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Obama is re-elected US president: What the Dutch papers say

Wednesday 07 November 2012


Too late for the morning editions, how have the Dutch media reacted to Barack Obama's re-election as president of the US?

‘Obama re-elected!’ is the Telegraaf website headline. The Netherlands’ right-wing paper has gone for a simple statement of fact although the exclamation mark may hint at a favourable editorial stance.

The biggest selling Dutch paper has gone for straightforward reporting all the way, unlike the Volkskrant which has gone all out and dedicated a special digital edition to the event with analyses, interviews and election-related titbits.


In an analysis, the paper’s special correspondent Arie Elshout writes that Obama is facing some very serious challenges. Not only will he be confronted with the ‘fiscal cliff’, which the US will fall off if the combination of cut backs and higher taxes goes ahead on January 1st, he may also be having a ‘nuclear moment’ if Iran persists in developing its nuclear weapons programme.

Elshout also had time to interview some of Obama’s ‘footsoldiers’. In spite of the most expensive election campaigns of all time, it was the volunteers who phoned and knocked on doors who won the presidency for Obama, Elshout writes.

The NRC is clearly happy about the win. ‘Watch and read Obama’s riveting victory speech’ it tells its readers. It then takes down the garlands and wonders ‘What is Barack Obama going to do in his second term?’

The president has been remarkably vague on that score, the paper writes. The next four years will be mainly about consolidation. Obamacare, ‘one of the most far-reaching social reforms of the last fifty years’ will stay, but any other big steps will be blocked by the Republican majority in the House of Representatives’, the paper concludes.


Free newspaper Spits solves the timing dilemma with a dual front page print edition. Page one features a victorious Obama and the headline 'America keeps hoping'. But in the case of a Romney win, readers are told to turn over the paper.

The back page features a victorious Romney and the headline 'America votes for the right' and subhead 'Romney beats Obama after a clever come-back'.

Dutch politicians

Elsevier has the reaction of prime minister Mark Rutte who is on a trade mission to Turkey. Rutte said he was looking forward to continuing the ‘excellent relationship’ with the US and hoping to strengthen economic ties. Rutte wants to promote a free trade agreement between the US and Europe, Elsevier writes.

Trouw has only managed to get two other political reactions so far: from D66’s Alexander Pechtold, who calls Obama ‘an inspiring national and international leader’ and VVD leader Halbe Zijlstra, who is pleased Obama will have a second go at ‘tackling the mountain of debt’.

Your thoughts on the Dutch reactions? Use the comment box below.

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Readers' comments (23)

I am happy that Uni Rosenthal is not minister of foreign affairs at the moment. Otherwise we should be ashamed of our policy after Obama relection

By Anonym | November 7, 2012 10:25 AM

From each according to his abilities to each according to his needs.

By miguelito | November 7, 2012 2:42 PM

This is a sad day for America. Obama's re-election proves that divide and conquer works. This petty, mean-spirited man has accomplished nothing but destroying the economy and America's status in the world; but, hey, he's going to soak the rich and that makes it all worthwhile. I am so ashamed of my country. So much for being the last bastion of freedom and free speech.

By Sam | November 7, 2012 3:24 PM

Way to go US! Now lets see what he can do with a mandate a majority control of the senate. Congratulations to Colorado and Washington State for legalizing cannabis and regulating it like alcohol.

By robg | November 7, 2012 5:01 PM

Under the current White House Occupier's reign, debt and criminality abound. As goes the United States of America, so goes Europe. Congrats! Y'all got what y'all want — and deserve! What few liberties remain are in dire jeopardy.

De Oppresso Liber

By Drawer 22 | November 7, 2012 8:34 PM

I'm glad too that Obama will have a second go at tackling the mountain of debt since he created most of it in his first term!!!

By CJ | November 7, 2012 8:45 PM

Two other notable things happen during the US election- Colorado and Washington have fully legalized marijuana. So, spread the word. Colorado will be happy to absorb any tourism that will be lost due to your new stances on Marijuana. Send Denver the Cannabis cup- our city is cheaper and more fun anyway ;).

By Randy Manning | November 7, 2012 9:36 PM

Sorry Randy, Seattle will be giving you stiff competition for the Cannabis Cup! Better weed, better food and more fun things to do here! :-) Congrats on your CO win anyway and helping to re-elect El Presidente! Give my best to Estes Park, Steamboat and Fort Collins - lotta spliffs lighting up there now!

By Schnookums | November 8, 2012 12:02 AM

Randy is right. Two hours by air from California is easier and cheaper than all the way to A'dam. But really, can any city quite compare with Amsterdam? One goes thee for more than just the cannabis.

By Eric | November 8, 2012 12:11 AM

To Sam: Maybe you should go live in Texas and enjoy the Bush's fantasy world that got us in this mess to begin with. Or perhaps you can join Romnesia and forget it ever happened. Way to go USA! I am proud my country is finally moving forward with the times and realizing what the people want. Go gay equal rights, and congrats to Colorado and Washington for finally legalizing cannabis...both long overdue. Lets hope other states learn from these pioneering steps and the country exposes the hypocrisy of politics. This is not a sad day for America, this is a great day for the world, America is finally catching up. Wake up or its a sad day for you!

