As of 11:45 pm, with Ohio called for the Obama-Biden ticket, while the states of Virginia, and Florida remain too close to call, President Obama has received 290 electoral votes and secured himself a second term in the White House. For myself, as Editor-in-Chief of White House 2012, I am quite humbled and even embarrassed by the wide disparity in the projections which I presented, and the actual results. And as an American I am disappointed. I am disappointed by the fact that our nation will be hindered by a spender-in-chief who has done his best to change the American way instead of doing his best to preserve the American way.
Yet despite the disappointment and even the fear over another four years of Barack Obama, I remain cautiously optimistic that not even Barack Obama can destroy what it means to be an American. This nation is greater than any one person and it is not defined by any one man. So while I have lost some faith in the political process, I have not lost any faith in our nation.
Now it is up to President Obama to deal with the divisions in our nation… divisions which I firmly believe he has largely been responsible for. His divide and conquer strategy of class warfare and his attempts to pit Americans against each other in order to win reelection, now puts him in the unenviable position of having to bridge the existing divide. His inability to do so will make his victory a hollow one and the mission of his next four years as President impossible.
Not only does Barack Obama become the first President reelected with a smaller Electoral College vote than he was elected with, he also faces an an American electorate and Congress that is probably more divided than it has ever been since the Civil War. After orchestrating one of the most divisive and empty campaigns in recent history, how he will pivot and try to create goodwill will be interesting. And even more interesting will be how quickly he can do it because he must work fast. With a fiscal cliff only weeks away, true leadership is required. His lack of leadership has brought us to this cliff and so far there is no indication that it will be able to avoid it. But hope springs eternal.
So tonight I congratulate our President. His campaign put together a brilliant ground game. His Party increased its margins in the U.S. Senate. And except for a loss of seats in the House of Representatives and possibly even the popular vote, he won and there is no denying it. But did America win? And what does his victory mean? Will it mean more of the same that has gotten us into an economic crisis so severe that it is considered a national security threat?
I don’t know the answers to these questions but I do know that President Obama’s win tonight leaves us with more questions than answers and more uncertainty than certainty.
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