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President Barack Obama has been re-elected. This is an amazing moment -- one that initially left Karl Rove and Fox News cutting to commercial mere minutes after NBC News and CNN declared Obama the winner. On one hand, I can’t believe Obama’s victory came as easily and as early as I had hoped and on the other, I knew this would happen.
I knew, as a Democrat, that Obama’s track record -- “fair shot for all,” the auto industry bailout, health care reform, support of equal pay for equal work and women’s health -- would lead him to another victory. I was ready for a long night of election returns when suddenly there it was: Ohio went blue and Obama was the winner.
The crowd in Chicago went berserk with satisfaction and I exhaled for the first time in months. The battleground states of Virginia and Florida would later become icing on the cake. Even Pennsylvania, of course, had gone blue too.
In some ways this victory is sweeter than 2008. Although millions of folks cast their vote for Mitt Romney, I do not see us as a divided country. Instead, I see this country as an affirmed electorate. The majority want health care for all and have decided to stay the course of economic growth with the president. The majority have re-affirmed that women control their bodies. The majority have concluded that the auto industry bailout was the right call. And, more than anything, the electorate has confirmed that a few wealthy donors cannot market their blatant untruths and win an election.
Mitt Romney will eventually fade away. Gone will be his rhetoric of intolerance and extreme views backed by deep pockets. Gone will be his Beaver Cleaver mentality that I should be in the kitchen making a hot meal for my mate. Gone will be his “binders full of women.”
Oh, happy days you are here again!
Don’t get me wrong, there is more work to be done: jobs need to be found, debts must be reduced, education must be reformed and how we power our lives, cars and homes must be changed. I believe, as did the majority, that President Obama has always been on the right path.
Last night I did something I never do: I watched Fox News. Not only did I watch a few minutes of the other side panic, plead for patience and barely accept reality, I watched it for hours. After all these years, listening to Obama’s victory speech on Fox News was probably the sweetest moment as a Democrat that I will ever have.
Our future has been signed, sealed and delivered. President Obama is ours, again.
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