No president has ever won an election with an unemployment rate greater than 7.1% but with yet another historic win, Barack Obama was able to pull it off in a very tightly contested race. As of 11am Florida had yet to declare a winner and was considered the key state in the election.
At 11:18pm eastern, President Barack Obama was declared the winner of the election with the electoral votes from Ohio sealing the win. At first, Governor Mitt Romney refused to concede, but once Colorado had been decided, Romney had called President Barack Obama to concede and also congratulate him in what was described as a brief polite conversation. At 1:30am President Barack Obama delivered his victory speech. He promised to come together with Republicans to find ways to lower the deficit as well as other key issues. "I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. Reducing our deficit. Reforming our tax code. Fixing our immigration system. Freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We've got more work to do."
In the most expensive election in history, six billion dollars was spent campaigning. What we learned from that amount is that it didn't really make a difference. The United States still remains divided and progress is still going to be a struggle. During his victory speech Obama reiterated his optimism for the future, "Despite all the hardship we've been through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, I've never been more hopeful about our future." It remains to be seen what the future holds but if his speech is any indication of how the future will unfold, it does look promising.
Obama's speech was bland up until the end when he started talking with passion and fire. At the end of his speech it looked like he was fighting back tears. He gets a second chance to turn the United States economy around, to lower the deficit and improve foreign relations.
A lot of us were glued to the television, waiting for the results. If only we had the same passion for our own politics things could be a little bit better for all of us. If we had a leader that showed the fire and determination that President Barack Obama had shown during his campaign. One of the most hated questions, "what if?" It leaves us in despair but to make a change in your own country, it starts with simply having your voice be heard. You can do that by casting a vote, familiarizing yourself with the political parties so you can have a better understanding of which views you support. If only we cared more about our own politics. What if?