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Obama 2012 Victory Speech

So Obama has won another term. Remember how powerful his victory speech was back in 2008, and how enthusiastic and euphoric Americans were for the next few months, only to experience a large comedown as the years went by? Well, he took a more measured and experienced approach to his speech this time around, but continued along similar themes of hope and optimism.

Never More Hopeful

Obama stated in front of huge crowds in Chicago that he had never been more hopeful for America, claiming he will return to The White House "More inspired about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead". He made the speech in the early hours, walking out onto stage at 1.40am, even though victory had been assured around 11pm Tuesday night.

He stated that the economy was in a state of recovery, ten long years of war were finally coming to an end, and that the long campaign was over. He showed awareness of a dip in popularity, saying that whether he had earned people's votes or not, he had listened to them, and he had learned from them. This was an Obama acutely aware of the narrowness of his victory. Even though it stood at 100 votes difference at the time of his speech, with Florida still to be announced, in the key states, victory had been assured by the finest of margins. Fewer than 1% more votes were given to Obama than Romney on a nationwide scale.

On the difference between a second term and a first term, Obama pointed out that he and his team can now focus on the jobs of the voters, not on securing their own jobs, the safety that comes with knowing you do not have to run another election campaign allows you to focus a lot more on helping the people than a first term does, and maybe now Obama will pull out all the stops to get the job done.

As is a custom, Obama had words for his 'fallen enemy' Mitt Romney, stating that he would do his best so that they could work together for the good of America's future. Although I sometimes wonder whether the losing candidate can ever have that much enthusiasm for helping their victorious opponent, it is nice to hear promising words like this, and I look forward to seeing if the Democrats and Republicans can really work together for a better future.

With the Republicans maintaining a majority in the House of Representatives, they will need to learn to work together if they are to achieve anything in these four years.

Personally, I read these speeches out of curiosity, and know that they are largely fueled by emotion and relief. The next four years will show what the American voters have won themselves, but in the meantime I am going to continue to make my own plans for economic improvements under Obama, so that in future I will not have to worry about what effects the outcomes of a Presidential election will have on my own financial fortunes.


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