Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 11:54 pm
The euphoria of Barack Obama's supporters on election night four years ago was replaced Tuesday by relief, as the incumbent president won a second term over Republican Mitt Romney in an effort powered more by organization than by ideas.
To retain the White House, Obama managed to overcome the handicap of an economy just finding its footing after a devastating recession, and an unemployment rate higher than it's been under any president seeking re-election since Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression.
Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 7:37 am
Once the news of President Obama's reelection spread, the congratulations started raining in.
NPR's Philip Reeves reports that one of the first messages came from British Prime Minister David Cameron.
"Above all congratulations to Barack Obama," Cameron said during a trip to Jordan. "I enjoy working with him, I think he is a very successful American president and I look forward to working with him in the future."
Correspondent Terri Schultz reports from Brussels that some leaders congratulated Obama through Twitter.
Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:35 pm
Listen to the Speech
Transcript of President Obama's victory speech in Chicago. Source: Federal News Service
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AUDIENCE MEMBERS: (Chanting.) Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
OBAMA WINS: After a hard-fought battle with Republican Mitt Romney, President Obama has been re-elected, NPR now projects. With 10 Electoral College votes from Wisconsin now in his win column, the president has 275 -- five more than needed to be president.
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