Four More Years: Obama Wins Re-election

Americans re-elected Barack Obama on Tuesday, affirming the goals of the President’s tumultuous first term and giving him a second.

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Supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama celebrate his victory in the presidential election at his election night rally in Chicago.

A hurricane couldn’t stop it. Two billion dollars couldn’t buy it. A weak economy couldn’t swing it. Americans re-elected Barack Obama on Tuesday, affirming the goals of the President’s tumultuous first term and giving him a second. This wasn’t 2008. Not as many states went his way. Fewer of his supporters wept. This time, it wasn’t about change.

By 10:45 p.m. E.T., gongs were ringing at Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago as key states were called for the incumbent. New Hampshire. Bong. Pennsylvania. Bong. Wisconsin. Bong. In Boston, home to Mitt Romney’s campaign, a glum crowd of Republicans began to thin. Half headed to the bars, the other half to the exits. A few hours later, it was all over. “I pray that the President will be successful in guiding our nation,” Romney told the crowd in a short, dignified concession speech.

At McCormick Place in Chicago, Obama took his time addressing the nation that had extended his lease on the White House. “Tonight in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up. We have fought our way back,” he said. “We know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.”

(PHOTOS: Obama defeats Romney)

The election once looked as if it would turn on the U.S. economy, still experiencing aftershocks from the 2008 financial crisis. And maybe it did — just not in the way Republicans had planned. Romney’s blue-chip business background seemed the perfect credential with which to challenge Obama, who entered the White House just as the depths of the recession became apparent. But after catastrophic downturns in employment, consumer confidence and the housing market early in Obama’s first term, the economy stabilized in the past year. The result: a frustratingly slow but palpable recovery that gave an unlikely edge to the incumbent. The revitalization of the auto industry in particular, enabled by a 2009 bailout that Romney opposed, might have been the difference in industrial Ohio.

Romney began the general election with a simple pitch: Obama tried to fix the economy and failed. But by August, the Republican had changed tacks. Rather than pluck a humdrum GOPer from a swing state, he named as his running mate Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, a budget-slashing crusader with dramatic ideas about how to reform federal health entitlements. It wasn’t enough to flip Wisconsin in the end. But Romney’s selection of Ryan was never a narrow electoral play. It was a signal that he saw his challenge in a different light. The base might rally to him. His aides started to talk about a “choice election” in which Romney offered not just an indictment of Obama’s policies but also the promise of a brighter future under bold Republican leadership.

The economic and electoral realities that prompted Romney’s strategic shift did not change. Polling in late summer showed Obama with a narrow edge where it counted. And despite a spike for Obama after his party’s September convention and a swoon the other way after his sleepy showing in the first debate, the race remained remarkably static, a noisy spat over the loyalties of a few undecided voters who hadn’t paid enough attention to get sucked into the partisan tribalism that is modern American politics. After the two parties spent more than $2 billion on the most technologically complex campaign in history and an unprecedented wave of third-party groups spent hundreds of millions more, Obama won Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa — just as the polls predicted.

With his victory Tuesday night, Obama maintained command of a country with real potential for growth as it escapes the pull of the worst economic crisis in generations. But the obstacles are many. Congress remains divided, with control of both houses unchanged by an election that upheld an uneasy status quo. Deadlock threatens to turn routine budget negotiations into a fiscal emergency, with deep cuts to the military and social services scheduled to go into effect in January unless Congress finds a solution. Obama’s agenda for his second term — reordering the bloated tax code, reforming the nation’s immigration laws and brokering a deal to control the explosion of long-term deficits — looks no easier to achieve now than it did before Tuesday.

How Republicans react to Romney’s loss will likely determine the country’s path. After John McCain’s defeat in 2008, a splenetic conservative base formed the Tea Party to oust the moderates and establishmentarians who had failed them. The result, aided by a tanking economy, was a midterm sweep in 2010 that strengthened the party’s right wing and delivered the House of Representatives to the Republicans, who used it to oppose Obama at every turn. If the GOP blames Romney for this election’s outcome, another conservative retrenchment could mean more gridlock and more primary bloodletting. But if the fault falls on conservative candidates like Missouri’s Todd Akin and Indiana’s Richard Mourdock — a group that not only weighed down the top of the ticket but also may have cost the GOP control of the Senate — things could be different. Republicans might rethink the wisdom of playing to a shrinking coalition, as Democrats run up margins with women and Latinos. More important, they might resign themselves to work with the President they couldn’t get rid of.

