(AP) – President Barack Obama’s victory means that everything he campaigned upon is alive and about to drive the political conversation with his adversaries. Every legacy of his first term is safe and enshrined to history. He will not have to worry that his health care law will be repealed, or that his Wall Street reforms will be gutted, or that his name will be consigned to the list of one-term presidents who got fired before they could finish. Voters stuck with him because they trusted him more to solve the struggles of their lifetime.
(Reuters) – Barack Obama swept into the White House four years ago as an agent of change. The nation’s first black president won re-election on Tuesday as a steady-as-she-goes defender of a new status quo. With a second term, Obama also wins a second chance. Obama may never become the unifying figure he promised to be in the 2008 race, but he will have four more years to try to enact sweeping changes that could affect the United States for decades. It won’t be easy. Obama has been blocked in Congress ever since the 2010 elections, when Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, and that’s not likely to change. Breaking through the gridlock will be just as difficult.
(BBC) – President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney. With results in from most states, America’s first black president has secured the 270 votes in the electoral college needed to win the race. Mr Obama prevailed despite lingering dissatisfaction with the economy and a well-funded challenge by Mr Romney. He won by a comfortable margin, even while the swing state of Florida remains too close to call.
“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 said.
He pledged to work with Republican leaders in Congress to reduce the government’s budget deficit, fix the tax code and reform the immigration system. “We are an American family and we rise and fall together as one nation,” he said. In Boston, where his campaign was based, Mr Romney congratulated the president and said he and Mr Ryan had “left everything on the field” and had given their all in the campaign.
“This election is over, but our principles endure,” he said. “I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction.”