Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said of the president-elect: “I hope he doesn’t end up being one more imperialist.”chose the day after ‘s election victory to brandish a threat of .
As for Al-Qaida, it likened Barack Obama to a favored slave doing his master’s bidding.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, greets former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, left, during a meeting in the Gorki residence outside Moscow, Friday, Dec. 12, 2008.(AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)
Obama’s Iran, Russia and , and the al-Qaida terror group., , predicted the new president would quickly be tested by a dangerous world. That test might come from anywhere, but attention has focused on ,
By PAUL HAVEN, Associated Press Writer
Obama’s Republican opponent, John McCain, called him too inexperienced to be president. So did Hillary Clinton, now his choice for secretary of state. Since his election, Obama has filled his with centrists and relative hawks — a possible warning not to underestimate him.
“What Obama absolutely must prove early on in his administration is that he cannot be played for a patsy, that he has the strength … and that he understands his no. 1 duty is as commander in chief and protector of the United States,” said Robin Niblett, the director of, the London-based think tank.