— With reporting by Michael Scherer / Chicago and Alex Altman / Boston

332 comments
SamanthaSpencer
SamanthaSpencer

I am not a American, but i admire his works, attributes and loyalty to his country. To be honest about two years back i said it would be grate if it was possible for him to get re-elected, base on my view of politics over all. My country we have Prime Minsters not Precedents, hopefully one day i will become a Prime Minster of my country, and Mr. Barack Obama am going to take couple pages out of your book   

balloons
balloons

By 2016 Obama will have doubled the National Debt. Thereby creating the Obama Debt equal to the prior National Debt. Was it really worth it? Bush's bump to the deficit was only supposed to last for one year. Not eight years. Now that the GOP has been marginalized there is no reason to stop. Until disaster strikes. Since at least traditionally money does not grow on trees. Plus every other country that has used the printing press like Obama is doing to create Free Obama Money has destroyed both their currency and their economy. Will it be any different this type around?

Tyler-Shemwell...G-ESTEEM
Tyler-Shemwell...G-ESTEEM

G-ESTEEM-PEOPLE WHO EDUCATED THEMSELVES& EVOLVED INTO THE MOSTHAPPY AMERICANS USUALLY RED NECKS & PRO-BLACKS(STAY BOW-LEGGED &THICK).

(Article w/ pic of President Obama and ex-Presidents Bush Sr,BillClinton,Bush and Jimmy Carter on myspace).

G-ESTEEM-A tenacious confidence;mental toughness"If god is with methan who can be against me? I can do anything. G-ESTEEM

Go hard, we dying soon.

G-ESTEEM "The game is in belief"

/I'm I doing  too much/Or losing my touch/.Text 3060402 to 69937for 'Night Time by Tyler Shemwell

Teach me it's more to being a man than feeling up your thigh.For BreastCancer.G-ESTEEM (Article w/ picture of President Obama & Wife).

http://tyler-shemwell.blogspot.com/2010/11/esteem.html

STAY BOW-LEGGED & THICK.G-ESTEEM(Presidential RE-Election of President Obama) 44-LIFE

(For Freedom & Watch Out For G-Stinky Bad People)

Piacevole
Piacevole

The conservative learning curve. . .

Today, Wednesday, November 7, the day after the election, Matt Kibbe, (pronounced in two syllables) president and CEO of Freedom Works, which is allied with the Tea Party, was interviewed on All Things Considered, the NPR evening news program.  When he was asked if healthcare was not a done deal, he replied, "One of the firt things we need to do is repeal the health care law."  The reporter gently pointed out that the Senate now had a 54 - 46 Democratic majority, had picked up a couple of seats in the House, and President Obama had been re-elected.  "It's going to be a huge challenge. . ."Kibbe responded.

In middle eastern cuisine, kibbee (sometimes kibbeh) is finely-ground lamb, goat, or beef mixed with coarsely ground bulgar wheat, and served raw with a coating of olive oil.  It is generally eaten with pita.  It's very tasty.  As for Mr. Kibbe, he has my pity.  He clearly just doesn't "get it."

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

When I picture Romney being told that he lost the election, the Duke Brothers at the end of Trading Places comes to mind.

"Turn those machines back on!  Turn those machines back on!"

dregstudios1
dregstudios1

Despite all odds, our President prevailed. He still has an uphill battle fighting a Red House which has blocked his every move in an attempt to squash his goals of bringing the Middle Class equal pay, women’s rights, gay rights and affordable healthcare. The Bush Administration drove our economy into a swift nose dive and Obama is still the patsy. Watch conservative hands paint him in Blackface with a visual commentary of how Barack has been bamboozled at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/bamboozling-obama.html

JohnYuEsq
JohnYuEsq

The winner takes it all The loser's standing small Beside the victory That's a destiny I was in your arms Thinking I belonged there I figured it made sense Building me a fence Building me a home Thinking I'd be strong there But I was a fool Playing by the rules The gods may throw a dice Their minds as cold as ice And someone way down here Loses someone dear The winner takes it all The loser has to fall It's simple and it's plain Why should I complain. 

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

The lack of mean, copy/pasted posts with links to Breitbart and the like from our usual trolls is quite refreshing.  Just another thing to thank Obama for.

outsider
outsider

Gracious, or not?

It’s true that when Romney took to the stage at last in Boston, right before 1 a.m., he didn’t kick over the podium, rip off his shirt and throw a chair into the audience. He didn’t spend the long minutes between victory being called for Obama and his acquiescence of the race hopping on a plane to Chicago so he could bum-rush the president’s victory speech. And he may not have spent that time holed up in a bunker with his advisers, making women cry.

Instead, he came out before the nation, put on his game face, and expressed his gratitude. He said, “We can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing.” Good for him. He also sighed that his wife, Ann, “would have been a wonderful first lady,” and, in a statement that would not have been out of place coming from a partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, thanked his “sons for their tireless work on behalf of the campaign, and … their wives and children for taking up their slack as their husbands and dads have spent so many weeks away from home.” Seriously.

If you think that’s the epitome of Republican class, contrast Romney’s defeat speech to that of John McCain, in 2008. Whatever you think of McCain, he didn’t sit around stewing forever before getting on the horn with his opponent. And when he stood before his supporters, he shushed the members of his constituency who tried to boo their new president, and instead offered Obama his “respect for his ability and perseverance” in “inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president.” McCain said he “admired” Obama and “applauded” him, and he ended by saying, “I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens, whether they supported me or Sen. Obama.”

Romney, on the other hand, merely managed to grunt out that the Obama campaign “deserves congratulations” and “I wish all of them well.” He then moped that “I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader,” and ominously declared that “Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation.” It seemed as tired and halfhearted as a little league player muttering, “Good game. Good game. Good game,” to the winning team before heading to the showers.

He wanted it to be “different,” and he’s praying for you, America. That is not “gracious.” What it is instead is a pretty typical Romney, a man who would arrogantly refuse to entertain the notion of defeat and then grind in his heels and refuse to accept it for as long as possible. A man who would pout that his wife would have made a kickass first lady, who thanks men for their tireless work and “wives” for picking up the slack. That was your glimpse, Tuesday night, of what your President Romney would have looked like. And maybe it doesn’t sound gracious to say so, but thank God that’s the last look we’ll have.

http://www.salon.com/2012/11/07/romneys_concession_speech_was_not_gracious/

Pollopa
Pollopa

Will this chase the likes of Rove, Gillespie, Norquist, Preibus etc. out of the party leadership?  Are you kidding? The money is still where its at.  The Republican Party really does need to go back to their roots and take the party back to true conservatism, but that is about as likely as any of these folks losing their grip on the throats of the GOP. A fight will take place, but the GOP is beholden to the few not the many, so don't expect things to change much.

Our focus now should be to help push for the equality of American's access to the playing field.  Obama and those progressive enough to care will have a fight to make this happen.  Keep up the pressure on your representatives to not let the few continue to dictate the rules. If the conservatives can get their act together, then we'll all be better off because we'll have real leadership decisions based on whats best for America and not party.  Keep the faith and continue to make your voices heard.

thewholetruth
thewholetruth

FOX News and All Fox Media had Romney winning easily while lying about the Polls. FOX News is NOT REAL NEWS should BE BANNED in the USA. 

spwright1
spwright1

Wed. 11/7/2012

YES PRESIDENT OBAMA  HAS BEEN RE-ELECTED & I am so very Happy with that outcome. Yes I voted for Obama.

