Could this be the start of something special? "Obama is my buddy," French President Nicolas Sarkozy said. "I never believed Hillary Clinton would win." French political strategists are studying Obama's victory as they look forward to their 2012 election, and, in the words of Der Spiegel, say "a lot of things unite Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama.” The enthusiasm goes well beyond France's pro-America president. "America," Der Spiegel writes, "the superpower that the French love to hate, has suddenly, with the election of a black man to the country's highest political office, emerged once again as a societal model and exemplar of democracy."