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House Conservatives dig in their heels to push anti-Immigration Enforment NOT Reform….

The Senate passed a  Immigration Reform Bill….

To get it passed they added a last minute Enforcement part to add 20,000 more  border guards and 700 miles of fence in 10 years BEFORE any citizenship’s are handed out…..

The House Conservatives having THAT offered to them are now  STILL in No mood to offer up a bill from their members  that will be anyway seen as Immigration Reform….They simply do NOT care that their party is shrinking in total in votes on the Presidential level….

The new infusion of voters are brown and yellow….And the Conservatives are afraid of them and want to draw the wagons around the white  vote..

Even  if  hurts ……

If the 2012 election was a wakeup call for Republicans to address their relationship to Latino voters, the 2013 immigration debate is starting to resemble a chloroform-soaked rag.

After November’s stunning loss, an array of influential Republicans argued that immigration reform was the party’s best chance to claim Latino voters before they become permanent Democrats. But in a mere eight months, a counter-narrative has taken hold in conservative circles, nurtured by a shrewd group of anti-immigration lobbyists and Tea Party enthusiasts. The new argument sees immigration reform at best as a divisive distraction from the GOP’s real problem of countering “white flight” from the polls. At worst, they view it as an electoral apocalypse, a seventh seal behind which lies an unbroken line of future Democratic presidents.

As the Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill moves to the House, whose members are overwhelmingly planted in safe GOP districts, the stakes couldn’t be higher for comprehensive reform. Whether it passes will be determined in large part by which of the two narratives can win over the conservative mainstream.

At the moment, the anti-immigration argument appears to be gaining converts fast. On election night, Fox News anchor Brit Hume called the “demographic” threat posed by Latino voters“absolutely real” and suggested Mitt Romney’s “hardline position on immigration” may be to blame for election losses. On Monday, Hume declared that argument “baloney.” The Hispanic vote, he said, “is not nearly as important, still, as the white vote.”

Sean Hannity, a reliable bellwether on the right, has been on a similar journey since the fall. He announced the day after President Obama’s re-election that he had “evolved” on immigration reform and now supported a “path to citizenship” in order to improve relations with Hispanic voters. Hannity has now flipped hard against the Senate’s bill.

“Not only do I doubt the current legislation will solve the immigration problem,” he wrote in a June column, “but it also won’t help the GOP in future elections.”


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What is This place?…America in electoral detail 2012…Prez16

A detailed breakdown by demographic  groups of Electoral votes from the 2012 Election…..

These united, divided States of America

We all know this country is incredibly united, politically, within demographic groups, but incredibly divided between demographic groups — almost to the point that making that observation approaches the tautological.

But here are some stark examples of the demographic divide, as illustrated by the 2012 election.

We all know about some of the demographic differences, but there are some other, really interesting ones I’d like to highlight.

Now… since nothing outside battleground states really matters, that’s where I focused, and using www.270towin.com and 2012 CNN exit polls, I put together these maps.

White Women in 2012 battlegrounds

Despite the ceaseless “war on women” narrative, it’s hard to argue that Republicans have a problem with women.

It turns out they have a problem with women who are ethnic minorities, but Romney crushed Obama with the largest group of women in the country. It just blows my mind that that sentence is a reality and yet almost never mentioned.

Anyway, this suggests ethnicity; not gender, is what ails the GOP.

But among white women, these are some beat-down numbers.

Romney trounced Obama by 19% among white women in Virginia and by 17% in Florida, and if only white women could vote in battleground states, Romney would have won 126 of the 146 electoral votes available in battleground states.

These are numbers you rarely hear, because it’s something people don’t want to hear — that a) racial polarization is primarily behind the gender polarization and b) that the breathlessly-hyped gender gap isn’t where the GOP’s problems lie.

Romney: 126 electoral votes.
Obama: 20 electoral votes.

Unmarried voters in 2012 battlegrounds

It’s often said that the truest predictor of someone’s voting habits is his or her’s marital status.

Turns out the “often said” is very “well-said”, because look at that map.

Obama: 146 electoral votes
Romney: 0 electoral votes

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For Romney fans….Fox has a Interview for you….

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney will sit for an interview with “Fox News Sunday” next week, show host Chris Wallace said. It will be Romneys’ first interview since the end of the 2012 presidential campaign.

The former Republican nominee has been laying low since his loss to President Obama. But he’s shown a recent willingness to re-inject himself into the public debate, a least a little bit. Romney is also scheduled to address the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington next month…



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Mitt Romney: ‘I’m not going away’

Great picture….

