Known to be an inspiration to both students and scholars, and a strong role model to nations around the globe, 51-year-old Barack Obama won our hearts and the White House with “Yes we can!”. And now, for the second term, the first African-American president of the United States of America is given the chance to sweep the nation with more positive changes.
His supporters, and not just Americans alone, had all eyes on their Twitter and Facebook timelines, with live feeds playing and the CNN channel switched on, while waiting in anticipation during those gut-wrenching hours for the results.
In the end, Romney had 45.2 million votes (49%) whereas Obama had 45 million (49%, with 65 percent of precincts tallied).
He also won his home state of Illinois as well as Romney’ s home state of Massachusetts (where the Republican previously served as governor) and Romney’s birth state of Michigan, along with Colorado, Nevada, California, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, Rhode Island, Hawaii and the District of Columbia, according to the CNN projections.
Fair, Obama is still not yet the agent of change that he had branded himself to be from the very beginning, considering the state of the economy and current unemployment rate of the U.S. – but we must remember that he did, after all, end the war in Iraq and terminate Osama bin Laden.
His next term will greet him with bigger challenges including healing the country’s chronic federal deficits and debt. It’s going to be a long and hard road, but as Obama said during his victory speech, “We know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come”:
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Congratulations, Barack Obama! Here’s to four more years of change.