Tuesday, November 6, 2012


The best is yet to come...

President Barack Obama captured a second White House term, blunting a mighty challenge by Republican Mitt Romney as Americans voted for a leader they knew over a wealthy businessman they did not. Obama, America's first black president, easily captured far more than the 270 electoral votes needed for victory and further cemented his place in American history Tuesday, despite having his first term dominated by stubbornly high unemployment and Americans' anxiety about their future.
Obama's re-election to another four-year term should guarantee the future of his signature legislative achievement, a health care overhaul, which Republicans hoped to overturn. Internationally, it means the United States is likely to continue a foreign policy emphasizing multinational partnerships in dealing with issues such as Syria's civil war and Iran's nuclear program — an approach Romney derided as weak. Obama's victory could also come as a relief to China since Romney had pledged to declare it a currency manipulator, potentially leading to sanctions and escalating trade tensions.
Thousands of Obama supporters waving small American flags and cheering athered in the cavernous McCormick Place convention center on the lakefront in Obama's hometown of Chicago. They hugged each other, danced and pumped their fists in the air when TV networks declared Obama the winner. Excited crowds also gathered in New York's Times Square, at Faneuil Hall in Boston and near the White House in Washington, drivers joyfully honking as they passed by.
Obama told supporters in Chicago that the election "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."
For the United States, "the best is yet to come," he said.

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