Greater than the sum of our individual ambitions
It wasn’t close was it? Barack Obama was returned to office just after midnight on the east coast. Obama won 303 of the electorial votes and the President also won the popular vote perhaps eventually by as much as 3% once the final numbers are counted on the west coast. Florida not for the first time has yet to be decided but is leaning towards the Democrats.
Out of the 10 major swing states, Obama won 9 of them, if I include Florida. Romney did gather together a lot of the conservative support and I am sure won back supporters that the Republican’s lost to the Democrats in 2008, however I just get the impression that this will further divide the countries conservatives and for me they have all the early symptoms of the Labour Party in the 80’s.
America is moving on and whilst old grey-haired men poo poo abortion, gay rights, immigration, foreign allainces, climate change and rely on God’s way young people, Latino’s and women in particular are taking this great country in another direction.
Obama now has the opportunity to continue the job he has started, incidentially in most countries in the democratic world he would have been a shoe-in, but only in America do they have to spend $2 billion on making sure. Be honest, how many of you would swap David Cameron for Barack Obama?
Barack Obama was re-elected despite a fragile economy and with unemployment over 8% but in another one of Obama’s dazzling and emotive speeches in the early hours he called for some unity between the two fractured parties to help fix the countries ails. The Republicans now need to bite their tongues and allow Obama to perform what will be some tough measures and for the President’s part, he maybe needs to be willing to negotiate a bit more. This super intelligent trained lawyer has been frustrated by some of his colleagues across the floor but now’s the time to listen.