Crowd 'go wild' at Obama victory rally

President Obama at his victory speech

The evening had been gradually turning into a party in this rather cold aircraft hangar of a hall. But then one TV station after another flashed their predictions that President Barack Obama had won.

They danced, they cheered, they quite literally jumped for joy.

But perhaps the biggest shout of the night came when their opponent appeared on the giant screen and Mitt Romney very graciously conceded victory.

Then they had to wait.

The gigantic red curtains behind the stage drew apart to show another even bigger screen, and pictures of them, swaying, waving the flag. President Obama walked on - happy, smiling, with his wife, he held the hand of one daughter, the other patted him on the back. Then he spoke.

He said he would ask Mitt Romney to work with him... and then talked to the America outside the hall.

The president is challenging his opponents. For also newly re-elected with a fresh mandate are the Republicans in the House of Representatives.

He is asking them to work with him.

It will be hard, but for supporters here that is the future - this was a moment of history, a moment of joy and relief.

He ended amid a stream of red, white and blue confetti, more hugs more embraces.

This was an election campaign that had some extraordinary moments - but it was won by long, hard planning.

In 2008, they built a coalition forged in the white heat of passion. In 2012, they carefully constructed it, patiently persuading supporters to become voters.

Both candidates said this was a choice of two visions, and America has chosen.

The key appears to have been a big turnout of Democratic supporters - especially black people and Hispanics.

The ground game paid off.

There will be many problems ahead in a second term, but for the president's supporters, this is a moment of joy and relief.

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    Comment number 17.

    3 Minutes ago
    'And the entire world heaves a sigh of relief.'

    Apart from China (1.3bn) and the 47% who voted republican, and the 47% worldwide who would have voted republican. So the world - 1-2 billion...

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    Comment number 16.

    Time for America to move on and get back to business! Its a proud day and the U.S can be very proud of their choice! 4 more years. Romney took it well and deserves credit. No way as good as McCain's though! Glad to see the President wanting to push voter rights for the future! Respect and Bipartisanship is the way forward!

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    Comment number 15.

    So sad that a President that has borrowed more money in 4 years than all the other Presidents added together is allowed to continue the destruction of the USA.
    Remember Carbon Dioxide is no poison or polluter at even double the present levels. We are Carbon life forms! Vegetation dies without CO2.

    Stop Obama's Green Greed decisions - now! Too late - He's back in!

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    Comment number 14.

    11. PhilSpace -- compared to the thousands of jobs being lost per month when he took office President Obama is doing well -- especially when you consider the Republican efforts to kill the economy in an effort to make Obama a one term president.

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    Comment number 13.

    Obama now has 4 more years in which to govern without the distraction of a re-election campaign. Had Romney won, he would have spent time learning the new job as well as starting his 2016 reelection campaign, all while trying to work the same difficult issues with the same divided Congress that Obama now faces. America needs compromise on major issues to survive and I hope it happens now.

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    Comment number 12.

    In Romney's concession speech he says they can't risk bipartisan bickering and need to work together to move forward for the good of the country which is absolutely right.
    But will they?
    The ball is now in the republicans' field.

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    Comment number 11.

    Whether Obama wins on Tuesday or not makes no difference. The millions of unemployed and the trillion dollar debt will still be there on Wednesday. All the US has to look forward to is more hopey changey stuff - and unfortunately as Obama has proved once that can't create jobs nor pay debts.

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    Comment number 10.

    Maybe after 20 years the big-money right-wing propaganda machine has finally hit the wall and found that there are only so many people in the US that are succeptable to misinformation and spin, and, luckily it's not enough to win an election anymore. Got to give them props for trying though.

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    Comment number 8.

    Defeat generally infuse some good sense, help people to re-connect and think objectively.

    I hope GOP will do some soul-searching and work with this Black n' White President (white mom & black dad), cooperate with him at least 50% of time, for his mom's sake!

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    Comment number 7.

    And the entire world heaves a sigh of relief.

    ... with a special thanks to the people of Michigan, who voted in favour of a badly needed bridge.

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    Comment number 6.

    Now for 'Wall Street'?

    Thankfully, too many 'ordinarily solid', in too many demographics, for US to fall so soon again, for a 'business efficiency' ticket so clearly linked to social & global danger

    With on-going demographic shift, supporting shareable freedoms, the public debate can come to focus on a shareable definition of 'efficiency': for the well-being of all, in the US & the world


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    Comment number 5.

    Congratulations to America for choosing the candidate wanting a country where a persons worth is more than just the size of their bank account. I somehow doubt that even ther "good" Republicans will rally round an effort to ensure more fairness in the much touted "American way of life". Unless the increasing gap between the richest and poorest is addressed then nothing will have have changed.

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    Comment number 4.

    Is that a picture of the party at the BBC?

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    Comment number 3.

    Interesting points made by Zerohedge It Does Not matter who wins its the maths thats still the problem

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    Comment number 2.

    Phew! - I was worried there for a bit. Thankfully sanity has prevailed.

    I just hope that they can now get on with the job with good grace from both sides.

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    Comment number 1.

    I never watched Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela. But I can proudly say to future generations that I watched Barack Obama to win in the oldest and most successful democracy in the world to keep it that way for, at least, 4 more years.


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