Romney and McCain yucking it up!

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) (L) and U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney share a laugh before addressing the Republican National Committee State Chairman's National Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona Apri

Sadly, Mitt Romney is not plotting a 2016 comeback, but today he told big money Republicans that he’s not leaving politics:

“We lost, but I’m not going away,” Romney told the crowd, according to a person who attended the meeting. “I will continue to help.”

If by “continue to help” he means he’ll continue to raise boatloads of money for Republican operatives to piss away, more power to him. If we get really lucky, maybe he’ll team up with Karl Rove. At the very least, we’ll get treated to stuff like this:

Great lunch with Mitt & Ann Romney today – their remarks were wonderful
— @SenJohnMcCain via web

Now there’s someone who knows a thing or two about not going away. And not being president.

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The Process of BECOMING President after the 2012 Presidential Election ….

November 6, 2012—Election Day

Registered voters cast their votes for President and Vice President. By doing so, they also help choose the electors who will represent their state in the Electoral College.

Mid-November through December 17, 2012

After the presidential election, the governor of your state prepares seven Certificates of Ascertainment. “As soon as practicable,” after the election results in your state are certified, the governor sends one of the Certificates of Ascertainment to the Archivist.

Certificates of Ascertainment should be sent to the Archivist no later than the meeting of the electors on December 17, 2012. However, federal law sets no penalty for missing the deadline.

The remaining six Certificates of Ascertainment are held for use at the meeting of the Electors on December 17, 2012.

December 11, 2012

States must make final decisions in any controversies over the appointment of their electors at least six days before the meeting of the Electors on December 17, 2012. This is so their electoral votes will be presumed valid when presented to Congress. The deadline for resolving any controversies is December 11, 2012.

Decisions by states’ courts are conclusive, if decided under laws enacted before Election Day, November 6, 2012.

December 17, 2012

The Electors meet in their state and vote for President and Vice President on separate ballots. The electors record their votes on six “Certificates of Vote,” which are paired with the six remaining Certificates of Ascertainment.

The electors sign, seal, and certify six sets of electoral votes. A set of electoral votes consists of one Certificate of Ascertainment and one Certificate of Vote. These are distributed immediately as follows:

  • one set to the President of the Senate (the Vice President) for the official count of the electoral votes on January 6, 2013;
  • two packages to the Secretary of State in the state where the electors met—one is an archival set that becomes part of the public record of the Secretary of State’s office and the other is a reserve set that is subject to the call of the President of the Senate to replace missing or incomplete electoral votes;
  • two packages to the Archivist—one is an archival set that becomes part of the permanent collection at the National Archives and Records Administration and the other is a reserve set that is subject to the call of the President of the Senate to replace missing or incomplete electoral votes; and
  • one set to the presiding judge in the district where the Electors met—this is also a reserve set that is subject to the call of the President of the Senate to replace missing or incomplete electoral votes.

December 26, 2012

The deadline for receipt of the electoral votes by the President of the Senate and the Archivist is December 26, 2012. States face no legal penalty for failure to comply.

If votes are lost or delayed, the Archivist may take extraordinary measures to retrieve duplicate originals.

On or Before January 3, 2013

The Archivist and/or representatives from the Office of the Federal Register meet with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House in late December or early January. This is, in part, a ceremonial occasion. Informal meetings may take place earlier.

January 6, 2013

The Congress meets in joint session to count the electoral votes on January 6, 2013. Congress may pass a law to change this date.

The Vice President, as President of the Senate, presides over the count and announces the results of the Electoral College vote. The President of the Senate then declares which persons, if any, have been elected President and Vice President of the United States.

If a State submits conflicting sets of electoral votes to Congress, the two Houses acting concurrently may accept or reject the votes. If they do not concur, the votes of the electors certified by the Governor of the State on the Certificate of Ascertainment would be counted in Congress.

If no Presidential candidate wins 270 or more electoral votes, a majority, the 12th Amendment to the Constitution provides for the House of Representatives to decide the Presidential election. If necessary the House would elect the President by majority vote, choosing from the three candidates who received the greatest number of electoral votes. The vote would be taken by state, with each state having one vote.

If no Vice Presidential candidate wins 270 or more electoral votes, a majority, the 12th Amendment provides for the Senate to elect the Vice President. If necessary, the Senate would elect the Vice President by majority vote, choosing from the two candidates who received the greatest number of electoral votes. The vote would be taken by state, with each Senator having one vote.

