Four More Years: Obama Wins Re-Election

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  • CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama's campaign was relishing a hard-fought victory for the presidency, capping a re-election bid that hinged heavily on aggressive voter registration and turnout efforts.

    Obama and his team were scattered across his hometown of Chicago as supporters awaited the president's victory speech. The president celebrated his win with his family at a downtown hotel. Hundreds of staffers watched the returns come in at the campaign's nearby headquarters, then streamed out of the high-rise building to attend the president's speech. And senior staffers at the convention center mused about how much earlier the election outcome was determined.

    An ecstatic crowd had been assembling in the cavernous hall for hours, watching the returns on giant screens before erupting in a deafening roar and a swirl of waving flags at the news that he had won.

    The president's team had projected confidence for days, but nervously watched the election returns roll in Tuesday night. Even as the race appeared to be turning in Obama's direction, the staff was narrowly focused on Ohio, the Midwest swing state where Obama and Republican Mitt Romney competed fiercely.

    Obama shuttled back and forth Tuesday between the downtown hotel and his South Side home, where he ate dinner with his family. The Obamas decamped to the hotel around 10:30pm EST to watch the final results come in.

    Despite their outward confidence, Obama and his aides left nothing to chance. The president indulged his superstitions by engaging in a traditional Election Day basketball game with friends, as the race that will determine his political future was finally in the hands of voters.

    The game resulted in Obama's first victory of the day.

    The president kicked off Election Day with a surprise visit to a campaign office near his South Side home.

    Thunderous applause from about two dozen volunteers, many with tears streaming down their faces, greeted Obama. Removing his suit coat, he sat down to make some calls to volunteers in neighboring Wisconsin. "Let's get busy," he said.

    "Hopefully we'll have a good day," he said on one call. "Keep working hard all the way through."

    Speaking to reporters afterward, Obama said: "We feel confident we've got the votes to win but it's going to depend ultimately on whether these votes turn out."

    The president also congratulated his Republican rival Mitt Romney on running "spirited campaign", saying he knew the GOP nominee's supporters were "just as engaged, just as enthusiastic" as his own.

    Late Tuesday, Michelle Obama issued a message through Twitter thanking supporters: "I am so grateful to every one of you for your support and your prayers. -mo"

    The president headed into Election Day locked in a close race with Romney, according to national polls. But he appeared to have a slight edge in some key battlegrounds that will decide the contest, including Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin.

    Obama said late Tuesday in an interview with Denver television station KDVR that he had prepared both a victory speech and a concession speech for election night.

    "You always have two speeches prepared because you can't take anything for granted," Obama said. Romney on Tuesday told reporters he has only prepared a victory speech.

    There was no traditional Election Day photo of Obama voting Tuesday because he did so in Chicago last week, part of his campaign's effort to promote early voting. First lady Michelle Obama voted by absentee ballot.

    One tradition Obama kept, however, was his Election Day basketball game.

    A savvy basketball fan, Obama was joined by former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen, childhood friends Mike Ramos and Marty Nesbitt, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a former captain of Harvard's basketball team.

    Others who played included Obama's chef Sam Kass, first lady Michelle Obama's brother Craig Robinson, former Bulls player Jeff Sanders, and Alexi Giannoulias, the former Illinois state treasurer and 2010 Democratic U.S. Senate nominee.
     

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    1. No time for celebration the democratic party needs to start letting the people know when the next mid-terms are coming so everyone will know when to vote and we all have to come out for those to. So we can clear out that House of Representatives.

    2. JB’s wifey looked better than yours……..PROPn wrinkled butts on the eve of election will haunt you for the rest of your natural lives.

    3. Congratulations President Obama! I’m so happy that the voters (me included) showed up and voiced their confidence in your leadership.

    4. THANK YOU LORD!! FOR OUR RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT-BARACK OBAMA!!!!! OHIO CAME OUT EARLY AND WE CAME OUT TO VOTE FOR OUR LEADER OF THE US FOR THE 2012 ELECTION!!

