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Peters 'elated' over Obama win

By Joel Julien joel.julien@trinidadexpress.com

THE world will be a better place now that Barack Obama has secured a second term as the President of the United States, Minister of Community Development Winston "Gypsy" Peters has said.

In 2008, Obama became the 44th United States president when he defeated Republican nominee John McCain. The first African American to hold the office, Obama was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009.

He secured a second presidential term on Tuesday night, when he defeated Republican rival Mitt Romney.

Peters is revelling in Obama's victory.

"I feel elated, I am happy he has got a second term, because I know that a lot of people will say whatever they want about him, but that is a man who stabilised, for what it is worth, the American economy," Peters said.

"He (Obama) prevented America and the rest of the free world from collapse. Had he not done what he had done in the last four years, we would have been in real trouble in Trinidad and Tobago, so he has done great as a president," Peters said.

Peters has always been an avid supporter of Obama. He campaigned for Obama in the build-up to the 2008 presidential election.

However, due to his ministerial portfolio, Peters said he was unable to campaign for Obama again this year. "I still support him. I support him 100 per cent. I did not go and campaign this time because of course I was constrained here because we are in government and I was doing more," Peters said.

"...I am happy for the outcome. I think that America and the world will be better having President Obama there for a next four years," he said.

"I think the world will be a safer place because he is not a warmonger. He is the kind of person who will stop wars instead of create them, and he would not start one unless it is extremely necessary to so do and for that I am extremely happy," Peters said.

Some of Obama's critics have taken issue with his policy decisions pertaining to gay rights and abortion.

Asked about these criticisms, Peters said: "I do not support everything he (Obama) supports. I am against some of the things he supports, but in the main those things as far as I am concerned are peripheral. In the main, what I like about what he did was how he stabilised the economy and stuff like that. Things like supporting gay rights and what have you, let the American people deal with that and I think they have dealt with it so I am not going to pronounce on those things really."

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