Obama wins re-election, makes history

2012-11-07 07:25

Washington - US President Barack Obama has swept to re-election, creating history again by defying the undertow of a slow economic recovery and high unemployment to beat Republican foe Mitt Romney.

Obama became only the second Democrat to win a second four-year White House term since World War II, when television networks projected he would win the bellwether state of Ohio where he had staged a pitched battle with Romney.

"This happened because of you. Thank you," Obama tweeted to his 22 million followers on Twitter as a flurry of states, including Iowa, which nurtured his unlikely White House dreams suddenly tipped into his column.

With a clutch of swing states, including Florida and Virginia still to be declared, Obama already had 275 electoral votes, more than the 270 needed for the White House and looked set for a comfortable victory.

Victory party

There was a sudden explosion of jubilation at Obama's Chicago victory party as the first African American president, who was elected on a wave of hope and euphoria four years ago, booked another four years in the White House.

Romney's aides had predicted that a late Romney wave would sweep Obama from office after a single term haunted by a sluggish recovery from the worst economic crisis since the 1930s Great Depression and high unemployment.

But a huge cheer rang out at Obama headquarters when television networks projected Obama would retain Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes, and the party grew wilder as they called Wisconsin and Michigan.

The mood at Romney headquarters in Boston however had grown subdued throughout the evening as partisans stared at their smart phones.

Disappointed Republicans were seen leaving what had been billed as a celebration of Romney's expected triumph in central Washington.

Defeats in New Hampshire, where Romney has a summer home and Wisconsin, the home of Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan were especially sickening for Republicans.


Early signs were that the election, while a building triumph for Obama would do little to ease the deep polarisation afflicting US politics, as Republicans racked up huge margins in safe states, though struggled in battlegrounds.

Exit polls appeared to vindicate the vision of the race offered by Obama's campaign, when top aides predicted that Obama's armies of African American, Latinos and young voters would come out in droves.

Polls also showed that though only 39% of people believed that the economy was improving, around half of Americans blamed former president George W Bush for the tenuous situation, and not Obama.

The president, who made history by becoming America's first black president after a euphoric victory, carved a new precedent on Tuesday by defying the portents of a hurting economy to win a second term.

He awaited his fate in his hometown of Chicago, while Romney, a multi-millionaire former investment manager and Massachusetts governor was laying low in a hotel in Boston awaiting results.

As expected, television networks projected that Republicans would win the House of Representatives.

Democrats clung onto the Senate, and retained a seat in Missouri, where Senator Claire McCaskill fended off a challenge by Representative Todd Akin, whose remarks about rape and abortion sparked national outrage.

  • barry.visser1 - 2012-11-07 07:31


      gift.mushi.9 - 2012-11-07 07:49

      Good for the world. Mitt Romney is a war monger. The first thing he was going to do was to try to envade the Koreans and it was going to be the start of the World War. hail Barrack

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-11-07 07:56

      ... and Iran

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-11-07 07:59

      well DONE Amreica, thank god the war mongering, oil hungry republicans didnt win, now Obama has to repair the tax mess that Bush created as well as increase spending to fight the recession & create jobs...the combination know as the Fiscal Cliff, If Romney had got in he would have made the situation much worse & ultimately plunged the world into another 10 years of recession

      merven.halo - 2012-11-07 08:03

      Obama, Mitt, all the same, corporate companies run America, not the presidency.

      lj.roos - 2012-11-07 08:11

      Ek like hom kwaai

      NickvanGraan - 2012-11-07 08:20

      Never ceases to amaze me how dignified and professionally this is all done. Mitt Romney was accepting and gracious in defeat. None of this "not accepting the result" nonsense they we see so often on our continent. Always makes me wonder what would happen should the current ruling party lose an election.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-11-07 08:20

      Well Done Obama.Poor Mitt Romney.Defeat seems to haunt this guy.It also seems to run in the Romney genes,losing that is.His father George as Governor of Michigan in 1968 tried and got the Republican nomination and then lost in the primaries.His mother Lenore ran for a Senate seat in 1970 and then also lost by a two-to one margin.Matt first loss came in 1994 against Ted Kennedy for his Massachusetts Senate seat and in 2008 he lost the Republican Presidential nod to John McCain.Now the big one to he loses again this time to Obama.

      gift.mushi.9 - 2012-11-07 08:33

      Now lets await Mangaung.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-11-07 11:22

      And Russia

      itcrackpot - 2012-11-07 12:34

      Hopefully one day .... "Tonight, in this election, you, the South African people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for South Africa, the best is yet to come," ??????? said.

      iwance.wasdere - 2012-11-07 12:56

      @merven.halo - I agree with you, the President of the USA ultimately does what the big corporations want. They call it lobbying, but it really is just legal bribery. At the end of the day no matter who is in government nothing really changes, just count how many promises Obama made last time around and how many he actually followed through on. I can count them on one finger.

      gianni.blayse - 2012-11-07 14:29

      sipho you have no idea how racist america is, in some ways much worse than here. there it is all hidden and swept under the carpet, here we know where people stand

      roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-11-07 17:26

      @Gianni, you are talking crap. The USA panders to black and latinos all the time. They go out of their way to avoid racial conflict. Even the south is mellow.