Our President  has EARNED THIS

Now the Real Work begins. Our President MUST find a way to Move Forward & thru the unbelieveable STUBBORN DO NOTHING CONGRESS Our House of Representatives & Our Senate. The WORST CONGRESS IN THE HISTORY OF OUR NATION.

The MANDATORY BUDGET CUTS are the LAW OF THE LAND & that will BEGIN JANUARY 1st,2013

That CRISIS MUST BE SOLVED BEFORE CHRISTMAS 2012

No American will be untouched by this Crisis. These Budget Cuts will effect Us ALL

SPW in Alaska "Airborne"

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Just tweeted by amiedupree "SO MUCH FOR RUBIO: Romney had 41,000 fewer votes than McCain in Miami-Dade County, FL - Obama was up almost 25k"

Another one down for the 73x fanboy!

sacredh
sacredh

There's alot to be said for genetics. My mother is pushing 88 and she's in the the hospital. She voted for Obama in 2008 and voted (absentee ballot) for him again this time. I just talked to her and she sounded exhausted. She was up until 5 am watching the election returns! She said the nurses kept coming into her room and telling her to turn the tv off. She's said she'd kick their @sses if they touched it. My mom. I love that woman.

superlogi
superlogi

Bottom line is, it was a vote for the welfare state.  You've got to hand it to progressivism, it is not only a pernicious disease, but easily spread. 

Diecash1
Diecash1

Is the West - Murphy race official now or will there be a recount?

fitty_three
fitty_three

"The vote which will most affect Mexico was not the race for the White House, but the question of the legalisation of marijuana in Washington state and Colorado”

This is from BBC regarding world reaction to Obama's win.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-20233941

jason024
jason024

Anyone know if the Fox "unbiased" pollsters explained thier ridiculous assertions and results? 

thewholetruth
thewholetruth

Trump, Romney,Bush, and FOX News(really Rupert Murdoch an English man that runs Conservative politics in the USA with his Fox news Stations)  must learn that hate cannot win an election anymore. He controls all Conservative media in the world.http://youtu.be/6NFKZ_G79eo

fitty_three
fitty_three

Inslee is up 51 to 49 in Washington.  Fingers crossed.  I think it's a lead that will hold.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Congratulations guys!  Obama Phones for everyone!

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

AP just called Montana for Tester. Mary Bono and Connie Mack lost, guess they can move to the same state and sing I've Got You Babe.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

FB post:

2005 - BO sworn in as senator, "Batman Begins" debuts in theaters

2008 - BO elected president, "The Dark Knight" premiers

2012 - BO re-elected, we watch "The Dark Knight Rises"

COINCIDENCE?

fitty_three
fitty_three

Voter suppression backfired.  It just made the black and hispanic communities vote later and in larger numbers. 

The demonization of women was a blistering failure: the two states where senators promoted rape as "God's will" are history, as are the GOP's chances.

Oh for three, GOP!

kathy
kathy

Reading Republican commentary this morning I'm struck how no one has said "the American people chose the vision that Barack Obama offered them."  They still believe that there was a problem in how their own candidate or campaign performed.  I have some sympathy with that, especially this morning.  I'm not sure I'd be willing to say, if Romney had won, that the American people chose Romney's vision.  I might be insisting that they didn't really know what Romney's vision is.  There are a few outliers on the teevee- Mike Murphy, Michael Steele, Steve Schmidt, on MSNBC, who seem willing to acknowledge reality.  I hope for the sake of the country that their voices get heard in their party.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Bill Clinton predicted that Obama's re-election would be the key to stopping the mindless gridlock that the Right has forced onto the government.  I hope he's right.

Piacevole
Piacevole

Mitt Romney said yesterday that had only one speech, a victory speech.  President Obama had two, one for either possible outcome.

Now, whom should we trust with being able to deal with contingencies, with being prepared?  Poor Republicans, all dressed up to party, faced with a wake.

jason024
jason024

And now come the ridiculous GOP  comments....Obama has no vision for America,  he is a "revenge" candidate, he didn't get a mandate, Romney screwed up, the liberal media screwed us, etc.

