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A Syrian in Damascus, standing in front of a picture of his country’s president, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007504" title="Bashar Assad" href="/topic/politics/government/heads-of-state/bashar-assad-PEPLT007504.topic">Bashar Assad</a>, reads about <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007408" title="Barack Obama" href="/topic/politics/government/barack-obama-PEPLT007408.topic">Barack Obama</a>’s victory a day after <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST0000104" title="U.S. Presidential Election (2008)" href="/topic/politics/u.s.-presidential-election-%282008%29-EVHST0000104.topic">the election</a>. His win initially was met with elation in the Arab world.

( Bassem Tellawi, Associated Press )

A Syrian in Damascus, standing in front of a picture of his country’s president, Bashar Assad, reads about Barack Obama’s victory a day after the election. His win initially was met with elation in the Arab world.

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