15:33 07 November 2012
The battle is over. President Barack Obama comes out victorious as the American voters pushed him past the finish line and into office. His re-election for a further four years in office was not an easy feat, but with his 303 votes to Mitt Romney’s 206, the results were clear as to who was the US’ favourite man.
Mr. Obama secured his position as he passed the 270 electoral votes that were needed to gain majority vote. His second term did not come easily however, as strong contender Mitt Romney put up a fair fight throughout the whole process.
The two figures were seemingly neck and neck at stages during their fight for presidency.
The President thanked his fans on the social network site Twitter: “I will spend the rest of my presidency honouring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started,” he tweeted.
“But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place. Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests.”
In a speech that lasted almost half an hour, Mr. Obama commented that “the best is yet to come” and admitted that there was “more work to do”.
He announced to a throng of supports: “I have never been more hopeful about our future, I have never been more hopeful about America.”
Speaking of his victory – as reported by The Independent – Mr. Obama related to the US’ history. He said two centuries ago marked the beginning of a journey that ended with the country being responsible for its own “destiny”. And now, Mr. Obama vowed this journey will continue with a focus being on “perfecting our union”.
President Obama also told crowds: “We are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.”
He added: “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.”
Mr. Obama’s time in office looks set on addressing the deficit problem, reforming the tax system as well as looking at immigration. It is thought he will work alongside Mr. Romney’s fellow Republicans over these matters.
Mr. Romney offered his congratulations to the President, and reportedly admitted that his team put in maximum efforts during the campaign to win the presidential election.
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