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. leo maniace

    Lets crown OBAMA king, do away with all elections and we will all live happily ever after thanks to our god OBAMA.

    November 7, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jay jay

      This just means a 20 trillion dollar national debt possibly more by the time he is done. Sad day for America...

      November 7, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      Sounds like what jellyfish mitt and his republican demons tried to do. Well your type Failed.

      November 7, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      leo go get on a plane. One with engine troubles.

      November 7, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Guest

    We just paid $352 for 2 months of T R I C A R E for our 23 year old college student who is not covered by Obama's health care law. Next year we will pay $1,824.00 as all civilian's students receive it free. This is how they treat the child of a retired disabled veteran. Pay or face the fines and/or jail. Obama's thanks for 20 years of military service!

    November 7, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Portland tony

      If you bothered to check it out the cost of covering dependants until age 26 is included in the parent's private insurance policies premium s. There is no free insurance. TRICARE allows dependants to buy into age 26 if their parents are covered! Check out the TRICARE web site!

      November 7, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      We have to PAY SEPARATELY for a SEPARATE policy for our child because T R I C A R E does NOT have to follow the AHC law that allows ALL students age 23-26 to stay on their parents policy without cost. We DO have to follow the AHC law however, & obtain insurance for our child or face fines and/or jail.
      The AHC leaves military kids out, providing NO coverage at all at age 23.
      This is a separate bill that Obama signed into law to provide that care.
      We DO have to pay for a separate policy, I just filled out the paperwork & sent it in.
      A retired veteran(20 years or more of active duty service) who has T R I C A R E standard as their family's insurance does NOT pay ANY premium. Retirees only pay a premium if they use the HMO which is T R I C A R E prime.
      This is the way our government compensates the military for the low military pay received during a career of service. For example; during the time we spent in the military we qualified every year for food stamps since our top pay as a E-6(non commissioned officer) shortly before retirement at 20 years was only $29,000 per year. A civilian would have received at least $90,000 a year(actually more with all the overtime pay) for 15 of those 20 years. Multiply that $60,000 by 15 and there are $900,000 reasons why the government owes a career family medical care.
      A retired family who CHOOSES to use T R I C A R E prime & pays for that premium service only pays $538.56 per YEAR for the entire family. An individual retiree pays $269.28 per YEAR.
      Now, is it FAIR to have that student pay $1,824.00 a year to receive the same medical care? No! IT IS OVER TRIPLE THE COST FOR THEIR ENTIRE FAMILY!
      My child was born with a military parent absent due to deployment, & spent years without that parent growing up. I am not happy that this kid's sacrifice is being spat upon. If you have any compassion you will not be happy about it either, Portland tony.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rnwthit

    We live in a word where the government determins health care, private and public spending, a government that monitors everything said and done, a government that ignores the middle class and is slowly taking over industry.
    Where have we seen this before??
    That's right Socialism.
    Good luck with that one!

    November 7, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rnwthit

      The value of the dollar dropped, the DOW dropped, gas prices rose more than 30 cents per gallon all just since last night.
      Yet this is good thing???

      November 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Congratulations Mr. President. I hope your road won't have as many obstacles this time.

    November 7, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      The pundits said the TP movement is largely a thing of the past...and I hope they're right.
      I am all for cutting spending, but not at the expense of our elderly and our children, and not to get lost in another war...

      Congratulations, Mr. President.

      November 7, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Congratulations and kudos to you Mr. President Barry Obama.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. chrissy

    Good morning, @ banasy, @s kel, @bigwillie, @bobcat,@ l608 & yea @revnow, & @Jay jay, and did you two have sour milk this morning? And thanks for the pics @ s kel. Its a new day, and its gonna get better! Yea!!

    November 7, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. chrissy

    And good morning to you also Jeff Frank and Portland Tony.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    1514 days and counting.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Good morning chrissy.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    The next prediction? In January while everyone is mystified by all the pomp of having thier POTUS put on retainer for another 4 years, the Bush tax cut will be allowed to expire, and the screwing you get will be for the screwing you got.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Your boy, and your party, lost this election, and their obstructionist pledge from day one, "we will make him a one-term President", was not (thankfully) fulfilled.
      All the hate, all of the bile, has come home to roost; learn that right-wing extremism and elitism isn't the path Americans want to go down...when Newt Gingrich says "our party needs to be more inclusive", the writing's on the wall.
      And obstructionist House is of no use to anyone, whether a (R) or a (D) follows their name.
      Let's get to freaking work now, shall we?

      November 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Unless Obama learns how to cross the aisle in the next 4 years, & actually becomes the bipartisan president he promised us, this will be a lame duck presidency. The republicans are not the only ones at fault here, an equal share of the blame lies in democratic demonization of opposing viewpoints. Over half of our voters(including independents) have shown their disapproval of his past performance during this election, that is hardly a glowing endorsement by any standards. If he continues to fail at his presidential duty to reconcile both sides, & keeps playing along with the partisan blame game, the major thing he will be historic for is being divisive. Ultimately the decision is his. It takes two to tango. Sadly, your own post indicates that you are politically ambisinister, & cannot dance, Banasy.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Good morning all. Congratulations Mr.President.
    A day to remember and be thankful to be an American. Americans did themselves proud, electing and re-electing an African American as the leader of the Free World. Proving beyond doubt that this is what America stands for and this is the spirit of Americanism. Equality, Justice and Freedom for all.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. tlicious819

    HEY CNN YOU FORGOT US AGAIN. YOU DISCUSSED THE RELIGIOUS IMPACT ON THE ELECTION WITH THE PROTESTANT AND CHRISTIAN VOTE, BUT WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE "JEWISH" VOTERS, WHO FINANCED THIS RIDICULOUS RACE. WHEN WILL THIS COUNTRY STOP HIDING BEHIND COLOR RACE ISSUES, AND REALIZE HOW THE JEWS OF THIS COUNTRY ARE AS INVISIBLE AS MANY OF THE OTHER MINORITIES. CNN IS TRULY NOT A NEWSTATION FOR MY PEOPLE.

    November 7, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Good morning bansy, chrissy, s kel, Jeff Frank, Portland Tony, Guest and Jay Jay and anyone else I may have missed.
    Hopefully now we can get the finished of getting the economy kicking again. It was a good start in the first 4 years. Maybe now the severe patisanship will be tamed and all members will work together to get this done.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. tlicious819

    congrats democrats it only cost you 6billion to win this time, gotta pay those speechwriters and for that electrifying sound equipment.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mistica

      well said

      November 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    However with an unpopular and unproductive Congress remaining intact, the road ahead for the President wouldn't be any easier. We wish him more strength, resolve and determination.
    What is needed now more than ever is for all Americans to come together and stand behind their President , rise above pettiness, prejudices and differences if they hold the interest of this country at heart. This country needs it and needs it as never before.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Guest

      Sorry, your post is not accurate, saywhat. Congress was voted in too. Voters obviously want them there. What Americans really want is bipartisanship from ALL our elected officials, especially our president(it is part of his job). Including the Independent voter split, half our country did not vote for our president. That indicates he is not a popular President.
      America's President needs to stand behind America, & learn to cross the aisle. Compromise needs to replace divisiveness. The alternative is a lame duck administration & passing any job that did not get done to another president after this one leaves office. The ball is in his court, Obama can play if he cooperates with whoever is on the other side of the net. Last time he did not play well, so I hope he will do better.

      November 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
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