Obama Re-elected

    US President Barack Obama (2nd L), First Lady Michelle Obama (L), Vice-President Joe Biden and Second Lady Jill Biden wave to supporters following Obama's speech on election night November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
    US President Barack Obama (2nd L), First Lady Michelle Obama (L), Vice-President Joe Biden and Second Lady Jill Biden wave to supporters following Obama's speech on election night November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
    Kent Klein
    Barack Obama has won a second four-year term as president of the United States.  The Democratic incumbent defeated Republican Mitt Romney in Tuesday's U.S. presidential election.

    America's first African-American president won more than the 270 electoral votes he needed to secure four more years in the White House.

    After clinching the victory, Obama told a crowd of thousands of supporters in Chicago he is more determined and more inspired than ever to tackle the country's challenges.

    "You voted for action, not politics as usual," he said. "You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours.  And, in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with the leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together."

    President Obama Delivers Acceptance Speechi
    || 0:00:00
    ...  
     
    X
    VOA News
    November 07, 2012 7:02 AM
    Supporters at President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago waved flags and cheered as Obama walked on stage and delivered his victory speech.
    The president says he will work in his second term to reduce the U.S. government's budget deficit, reform the tax code, reform the nation's immigration system and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil.

    Obama congratulated his opponent on a hard-fought campaign and applauded Romney and his family for their tradition of public service.  He says he will reach out to Republicans to seek solutions to the country's problems.

    "In the weeks ahead I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward," said Obama.

    Former Massachusetts Governor Romney, speaking to supporters in Boston, conceded the election a short time earlier.

    "I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory.  His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations," said Romney. "I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters."


    Romney says he and his running mate, Representative Paul Ryan, gave their all in the campaign and he thanked their supporters.

    Obama Wins:  

    California (55), Colorado (9), Connecticut (7), Delaware (3), District of Columbia (3), Hawaii (4), Iowa (6), Illinois (20), Maine (4), Maryland (10), Massachusetts (11), Michigan (16), Minnesota (10), Nevada (6), New Hampshire (4), New Jersey (14), New York (29), New Mexico (5), Ohio (18), Oregon (7), Pennsylvania (20), Rhode Island (4), Virginia(13), Vermont (3), Washington state (12), and Wisconsin (10).


    Romney Wins:

    Alaska (3), Alabama (9), Arkansas (6), Arizona (11), Georgia(16), Idaho (4), Indiana (11), Kansas (6), Kentucky (8), Louisiana (8), Mississippi (6),Missouri (10), Montana (3), Nebraska (5), North Carolina (15), North Dakota (3), Oklahoma (7), South Carolina(9), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (11), Texas (38), Utah (6), West Virginia (5), Wyoming (3).
    "I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction.  But the nation chose another leader and so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation," Romney said. "Thank you and God bless America.  You guys are the best.  Thank you so much."

    Obama won in the District of Columbia and 25 states, including the battleground states of Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.  Romney won in 24 states including North Carolina and Indiana, which both went for Obama last election.

    Florida, another key battleground state, remains too close to call.

    U.S. presidential elections are not decided by the popular vote, but by the Electoral College, in which each state's influence on the outcome approximates its population.

    Both candidates made a final push for votes Tuesday, almost until the polls closed.  .

    Voters waited in long lines Tuesday at polling places.  Some sporadic problems were reported, and both candidates dispatched lawyers to monitor the voting for irregularities.  

    The Justice Department had nearly 800 observers in 23 states to respond to any fraud allegations.   
     
    Meanwhile, Republicans retained control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday's voting, but Democrats blocked the Republicans' effort to take control of the Senate, where roughly one-third of the 100 seats were up for election.

    Democrats will replace Republican senators in Massachusetts and Indiana, an independent will succeed a Republican in Maine, and in Connecticut, a Democrat will take the place of retiring independent Senator Joe Lieberman.

    Japanese-born Democrat Mazie Hirono, who was elected in Hawaii, will be the first Buddhist U.S. Senator.

    And, the Senate will have its first openly gay member, with the election of Democrat Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin.
    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments page of 5
     Previous   Next 
    by: Humayun Kabie from: Bangladesh
    November 07, 2012 5:31 AM
    Congratulations to President Barack Obama

    by: albanus from: KENYA
    November 07, 2012 4:49 AM
    God has answered our prayers.i know you needed another chance from God to give Americans what they have asked,congratulation brother,i like your comment on how you were so hopeful for Americans.

    by: Shehzad
    November 07, 2012 4:25 AM
    Many Many congratulations to you Barak Obama, May Almighy be in you on your duty.

    by: pastor patrick from: kenya
    November 07, 2012 4:20 AM
    congrats obama..we pray that you make right decisions for the good of humanity...hongera raisi wa marekani.

    by: charbel el kamar from: lebanon
    November 07, 2012 4:19 AM
    congratulation to the president obama and a special congratulation to governor Romney even lost election he congratulate obama and united state of america and of corse life it will continue with obama or romney on peace and happiness
    and evrybody of you the nation of amirca will go back to home and his family to continue his life
    i always hope this happen in lebanon one day
    congratulation to USA

    by: Yibeltal from: Addis Ababa
    November 07, 2012 4:14 AM
    Congratulations Mr. President. You deserve to win this.

    Proud of you!

    by: Mohammad from: India
    November 07, 2012 3:40 AM
    Congratulation Mr. Barack Obama for you Victory. You have done good job.

    by: Joyce Bukarakombang from: Manado, Indonesia
    November 07, 2012 3:15 AM
    Congratulation,.... Obama is a great man, He deserve for this position...... this is the winning of US....

    by: Robert George from: New Jersey
    November 07, 2012 2:44 AM
    Many congratulations, Mr. President! Often, electoral results are swayed by public opinion, rather than influenced by ground realities. In the last US elections, Obama had harped on the catchword, ’change’, though he was unable to define the change, and presumably he has given up the effort to do so, since public memory is short-lived. If the photos of jubilant people who supported Obama are any indication, it is increasingly becoming clearer that the nation is slowly but surely moving towards polarization, with blacks, Latinos and immigrants asserting greater control over political outcome. We wish the President will be short on rhetoric and long on substance!

    by: Stephen from: Africa
    November 07, 2012 2:25 AM
    Congratulions to President Obama if not him then who else could do it?
    Comments page of 5
     Previous   Next 

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limitedi
    X
    Katie Arnold
    May 04, 2016 12:31 PM
    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.
    Video

    Video Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limited

    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.
    Video

    Video Taliban Threats Force Messi Fan to Leave Afghanistan

    A young Afghan boy, who recently received autographed shirts and a football from his soccer hero Lionel Messi, has fled his country due to safety concerns. He and his family are now taking refuge in neighboring Pakistan. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
    Video

    Video Major Rubbish Burning Experiment Captures Destructive Greenhouse Gases

    The world’s first test to capture environmentally harmful carbon dioxide gases from the fumes of burning rubbish took place recently in Oslo, Norway. The successful experiment at the city's main incinerator plant, showcased a method for capturing most of the carbon dioxide. VOA’s Deborah Block has more.
    Video

    Video EU Visa Block Threatens To Derail EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

    Turkish citizens could soon benefit from visa-free travel to Europe as part of the recent deal between the EU and Ankara to stem the flow of refugees. In return, Turkey has pledged to keep the migrants on Turkish soil and crack down on those who are smuggling them. Brussels is set to publish its latest progress report Wednesday — but as Henry Ridgwell reports from London, many EU lawmakers are threatening to veto the deal over human rights concerns.
    Video

    Video Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
    Video

    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    A newly restored painting captures the moments following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It was recently unveiled at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, where America’s 16th president was shot. It is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night. VOA’s Julie Taboh tells us more about the painting and what it took to restore it to its original condition.
    Video

    Video Elephant Summit Results in $5M in Pledges, Presidential Support

    Attended and supported by three African presidents, a three-day anti-poaching summit has concluded in Kenya, resulting in $5 million in pledges and a united message to the world that elephants are worth more alive than dead. The summit culminated at the Nairobi National Park with the largest ivory burn in history. VOA’s Jill Craig attended the summit and has this report about the outcomes.
    Video

    Video Displaced By War, Syrian Artist Finds Inspiration Abroad

    Saudi-born Syrian painter Mohammad Zaza is among the millions who fled their home for an uncertain future after Syria's civil war broke out. Since fleeing Syria, Zaza has lived in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and now Turkey where his latest exhibition, “Earth is Blue like an Orange,” opened in Istanbul. He spoke with VOA about how being displaced by the Syrian civil war has affected the country's artists.
    Video

    Video Ethiopia’s Drought Takes Toll on Children

    Ethiopia is dealing with its worst drought in decades, thanks to El Nino weather patterns. An estimated 10 million people urgently need food aid. Six million of them are children, whose development may be compromised without sufficient help, Marthe van der Wolf reports for VOA from the Metahara district.
    Video

    Video Little Havana - a Slice of Cuban Culture in Florida

    Hispanic culture permeates everything in Miami’s Little Havana area: elderly men playing dominoes as they discuss politics, cigar rollers deep at work, or Cuban exiles talking with presidential candidates at a Cuban coffee window. With the recent rapprochement between Cuba and United States, one can only expect stronger ties between South Florida and Cuba.
    Video

    Video California Republicans Weigh Presidential Choices Amid Protests

    Republican presidential candidates have been wooing local party leaders in California, a state that could be decisive in selecting the party's nominee for U.S. president. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports delegates to the California party convention have been evaluating choices, while front-runner Donald Trump drew hundreds of raucous protesters Friday.
    Video

    Video ‘The Lights of Africa’ - Through the Eyes of 54 Artists

    An exhibition bringing together the work of 54 African artists, one from each country, is touring the continent after debuting at COP21 in Paris. Called "Lumières d'Afrique," the show centers on access to electricity and, more figuratively, ideas that enlighten. Emilie Iob reports from Abidjan, the exhibition's first stop.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora