The re-elected U.S. president called for unity and set out an optimistic vision of America’s future in a rousing acceptance speech after he defeated his Republican rival in the presidential race.
Obama promised that ‘the best is yet to come’ and revealed the fierce battle with the former Massachusetts governor had made him a better president, vowing: “I will return to the White House more determined and inspired than ever.”
The president went on, adding that he had ‘listened and learned’ to the American people during his campaign.
With his voice going hoarse at times, Obama said: “Progress comes in fits and starts’ and the road is littered with ‘difficult compromises.”
He said that he enters the next four years with an ‘economy recovering, a decade of war ending and a long campaign is over.’
President Obama also paid tribute to his rival and said he believes they could ‘work together in the coming weeks’.
The Republican challenger conceded in a gracious speech delivered to disappointed supporters at the Boston convention center, Reuters claims.
“This is a time of great challenge for our nation,” Romney told the crowd. “I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.”
He warned against partisan bickering and urged politicians to “put the people before the politics.”
“At a time like this we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. So wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead this country in a different direction. But the nation chose another leader,” Romney said.
Broadcast networks called the 2012 election for Obama at 11.15pm as he won the swings states of Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Virginia while Florida still hung in the balance.
According to The Daily Mail, the president scored a resounding electoral college win – despite predictions of one of the tightest finishes in history and the dogged insistence of Romney advisers that they were making gains all over the political battlefield.
Minutes after his victory was announced, Barack Obama took to Twitter, writing: “We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you.”
He also posted a picture of himself embracing his wife Michelle – and the post oon became the most popular tweet of all time.
The re-elected president took to the stage at his campaign headquarters in Chicago to the sounds of Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours, before delivering his powerful speech looking towards the future, saying: “We know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come.”
He didn’t forget to thank the citizens who had participated in the political process: “Whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you made your voice heard and you made a difference.”
In his conclusion, Obama said: “I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love.”
He continued: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.”
“I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.”