The Japan Times published an op-ed written by Dominique Moisi on October 28, 2008. In that article, Moisi argued that Europeans supported Barack Obama while Asians supported John McCain. The Bush administration was not popular in Europe. That administration had made Europe somewhat leery of Republicans. By contrast, the countries of Asia did not have the same negative feelings towards the Bush administration. Many of those nations did quite well during that administration.
“A majority of Asian elites are awaiting the growing possibility of an Obama victory with some bewilderment and even apprehension,” said Moisi.
According to him, Europeans supported Obama because they wanted him to transform the image of the West.
“It is a noble hope, but also a dangerous one, for dreams can easily turn into nightmares,” said Moisi. “That might very well happen if America’s next president fails to redress the financial and economic threats facing his country.”