If any objections to the Electoral College vote are made, they must be submitted in writing and be signed by at least one member of the House and one Senator. If objections are presented, the House and Senate withdraw to their respective chambers to consider their merits under procedures set out in federal law.

January 20, 2013 at Noon—Inauguration Day

The President-elect takes the Oath of Office and becomes the President of the United States….



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On the Romney ‘didn’t want it’ Tagg comment…..

The Boston Globe this weekend offered a fascinating analysis of why Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election. But for all the impact of ground games, turnout models and campaign strategies, Mitt Romney lost not because he failed to define himself to the American people, but because he succeeded. At the end of the day, he was inevitably “reduced to caricature, as a calculating man of astounding wealth, a man unable to relate to average folks” because that is who Mitt Romney is. Voters sized him up as a hyper-ambitious, amoral opportunist more than willing to mislead them on almost any topic. And as his number one son Tagg revealed to the Globe, Mitt Romney was a liar to the end, still pretending he never wanted to President in the first place.

Tagg, who now provides his father office space at the Solamere Capital private equity firm his parents’ $10 million investment and priceless connections helped create, performed one final campaign task for Mitt. How disappointed could his father really be, Tagg suggested, if he never wanted to be President anyway?

“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to…run,” said Tagg, who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place…he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention.”

Unfortunately, a mountain of documentation exists which confirms voters’ suspicionsthat Mitt Romney was preparing to run for President of the United States even before he took the oath of office as Governor of Massachusetts 10 years ago. Contrary to the Romney clan’s tall tale that it took the intervention of Tagg and Mitt’s wife Ann to convince her husband to run again in 2012, Mitt Romney never stopped running even after his bruising GOP primary defeat in 2008:  As the New York Times detailed in August:

Not long after Mitt Romney dropped out of the presidential race in early 2008, a titan of New York finance, Julian H. Robertson, flew to Utah to deliver an eye-popping offer.He asked Mr. Romney to become chief executive of his hedge fund, Tiger Management, for an annual salary of about $30 million, plus investment profits, according to two people told of the discussions…

But Mr. Romney was uninterested. His mind — and his heart — were elsewhere, still trained in the raw days after his political defeat not on Wall Street but on the White House and an urgent quest: to be understood by an electorate that had eluded him.

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How Romney Lost the Election…

A DSD Highlight…..

Mitt Romney was hesitant to reveal himself
A Globe review finds many reasons for the presidential candidate’s failure, none greater than how slow he was to tell his own story

By Michael Kranish
| Boston Globe Staff

December 23, 2012

It was two weeks before Election Day when Mitt Romney’s political ­director signed a memo that all but ridiculed the notion that the Republican presidential nominee, with his “better ground game,” could lose the key state of Ohio or the election. The race is “unmistakably moving in Mitt Romney’s direction,” the memo said.

But the claims proved wildly off the mark, a fact embarrassingly underscored when the high-tech voter turnout system that Romney himself called “state of the art” crashed at the worst moment, on Election Day.

To this day, Romney’s aides wonder how it all went so wrong.

They console each other with claims that the election was much closer than realized, saying that Romney would be president if roughly 370,000 people in swing states had voted differently. Romney himself blamed demographic shifts and Obama’s “gifts”: ­federal largesse targeted to Democratic constituencies.

But a reconstruction by the Globe of how the campaign unfolded shows that Romney’s problems went deeper than is widely understood. His campaign made a series of costly financial, strategic, and political mistakes that, in retrospect, all but assured the candidate’s defeat, given the revolutionary turnout tactics and tactical smarts of President Obama’s operation.

One of the gravest errors, many say, was the Romney team’s failure, until too late in the campaign, to sell voters on the candidate’s personal qualities and leadership gifts…

continued at: http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2012/12/23/the-story-behind-mitt-romney-loss-presidential-campaign-president-obama/OeZRabbooIw0z7QYAOyFFP/story.html#

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Poll: Obama won 71% of Asian vote….


The Republicans do NOT have just a Hispanic/Latino Problem…..

Asian American voters came out in droves for President Barack Obama over GOP challenger Mitt Romney, but the country’s fastest growing ethnic group is not wedded to either party, according to a new poll out Wednesday.

Obama won an estimated 2.3 million of their votes to Romney’s estimated 900,000 votes, or 71 percent to 28 percent, according to the survey by the Asian American Justice Center, Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote and the National Asian American Survey.


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The PPP Post-Election Poll…You Won’t Believe some of the stuff in it……

Goposaur upside down

Free flag idea for the secessionists. You’re welcome.

