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Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen Makes Appearance, Praises America’s New President-elect

Two election events in Copenhagen provided great opportunities to anticipate the outcome and implications of the historic election of Barack Obama.

About 1,500 Danish, American and other political enthusiasts, students and interest groups attended the 2008 Election Night Party at the Copenhagen Marriott, organized by the hotel, AmCham Denmark and the U.S. Embassy in Denmark.

Election night partiers filled the Marriott’s decorated ballroom to watch live CNN election coverage and a collection of International Herald Tribune political cartoons projected onto three enormous screens. People of all ages, backgrounds, nationalities and political persuasions enjoyed good food and drink and anticipated the developing news. Political enthusiasts browsed the Internet for the latest with computers provided by Dell.

Ambassador Cain greeted the crowd and AmCham’s Stephen Brugger ran the program. Musical groups Some Like it Hot and Chicago Blues Cruise kept things hopping late into the night. There was an authentic American atmosphere and plenty of excitement.

The following morning, the U.S. Embassy hosted a post-election event in the same room at the Marriott. It was attended by diplomats, executives, Danish government officials, including seven ministers, and a large cross-section of Danish political party leaders and members of Parliament.

This event was highlighted by a visit by Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. He was introduced by U.S. Ambassador James Cain, who recognized Rasmussen’s close working relationship with President George W. Bush, and praised Denmark’s activism in NATO, the EU and the UN. There was heavy Danish media coverage.

Rasmussen used the occasion – his first public appearance since the historic election in the United States – to signal his interest in working with the new administration on economic growth, free trade and trans-Atlantic relations. Rasmussen also expressed his high regard for President-elect Obama and his “great achievement” hours before. Attendees had a buffet breakfast, networked, and heard from expert speakers on topics such as the election results’ implications for trade and how Obama’s campaign creatively leveraged the Internet for fundraising and organizing.

The morning was a great opportunity for Denmark’s political circle to gather and take stock of Obama’s election as president. It was also a chance for others to catch their breath after a late evening.

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