Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Congratulations, Mr President! You did it again!

November 6, 2012--In the beginning I was fearful President Barack Obama would lose his bid for re-election. The media and mouthy TV robots cited polls incessantly. Republicans believed each other and the skewed polls that predicted Mitt Romney would win the presidency hands down. His victory would be a slam dunk! It was inevitable! Republicans and tea partiers were predicted to outvote African Americans.

With the economy in such a colossal mess, high unemployment, America's continuing involvement in Iraq, balancing the budget, President Obama insisting that all Americans have access to affordable health care, going on to pursue this campaign promise with or without the help of Republicans, there was no way he would win over Romney.

And, too, Republicans had vowed to make Obama a one-term president. Their every action headed down the road of dismandlement. They viewed Barack Obama's presidency as a novelty. They mocked him. Daily, 24/7. The media, Republicans and pundits said he had four years on the national stage, and for that, he should be grateful, as should African Americans.

Talking heads on television and in the print media stated unequivocally that Black folks would not go to the polls like they did in 2008. They said Blacks are disappointed that President Obama ignored them after he was elected. None of these expert-driven talkers went into African American neighborhoods to record this sentiment about President Obama and his "failure" to address their problems. White pundits and the media assumed that the handful of African American commentators on Fox represents African American voters.

When precincts closed and results were being broadcast it looked very good for candidate Mitt Romney. My heart started to sink. I was not happy with the prospect of living under a Romney presidency, but I would have no choice. If he won I would accept it and move on. However, a slow traveling headache was gaining steam inside my head. 

TV word vocalists with their fancy touch tone gadgets and charts were all saying President Obama could start packing his suitcases, and head on back to Chicago. Ann Romney could start making redecroating plans. The suspense was thicker than a pair of bifocal eyeglasses.

Later in the evening the numbers and states began to change in favor of the President. At the end of a nail biting evening, it was finally announced that President Obama had won his  re-election bid.  Big time! There was no doubt who had won. No questionable tie. No need for a recount. Mitt Romney had been roundly defeated by a sitting president. The goal to suppress and impede the spirit of African American voters failed miserably. Republicans complained and searched for someone to blame other than themselves. As they complained and whined the world celebrated with President Barack Obama. 

One term Commander-in-Chief? Hardly! Thank you Republicans.

Bush's former brain, Karl Rove, had a complete meltdown on Fox. He demanded that they recount the Ohio numbers, a state he swore Romney would win hands down. It was not supposed to happen. That's not what political experts, the media and polls said. Romney believed he had Ohio. Rove's meltdown and his hand-held chalk board was a comedic classic! Despite not demanding a recount Romney still could not believe that Ohio went to the President.

Fox's Chris Wallace said to the doubters that refused to believe President Obama was the victor: "Well I have great respect for our decision desk, and I can see that they're very happy in Chicago, but I have to tell you that the Romney camp has real doubts by the call that has been made by us and by other networks. They do not believe that Ohio is in the Obama camp. I just got an email from a top Romney person. I asked, 'Do you agree with our call?' He said 'Not really. It's less than 20 percent of the vote still out in GOP areas.'" 

Oh, well. Defeat is a bitter pill to swallow.

Below is Mitt Romney's concession speech (bottom of page) and the President's re-election speech made in front of a diverse crowd of thousands.

The First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama embrace each other after learning that he had been re-elected. This photo was the most popular image on Twitter. The First Family are very open with their love for each other and their daughters.

Michelle Obama, President Obama, Joe Biden and Jill Biden

Mitt Romney ready to make concession speech
Mitt and Ann Romney and family members

 Mitt Romney's concession speech

 President Obama won Florida, giving him a win of 332 electoral votes to Romeny's 206. The President also won the popular vote. Only 270 electoral votes were needed to win the presidency. President Obama won eight of nine swing states, all which were predicted to go to Romney.