We've made history together - Obama

2012-11-07 09:02

Chicago - Newly re-elected US President Barack Obama on Wednesday gave praise to all his supporters, making special mention of his family and campaign team.

Obama also acknowledged the congratulation he has just received from losing Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney, saying he was looking forward to working with him.

The crowd cheered as he began his thanks to his wife Michelle Obama.

"Michelle, I have never loved you more," Obama said as the crowd roared. He added that he had been very proud to watch America fall in love with Mrs Obama too.

He also thanked their two daughters and his "partner" running mate Joe Biden.

He said he considered all on the Obama campaign team, including volunteers, "family".

"You lifted me up the whole way and I'll always be grateful for everything you've done," he said.

"We have all made history together."

  • adriaan.mostert - 2012-11-07 09:04

    Just watched Obama's acceptance speech - I wish Mandela was 20 years younger, I wish Jacob Zuma was 1% of Obama... I wish we could feel the same sense of hope in South Africa with our current leadership...

      LutherKingsley - 2012-11-07 09:25

      I am so envious of these Americans, they are so lucky to have a strong intelligent leader like Obama... Meanwhile in SA we are stuck with these incompetent, criminal thugs who call themselves leaders..... Zuma you dont have 1% of Obama's intellect, morals, vision and drive... but the saddest thing is the masses of SA don't want a president like Obama... Cause drive, intellect, vision, progress, higher education etc. is associated with the western world and is apparently a bad thing in Africa (thats what your president Zuma said).

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-11-07 09:27

      Indeed. It's disheartening and embarassing watching Zuma make speeches. He is pathetic. Other people write Zuma's speeches which he then just recites like a parrot. I don't think he even comprehends what he is saying.

      jbm.moate - 2012-11-07 09:27

      Adriaan couldnt wish anything more either... the sad thing with south africa is that jacob zuma will be re-elected unfortunately by those who do not understand the power of their vote. for a second there i thought i was american...

      michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-07 09:28

      @Adriaan, "I wish Mandela was 20 years younger, I wish Jacob Zuma was 1% of Obama." WHat difference would this make? Farmers were still getting murdered even when he was president. Do you honestly think that if Mandela was 20 years younger and was able to serve unlimited terms, that the problems we have today would not have been there? LOL You sound naive.

      Eterni80 - 2012-11-07 09:32

      elections in SA are tarnished by the fact that our 'leader' is more 'dealer' than anything else. the election process needs to be rejuvenated and become more competitive. this concept of the ruling party not having any effective opposition is really hurting SA. it would be a different story if the ANC actually had a soul and was determined to get SA off the dark path. but instead it's about self enrichment, jobs for pals and getting buddies out of prison. I hope that in SA in the not to distant future we will shrug off the yolk (yes yolk and not yoke) of ANC oppression and return SA to the shining example it was when Madiba stood tall and proud on that stage of Freedom.

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-11-07 09:33

      @Michael: The problem would be there but at least there will be someone who can sort it out. At the moment it just gets worse because there is not leadership with the balls / acumen to sort it out. So no, I am not naive - I just want a leader I can back and help to make this a great country again. To unlock the potential.

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-11-07 09:34

      Obama has one wife, probably more capable than all that Zipper has in his multi-million rand harem.

      lerato.motshana - 2012-11-07 09:39

      it is so sad that our elections are based on loyalty, not what is best for this country, i dream for the day i have a president who doesn't read a speech that was written for him and actually understand the contents of that speech and the impact it makes the the people. I pray for the day that my president will accept his faults and not blame anything on apartheid, get over it, it had been 18 years already and we are still waiting for that day where we are asked what South African's need and how can we help you without them enriching themselves. I pray for that day, as miracles need prayer but realistically i gave up hope on this leadership, never voted for it and never will until i see change. Congratulations Mr Obama, I respect and love you so much because there is only ONE (1) woman in your life that you love and respect so much.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-11-07 09:48

      Now that Obama has won, will the republicans in congress work with him or continue to hold him back??? The republicans are a selfish breed who want to protect only the wealthy 1% instead of working for the betterment of all citizens.

      michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-07 09:49

      @Adriaan, And you believe that Mandela would have been able to sort it out? How? One man cant stop tenderpreuners from rising, dysfunctional municipalities, rampant corruption and so forth. Someone such as yourself might answer by saying that he would have put the correct people in certain positions and so forth, but wasnt he the one that backed the AIDS denialist Thabo Mbeki? Wasnt he the one that appeared at an ANC rally before the last elections and endorsed Zuma for president? Not interested in mud slinging with you, I just would like you to justify your views

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-11-07 10:13

      @Michael: To clarify - one man cannot stop the rot. But one leader can aspire followers to back him - a group of people can stop the rot. But it all starts with a leader who has vision / balls / acumen / integrity.

      michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-07 10:26

      @Adriaan, WHat would your response be if i told you that i think mandela only served one term because he knew how inherently corrupt the ANC really was and that he decided to only serve one term so as to preseve his own reputation?

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-11-07 10:36

      @Michael: No different. We still need a leader and we still need to fix the problem and he still was better than JZ...

      michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-07 10:43

      @Adriaan, Agreed. But JM is still better than Malema and the rest of his followers not so? Things could have been worse, not so? As long as JM is in power, it gives us a chance to leave this country while the currency still have some value left. Would you agree?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 10:51

      Michael, where will you go. I'd thought that a bogus coloured like you would fight for his Cape republic. You are fake and I have always known that there is nothing "coloured" about you! You are right-wing troll adopting a "coloured" sounding pseudonym on a public internet message board, posting sickening anti-African comments, so that the stupidest of the stupid will backlash against "coloureds"!

      michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-07 11:25

      Im 100% coloured, dont let it bother you though

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 11:40

      I am not bothered by coloureds, I went to school with them in Walmer Estate in Woodstock and Vista High School in Bo Kaap, having grown amongst them in the "suburb" of Mandalay. You are as fake as they come!

  • David - 2012-11-07 09:08

    Uncle ruckus is going to be very dissapointed

      timothy.louwfant - 2012-11-07 10:52

      Very very disappointed LOl!!!!

  • justin.frittelli - 2012-11-07 09:14

    Now that is was leadership looks like!! How we could do with a little if that !

      jbm.moate - 2012-11-07 09:30

      I took some pointers for our president through out obama's campaign, am posting them to him as i write this, hopefully he will be able to read them and maybe just maybe he'll resign....

      thembie.mabuza - 2012-11-07 15:56

      what has Barack obama done for africa in his first term?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 16:06

      Bomb Africans in Libya!

  • boramk - 2012-11-07 09:16

    Imagine Zuma gave good speeches... No my head hurts

  • alaina.robbertse - 2012-11-07 09:18

    I hope Zuma took tips from speach of Obama or too dumb?Obama Gavce his speach without a piece of paper reading from it.And then Zuma struggles to read.I am so ashamed of Zuma.We hang our heads in shame to tell anybody that Zuma is our president.He is really a president to be ashamed of.Clearly Obama is not the president to fill his bank balance but he is the for black and white.America must be so proud to have a president like Obama.

  • michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-07 09:23

    Yeah, they made history together. Post offices are closing Unemployment increasing Bombing non-threatening countries and wasting money on unnecessary wars while many americans have made storm water pipes their new homes Yeah, this sure sounds like history was made.

      Robert - 2012-11-07 10:18

      Ive seen your comments across some forums! Can you please put one thought engaging, logical and factual argument forward! Enough of the baseless rhetoric already. p.s. Not many "coloureds" think like you!!

      kwezi.figlan - 2012-11-07 13:18

      u just a peice of something i dont think the world deserve someone like u.

  • sompayandisa.yandisa - 2012-11-07 09:26

    congra mr obama. wishng u ol de best n second term. vivaaaaaaaa

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-07 09:27

    What a guy, what a win! Congrats Barack Obama! Anyone seen casters.balle this morning? Maybe we should send a social worker to his house to check if his wife and kids are OK.

