Nov. 8, 2012
Four more years
By Sarah Shannon
Around 11:30pm Tuesday, Nov. 6, it was official.
Barack Obama will serve another term as President of the United States.
“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,” Obama said in his acceptance speech. “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.”
The president captured a total of 303 electoral votes with Florida still counting. He won key swing states like Ohio.
However, the race was not easily won.
Gov. Mitt Romney had the lead of electoral votes many times election night.
When the first polls closed, Romney had the lead with 13, winning Kentucky and West Virginia, to Obama’s three, winning the state of Vermont.
Hour by hour the totals of electoral votes changed.
At one point, Obama had 78 electoral votes and Romney had 76.
Within the same hour, Romney won the state of Mississippi making it 82-76.
The numbers kept going back and forth.
However, once Obama acquired the state of Ohio, the race was over.
Late in the night, Obama addressed his supporters, his family and the entire country.
He entered his victory party in Chicago with his wife Michelle and two daughters, Sasha and Malia, while the Stevie Wonder hit “Sign, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” played in the background.
Obama spoke with determination and a positive outlook on his next term.
“A decade of war is ending,” he said. “A long campaign is now over. And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you, and you have made me a better president.”
“With your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead.”
Obama promised to focus on “your jobs, not ours” this next term in office. He plans to get the economy back where it should be and to get Americans back into the workforce.
The president set a goal to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016.
His plan is to invest in education, research and technology to expand the economy for the long term, rather than just temporarily.
He is also working on doubling American exports over the next five years by promoting U.S. goods and removing trade barriers, expanding access to credit, and promoting strong growth.
The president has developed a plan of spending cuts and revenue increases that will reduce the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade.
Throughout his campaign, Obama has argued for supporting the middle class and plans to do so in these next two terms.
During his concession speech, Romney explained what needs to happen this next term.
“The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work, and we citizens also have to rise to occasion,” he said.
“I believe in America. I believe in the people of America. And I ran for office because I’’m concerned about America. This election is over, but our principles endure. I believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and to a renewed greatness.”
The next four years will be the final test for President Obama.
Citizens are looking to him to restore the economy, to create jobs in the US, and to make living affordable.
Students are looking to Obama to continue making college affordable, to ensure that job opportunities will be available after graduating, and to elevate the deficit so they do not have to pay it off their entire lives.
A lot is riding on these next for years.
President Obama fells he has grown since first being elected into office. The last four years has made him a stronger leader.
“Whether I earned your vote or not,” he said during his acceptance speech, “I have listened to you. I have learned from you. And you’ve made me a better president. With your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do.”