Going down the list of numbers from PPP’s post-election poll, there’s quite a bit of encouraging news to be had. David already covered two of the specifics, but here they are again just to review:

49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn’t exist anymore.

This is outstanding news. Despite not actually existing, ACORN appears to be just as effective at secret conspiracies to steal elections as they were when they did exist. There may be some explanation for this that involves quantum mechanics (especially possible because physics itself is a liberal plot), and possibly quantum squirrels, to be specific, but whatever the case, let it be known that some anonymous yokel signing the name Mickey Mouse on a voter registration form remains, for four years running, the prime existential challenge to our nation’s great democratic process. Republican registration-getters tossing non-GOP registrations, changing registrations to mark voters as GOP, or government-run efforts in multiple states to remove any voter from the rolls whose names sound suspiciously ethnic all remain non-issues, because the right set of crooks said so.

The 39% of Americans with an opinion about Bowles/Simpson is only slightly higher than the 25% with one about Panetta/Burns, a mythical Clinton Chief of Staff/former western Republican Senator combo we conceived of to test how many people would say they had an opinion even about something that doesn’t exist.

Again, superb news. First off, we know that if Leon Panetta and C. Montgomery Burns decided tomorrow to come out with a bipartisan plan to do something something something, a full one quarter of Americans would support that effort right off the bat. That’s halfway to 50 percent, if I understand the maths correctly. And that bipartisansomething could be anything: mandatory vampirism, perhaps. Because ACORN.More poll results:

25% of Republicans say they would like their state to secede from the union compared to 56% who want to stay and 19% who aren’t sure.

Nothing says you’re the party of patriotism quite like having a quarter of your members say they don’t want to be part of America anymore. The good news? PPP didn’t poll how many of those Republicans actually knew what the term secede meant, so there’s a good chance many of them thought it was a food product.

Our final poll before the election, which hit the final outcome almost on the head, found 39% of voters identifying themselves as Democrats and 37% as Republicans. Since the election we’ve seen a 5 point increase in Democratic identification to 44%, and a 5 point decrease in Republican identification to 32%.

More good news, as the Democratic ranks swell. Unfortunately, most of the newcomers would appear to be liars. Many Americans like to be seen as on the winning side, so they lie to polling firms to feel better about themselves. That’s just sad. I’m ashamed of you, you five percenters. You folks are worse than ACORN. You are why America can’t have nice things.

As much of an obsession as Bowles/Simpson can be for the DC pundit class, most Americans don’t have an opinion about it. 23% support it, 16% oppose it, and 60% say they don’t have a take one way or the other.

Oh my effing gawd, so for this the networks, the press, the Sunday shows have been constructing elaborate shrines to Simpson/Bowles for the last what-seems-like-hundred years? For this? I would just like to point out that the percentage of Republicans who think we should be calling America quits and breaking up the nation piecemeal due to their personal post-election sadfaces is, at this moment, higher than the percentage of Americans who give any upwards-thumbing damn about what Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles think about things. But the cause of righteous, butt-hurt secession does not gain privileged entry to the nation’s many green rooms, while we have to hear what Simpson and Bowles think approximately twenty times a goddamn day, and possibly thirty times a goddamn day if the British royalty has nothing significant to announce.

David Petraeus has a 44/30 favorability rating nationally and is seen much more favorably by Democrats (47/25) at this point than Republicans  (38/36).

I have no idea what that one means. Remember when Republicans were contemplating making David Petraeus their next presidential nominee? Yeah, that was a hoot. But then ACORN had to go and screw it all up by inventing extramarital sex.In summary, Republicans are cranky, Democrats are less cranky, the pundit class has absolutely no idea what the rest of America actually cares about and vice versa. So mostly business as usual.

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Democrats must continue to come out and VOTE…..

Pointing out one thing very basic….

Elections ARE about voters….

We should NEVER lose sight of that….

The 300 million plus American population could be 75% Democratic…

But for a Presidential Election only 40% of THOSE Democrats might show up at the voting polls..

42% of the Republicans RIGHT LEANERS then show up at the polls and they win….

The Democrats delivered their voters to to the polls a month ago…

They MUST continue to do so to effect change in this country and not have the country slip BACKWARDS….

Democrats MUST mobilize to counter a party that seek to rob it’s members of their benefits, their rights and their money …..

The new citizens of this nation MUST join the voters who vote in their favor and add their muscle to the push to grant a path for new members of this society , least they be rounded up and shipped away like people where at the old Berlin Wall….

