Washington, Nov 5 : President George W Bush today congratulated Democratic Barack Obama for his historic victory in the race for the White House.
"What an awesome night for you, your family and your supporters. You are about to go on one of the great journeys of life. Congratulations and go enjoy yourself," Bush told Obama.
World leaders also congratulated Obama on his election as the 44th US president-elect.
"I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Obama on winning the presidency of the United States. I would also like to pay tribute to Senator McCain who fought a good campaign and has shown the characteristic dignity that has marked a lifetime of service to his country," said British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
"Barack Obama ran an inspirational campaign, energising politics with his progressive values and his vision for the future.I know Barack Obama and we share many values," he added.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy said: "With the world in turmoil and doubt, the American people, faithful to the values that have always defined America's identity, have expressed with force their faith in progress and the future." "At a time when we must face huge challenges together, your election has raised enormous hope in France, in Europe and beyond. France and Europe ... will find a new energy to work with America to persevere peace and world prosperity."
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said: "Senator Obama's message of hope is not just for America's future, it is also a message of hope for the world as well. A world that is now in many respects fearful for its future."
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said: "I look forward to meeting with the president-elect so that we can continue to strengthen the special bond that exists between Canada and the United States. In the weeks and months ahead Canadian officials and diplomats will be working closely with members of President-elect Obama's transition team."
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said, "The New Zealand Government very much looks forward to working with the new Obama Administration. Senator Obama will be taking office at a critical juncture. There are many pressing challenges facing the international community, including the global financial crisis and global warming."
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said, "I applaud the American people for their great decision and I hope that this new administration in the United States of America, and the fact of the massive show of concern for human beings and lack of interest in race and colour while electing the president, will go a long way in bringing the same values to the rest of world sooner or later."
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki said: "We the Kenyan people are immensely proud of your Kenyan roots. Your victory is not only an inspiration to millions of people all over the world, but it has special resonance with us here in Kenya."
South African President Kgalema Motlanthe said: "Africa, which today stands proud of your achievements, can only but look forward to a fruitful working relationship with you both at a bilateral and multilateral levels in our endeavour to create a better world for all who live in it." "We express the hope that poverty and under-development in Africa, which remains a challenge for humanity, will indeed continue to receive a greater attention of the focus of the new administration."
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Saeb Erekat said: "We hope the president-elect in the United States will stay the course and would continue the US engagement in the peace process without delay. We hope the two-state vision would be transferred from a vision to a realistic track immediately."