      Jack - 2012-11-07 19:33

      Every nation gets the president it is given!!

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2012-11-07 21:39

      Obama is like South Africa mostly black but he was a little bit white in him

  • modiri.molosiwa - 2012-11-07 07:32

    Thank you God for answering my prayer with a YES.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-07 09:53

      @Dilligaf too BAD that the coin landed in favour of my having equal rights in America as a gay person! He did not answer the prayers of Republicans because they only care about money and hanging onto tradition - stuck in the past.

      jacowium - 2012-11-07 12:54

      Modiri, what do you think would have happened if you didn't pray? If you say, "then Romney would have won", then I suggest you re-evaluate your importance to the world at large.

      roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-11-07 17:31

      Just goes to show a black man will vote for another black without concern for the issues. Racist!

  • ingi.raikes - 2012-11-07 07:33

    Good for him!

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-11-07 07:34

    Sanity prevails! Told ya....

  • JaredVN - 2012-11-07 07:35

    The Republicans have only themselves to blame. Romney was unelectable. In the midst of the worst recession since 1929, this guy had offshore bank accounts to evade tax (much like our criminal cANCer's cadres no doubt have.) What message did this send to ordinary people struggling to survive?

  • xolanit.ntuli.9 - 2012-11-07 07:35

    Well done Barack Obama

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-11-07 07:36

    Congratulations ,president obama. Well done america ..not sooooo dumb this time

  • humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2012-11-07 07:38

    We will always remember him for the Nato forces occupation of Libya (no fly zone). Which resulted in the death of America's oldest enemy Gaddafi.

      maluxionn - 2012-11-07 07:54

      You will not we plse

      vicki.malatse - 2012-11-07 08:02

      And the demise of Osama

      taylorbequest - 2012-11-07 20:16

      Pity your friend Bob is not in your equation.

  • auntie.lebo - 2012-11-07 07:38

    Congratulations sir.

  • alex.tarr.52 - 2012-11-07 07:39

    Hardly surprising... Romney was never solid enough to win 270... The media hyped it up as much as they could to get their ratings but the reality is that Obama was always going to win. The only real question was how much of a fight Romney would put up, and aside from the first debate the answer was not much...

      rainbownationrsa - 2012-11-07 08:30

      Romney was the worse of the two evils.

  • veldt66 - 2012-11-07 07:40

    Obama for America. Where is those people? Swallow yr tongues''''

  • braamc - 2012-11-07 07:40

    Polls also showed that though only 39% of people believed that the economy was improving, around half of Americans blamed former president George W Bush for the tenuous situation, and not Obama. - That we know - what a victory for the US, congratulations Obama

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-11-07 07:58

      Sanity at last!!!

  • Gill McCain - 2012-11-07 07:43

    Why do u all care so much? Get real - Africa's problems come way down the list of his priorities

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-11-07 07:59

      Gill, the American economy and political view influences the whole world. And the world cannot afford another War ever again. That is why it is important. A moderate approach in the US is good for stability everywhere!

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-11-07 08:03

      you serious, you think we live on an island? You obviously have no idea of how this affects the world.

      robbie.crouch - 2012-11-07 09:15

      @rinus.groeneveld.7 There will be war... Iran has seen his weakness.

  • veldt66 - 2012-11-07 07:44

    Obama for America. Where is those people? Swallow yr tongues''''

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-11-07 07:44

    Good luck them have him! *evil laugh*

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-11-07 07:45

    The Americans and the whole world will be verrrrrry sorry... He's messed up in his first four years, the second four are going to much, much worse.

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-11-07 08:02

      Nope, he started to turn things around. Bush messed up. He inherited 8 years' mess. But you will not see the light. Sad.

      joshua.mcallister.75 - 2012-11-07 08:06

      Do you want some toilet paper Gastro?

      peter.t.solomon - 2012-11-07 08:19

      Feeble, the Americans have spoken, whites, blacks, and hispanics. No matter what u want.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-07 09:59

      @Feeble - at least he won't be mongering wars like most Republicans before him, or stripping away LGBTI people's hard-won rights. Viva Obama! Romney can go play in the traffic.

      ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-11-07 14:07


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  • makarapakaplan - 2012-11-07 07:46

    Good luck to them *evil laugh*

  • thethird.wors - 2012-11-07 07:50

    A victory for everyone who believes in common sense. Well done. Four more years to try and fix some of the damage caused by "Curious George".

  • Marietjie.martin05 - 2012-11-07 07:51

    Sooo glad!!!!

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-07 09:54

      me too

  • rossi.schmitz - 2012-11-07 07:52

    thank you God for doing this i love you Obama show them what you can do

      jacowium - 2012-11-07 13:00

      Did God vote?

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-08 00:46

      God does everything. He cleans my car saturdays too. But it's the gays who caused hurricane Sandy. Everyone knows that. God only causes the things that Christians want to indirectly take credit for.

  • bmaestro - 2012-11-07 07:52

    O.B.A.M.A = Obviously Better At Managing America.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-07 07:55

    Good News - Anybody would have been better than Romney.

  • suemvelase - 2012-11-07 07:57

    Viva Obama Viva....

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-07 07:57

    Give that man a double Bells. Well done. Shows world need honest politicians.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-11-07 08:43

      Lol @ honest politicians, hee hee

      robbie.crouch - 2012-11-07 09:18

      Honest! There is no such creature in politics.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-07 13:35

      Maybe but he at least tries a bit harder than ours.

  • makhosonke.mqikela - 2012-11-07 07:59

    Thumbs up SIR. You worked so hard to deserve it. Thank your stars for hurricane SANDY boosted your credibility even more...

  • silungile.luahaba - 2012-11-07 08:03


  • allan.mccabe - 2012-11-07 08:04

    Except Jacob

  • collins.ntelele - 2012-11-07 08:04

    Dear Obama,please help us,here we 're busy voting for tenderprenuers with big heads and bulging stomachs.Show them that a government is for the people not for blood suckers who are busy playing with cartoonists, while the people are suffering.

      wlukuni - 2012-11-07 08:30

      Dear 0BAMA remember DRC here we are busy preying 4your success GOD protect u wherever u are keep on doing well you are the best GOD gonna bless u more and more times and enjoy your winning day. Am wandja lukuni from DRC be bless.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-11-07 08:09

    Proving once more that continuity and change works regardless of the merits of the candidate. Congradulations to Mr. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma in advance!

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-11-07 08:37

      I am sure you mean it as a joke Phumi, so you are not serious. Are you? A President who face the electorate to be elected and a President who ride on the back of the party to be elected? Huh! I am sure in your delusional world a day is the same as the night and apples are compared to the oranges. What a world. I never believed that in my lifetime I would see pigs sharing the sky with the birds. What a world of make-believe!!!

      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-07 08:44

      hahahahahah phumi you must be a white guy trying to stirr. Or you are possibly the dumbest person on News24.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 09:47

      Peter, why can't he be both, white and dumb?

      thethird.wors - 2012-11-07 14:14

      A rather big difference in credentials, track record and calibre of candidate mate.

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-11-07 17:20

      LOL, You cannot compare the character, integrity and dignity of President Obama to that jackass you call a south african persident. He is a fool of the highest order and commands little respect outside of his tribal spheres of influence! Blergg!! He is nothing short of disgusting, the very look of the man makes me want to puke!

      Jango - 2012-11-07 18:24

      Yeah. Congratulations to Jacob for robbing the tax-paying people in South Africa of R220M for his homestead, without having to justify it because he is above the law. Not bad for a standard-6 education. Must be that potent tenderpreneur brain of his. Would not know the business difference between a Credit Note and a Delivery Note - by hey - his name looks good on a letterhead.

  • Shaun Daly - 2012-11-07 08:10

    Now that he's got his 2nd term, lets hope he finally makes good on all those promises he made 4 years ago.

      robbie.crouch - 2012-11-07 09:19

      I would not bet on that... he failed to help the Benghazi staff when they needed a simple decision.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-07 09:59

      @Robbie He's a president, he's not superman

  • Perfume5 - 2012-11-07 08:13

    Continue to be humble President Obama!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS, American history has been rewritten because of you.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-11-08 08:26

      Rewritten? How on earth do you see history rewritten? Which part are they replacing?