  • attie.mostert.9 - 2012-11-07 09:32

    Well done Obama, It is amazing to listen to him. 5mins after his speech made more sense than what our GOVERMENT does ever. They actually deliver on promises, where our goverment pockets money for themself. Disgusting

      michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-07 09:35

      "They actually deliver on promises" What promises? 4500 soldiers killed in Iraq, a number which excludes those maimed and blinded. Tell me Sxorch, are you also one of those people that believes that bin Laden was captured and killed last year?

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-11-07 09:39

      The only promises he kept are the ones he made to Wall Street, while more and more Americans are going hungry and waking up homeless, disgusting.

      michael.bushes.9 - 2012-11-07 09:51

      @tom What I was saying above you, but of course, its facts to you and I, and just a conspiracy theory to the rest whos only interests are watching professional wrestling and eating harmful fastfoods, casual sex and liquor

  • kyle.r.lottering - 2012-11-07 09:33

    Obeezy! Obeezy! Obeezy!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 09:36

    Where is Casters Balle!

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-07 09:39

      haha yeah, where is Casters now?

  • james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-07 09:38

    Viva Obama! No more Republicans in office needed. LGBT rights. No war-mongering. Viva!

  • nqobile.majola - 2012-11-07 09:54

    whooooooooooooooooooooooo obama obama

  • Pixie86 - 2012-11-07 09:55

    that's great.

  • rafik.essop - 2012-11-07 09:57

    In America they have born leaders but in South Africa we have leaders who are elected and who do not know the difference between right and wrong. congrat President Obama well done to the people of American Democrats

  • dikeledi.makutu - 2012-11-07 10:01

    lol ya neh no matter how good u try to be or do u will neva please everyone, Obama won yet there are those that dont like his leadership. There was Bush who had bad leadership skills en nw there's Obama who's trying to do good bt even he has haters. I fail to understand what human beings really want or mybe we shuld vote for them coz they have a lot to say.

      Msika - 2012-11-07 10:30

      We're human beings not computer programs, we will always disagree on somethings, nothing you, me or anybody can do about it. That's one of the things tha make life so intresting.

      Msika - 2012-11-07 11:56

      Even Obama acknowledged in his speech... "That's why we do this. That's what politics can be. That's why elections "matter. It's not small, it's big. It's important. Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated. We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy. That won't change after tonight, and it shouldn't. These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty. We can never forget that as we speak people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots like we did today. But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America's future."

  • madelein.vanschalkwyk.7 - 2012-11-07 10:12

    It is so wonderful to see a politician that is actually there because he wants to serve his country and the people that elected him and not because of what he can get as a payoff from it. That is unbiased and fair, charismatic and intelligent in his words and actions. Congratulations Mr Obama. Days like these that I wish I was american.

  • Msika - 2012-11-07 10:19

    Congratulations to Obama!! He clearly deserves it. How lucky those Americans are to have him as a president. He's got a great vision, intelectual and have the best intrest of the American people in his heart. Wish I could say the same about our president showerhead Zipper.

  • lindsay.jaftha - 2012-11-07 10:25

    It makes me so sad to see the negativity towards our countries leadership. Yes things aren't perfect but they are 100 times better than it was in the apartheid era! The media misquotes and portrays them as people without any sort of intellect where if you ask anyone that has spent any sort of time with President JZ they will tell you that he is remarkably intelligent. Remember that his first language is not English,we do live in Africa after all! You try making a speech in Zulu and see how intelligent you sound. All I am saying is that no country has a perfect government because government is run by human beings and humans are imperfect! Instead of complaining all the time about how bad we think things are we can try supporting our government and "be the change we want to see in the world"

      xolanit.ntuli.9 - 2012-11-07 10:35

      You are such a voice of reason, you deserve a hand shake, well said.

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-11-07 10:39

      I am sorry Lindsay, it is not Zuma's words that is the problem - it is his (lack of) actions. If the media misquotes him then the needs to step up to the plate and deliver. Obama faces the same challenges with a divided country - but his actions speaks much louder than his words. His actions inspire people...

