Obama Wins a Second Term

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

US President Barack Obama arrive on stage after winning the 2012 US presidential election November 7, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Barack Obama arrives on stage in Chicago, Illinois after winning the 2012 election November 7, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama secured a second term last night after an emotional and hard-fought campaign that enabled him to sweep nearly all of the swing states, including Virginia and Ohio. Obama thanked Romney for a passionate battle, and returned to the tenets of his campaign, hope, and progress.

Mitt Romney admitted defeat last night from his headquarters in Boston, after months of campaigning and over a billion dollars spent. Despite his loss, Romney insisted that the principles of his campaign endure.

Jared Bowen, reporter at WGBH, was at Romney Headquarters last night, and Todd Zwillichour Washington correspondent, was there for the win at President Obama's headquarters in Chicago.

Obama is confirmed to have won 303 electoral votes to Romney's 206. President Obama has pulled slightly ahead in the popular vote as well, leaving America much in the same state it was in before the election.

Of course, it didn't help the morale of the Romney campaign that their headquarters were situated in the heart of a blue state where Romney once served as governor. A sense of isolation pervaded the headquarters, where blocks away Obama supporters could be heard cheering.

"You just had this sense that things from shifted from the afternoon, in which Mitt Romney had said that they had played their best game, they had taken everything out of the locker room, they had thrown it all out onto the field, to last night when they suddenly realized that it may have all not worked," says Bowen.

Todd Zwillich spent the night in Chicago where there was a much different atmosphere at headquarters. In a crowd of over 10,000 in downtown Chicago, the narrative seemed to be reaffirmation. The coalition of Obama supporters behind this election has further proven that Republicans will no longer be able to rely on an election platform of white males. Latinos overwhelming supported Obama, as Republicans continued to leave Latinos out in a concept of the middle class in the GOP. 

On learning that Obama was set to win the presidency for a second term, the floor of the convention center erupted with cheers.

"This crowd of thousands in Chicago, as you can hear, has just learned that Barack Obama is projected to be re-elected as President of the United States," said Zwillich. "They are jubilant, people are waving their hands in the air, staring up at the big screen in this hall in Chicago."


Jared Bowen

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman and Elizabeth Ross

Comments [13]

Julian Jackson from Brooklyn

Here's a song for the next four years playlist, "We Can Work It Out" by the Beatles

Nov. 07 2012 03:43 PM
Kate from Washington Heights

They chose men who HAD BEEN moderates, but who said anything it took to appeal to the right. If the Republicans truly ran a moderate campaign, I think they'd have a real shot at winning.

Nov. 07 2012 03:27 PM
hicoachrich from Murray Hill

3. Speak quietly with Bader Ginsburg about retirement asap. Nominate a Progressive and allow the Reps to object and show the public that the are still obstructing.
4. Propose an Immigration Bill that Latinos would love and Reps would hate.
5. GET ACTIVE in Congressional races ---for a change---even to the point of selecting moderate Reps to back in districts where Dems have no chance vs teaparty candidates. Make it a goal to win back the House in 2 years!
6.Initiate an outreach to non-white voting population via all means and groups possible---drive a ground game for non-white voting populations--all types.
7. Find military equipment savings and announce the monies will go directly to benefits for military personnel---not machinery or weapons.
8. Hava a huge women's initiative including a celebration of women at the WH for all Dem female Senators and Representatives. build on it.
9. Give Bil Clinton whatever he wants.
10. Dissuade Joe B from wanting to run in 2016 and tell Hillary she has your backing if she chooses to run.
11. BE BOLD!

Nov. 07 2012 03:24 PM
hicoachrich from mu

1.Plan to become Barack the Bold.
2. President do NOTHING about so called fiscal cliff. Go on a long holiday and not return calls from Reps or panicked Dems. Let Jan.1 come and go. Then allow Reps to crawl into the WH and he can dictate terms and address those items he chooses via retroactive provisions of new bills he wants.
3.Let it be known that those who outright lie to the public and media are not welcome at the WH. Let it be known to Rep leadership that as a result of this new rule, Rep. Ryan is not welcome at the WH. Invite the other leaders---make Ryan stay away. Isolate him and ostracize him and cause him to splinter with others. Cause stress and division in their ranks.

Nov. 07 2012 03:10 PM
Alex Ross from Brooklyn, New York

Above all else, I want to see President Obama and the Democratic Party get serious about addressing climate change. As important as all the other challenges facing the country are, this is the one issue that will truly explode in our faces if it is not confronted now, and the heaviest price will be paid not by us but by our children, our grandchildren, and those of our political opponents as well!

Nov. 07 2012 02:58 PM
Wayne Erfling from Miramar, Florida USA

The number one thing I'd like to see in the next four years is for the Congress to "move forward" from topic to topic and stop obsessing about reversing previous defeats.

The 35+ attempts to repeal The Affordable Care Act are among the lowest of lows Congress has aspired to.

While we're at it, I'd like to see more, smaller "real" bills created without "poison pills" and with the intent of actually being passed. I don't want to see any bills passed by EITHER house of Congress for the purpose of "making a point".

