Barack Obama, the candidate of hope who became the first black U.S. president, won re-election today by overcoming four years of economic discontent. Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney, according to television network projections that showed the president winning the electoral votes needed for re-election. Late Thursday, the Romney campaign had no choice but to concede Florida to President.Obama. Putting Florida in Obama’s column brought the president’s final Electoral College vote total to 332 versus Romney’s 206.
Beginning more than a year ago, Obama championed middle-class opportunity against an opposition party more determined to protect preferences for the wealthy. Throughout a volatile Republican nominating contest, Obama’s political team never wavered from the view that its eventual opponent would be Romney, a former private equity executive, whom they portrayed as an out-of-touch embodiment of moneyed privilege and heartless capitalism.
Yes We Can! President Obama’s Landmark Health Reform Bill Approved!
Congress gave final approval on Sunday night to historic health reform legislation that will provide medical coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans and remake the nation’s health care system along the lines initially proposed by President Obama. When the decisive 216th vote went up on the electronic tally board in the House chamber, Democrats erupted in cheers and reprised the “Yes, we can!” chant from the Obama presidential campaign.
President Obama gave his State of the Union Address on January 27, 2010. Among the many issues that he addressed, Obama spoke about restoring security for middle-class families after a lost decade of declining wages, eroding retirement security and escalating health care and tuition costs. President Obama also committed himself to repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.
President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union Address
Obama’s Amazing GOP Question Time: An Astonishing Smackdown!!
President Obama and Congressional Republicans sparred over a range of policy disagreements Friday in a lively Q&A session that highlighted the void between the parties. A robust debate on policies and politics with the opposition party is a rarity in the scripted world of American politics., but accepting the invitation to speak at the House GOP retreat may have turned out to be the smartest decision the White House has made in many months. The Republicans learned the hard way that debating a former University of Chicago law professor is pretty darn foolish! Many of the Republicans asked excellent and probing questions, but they sat in astonishment watching their arguments simply be demolished by the President. It was an amazing Obama slam dunk, another slam dunk, and yet another slam dunk!
Obama’s Amazing GOP Question Time (Full Version)
Obama, GOP Confront Political Gridlock in Rare Q&A (Excerpts)
We Are the Ones: Music Video by will.i.am
The full version of President Obama’s lively Q&A session with the GOP can be watched in HQ video here.
Long Journey is Crowned: President Barack H. Obama, 44th President of the U.S
Witnessed by an elated, celebratory crowd of more than a million admirers, Barack Hussein Obama marked his place in history as America’s first African-American president. President Obama called for a disheartened country to unite in hope against the “gathering clouds and raging storms” of war and economic woe. At this extraordinary moment in the life of America, people of all colors and ages waited in freezing cold weather for hours on Tuesday to witness a young African-Americn man with a foreign-sounding name take command of a nation founded by slaveholders. It was a ceremonial event watched in fascination by many millions, perhaps even billions of people, around the world.
For the previous three days of pre-inaugural celebrations, President Obama had been cheerful and relaxed. But he was very solemn as he stood on the Capitol steps, placed his left hand on the Bible used by Abraham Lincoln and repeated the inaugural oath “to preserve, protect and defend” a Constitution that had originally defined blacks as only three-fifths of a person. At that moment, deafening cheers went up.
In his Inaugural Address, President Obama remarked that, “We gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.” But he stated that in our present discouraging economic and political climate, “What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility, a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly….This is the price and the promise of citizenship.”
President Barack H. Obama’s Inaugural Address
The Obamas Leave Their Limo and Walk the Inaugural Parade Route
Music Video: Yes We Can!
Music Audio/The Late Mahalia Jackson Sings Amazing Grace:
Inside Obama’s Victory Rally in Chicago’s Grant Park
Senator Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States of America. In an amazing moment in American history, the ultimate color line has been broken. The last few days had challenged Obama’s sense of calm like never before, his election-day stress amplified by the fatigue of an 18-month campaign and the death of his grandmother just yesterday. A sense of history stalked Obama everywhere during election day. A huge crowd of more than a hundred thousand people celebrated Obama’s victory in Chicago’s Grant Park, where President-elect Obama appeared to make his victory speech.
Inside Obama’s Chicago Rally
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Journey: Don’t Stop Believing
Audio Music: Yes We Can:
Inside Obama’s Victory Rally in Chicago’s Grant Park
Obama Concludes His Presidential Campaign : “Fire it Up! Ready to Go!”
Barack Obama saved his biggest Virginia rally for last, speaking to a jam-packed event in Manassas (VA) with 90,000 people in attendance. For his conclusion, he reached back to the beginnings of his presidential campaign to tell an inspirational story that lahad long ago fallen away from his speaking routine.
The story he told was about a long drive, a rainy day and how one person can make a difference. It was inspired by a small 60 year-old woman he met during a visit to tiny Greenwood, South Carolina, in 2007 and became a favorite during his Iowa caucus campaign. It ends with Obama leading a cheer of “Fire it up, Ready to Go!“
Obama ended the event on Tuesday evening by exhorting the large crowd: “In 21 hours, if you are willing to endure rainfall, to take the person who was not going to vote to the polls, if you will stand with me in a fight with me, I know that your voice will matter. I have one question for you, Virginia. Are you fired up? Are you ready to go? Fired up? Ready to go? Fired up! Ready to go! Virginia, let’s go change the world!“