  • Mandiana - 2012-11-07 08:17

    Who run the world? BLACKS!!! *singin*

      Shaun Daly - 2012-11-07 08:22


      nanivintage.ngoasheng - 2012-11-07 08:22


      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-07 08:46

      @Mandiana just a quick lesson in biology because it would seem you missed out on education. If you mother is white and your father is black then you are not black or white, you are colourd! Go be racist somewhere else becausedude America couldn't give a sh*t about a racist uneducated fool from South Africa.

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-11-07 08:58

      Well said indeed Peter but I doubt it would make sense to Mandiana. The common sense expressed by this person is of an ignorant troll.

      ankoloti - 2012-11-07 09:21

      Excuse me but i think a child always takes the culture of the father just becoz his skin color is coloured does not make him coloured he is black becuase his blood is black thats from the fathers side but how would you know that, this is cultural...even his name is not white or coloured, coloureds don't come from mixing black and white they are khoisan.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-07 09:21

      People...its the only part of this election (etc) he understands. The race/color part...but then again..he doesn't even really understand that part.

      xolanit.ntuli.9 - 2012-11-07 09:34

      That concept isn't good, instead it instigates racial intolerance. Remember in USA the majority is white folks, that means more whites voted Barrack back in to power instead of Roomney. We should take a leaf from their book.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-07 12:46

      @Diligaf you put the 'GAFF' in diligaf...

  • Blixum - 2012-11-07 08:17

    A country gets the leader it deserves. See RSA. Obama has once again been voted in by the white electorate of the US. Good on. Hope you will deliver real improvements this time around.

  • dimitri.tsafendas - 2012-11-07 08:24

    Well done Barack Obama, you were the best and more deserving candidate than the war mongers from the Republicans. America and the world continues to be a better place with Obama as USA President!

  • bennie.stander - 2012-11-07 08:28

    Why am I more happy for Obama being re-elected than for Zuma to be re-elected? Maybe we don't have an African Dream?

  • John 'Preacherman' Omamomo Okoloko - 2012-11-07 08:32


  • mohit.kunal.5 - 2012-11-07 08:40

    75% NRI vote to B.obama congrats for 2nd term

  • sagren.narain - 2012-11-07 08:43

    And back in good ol SA - it seems that JZ is going back to the apartheid system where HE is now going to be the oppressor, masterrace,NOZWIC (Number One Zulu Whats In Charge)

  • mbulelo.somzana - 2012-11-07 08:46

    The Americans have spoken.I wished we had these types of elections in SA to avoid Luthuli House choosing any idiot for us.

  • motlatsieric.khotle - 2012-11-07 08:55

    God has again blessed Ameriaca. May good God stay with you all in Jesus name. From Eric Khotle South Africa

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-07 09:24

      Yup..we saw his "blessing" with Sandy not long ago...

  • brent.bartis - 2012-11-07 09:01

    Besides being the first non-white president of the usa. What exactly has Obama done for Africa?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 09:11

      Bombing Libya! Why should he be doing anything for Africa, he is an America president after all!

      Truth.nnete - 2012-11-07 09:35

      He is not an african president,he owes us nothing.You sound upset and you need to calm down and relax.

      tito.mario.927 - 2012-11-07 12:42

      @brent What are we looking for? Handouts again. Let him do for his people what they voted him in for. Africa needs to start holding their elected leaders accountable, unfortunately we are not politically mature enough to appreciate that fact.

      jacowium - 2012-11-07 13:10

      Why do Africans always want others to do something for Africa? What do we do for the world? What have we done to earn any special treatment? I say, we have our own house to get in order first.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-07 13:25

      Fidel, Dumb and misinformed as ALWAYS!!!!! NO US plane dropped even ONE bomb on Libyan soil, during their civil war !!!! There was not the slightest appetite from Washington, to get involved in the Libyan uprisig. The same American disinterest, as they have today in Syria !!!! Oops, sorry, I forgot, the US send a box of night goggles to the opposition !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-11-07 13:33

      Zakhele, MILLIONS OF HUNGRY AFRICANS, who rely on US emergency aid, like food and tents for shelter, will not agree with you. Further; MILLIONS OF SICK AFRICANS, who rely on US Medicine, to stay alive, will NOT agree with you !!

      brent.bartis - 2012-11-07 14:01

      fidel: what about syria? the russians are arming the syrian army who inturn is killing their citizens. zakhele: grants? whats that got to do with me. i dont want africa to receive grants - we need to make our own future -not one prescribed to us truth: the truth is your right. but im upset not for the reasons youre assuming.

  • curtis.nkosi - 2012-11-07 09:07

    Well done Obama

  • UncleShep - 2012-11-07 09:17

    BroncoBama......U inspire....

