Wednesday, November 7, 2012

President Obama wins four more years!

Barack Obama promised the American people that the 'the best is yet to come" as he accepted a second term in the White House after easily beating off the challenge from his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.

With a second chance to fulfil some of the expectations that greeted his election in 2008, Obama used his soaring victory speech – by far his best of the entire campaign – to press for a bipartisan approach to politics and returned once again to his theme of hope.

In a speech that lasted more than 25 minutes, Obama told the ecstatic crowd of supporters at his victory rally in Chicago: "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." Read the full story on the Guardian

The Root concluded: The party of Romney chose to favor the powerful and privileged, inequality and intolerance, whether the issue was the undocumented among us and how to deal with immigration; abortion and women's rights; the rights of gays and lesbians; or whether our tax code should continue to privilege the rich and powerful or call for them to carry a greater share of the tax burden.

This election is an inflection point. It is the consolidation, first and foremost, of a multiracial progressive Obama coalition that is now the dominant electoral force in American national politics. Republicans will never again, so long as their policy agenda remains as it is, command a winning national coalition. Too many fundamental social trends run against it. A mix of more progressive white voters, especially white women, African Americans, Latinos, Asians and other people of color, now sets the national agenda.


I am glad he won. This victory is even better than the first time. I hope that black communities in Europe will again be inspired by this victory. 

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for a well written article about President Obama's victory!

    I agree with the point that it will be difficult for the Republicans (the conservatives) to win any future national elections if their policies continue to be in opposition to the best interests of People of Color, and of females, and of those people under forty years of age. In addition to people who are pro-science and environmentalists, those were the people who ensured the success of President Obama's and Vice President Biden's re-election.

    In 2007, I was one of those African Americans who doubted that White folks would vote for a Black man running for President. Because there are only a small number of People Of Color in the state of Iowa, then Senator Obama's winning the important Iowa Caucus* was what convinced me and other People of Color, and other folks I'm sure, that Senator Obama could actually be a viable candidate for President.

    *The Iowa caucuses is the first major electoral event of the nominating process for the actual Democratic candidate and the Republican candidates for the office of the President of the United States. The two people who eventually win these pre-national election campaign gets to choose their Vice Presidential candidate. Only 3% of the residents of Iowa are Black (as of 2011), and a much smaller number of residents of that state are Native American, Asian, or some other race other than White.

    This is the last time that President Obama can run for President. I'm glad to have lived and voted during the historic occasion of his first Presidential tenure in 2008, and his second term in 2012.

    Also, I recognize that who is President of the United States impacts other nations throughout the world. So, even though I was surprised to see this post on Afro-Europe, it pleased me to see it and it is fitting that posts on President Obama's re-election are featured on this blog.

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    1. Hi Azizi, it's well written by the editors of the Guardian and The Root. :)

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