Embruns, authored by Laurent Gloaguen, is one of the most read blogs in France. Gloagen highlighted Barack Obamaâ€™s speech on race by providing an excerpt from a post by fellow blogger Otir. She wrote the following:
â€œA chaud, je peux d'ores et dÃ©jÃ dire pour ma part que c'est un discours qui Ã©tait tellement nÃ©cessaire dans ce siÃ¨cle, et que s'il n'est pas obligatoirement un discours de campagne Ã©lectorale, il restera, je l'espÃ¨re de tout coeur, dans les annales de l'histoire de ce grand pays qu'est l'AmÃ©rique des Etats-Unis.Il Ã©tait grand temps d'entendre quelqu'un, avec Ã©loquence certes, et Ã©motion sincÃ¨re, prÃ©senter en toute simplicitÃ© toutes les donnÃ©es du problÃ¨me racial Ã l'heure d'aujourd'hui, Ãªtre capable d'embrasser dans un mÃªme mouvement l'histoire passÃ©e douloureuse, la capacitÃ© Ã changer d'une nation, et toutes les lÃ©gitimes souffrances, peurs exprimÃ©es ou non dites, de toutes les catÃ©gories qui constituent les citoyens d'un pays libre. Il y avait fort longtemps que je n'avais pas entendu quelqu'un dire avec des mots qui me touchent profondÃ©ment ce que j'ai toujours voulu dÃ©fendre et prÃ´ner, l'inclusion des diffÃ©rences, le respect des souffrances, et la capacitÃ© de rÃ©silience de chacun Â»
Â« My first reaction is to say that from my point of view, it was such a necessary speech for this century and that even if the speech is not really a typical campaign speech, it will remain in the annals of this great nation that is the United States of America.
It was about time that someone, with eloquence and sincere emotion, presents in simple terms all the factors of the race issue today; that someone can embrace all at once the painful past, the ability to change a nation, the rightful suffering, the expressed and non-spoken fear, all the categories that represent the citizens of a free country. Itâ€™s been a while since I have heard someone utter words that touch me so deeply, words that I have always advocated and fought for: the acceptance of differences, the respect for peopleâ€™s suffering and the resiliency in each and everyone of us.â€
Embruns also linked to James Carneyâ€™s article on â€œObamaâ€™s gamble on Race.â€
Another popular French blog Superfrenchie notices that US citizens abroad voted massively for Obama. Superfrenchie quotes Christine Schon Marques of Democrats Abroad who states:
â€œWith the U.S. image so badly damaged by the present Administration, American Democrats living overseas were eager to have their voices heardâ€.
Superfrenchie explains his take on Obama's appeal:
â€œMy guess is that American expatriates view it like I do: he was that rare American politician with the courage, wisdom and judgement to call the Iraq war a mistake before anybody else did. In the poisonous environment that prevailed in 2003, during which pretty much any dissent was labeled treason, that is no small feat.â€
Supefrenchie also wonders why the Republican Party does not hold such a primary abroad.