  • mabona.sinethemba - 2012-11-07 09:24

    go team obama!!

  • Truth.nnete - 2012-11-07 09:39

    Rsa rednecks are so upset.This is supposed to be good news to you guys,our democracy is maturing and who knows what will happen one day?

  • ivy.malema.3 - 2012-11-07 09:39

    I wish white South African were like white Americans we will be able to build a better future for all. But unfortunately there are still racists

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-07 09:56

      hate to tell you, there are also still racists in America

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 12:18

      Moremi, what a load of tosh! Why should Africans have fought on either side of equally vile colonialist? Your post is so boneheadedly stupid I don't even know where to start. I suspect to correct your errors I'd have to begin from teaching you basic english. Jesus is an ancestor!

      gracemoremi - 2012-11-07 13:11

      fidel..go back to the bible and read about ancestors. jesus is the ONLY one God says we should go through to get to him. He's the only one sitting beside God. not ur uncles n grand parents dear. go read what \gods\ are and what the bible says about the dead. u just sounded stupid n uneducated. im almost sure u support ANC..shame

      jacowium - 2012-11-07 13:13

      Jesus is an ancestor of who, Fidel? (I'm curious since you accuse others of posting boneheadedly stupid tosh.)

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-07 14:51

      @grace - as soon as you started carping on about God my suspicion that you are a lunatic was confirmed. Take your blithering idiocy and lack of historical knowledge elsewhere.

      gracemoremi - 2012-11-07 18:07

      James..since u seem to be \praying\ the dead, then really the lunatic is u. my lack of historical knowledge? uhm..again, go get ur own historical knowledge..i see its lacking.

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-07 19:00

      @grace i'll quote you, bitter, pathetic cow: 'blacks stood aside while afrikanners fought for this land' - this is historically untrue. Black people were slaughtered en mass while die boere went gallavanting about, trigger-happy. To be historically accurate, there was also violence between different tribes, African people from the north and indigenous people living in the South West, but the greatest brutality was inflicted by those who had the furthest technological advancement, as is usually the case. You know jack-squat.

      brian.exmachina - 2012-11-07 19:07

      @JamesHurleyZa: thanks for pointing that out to her. I just also want to add that many blacks actually willingly fought on the Boer side during the wars, just as many of them chose to side with the British.

      simonejs - 2012-11-07 20:14

      I think you all forgot that the blacks fought on both sides??? Covering all angles.... LOL. People, who cares about who fought for the country, in case you haven't noticed, nobody owns the country, people vote for who runs the country. Go vote for someone who's actually going to offer you all an education!

      simonejs - 2012-11-07 20:24

      It's not about whether the person in the presidential seat is black or white, it's about what they want for the country. I would be overjoyed to have another black president, as long as he supports complete equality. Zuma unfortunately is a lot more clever than everyone gives him credit for. Wake up, if the majority of the people who vote for him are uneducated, why would he want to educate them??? Yes, whites as a whole do earn more than black people, but why? It's not because of any inequalities, it is because the majority of those black people are sitting in townships and cultural villages, quite happy right where they are. Why do they need to go out and get a job if they don't want one, and therefore, why are they included in the calculation. Unemployment is a braod term which simply counts the percentage of people who are working out of those who are able... it does not refer to how many are actually willing to work, nor does in include how much money is being made through illegal trading and fraud. I'm sure if all of that were taken into account, we'd see a much different result1

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-08 00:42

      spot-on Simone

      gracemoremi - 2012-11-08 07:27

      my APOLOGIES.. blacks did contrubute to the anglo boer war..although they were not recognised for u are right.

  • laetitia.clark - 2012-11-07 09:55

    Sanity prevails :)

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-07 10:24

    Well done President Obama for your victory, this is a path you showed now for South Africans on how to deal with elections even under difficult conditions, lastly unite Americans irrespective of the party they are in, they have to be one and powerful. And lastly as African American first black president please we also urge you and your team to help Africa a lot especially in part of governance, we do not want dictators in Africa and terrorists making some African states ungovernable. Lastly lastly please make a turn in South Africa, visit the country before your second term ends.

  • gracemoremi - 2012-11-07 11:54

    so he won.. uhm..what exactly did he do in his past term?? ok.. yet again Sir Siener van Rensburg's prediction was correct. Disaster awaits..\r\nSame as our black government.

      jacowium - 2012-11-07 13:17

      Now it's "Sir" Siener van Rensburg - didn't know he was a British agent!

      tugwana.gwalagwala - 2012-11-07 15:04

      He was busy getting sense into them Republicans' stone hard heads!