The comedy of excuses is hilarious. I hope the rest of you enjoy them as much as I do because if the GOP doesn't own up to their failures, they can expect more of the same in future elections.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

I'm beginning to think paulejb disappeared before the election knowing Romney was going to lose (or perhaps the Super PAC that employed him let him go) under the guise of Sandy.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Heard Ed Gillespie on NPR saying how disappointed he was in the very nasty Obama campaign. He said that Obama saying revenge was just beyond the pale. I said to myself, yet another example of how out of touch they are. When I first heard the quote, my mind immediately related it to Living Well is the Best Revenge. Guess old white guys don't know about that. They should stop getting all their popular culture from Faux.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@LiberalLies2012?

Rusty?

RUSSSSSTEEEEEEE????

Where's that landslide, bro??

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

@ 10:30am EST Rove still declares OH too close to call.  

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

One of the Rs working in my polling place argued with me in a small lull that if someone broke a promise, he couldn't vote for that person. He was referring to Obama. I said how can you keep all promises in light of total obstruction and he said that didn't matter, if you promise something you should do it. I said we really can't talk about this. I am the only Dem in a poll stocked by Republican appointees. I am there because I got on the ballot three years ago and got elected, so they have to deal with me. I try not to be difficult, but now and then have to stand up for the Dems.

In PA Kathleen Kane won for state AG. It's been an elected office since 1980 and there has never been a Democrat nor a woman elected. She was a great candidate and I'm so proud of her!

Diecash1
Diecash1

Where are all of the right-wingers today?  Cried too many tears on their pillows last night?  Isn't gramps supposed to be here telling us all how he's an old, clueless fool?  So much for honor, eh?

spwright1
spwright1

Wed. Nov.7th,2012

I am so very Happy that President OBAMA has been RE-ELECTED.  Lots of Pissed Off Republicans here in Alaska.

Republicans control the Governor, House & 1/2 of the State Senate here in Alaska. You should hear some the Hate & Rage spewing forth at this time.   I am a Democrat surrounded by Republicans & The Guy I voted for actually WON ! Seldom does that happen here.

Now the End of the World is near & of course It's Obama's fault ! Buy more Guns & hide in your Cave.

Proud to be an American !    Thanks for Listening       SPW in Alaska "Airborne"

bokeh9
bokeh9

Ah, a Rusty-free morning.  It smells like... victory.  (Sorry.  One small self-indulgence.)

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Comrades, join me in this celebration of our new glorious socialist state!

Россия – священная наша держава,Россия – любимая наша страна.Могучая воля, великая слава –Твоё достоянье на все времена!

Славься, Отечество наше свободное,Братских народов союз вековой,Предками данная мудрость народная!Славься, страна! Мы гордимся тобой!

От южных морей до полярного краяРаскинулись наши леса и поля.Одна ты на свете! Одна ты такая –Хранимая Богом родная земля!

Широкий простор для мечты и для жизниГрядущие нам открывают года.Нам силу даёт наша верность Отчизне.Так было, так есть и так будет всегда!

thewholetruth
thewholetruth

What the Republicans do not understand is that the hate of African Americans, Latinos,Women, and Gay does not work in the New USA.  The old rich bankers like Bush ad Romney is a dying era. The Republican Party may not exist in 20 years if they do not change NOW http://youtu.be/nv9NwKAjmt0

bokeh9
bokeh9

Rove's reaction last night was a perfect distillation of the key to the next four years: Will Republicans deal with the facts on the ground or insist on their own? Before resolving the Budget Control Act, Congress must reach some consensus view of Reality that doesn't involve costumes and placards. The next two months will show a lot.

paleoroundtable
paleoroundtable

Obama voters have ensured the following: Iran will go nuclear, even more of the67% of all new job growth in the U.S. currently going to immigrants (instead ofU.S. citizens) will increase, the sprawling welfare state will expand further,the deficit will increase another $4-$6 trillion over the next four years whilecities across the nation begin to consider bankruptcy, trade will stay brokenand work against American workers, morality will break down further, secrettreaties under negotiation will be passed dramatically curbing your liberty,etc...