The celebratory tone that characterized international media coverage of Barack Obama's historic election victory was again pervasive in many of the stories about his inauguration as the .
"History was being made up there on the hill," raved Britain's Daily Mail, "and the atmosphere was so electrifying that it took your breath away." "The United States has got its groove back," according to Germany's Der Spiegel.
However, many newspapers noted the more somber tone of Obama's speech, and were themselves relatively somber about the enormous challenges and inflated expectations facing the new president. "Like his new Administration," wrote the Times of London, "his faced soaring expectations. It did not quite soar to meet them."
The called the speech "sober," and suggested it was "certainly aimed at dampening the messianic hopes that have been raised by his inauguration."
Beyond warnings about tempering hope with realism, however, international newspapers were focused on regional concerns. As the Obama presidency becomes a reality, newspapers around the world are wondering how the new president will deal with the issues that their readers care about.
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