COMMENTARY: Job Well Done, Mr. President

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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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