Obama: 'The best is yet to come'
President Barack Obama was re-elected on a wave of broad support from moderates, women and minorities.
November 7th, 2012
06:49 AM ET

Obama: 'The best is yet to come'

Happy post-Election Day. Or welcome to your 12th cup of coffee if you're still waiting to see how Florida voted for president. (Since it was a relatively early election night, we hope you were able to get some sleep in.)

President Barack Obama rode a wave of broad support from minorities, women and moderates to win re-election Tuesday, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Democratic strongholds and key battleground states.

“While the road has been hard, while the journey has been long … we know in our hearts, for the United States of America, the best is yet to come,” Obama told supporters in Chicago early Wednesday.

If you did decide to call it an early night and head to bed after the presidential race was called, look no further. You can watch his victory speech here:

And if you didn't get a chance to see how Romney handled defeat, we've got that for you, too.

And while Obama was the main feature Tuesday night, there were plenty of other big or exciting races and initiatives around the country.

Congress didn't change dramatically. Republicans kept control of the House of Representatives, Democrats retained control of the Senate, and Republicans expanded their majority in governors' mansions. Other big winners? Marijuana and same-sex marriage. Two states voted to legalize marijuana, and for the first time, same-sex marriage has been approved by a popular vote in the United States. Voters in Maryland and Maine passed referendums by narrow margins cementing the right for people to marry, regardless of gender.

Another historic first? Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin was elected as the first openly gay senator and the first women to serve in the Senate from her state.

Go ahead, take all that in. Enjoy this quiet moment of reflection on the campaign, how this road meandered on the way to Obama's re-election and how it slipped away from Romney. No, really, take it in. Because while the election is over, the strategizing is likely just beginning and the analysts are still opining. After all, the president still has a long list of things to accomplish in the years ahead.

To help you get your head around it a bit, here's a quick look at how our analysts and columnists are reflecting on why the campaign went the way it did and what it all means.

Kennedy: Obama's win won't transform America

Stanley: Romney couldn't overcome contradictions

Kamarck: Five things Obama must do now

Rothkopf: Obama will get little time to celebrate

soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Shel

    i really dont see how people can say that Obama is the worst president in history...did u miss Bush? or those crooked presidents of the Guilded age in the 1920"s lol??? jeez people are so funny!

    November 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. JOHN

    Wow, does the best mean trillions more deficit spending, higher price for socialized obama care, more moochers on food stamps. More living off the nanny state, many more poor foreign policy gaffes, no increase in coal production, thousand of new regulations for businesses, higher taxes on EVERYONE....well, for those who pay taxes(parasite dems can skip that part.) An upgraded obama phone, raising taxes on those evil so called rich job creators bu threat of the fiscal cliff. U ignorant parasites who voted for this dodo head should be ashamed.

    November 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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