International reactions to the 2012 United States presidential election

As a result of incumbent U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election victory over Mitt Romney, reaction emanated from across the world including states and other institutions. Several U.S. embassies around the world held mock elections and hosted parties in watching the final result trickle through.[1] Obama made his first foreign trip after the election day success at the end of November when he visited Cambodia for the 2012 ASEAN summit amidst his foreign policy outlook shift to East Asia. On the same trip, he became the first ever U.S. president to visit Myanmar.[2] Global popular sentiment was generally in favor of Obama[3] with the exception of Chile, Pakistan and, speculatively, Iran.[4] Financial markets responded with mixed reactions to the result while the international news media reacted to specific issues surrounding the election.

Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama shake hands in the Oval Office on November 29, 2012, following their first meeting since the election.