The best is yet to come – Obama

2012-11-07 07:47

Newly re-elected US president Barack Obama told his supporters in Chicago that “the best is yet to come”.

Obama addressed thousands of supporters at the Obama headquarters this morning shortly after it became clear he had won the 2012 presidential election.

Obama received 53.8 million votes, with his opponent, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, getting 52.8 million votes.

Although the vote tally has not been finalised yet, Obama has the 303 electoral college votes he needs to take the presidency – Romney has 206 electoral votes.

Obama thanked all Americans who had participated in the elections – “whether you had an Obama sign or a Romney sign”.

“In this election, although our road has been hard, we have picked ourselves up, we’ve fought our way back and we know the best is yet to come,” he said.

Obama also promised to fix the long queues at voting stations, which led to complaints during the election.

“You made me a better president,” he said to great applause.

He promised accelerated delivery.

“You elected (me) for action, not politics as usual.”

He also paid homage to his wife, Michelle.

“I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me twenty years ago. Michelle, I’ve never loved you more. I’ve never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you too.”

His campaign team got kudos as well.

“(You are) the best campaign team in the history of politics, the best ever. All of you are family, you’ll carry the memory and you’ll have the lifelong appreciation of a grateful president.”

Even Romney got a mention.

“The Romney family has decided to get back into public service. In weeks ahead I plan to sit down with governor Romney to talk about how we can move this country forward.”

Obama promised hope to those who will put in their own efforts.

“You can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.”

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