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. chrissy

    And doing away with welfare and keepin medicade/medicare is a wonderful idea, except corporate america wont allow that 2 happen because they would then have 2 STOP sending jobs overseas and pay fair labor costs instead of the child labor they pay for now!

    November 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hide Behind

    In chess there is an ending without winners and losers, stalemate, where the contestants clear the boards and replace the pieces into their proper alignments and either resume or not the conflict.
    Or is there not a winner and a loser, for it is usually, 99% percentile, the case that the weaker of opponents realising their position has become impossible to gain a victory then manipulates the situation so his opponent cannot claim a victory outright.
    The loser saves face, his face, while hisopponent knows and is digusted because he could not obliterate completely hid opponent.
    Yet they each depart the table amicably pretending it was a stalemate.
    Of course this is done so they can continue playing the game at a later date.
    CHESS or an election,you the pieces moved, Live within their stalemate.
    Yet you think.you are of import to the players and claim special powers to move are limited by the rules and all except the pawns who know they must be sacrificed and move ever forward unless to eliminate another pawn but hope against hope those of special rank now and then.
    Today the pieces are set in place awaiting the hands of the players to set you in motion hoping you are not to be sacrificed.

    November 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ronvan

    Bobcat: keep it up! I like your little "words of wisdom"!! The ONLY thing that is screwed up about the election is that WE did not kick out the republicans! ALREADY, Boehner, the leader of the repuks has stated, "comprimise is not an option". Sooooo, sadly, the only thing changed is that Obama has another 4 yrs. to deal with the party of NO, with TOTAL disregard for US!

    November 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ronvan

    QUESTION: People our of work, looking for jobs! WHY then do we hear about business's hiring BUT cannot find any takers? I don't know about you, but, if I take a lower paying job, paying my bills and putting food on the table I am at least making it! HOW are those unemployed millionairs making it while collecting unemployment checks? WHY is it that even if looking for a job you are FORCED to find them at these TEMP. HIRE companies? IF you truly opened jobs, to those looking, they might just find something!

    November 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Good post @ ronvan, and hello @ Greek American, good to see you again, hope all is well with you? As for the GOP they have no one to blame but theirselves! They backed the worst one and let the best one, RP, get away!

    November 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    America is doomed.....the Kenyan's plan is succeeding!

    November 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      The only doomed America , is the hate filled, select few, klan ridden , tea party loving, old ,stale , moldy, old white, full of lies, unimportant America. Sooo anders your America should be burried along with you.

      November 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rae

    A black day in the country's history–in more way than one.

    November 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name s kel

      You damn right we elected the same BLACK PRESIDENT! And whitewashed jellyfish mitt and most of his demons in the process.

      November 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Name s kel

    rae the only puff of smoke should be you leaving us all. I mean this world.

    November 7, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Lol @ s kel, its pointless. Some people are just born to be SOS- stuck on stupid, their whole miserable lives.

    November 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. john2397

    Obama is loaded with more worries moment he was declared a winner. Now in less than 2 years (thereafter he will be a lame-duck President)he has to produce results of many of his promises, almost all he was not able to deliver in his first 4 years term. I think; he should start a week long "fiscal cliff" resolution conference with 7 team members of Republicans and Democrats continuing discussion until it is resolved amicably. Then; he should visit Tehran for a week to resolve the nuclear issue with Iran, and if successful continue his marathon week long crusade to resolve the immigration (ii) healthcare bill (iii)middle-east issues including Syria and Palestine. He has proved beyond doubts that no one can bit him in giving pep talks and furnishing laundry list of hopes but no one is sure whether he has ability to deliver those hopes too!!!

    November 7, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    He cant deliver it by himself, THATS why we pay CONGRESS also! Somewhere along the way they have seemed to forgotten where their paychecks come from & WHAT they are being paid to do! It damn sure ISNT to stop everything positive!! Overpaid & underworked!!

    November 7, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    XOXO Boom, boom, boom...."out go the lights".

    November 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rnwthit

    If the election is the step the country needs to rebuild the why did the DOW drop, the value if the American dollar drop, and gas prices increased 30 cents all in a matter of four hours?

    November 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I would have to agree with Glenn Beck. Federal employees are paid twice as much as people working in the private sector, not to mention private healthcare, and retirement options also. Is it any wonder why they would put the same man back in office? No wonder they're so hush about it. Folks, this IS slavery. And if there were a government version of Mc Donalds (like the Federal Bureau of Emergency Canteens), a person flipping burgers would get $16 an hour WITH a benefits and retirement package, while you or a relative work at McD's for Federal minimum wage under $8 an hour waiting on Obamacare to be forced down your employers throat. Well folks it's comming, hard and fast. You wanted it...now the Marxist regime will feed it to you. Love Jeff

    November 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I have to get back to work now. Breaks over. All I can say is look at gas prices back in '08 the very day Mr. Obama was elected. At the end of the Bush administration gas was up to $4.19 a gallon, and the next day it was almost $2.00 a gallon. A change in administration wreaks havoc in the private sector, when they can't forcast profits for anticipated changes in costly regulatory laws, taxes, ect.

    November 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
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