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Obama: 'We have picked ourselves up,' fought back

November 6, 2012
Updated 11:52 p.m.
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President Barack Obama waves as he walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
President Barack Obama waves as he walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Chicago. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

CHICAGO — 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."

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 peaked 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.

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November 7, 2012
5:30 a.m.
tues8capt says...

It is so sad to see how gullible the American people are.

November 7, 2012
8:30 a.m.
pnotto says...

Do you notice its all about Obama and not about the people? Narcissistic to the end.

November 7, 2012
8:53 a.m.
ChuckD says...

Do you notice how the Republican party is almost completely white? That's gullible.

November 7, 2012
10:54 a.m.
jlgnews says...

The Republican party needs to widen it's views & constituency if it's going to survive. The face of America is changing, has changed. You can't win elections by aligning yourself with white-right-wing-wackos (Paul Ryan) and expect to be President. Beside did anyone actually believe that Romney believed his own rhetoric? There's no way that he would have been elected Govenor of a liberal state like Massachusetts if he had espoused the views he claimed in this race.

November 7, 2012
2:24 p.m.
gina99 says...

More elected Hispanics are Republicans. The failure of the press to report on Sandy's aftermath and Benghazi, including Candy Crowley's nit wit defense, proved decisive. 4 more years of gridlock, blaming the previous administration and record deficits. You didn't build that.

November 7, 2012
8:09 p.m.
RKrough says...

Entertaining to see you right wing nuts in denial, Hope you enjoy your next 4 years of irrelevancy

November 8, 2012
6:12 a.m.
tues8capt says...

pnotto, you bet! It has been, and will continue for four more years. I'm waiting for the spin doctors to tell us how he personally killed Bin Laden. All he and his administration have done is endanger the operational security of our fighting men and women.
While I was talking about the intelligence to see through the veneer to the lack of substance behind it, ChuckD seems to think it's about race.
His record, or lack thereof, speaks for itself.
Ah, but he is a grand speaker! Just don't take away the teleprompter!

December 14, 2012
11:45 p.m.
pnotto says...

Thanks tues8capt for the back up. Its truly appreciated. Since the issue of race matters so much to our Leftist friends lets talk about this issue. My first question to my friends on the Left is why are there more Hispanic people of color in the Republican Party and in elected position in Congress than there are compared to the Democratic Party? Answer to this question is that more Hispanics see more in the Republican Party that matches their way of thinking than it does to that of the Left. BTW the Left say they are so tolerant of racial diversity in the US leads to my next question and that is why did the Democratic Party spend millions of dollars to defeat two black candidates running for the House of Representatives? One being Rep. Alan West and the second being Mia Love of Utah. The answer is the Left lamented both candidates as being affected by the "Uncle Tom" and "Aunt Jemima" way of thinking of the right and they don't represent the true needs of the minority community so they needed to be defeated. BTW both candidate's were defeated by a white candidates. It was so bad the State of Florida under Democratic led auspices had to do Gerrymandering to change the voting district of Rep. West so it would include more Leftist's mostly of the minority persuasion to insure his defeat. The Left considered Rep. West such a threat because of his sharp tongued criticisms of how the Democratic Party mistreats minorities causing the deaths of these people through racial and financial victimization than the KKK did earlier in the 20th Century by the lynching of black men for being born the wrong color.

December 14, 2012
11:52 p.m.
pnotto says...

Continued from above: A fact the Left hates is the total number of the KKK were members of the of the Democratic Party most notably Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV)who was a recruiter in the great state of West Virginia for the White Knights of the KKK. The Left hated Rep. West to the point that he was at the top of their hit list of Republican candidates to defeat. Why such hatred for these two people of color??? HHHMMM? The answer is that West and Love are the wrong shade of black. The fact of the matter is there are more blacks living in abject poverty under the policies of the Democratic Party than there has been at any other time in the history of the US. The Democratic Party under LBJ's "Great Society" has caused this economic shift of blacks into poverty by forcing them to rely upon hand outs from the government for their very survival to the point they have destroyed the black family structure where the Left has ripped the father figure out of the black family which has led to high numbers of black males being uneducated and/or winding up in this poverty structure, addicted to narcotics, dead or winding up in prison. In case you brain dead Leftist's don't know the answer to the cause of these issues you folks on the Left utter the time tested racism charge which is because you nit wits have taken the work ethic away from black men from ages 16-54 to where the overall unemployment rate for this group is 35% nationally. These stats come from Obama's own Dept. of Labor in case you intellectually deficient people question this statistic. Another statistic the Left never mentions is that more unborn black babies are aborted with the help of white Leftist healthcare professional's. The abortion rate in the black community is higher than the national dropout rate of high school blacks in the US which is at 60% or 6 in 10 babies of black women are aborted. So its obvious to see who the real racist's and bigot's are in the US because the true colors of the Left are glowing in this instance. BTW its hard to beat Santa Klaus when you are handing out goodies to the people who don't produce anything for the good of the country just so your president and party can hold onto power in the US. Truly a very sad state of affairs in the Democratic Party.

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