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Obama: 'Best is yet to come'

President Obama on Nov. 7, 2012, walks with daughter Sasha, as first lady Michelle Obama walks with malia, from Marine One to board Air Force One at Chiacgo O'Hare International Airport. Obama claimed more than 300 electoral votes to defeat his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in the Nov. 6 election.

President Obama on Nov. 7, 2012, walks with daughter Sasha, as first lady Michelle Obama walks with malia, from Marine One to board Air Force One at Chiacgo O'Hare International Airport. Obama claimed more than 300 electoral votes to defeat his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in the Nov. 6 election.

The Associated Press

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.

Obama has telephoned leading lawmakers from both parties Wednesday to talk about a legislative agenda for the remainder of the year. He called House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The White House said Obama reiterated his commitment to finding bipartisan solutions to reduce the deficit in a balanced way, cut taxes for middle-class families and small businesses and create jobs.

Hinting at fights to come, Obama 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 peeked 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.

Comments

bigbob 1 year, 10 months ago

Sure as h-ll can't get no worse for working people. Sure all the free loaders are happy but without the working people even the useless libtard free loaders can't survive.

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1d2ec 1 year, 10 months ago

Is he talking about the storm coming in behind Sandy?

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AuntieDee 1 year, 10 months ago

You're right bigbob. But It would have gotten worse with Romney in the Whitehouse. At least we won't have to worry about 'ole Mitt taking money from the goverrnment and firing everyone like he did with all those businesses his company bought. He paid himself several hefty millions.

I'll take Obama any day. Mitt Romeny couldn't be trusted. In his companies the rich gets richer and the 47% get poorer.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Yeah, all we have to worry about is Ole Buma taking all our money and giving it to sorry people like you that don't want to work and get all your stuff for free.

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AuntieDee 1 year, 10 months ago

You're right bigbob. But It would have gotten worse with Romney in the Whitehouse. At least we won't have to worry about 'ole Mitt taking money from the goverrnment and firing everyone like he did with all those businesses his company bought. He paid himself several hefty millions. That's why he never wanted to show his tax records.

I'll take Obama any day. Mitt Romeny couldn't be trusted. In his companies the rich gets richer and the 47% get poorer.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Where would you leeches get your free stuff if the 53% all lost their jobs and couldn't pay taxes. It's people like you that are bankrupting this country.

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TRUTH101 1 year, 10 months ago

Just because you work does not mean you are paying taxes. I laughed in this guys face because he was ranting about free loaders who didnt pay taxes. Yet he recieves a tax re-fund every year. I pay in... Do you?!?!?!?! If not SHUT UP. There is a difference between being well-off, rich, and wealthy. Im sick of semi-well-off people of SWGA rantning about rich and wealthy views that they themselves dont even comply to. How can one talk about the 47% when they are in the 47%...denial is something else

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

I work, taxes are deducted from my paychecks therefore I pay taxes, I own a house, therefore I pay property taxes. case closed. Duh! Laugh till your head falls off. smh

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TRUTH101 1 year, 10 months ago

and you get the taxes back in April.........

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Part of it. A lot of people barely pay any taxes, but they have babies and get $15,000 back in tax returns. Believe me I know, I have a niece who has 7 kids, barely has a job, doesn't own a house, doesn't pay much taxes, yet gets roughly $10,000 in tax returns. I am lucky to get $1000 back. Even though I paid way more than $1000 in taxes, so I do indeed lose money. I rest my case.

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TRUTH101 1 year, 10 months ago

Well in that case.....It is people like your niece that are sucking the blood out of America.......

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tywebb 1 year, 10 months ago

6 Billion dollars spent......same president.....same senate.....same house. How the hell will it get better?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

Our friend TRUTH101 posted this very misleading screen shot from PMSNBC recently. It needs further analysis. Numbers are rounded to keep it simple for the simple minded. http://www.albanyherald.com/users/pho...

There are 315 Million American citizens. Caucasians are 66% or 208 million Black are 13% or 40 million Hispanic are 16% or 52 million Asians are 5% or 16 million.

There are 47 million persons receiving food stamps. Using the misleading percentages below yields the following: If Caucasians receive 36% of food stamps, there are 17 million Caucasians receiving food stamps. This is 8% of all Caucasians If Blacks receive 22% of food stamps, there are 10 million Blacks receiving food stamps. This is 26% of all Blacks If Hispanics receive 10% of food stamps, there are 5 million Hispanics receiving food stamps. This is 9% of all Hispanics

Conclusion from this misleading screenshot: Blacks receive 3 times the number of food stamps per capita than either Caucasians or Hispanics. Those are the facts that the liberal media such as PMSNBC don't want you to realize......they'd like to send you away with the exact wrong idea.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Great point sister. Some people don't look at the overall picture.

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