After a long, grueling, ugly campaign, last night Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney to win another four years as president of the United States. And since any president's first term is all about winning a second, president Obama can now talk about some things that may not have played well with voters, such as climate change and immigration reform.
Also the White House can finally reveal the odd Freaky Friday-esque
brain switch that Michelle Obama and Joe Biden have gone through.
It was a pretty convincing victory, with Obama winning at least 303 electoral votes to Romney's 206. Of the seven swing states that remained too close to call up until election day, governor Romney won only one, North Carolina. So when Ohio, Iowa, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Colorado came in for Obama too, there was a sort of piling on effect. Once Ohio was called, we got it, okay? Romney lost the election. The rest of the swing states didn't have to rub it in. I mean, how would YOU feel if you won only ONE swing state? I hope the rest of the swing states think long and hard about how they made governor Romney feel last night.
Just because you're pretty doesn't mean you can act like a d*ck, Colorado.
I have to say Obama won "at least" 303 electoral votes because we still don't know the results in Florida. And even after the debacle of the 2000 election, where we didn't know for WEEKS who won the state, it's clear that Florida still does not have its sh*t together. Hey Florida? I know you have a lot of alligators and zombies to deal with, but can you maybe sort yourself out? Voting should NOT be this difficult.
"I just drew a picture of a dog on mine. I hope that'll be okay."
One of the worst parts of the 2012 campaign was how small it felt. The Obama team felt that the soaring, emotional rhetoric of the 2008 campaign would have turned voters off this time, so Obama ran a pretty small, petty campaign, attacking governor Romney more than he sold his big ideas for the future of the nation.
But his acceptance speech last night? Man oh man. It became clear that Obama didn't want to play that game. Having secured reelection, the Obama of 2008 came out to deliver an acceptance speech. And what a speech it was — it reminded us that America is about inclusiveness, determination, the promise of a better tomorrow. That America is a country where we can get ahead, if we believe in the best in ourselves, and more importantly, the best in others. And most importantly, that America is a country where you can put a damn flag in your damn hair.
"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 become a meme here in America if you're
willing to try."
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