Democrats MUST continue to come out vote so that we DO NOT elect people who despise us working people instead those who would shackle us and oppress us little people…

Even now after their losses in the Presidency, The House and the Senate they REFUSE to acknowledge the message the majority of voters nationwise have given….

They are gridding for a fight with the recently re-elected President….

They STILL want things THEIR WAY…..

Even if it should wreck the countries economy….

America cannot afford to let the privileged minority run over the majority that Carry’s this place….

Democrats MUST continue to come out a VOTE….

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New York City vote’s Blue mostly, except for small sections ….

….from the New York Times.….

The City Vote, Precinct by Precinct

President Obama won New York City with ease, although there were a few dissenters.

In predominantly white Middle Village, Queens, Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney split the vote. Most white precincts innortheast Queens voted for Mr. Obama by a small margin.

Many predominantly Hispanic areas favored Mr. Obama with majorities nearly as heavy as those in black precincts. In the heavily Dominican precincts in Fort George in Upper Manhattan, for instance, the president won 93 percent of the vote.

One of Mr. Obama’s weakest areas in Manhattan was on the Upper East Side, though he won there relatively easily.

Mr. Romney won the eight precincts of Howard Beach, Queens, 1,437 to 870. He also won in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, and Belle Harbor, Queens.


East Asian precincts in Flushing, Queens, and inChinatown in Manhattan voted heavily for Mr. Obama. In the 19 precincts of downtown Flushing, Mr. Obama won 6,086 votes, and Mr. Romney 1,399.

In predominantly black neighborhoods, from Harlem toBrownsville, Brooklyn, to southeast Queens, Mr. Obama won what was very close to a unanimous vote. In the 66 precincts ofEast New York, Brooklyn, Mitt Romney got 300 votes, out of more than 21,000 cast.


Mr. Obama’s worst precincts were in Orthodox Jewish areas like Ocean Parkway and Williamsburg in Brooklyn and Kew Gardens Hills in Queens. In a few precincts in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Mr. Romney won more than 90 percent of the vote.

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It should end up 51% to 47% Obama in the end….

Four Percent?

Better than just about ANYBODY predicted, eh?

And that 47% is a figure that hurt him in the end…..


Romney Likely to End Up at 47%

Greg Sargent: “When all the votes are counted, could Mitt Romney really end up achieving perfect poetic justice by finishing with 47 percent of the national vote? Yup. Dave Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report says new votes in from Maryland put Romney at 47.56 percent. He predicts with certainty that with all of New York and California counted, Romney will end up below 47.5 percent of the vote.

Rounded, of course, that would put the final tally at 51% to 47%.”


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Four More Years!….(Cartoon)

November 2–9

from Time Magazine Cartoon’s….Here….

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The World reacts to Obama victory….

More Here…

Supporters cheer as a TV broadcast announces an exit poll result which shows Barack Obama to win re-election, during a function held by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong November 7.

(Photo: Reuters)


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Winners and Losers from Yesterday’s Elections…The Fix….

Chris Cillizza @ The Washington Post throws down his Winner’s and Loser’s from the 2012 November 6th elections….

Nate Silver , the Jedi Polling master @ Fivethirtyeight @ The New York Times….photo….money.cnn.com

President Obama won a second sweeping national victory on Tuesday night, far exceeding the electoral vote expectations that many — the Fix included — had for him and proving that the coalition that he built in 2008 (young people, African Americans, Hispanics) is durable and sustaining.

While his impressive victory makes Obama the big winner of the night (and, consequently, Mitt Romney the big loser), there were plenty of other bests — and worsts — from election night.

Our list is below. Have a winner (or loser) of your own?  Offer it in the comments section below.


Women: Women comprised 53 percent of the total national vote — as they did in 2008 — and went for President Obama by 11 points, a gender gap critical to his victory. Female politicians — particularly on the Democratic side — also had a very good night. The Senate added Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (Wisc.),  Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) and (likely) Heidi Heitkamp to its ranks while re-electing potential 2016-ers Kirstin Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) In New Hampshire, women ruled the day — electing a new governor (Maggie Hassan) and two new House Members (Carol Shea Porter and Ann Kuster). Add Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R) and Jeanne Shaheen (D) to that mix and you have an all female congressional delegation from the Granite State….


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President Obama’s acceptance speech for his second term….

I watched the President deliver this speech which was undoubtedly the best speech of his life….

Here’s the full transcript from President Obama’s acceptance speech on Wednesday morning, Nov. 7, 2012.

OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much.

Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward.


OBAMA: It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.


Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come.


OBAMA: I want to thank every American who participated in this election…


Image from the Washington Post……..
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