From Obama's old school to his ancestral village, world reacts to US presidential election

President Obama's step-grandmother Sarah Onyango Obama smiles during a press conference held after Obama's victory was announced in Nyang'oma Kogelo village, where President Barack Obama's late father Barack Obama Sr. was raised and Sarah lives, on November 7, 2012.
President Obama's step-grandmother Sarah Onyango Obama smiles during a press conference held after Obama's victory was announced in Nyang'oma Kogelo village, where President Barack Obama's late father Barack Obama Sr. was raised and Sarah lives, on November 7, 2012.Dai Kurokawa / EPA

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Relatives of U.S. President Barack Obama sing and dance as they run along a dirt road during celebrations for his re-election at his ancestral home village of Nyangoma Kogelo, 367 miles west of Kenya's capital Nairobi, on November 7, 2012.Thomas Mukoya / Reuters

Villagers in western Kenya danced, cheered and waved branches in the air to celebrate Barack Obama's re-election Wednesday as news of his victory resonated far beyond American shores.

A crowd had gathered to watch television coverage in Kogelo, where Obama's late father was raised, and the president's step-grandmother wore a delighted smile after the result was announced.

President Obama's step-grandmother Sarah Onyango Obama smiles during a press conference held after Obama's victory was announced in Nyang'oma Kogelo village, where President Barack Obama's late father Barack Obama Sr. was raised and Sarah lives, on November 7, 2012.Dai Kurokawa / EPA
Kenyan supporters of Barack Obama react as they watch the news coverage announcing Obama's victory in Nyang'oma Kogelo village on November 7, 2012.Dai Kurokawa / EPA
Villagers ride motorcycles and wave branches to celebrate Barack Obama's re-election, in the village of Kogelo on Nov. 7, 2012.Ben Curtis / AP

At the elementary school where Obama studied as a boy in Jakarta, Indonesia, students happily marched with a poster of the president from one classroom to another after hearing that he had defeated Mitt Romney, Reuters reported. "Obama wins ... Obama wins again," they shouted.

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A statue of a young "Barry" Obama, as he was called as a child, stands outside the school.  "I want to be like him, the president," student Alexander Ananta said.

Students at State Elementary School Menteng 01, where U.S. President Barack Obama studied from 1970-1971, cheer in support of Obama while watching television coverage of the U.S. presidential election in Jakarta, Indonesia, Nov. 7.Enny Nuraheni / Reuters

 

A U.S. citizen watches the live telecast of U.S. presidential election results in Mumbai, India, Nov 7, 2012.Rafiq Maqbool / AP
Staff and relatives of the Obama Onsen, or Obama hot spring, resort area shoutReuters

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