Nov. 07 2012 02:22 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Takeaway on the entire Election for me is how differently our Society is split...I have a splitting headache wondering how half the Nation could see Romney as a good man for the disappearing Middle Class...
I don't know if Obama can bring me back up to the Middle Class, a status I lost during the Mortgage fiasco, but I don't fantasize about Romney making me a part of his one percent, or even caring about what I lost...

Sometimes, The Election felt it had a darker side to it.

Nov. 07 2012 01:34 PM
Nick Galaday from Oregon

Perhaps the Tea-Party bunch will finally accept that they were sold a bill of goods by the sore loser Neocons, and decide to quit throwing bricks at our government and start pitching in – get on board. And, perhaps they can accept that they have been sold a bill of goods by the Global Warming deniers, and start coming up with constructive ideas of how we can use less carbon. We are just going to have to leave what remains of the coal right where it is, in the ground!

Nov. 07 2012 01:32 PM
Harry Maisonet

In a perfect world!!! What I would like to see in the future is simple here we are approaching 2013 and we can't get past the race issue. Plain and simple. It may be old Republicans but they are just old racist and they need to go away. And let the country move forward and heal for real. That being said the word minority should no longer be used to refer to any human being as well as the word Hispanic. Latino is preferable and is in tune with times. Their issue's are much more than just immigration. But the house has to cease the bickering and obvious sabatoge of a man of color and a democrat. Instead of working to bring this country together and doing what's best for all the people. Take care of our country and our people, Poor and middle class formost in all areas and our children of the future. Peace and Blessings, God bless our country, Harry&Tonie M.

Nov. 07 2012 12:22 PM
joel from mass.

I want us in four years to be 22 trillion in debt. Unemployment at eight percent. Gas and milk up a dollar. More hospitals declining medicare and going bankrupt along with declining hip and knee replacements as printed in the bill. My insurance keep going up along with inflation and the cost of living. Just so I can say, told you so.

Nov. 07 2012 12:10 PM

The election is over. Now we all need to come together and start trying to find solutions to our problems we can all live with.

Barack Obama is not President of the Liberals. He is the president of all Americans--just as Romney would not have been President of the Conservatives but of all Americans had he won.

Politicians on both sides have engaged in too much posturing and not enough compromise. We cannot afford even another month of that. In less than two months we will go over the fiscal cliff. That would be true regardless who won. We need everyone, on both sides, to work at a real compromise.

That means neither of you is going to be happy in the end. It likely means many Americans will not be happy. But this is not about making people happy in the short term. It is about dealing with the immediate crisis for long enough that we can solve the underlying problems.

Republicans, that means you will have to make some concessions on taxes. Democrats, you will have to make some concessions on spending. You both need to put aside silly pledges and deal with reality. And you both need to listen to our best economic minds so that in pursuing a balanced federal budget you do not slaughter the economy. Go back to Simpson-Bowles as a potential framework.

In January, we need real tax reform. Let's start by eliminating the loopholes that let the Exxons pay no taxes. Let's develop a truly progressive tax structure that ensures that everyone pays what they can actually afford--and that corporate presidents don't pay less in taxes than their secretaries.

Let's get serious about immigration reform. And let's stop pandering to both the illegal immigrant population and the anti-immigrant lobby. Let's start punishing businesses for hiring illegal immigrants and acting in ways that encourage spur that form of immigration. But let's also revisit NAFTA so that signees outside the US have to pay competitive wages--and are punished for assassinating folks who want to form labor unions.

Let's get serious about our addiction to fossil fuels. We need to end subsidies to big oil and big gas. We need to get serious about wind and solar and hydro and tidal and geothermal, and even nuclear.

Let's get serious about campaign finance reform. Money has way too much influence. It is virtually impossible for anyone to run for federal or statewide office without either being rich or being beholden to the rich.

Most of all, let's get serious about really listening to each other--not only in Washington but in our individual neighborhoods. America only works when we pay attention to each other and what our neighbors need.

We can't count on our representatives to do this unless every one of us is an active citizen. That means writing to them, talking to them, and holding them accountable for what they do and what they don't do.

Who is in the White House matters far less than that we all hang together. If we don't, we will most assuredly hang separately.
--Harry Proudfoot

Nov. 07 2012 11:38 AM

The evening was a triumph, for Journalists for Obama.


Nov. 07 2012 10:03 AM
BK from Soggy Hoboken NJ

The status quo remains? I don't think so. Not when Congressional Repubs led by Mitch McConnell stated outright tat their goal was to make him a one term president. Tht was evident intue last four years as Obama adopted previously Republican positions, only to be opposed by those same Republicans.
As fr Obama losing the vote of older folks and southerners, I say good riddance. As a Gen X American, many of the biases of te older generations are simply dying off. So to those old timers still prejudiced against blacks like POTUS, gays marrying, etc, your viewpoint is literally dying off and the future of this country can't wait to see it go.

Nov. 07 2012 09:20 AM

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