Caribbean leaders continue to deliver well wishes to Obama
NEW YORK, United States, Thursday November 8, 2012 – The leaders of Antigua and Barbuda and Jamaica have joined regional colleagues in congratulating United States President Barack Obama on his re-election on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer in his message on Obama’s victory said as the first man of colour to win the US Presidency that was “most historic, but to repeat the achievement in the 2012 election is monumental.”
“It was pragmatic of you to present your electorate with a sober message of unity in the midst of challenges
Through your candid approach to the difficult road ahead, Americans chose to select the leader who is prepared to take the necessary measures to affirm the United States as a political and economic protagonist in our world community,” said Spencer.
The Antiguan leader also highlighted the “excellent lo gstanding relationship” between Antigua and Barbuda and the United States, pointing out that it is based on the “shared principles of good governance, strong social policies, and respect for the rule of law.
In her message, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said President Obama’s re-election was a victory for democracy and a testimony to the hard work and dedication which he and his team put into a most grueling and hard fought election campaign.
The Prime Minister said Obama’s “historic and well deserved victory” was the reward for his “tremendous efforts over the past four years to guide your country towards a path of sustainable economic recovery,” and an endorsement of “your agenda to move your great country forward.
"The victory also reflects the strong democratic tradition of the USA which allows its people, despite the challenges, to decide through the election process who they would wish to lead their government.
Simpson Miller said that under President Obama’s leadership, Jamaica looks forward to the “continued strengthening of the special bonds of friendship which exist between our two countries as we seek to build a brighter future for both our peoples”. (CMC)