CHICAGO – In the final days leading up to Election Day, a friend told me that God wasn’t finished with President Barack Obama because he has four more years of important work to do on behalf of the American people.

I believe she was right. And I also believe that many African Americans feel the same way.

And it’s no coincidence that  “Barack” means “Blessed One.”

Millions of Americans – a determined multi-cultural coalition – returned Obama to the White House for a second term Tuesday and embraced Obama’s message of hope and resilience in the face of economic adversity.

“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, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come,” Obama told 10,000 supporters at McCormick Place Convention Center in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.

Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney decisively with 303 electoral votes, compared to 206 for Romney. Obama also won the popular vote in a race where Republicans tried to define Obama as a poor fiscal manager. In fact, Obama beat the odds: He is the first president in decades to win the White House when the unemployment rate is over 7.2 percent.

But Tuesday’s victory for Obama was a phenomenal accomplishment for an African American to win two presidential elections in a deeply divided nation.

Obama, in an impressive triumph, won at least six battleground states.

“Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you. I have learned from you. And you’ve made me a better president,” Obama said. “And with your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead.”

The president won key battleground states including Colorado, Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. And he won these states – and others – with strong support from African Americans, Latinos, whites, young voters and women who stood in extremely long lines to cast their ballots.

And they also took advantage of early voting, following Obama’s lead when, last week, Obama became the first president in history to vote before Election Day.

Tuesday’s victory for Obama was not just about an election, it was a continuation of a social movement that started during his historic election in 2008.

It’s a movement of optimism that continues with people like an African American doorman of a Chicago hotel who said he’s motivated to work harder because of Obama’s encouragement; or the black woman serving sandwiches in local a deli who said her son is turning his life around because of the president’s leadership; and the Arab cab driver who said Obama was an inspiration to people a world away.

“We are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation,” Obama told the crowd. “The best is yet to come.”

A year ago, Jim Messina, the Obama campaign manager, told me that Obama would win re-election in large part because of a solid grass-roots ground game that Democrats put in place all across the country.

It was a ground game that buried Romney.

“I pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation,” Romney said in an early-morning concession speech. “And I trust that his intellect and his hard work and his commitment to principle will continue to contribute to the good of our nation.”

For Obama, his decades-long superstition of playing basketball on Election Day continued Tuesday — and it worked. But superstition aside, many black Americans believe Obama’s resounding victory over Romney was in some way a result of divine intervention.

“While our journey has been long,” Obama told a cheering crowd, “we have picked ourselves up.”

Obama is starting his second term in the White House the way he ended his 17-month campaign: with a passionate directive of hope.

And “God’s grace.”

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8 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: Job Well Done, Mr. President

  1. QUINTOYA on said:

    GOD APPOINTS PEOPLE IN AUTHORITY , WE AS AMERICAN NEED TO GET BACK TO OUR VALUES THAT THE COUNTRY WAS BUILT ON , GOD AND HIS PRINCIPLES ,, WHEN YOU TRY TO REMOVE GOD FROM THE EQUATION , BAD THINGS HAPPEN . WE NEED TO PRAY FOR OUR PRESIDENT , HIS FAMILY AND THIS NATION , THAT WE WILL GET BACK ON THE RIGHT PATH , WE ALL NEED TO WORK TOGETHER , FOR THE GOOD OF OUR COUNTRY ,, TOGETHER WE STAND .. DIVIDED WE FALL…

  2. africanwarrior on said:

    Congratulation Mr President
    Now You will be facing a Republican Congress led by Speaker Boehner who congratulated you and didn’t sound conciliatory , You will be face with even more resistance from the Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mc Connell who also congratulated you with your impressive victory , and stated that he won’t come to You , and You must come to him with Budget cut proposals for his review and scrutiny . This is not goodwill by the Republicans , we Americans are going to suffer by these selfish acts .

  3. wellsk1959 on said:

    Congratulations to the president on his re-election victory. It was a long and hard struggle, but he prevailed. The people have spoken, and we want to continue in the path of recovery that the president has started. I realize it won’t be easy, and the results will not come quickly, but they will come. The country will benefit from it, and I pray the opposition will take their collective heads out their behinds and work with the president.

  4. rhemasplace on said:

    We the people of the United States of America raised our voices loudly and clearly on November 6, 2012…we proclaimed that we would not allow dark money, lies, deceit, the theft of this election, fear tactics, and hate to dictate our civil liberties…God Bless America!!!!!

  5. The “loyal opposition” which they are anything but, will attempt to trip Mr. Obama every which way. The birthers and the Tea Party will still be coming after him. All because they refuse to acknowledge that he is the President of the United States. Mentally, they have done like the South during the Civil War. They took themselves out of the Union.

  6. Gerald1963_1 on said:

    I am happy that Mr Barack Obama won again. I am just watching all those who said or tried so many slick and devious scams and schemes that try to make a US citizen with papers President prove and re prove and then prove again that he is who he said he is. He has been the most disrespected President I have even seen. So yes, I am happy again… I will now…concentrate on watching those who said what they said…peace

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