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-07 10:57

      The ANC's imperfections are inexcusable. They are a bunch of incompetent greedy corrupt mediocre and useless bunch! My biggest gripe with the ANC is their failure to educate South Africans, especially Africans. I would excuse them for stealing if only education was a priority in this country. The amount of money that is wasted/stolen by the ANC is criminal!

      lindsay.jaftha - 2012-11-07 11:39

      @Adriaan. Yes I agree actions do speak louder than words, South Africa is ranked 52nd out of 155 other countries in terms of economic competitiveness, the only African country in the top 50%! It ranks second in the world for the accountability of private institutions and third for financial market development, indicating high confidence in South Africa’s financial markets at a time when trust is returning only slowly in many other parts of the world! Have you every been over our borders to Zim or Malawi or any other African country for that matter. In the global economic picture nobody is doing well! But we aren't as bad off as the media makes it out to be. If you have a job a car maybe even a house then I don't think this government is as bad as you make it out to be, sure maybe some of the wealthier citizens cant afford to put fuel in their jets anymore, but then who can now days;) All I'm saying is that JZ is not the be all and end all of government! There are many people in the ANC still dedicated to helping the people. In action I believe that they are working towards a better South Africa for all not just 1 race of people, it will take a very long time to get us on track with the western world but I believe our government needs our support to get there. What makes the USA so great is that it is a patriotic country united! You wont easily find someone who hates the government and country! Where as here all you have to do is post an article on news24:-D

  • siphesihle.mazibuko.71 - 2012-11-07 10:50

    Come now Adriaan prove yourself and make a speech in Zulu and let us judge you on that...!

      adriaan.mostert - 2012-11-07 11:16

      He? Mandela's English was not perfect - his actions inspired me. What's you point? Just another excuse for a "sitting on his ass and formicate" absent president. I do not care what Zuma says or in what language - I care about what he does!!! Get it???

  • siphesihle.mazibuko.71 - 2012-11-07 11:57

    There you go again proving your ignorance...what has Obama done other than play with words...? Any intellectual can do that play with words, prepare and practise his/her speech but from where i'm siiting Obama has done zilch for the Americans in the past four years. Maybe you are one of those who get easily impressed by what people say like all sales men that will promise you heaven and earth and then come with sorts of excuses at the end of the day. Fact is obama is a public speaker and nothing else all he has to do is to keep his bosses happy and those are the people who pull all the strings in Wall Street. theor mendate to him is "make us richer than what we are at all cost and leave the rest to us"

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-07 12:00

      what rubbish - Obama has championed equality for all and has done a lot more to end the mess in Iraq than the previous dispensation. Mitt Romney would keep the black man down - he did not even want affordable healthcare for all. Think before you speak.

  • dylan.sciarappa - 2012-11-07 12:04

    People commenting here seem to be too naive or do not pay attention. Wether it was Obama or Romney the status quo will always remain the same. Obama and Romney agreed on practically everything there were barely any differences between them, the important issues weren't even discussed in the run up such as the removal of civil liberties, the fed etc.

  • siphesihle.mazibuko.71 - 2012-11-07 12:11

    James Listen to youeself...championed equality? Dont take everything at face value that same affordable health care is a similar principle that you South African's are againts (NHI)on basis that you dont want to pay for some else since u are on medical aid...kettle calling the pot black i see. U assuming that Roomney would keep the black men down which again is why the ANC will be voted to power regardless of all their flaws because again we will assume that Zillie will keep the black men down. So i say you think before uttering such naked statements

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-07 14:48

      What are you talking about? I was talking more about LGBT rights. Speak for yourself, I'm not against affordable health care for all South Africans! I really want people to be on more equal footing, that's why I was pro- giving the miners better salaries. Don't make stupid assumptions. My thoughts on Romney are completely unrelated to our politics. I will be voting Zille, because I have seen more footage of her going into townships and speaking to the people than I have ever seen Zuma do. Zuma's style is the big rally where he can have a big lunch. If you want to vote for a party of embezzling frauds who don't give two f***ks about the poor, that's your burden.

  • thembie.mabuza - 2012-11-07 16:07

    @ Adriaan-what has the precious/perfect Obama done for Africa especially Kenya where they even have a holiday on the day he was elected? he doesn't care about Africa; copy that!!!

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