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.

Mark Mardell, North America editor Article written by Mark Mardell Mark Mardell North America editor

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    Comment number 477.

    @476.marieinaustin ,
    Yes, it was supposed to work both ways. No establishment of a state religion, as in Britain & no state interference with religious freedom.
    It's tricky.And then you have human rights issues which often get confused in the mix.

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    Comment number 476.

    475.mscracker. “Govt intrusion into religion, ditto.” I agree with that, and for an additional reason: If the state oversteps the church, the church – any churches – will overstep the state. I want that barrier kept up.

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    Comment number 475.

    Romney wanted to defund Planned Parenthood, give employers the right to deny women insurance to cover birth control, and he is anti-choice.
    I agree with the 1st point which is stated accurately, the other 2 are campaign-speaked.Feticide on demand is a "choice" but a bad one.Govt intrusion into religion, ditto.

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    Comment number 474.

    The problem with 'binders of women' was that the response was to a question about equal pay for equal work. If MR had said something about working to ensure equal pay for women, that would have been the right answer, but he is against such measures, so he evaded totally.
    Where economy is concerned he wanted to turn the country into Texas, and that's the wrong direction.

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    Comment number 473.

    Exhibit A:
    on July 17, 2007, Obama declared, "The first thing I'd do, as president, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do.”
    In a press conference on April 29, 2009, President Obama said that although he supports a woman's right to choose, passage of the Freedom of Choice Act was "not highest legislative priority”

    “But thanks for the vote!”

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    Comment number 472.

    470. DenverGuest. The first part is true & not good, yet I believe money = power = freedom, even for women, so the economy is still more important. Women were a pawn as usual. The Brand New 'war on women' worked.

    The binder remark was re-construed by Dems for the election. Like the rest of Obama’s negative campaign, it worked. While Romney was stupidly talking about the insignificant economy.

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    Comment number 471.


    That's good you can have fun with it. I just can’t take the yelling and bs and negativity. Truth is, I can’t handle most of our so-called 'news.' I only like PBS NewsHour.

    Yet now I’m becoming cynical too.

    Btw, writing on this thing is still a dog’s dinner to me.

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    Comment number 470.

    Romney wanted to defund Planned Parenthood, give employers the right to deny women insurance to cover birth control, and he is anti-choice. When asked about equal pay for women in the debate, he evaded the question with his 'binders full of women' comment. What part of what I have just written is untrue? Links please.

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    Comment number 469.

    I listen to Rush sometimes because I am extremely interested in the mechanics of propaganda, not because I believe in what he says. I've been having a fun time listening to the spin and recrimination following this election.

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    Comment number 468.

    Denver. Poss to change your opn: your fears are well-founded, mine are not? being as I’m a ‘right-winger’ who ‘slips the bounds of reality?’ I get TP’s reaction evn if I don’t agree w it. You trust Big too much & I trust Big too little.Nvr said I wantd to strip us of govt. I’ve a worsening feeling re our economy.We’ll see. Btw I recall you listen to Rush-? & I still never have.

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    Comment number 467.

    @462.readwriteandblue ,
    Good morning to you, too(if it's morning where you are)
    My son&I are both prolife,pro gun rights,&wish for limited govt.I personally liked Romney but have had issues w/the GOP for a long time.They still do not seem welcoming to Hispanics or working folk, even tho' many rural/blue collar people vote GOP for values.The "war on women" is campaign baloney.

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    Comment number 466.

    If you don't like the gov't you have, you can vote to change it. The problem is the teabag mindset that if you don't like the gov't you have, you throw it out. It's like getting rid of your local police department because some of the policemen are corrupt. