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Obama: ‘We have picked ourselves up,’ fought back

November 7, 2012

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— A triumphant President Barack Obama heralded his re-election with a call to action early Wednesday, telling Americans that their citizenship doesn't end with their vote and declaring that the "best is yet to come."

President Barack Obama and wife Michelle is holds hands with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill following Obama's victory speech to supporters in Chicago early Wednesday, Nov. 7 2012.

President Barack Obama and wife Michelle is holds hands with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill following Obama's victory speech to supporters in Chicago early Wednesday, Nov. 7 2012.

Obama offered a call for reconciliation after a divisive election, but he also defended the freewheeling nature of politics and said big decisions "necessarily stir up passions."

Obama says he wants to meet with Republican rival Mitt Romney to discuss how they can work together and said he was willing to work with leaders of both parties to tackle upcoming challenges. Of his contest with Romney, he said they may have "battled fiercely, but it's only because we love this country deeply."

Obama made clear he had an agenda in mind, citing changes in the tax code, immigration and, as he put it, an America "that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet." More immediately, he and Congress need to negotiate a new fiscal plan that avoids massive cuts in defense and other domestic spending and sharp across-the-board tax increases. Obama has called for tax increases on households earning more than $250,000; House Speaker John Boehner has rejected any tax increases.

Hinting at fights to come, he said politics and attacking problems inevitably stir controversy. "That won't change after tonight and it shouldn't," he added. "These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty."

The president rolled to a second term over Romney, winning more than 300 electoral votes.

"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," he told an ecstatic crowd in the cavernous McCormick Place convention center on Chicago's lakefront.

Obama appeared about two hours after he was declared the victor in his re-election bid and less than an hour after Romney offered a cordial concession. The two men spoke by phone and Romney, in his own speech to supporters, said he prays "the president will be successful in guiding our nation."

Obama took the stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia. When he finished he was joined on stage by Vice President Joe Biden, whom Obama called "America's happy warrior," and Biden's extended family. In his remarks he paid special tribute to his campaign team and his volunteers as the best "in the history of politics. The best. The best ever."

"Thank you for believing all the way through every hill, through every valley," he said. "You lifted me up the whole way."

Dozens of Obama and Biden staffers gathered on the floor next to the stage for the speeches. Many stood with their arms around each other, some wiping away tears, as the president spoke.

As Obama was waving to the crowd one last time, Biden and his family walked off stage. Then the vice president peeked back around the blue curtains and gave a big wave and a grin to the cameras.

Campaign manager Jim Messina lingered on the floor long after the president left the stage, hugging friends in the crowd and wiping away his own tears.

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 Romney competed fiercely.

Despite their outward cool, Obama and his aides left nothing to chance. The president indulged his superstitions by engaging in a traditional Election Day basketball game with friends during the afternoon.

Obama's team won — his first victory of the day.

Comments

Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 5 months ago

Uright, you are very right! The vicious rancor of the recent election is a symbol of the decline of civility in America. Romney lost the election because of the company he kept, such as the two senate candidates that spoke their agenda of utter foolishness.

Romney is an anachrosim. He is "Father knows Best", "Leave it to Beaver", hula hoops, ankle length skirts and penny loafers. But here in the 21st century I have heard poeple in public making racist and bigoted remarks about the president like you would have heard in Alabama in 1955.

He is simply out of touch with the present. His notions of fair employment are vloiced by employers who need someone to do some menial task and who is looking for "a girl" to step in and take miserale wages.

Romney may have made a showing in 1955, but this is the 21st century. Edsels ae no longer made in the U.S.

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URight 1 year, 5 months ago

John Wesley had some good advice for us in this regard, saying “I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them, 1. To vote without fee or reward for the person they judged most worthy: 2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against: And, 3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that had voted on the other side.” (October 6, 1774)

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grammaddy 1 year, 5 months ago

We survived Bush, we will survive Obama. And probably end up stronger on the other side. Now that the GOP can no longer hold us hostage to their greed. They can continue to play their obstructionist games, it will be on them. Obama no longer has to worry about getting re-elected. They do. See what happens when you wage war on women. WE WIN!! All the little dirty tricks backfired in their faces. Karma rules!!

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Agnostick 1 year, 5 months ago

And now we bring you the tinny, wailing sound of bitter, disappointed pseudoconservatives...

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 5 months ago

America voted to commit suicide last night.

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beatrice 1 year, 5 months ago

Work with Romney? Why? He holds no political office, he now has no power within the Republican party and we don't have an Olympics coming our way in the next four years. Talking to Romney now would be like wanting a sit-down with Sarah Palin. No, the person Obama needs to be speaking with is Speaker Boehner. They need to try to cut through the partisan bickering and help the country.

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local_support 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank God Obama won re-election, if only to keep Prince Mittens out of the White House.

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