By Anonymous | November 8, 2012 12:38 AM

The system is bad in every "democracy". What about the minority (50% or less) that wanted it another way? The only way to do it right is to start with the fact that everyone in the world has the same natural rights then create laws based on this. The world would be in peace with far fewer problems and best of all people would enjoy life like never before. If you share the same philosophy and would like to really change the world please email: lindat@post.com

By GT | November 8, 2012 4:53 AM

I already got a flight booked Randy

By jason buttle | November 8, 2012 8:06 AM

@Anonymous - I see why you use that moniker, because with statements like this, I'd be Anonymous too. For almost 50% of America (not sure if you ever go there) it IS a sad day. A turn towards socialism scares a lot of people. Many are for reform in the very lacking medical system, and for more rights for Gay/Lesbians, and even easing up on drug laws (yes, even Republicans want much of this), but almost all of this is up to the individual States. The Hype is Obama is SOOoooo different. Want to explain Afghanistan, Guantanamo, drone strikes, Benghazi? He is either the same as the previous admin or worse! (IMHO)

By DH | November 8, 2012 9:57 AM

Hey Anonymous (if that is your real name) It's a very weak argument to still blame Bush when Obama Bin Laden has been in the WH for four years now. He's had plenty of time to implement his "hope & change" and has failed on all fronts, driving the US deeper into debt that it has ever been before with his leftist, marxist agenda. Romney was the last chance for America, and unfortunately, half of Americans didn't see it. Let's re-visit this in four years, shall we? By then, it will be the People's Republic of the United Nations States!

By CLH | November 8, 2012 10:09 AM

To all the naysayers: do you really think Romney would have made major strides with the economy (dude was a merciless corporate raider)? Sam's comments are particularly hilarious. How exactly has the Obama admin infringed on "freedom," especially freedom of speech?

By B | November 8, 2012 11:48 AM

So California voted in favour of the death penalty. How advanced.

By tim | November 8, 2012 3:26 PM

Barrack Obama was elected by Ted Kennedy.
What sort of gibberish is that?
Well, it goes like this. The immigration Act of 1965, sponsored by Ted Kennedy and Emmanuel Quellar, actually discriminates against Western Hemisphere peoples in favor of Eastern Hemisphere ones. You know, like people from China and India.
This nearly half century policy change produced a new ethnic balance in the country, largely composed of immigrants with a Democratic inclination. They provided the numbers needed for a political victory, and the implication is that future elections will never be the same.

By Ron | November 8, 2012 4:00 PM

The American haters of Obama that are posting here are petulant losers, examples of the same intolerance and hatred also plaguing the Netherlands. They are a dying breed of hatemongers and the Republican party will continue to lose elections as long as they cater to these relics of the past. Please don't change. :)

By Bud | November 8, 2012 9:20 PM

Obama won with 79 percent of the non-white vote (93 percent of African-Americans, 73 percent of Asians, 71 percent of Latinos), Obama forged a powerful majority from the demographic upheaval in the US. This indicates that his colour, not his politics, were important. Would be interesting to know, if this electorate considered the fact that little has changed under Obama.

By Utophia | November 9, 2012 10:27 AM

Utophia and the others who mentioned race as the reason Obama won are the epitome of the racist thinking that led to their candidate losing.

The entire "white people think and are smart, dark people don't think and are stupid" argument is just plain ignorant in 2012. In fact, it's sickening and held by fewer and fewer people each election.

The majority thought, they voted and the world won.

By Bud | November 9, 2012 2:29 PM


(petulant losers) you say? Obama’s administration has really become the Goldman Sachs administration, we will have four more years of no change at all. And, I wasn't in favour of Romney either!

By Utophia | November 9, 2012 5:06 PM

romney was the last hope for america? a draft dodging, job destroying corporate raider, flip flop artist without a position on anything? you must be thicker than a whale omlett.
blaming obama for the bad economy is like blaming ronald macdonald when you get a bad cheeseburger. neither of them run the company.
as long as the U.S. hangs onto the stupid electoral college, real democracy is pipe dream. it doesnt matter who is president, this country was bought and sold long ago. dont think so? you are pretty naive.

By scraps | November 10, 2012 4:15 AM

It always amazes me when right wing idiots cry about socialism.
America has had socialism for years. What do you call the police? paid for with taxpayers money. How about city fire departments? they don't arrive at a fire and say "we will put it out if you give us 200 bucks" that's socialism folks.
Stop crying because your awful candidate lost. you should have picked newt or one of the others. Romney never had a chance
there is a serious creep factor with him.
phonier than a stewardess' smile that guy. Just what we needed, another douchebag born with a golden spoon in his mouth. Haven't we had enough of them?

By scraps | November 10, 2012 4:35 AM

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