive.
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Employment Minister Mette Frederiksen 'cried for joy' at Obama's re-election. Archive.

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Danish tears of joy over Obama

Danish politicians ecstatic over Obama’s re-election.

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Danish ministers and MPs appear delighted with the re-election of President Barack Obama, writing messages of congratulations on Facebook.

“Yes! Cried for joy four years ago. Cried for joy again,” writes Denmark’s Social Democratic Employment Minister Mette Frederiksen.

The Social Liberal Leader, Economy and Home Affairs Minister Margrethe Vestager goes as far as thanking Americans for their choice.

“Congratulations in having chosen Obama! I’m delighted. Thanks to the American electorate. Now we can move on,” she says.

Social Democratic Health Minister Karen Hækkerup says she’s just happy.

“Couldn’t stay awake until the bitter end. But how lovely to wake up to a re-elected Obama,” she writes.

Development Aid Minister Christian Friis Bach (SocLib) says Obama’s re-election is ‘good for the world’s women, the world’s climate, world cooperation and the United Nations,” while Europe Minister Nicolai Wammen (SocDem) says “Good for the United States, Europe and Denmark”.

Shortly before 8 a.m. this morning Danish time, Obama mounted the podium to speak to his supporters.

“I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America,” Obama said.

One opposition Danish Liberal MP rushed to the keyboard.

“I’m prejudiced, I know, but Obama’s speech was in a class of its own. Even the staunchest Romney supporter would have to agree,” said Liberal MP Jan E. Jørgensen.

See the full transcript of Obama’s victory speech here

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Edited by Julian Isherwood

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