    5. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better,but it did flat head Alen West got trimmed out of Florida House of Rep. Go home HOuse-NIG

    6. After all the cheating on the polls my state of Florida did it was so funny that the race was over without needing Florida’s vote. So they held the votes all night. (Lmao)twice(Lmao).

    7. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY!!!! It is such a relief to know that they will be in the White House running our country for four more years!!! Love VP Biden and His Beautiful Wife and congratulations to all of the winners!

    8. America, God’s will has been done! Some are elated, many are unhappy and downright furious, but regardless of the feelings, God appointed who He wanted because nothing is done without His final say so. Now, it’s time to stop, cease and desist all the disrespect, animosity, hatred and prejudices (all races and nationalities). It is going to take the prayers, cooperation and willingness to work to…gether of all of us from the Oval Office to the citizens of every state to move America forward. We have everything it takes to become a greater, more powerful, respectable and resouceful Nation. Come on people, let’s make it happen. The Elections are over, what’s done is done and no matter how you feel about it, it is not going to change the final results. Now let’s git er done! Let’s get crackin’! We’ve got work to do, TOGETHER! Father God, in the Name of Jesus, I thank You for Your will and I pray your protection, divine wisdom and guidance over President Barack Obama. I pray You will raise up a Nation who will be willing to work together, harmoniously, for the good of Your people and the great USA! Bless and protect us Father. Keep us all in Your care. In Jesus Name, Amen

    9. America, God’s will has been done! Some are elated, many are unhappy and downright furious, but regardless of the feelings, God appointed who He wanted because nothing is done without His final say so. Now, it’s time to stop, cease and desist all the disrespect, animosity, hatred and prejudices (all races and nationalities). It is going to take the prayers, cooperation and willingness to work to…gether of all of us from the Oval Office to the citizens of every state to move America forward. We have everything it takes to become a greater, more powerful, respectable and resouceful Nation. Come on people, let’s make it happen. The Elections are over, what’s done is done and no matter how you feel about it, it is not going to change the final results. Now let’s git er done! Let’s get crackin’! We’ve got work to do, TOGETHER! Father God, in the Name of Jesus, I thank You for Your will and I pray your protection, divine wisdom and guidance over President Barack Obama. I pray You will raise up a Nation who will be willing to work together, harmoniously, for the good of Your people and the great USA! Bless and protect us Father. Keep us all in Your care. In Jesus Name, Amen

    10. Remember folks
      Last night in President Obama’s Remarkable Victory there 49..4% Americans who voted for Him and 48 % who voted against him !
      Don’t raise your expectations too high like we all did 4 years ago , to find that Republican Congress and several Republican State Governors refused to work with him.
      President Obama faces huge challenges convincing an unwilling Republican Congress .

    11. 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!!!!!

    12. Congratulation Mr President.
      His win will prove easier than his ability to govern.
      Republicans control The House, and have 30 State Governors , the Democrats have only 20, The democrats have 51 Senators elected the Republicans 49 , however the President needed 60 Democrats elected in order to stop Republicans from holding up his plans.
      Already last night ,and this morning The Republican Speaker of the House Boehner, and Minority Senate Leader Mitch Mc Connell have expressed the unwillingness to cooperate with the President. The 30 Republican Governors are not happy with President Obama on arrange of issues including Taxation, and Gay marriage issues

    13. We did it!!!
      I guess Mitch McConnell is looking pretty stupid after saying the day after the election in 08 that their #1 priority was deny President Obama a second term. YA LOST!!! Americans’ are tired of the bickering and not getting things done. It’ll be interesting to see how much the republicans try to work better with the President. They may get swept out in 2014 if they aren’t careful.

    14. Congratulations to Barack Obama!!! Whether it’s 4 minutes 4 years,or 40 years both parties just have to agree to disagree and let’s get on with this thing. Shout out to the first time voters. Once again Congratulations to the First Family and the Obama administration. God Bess America!!!

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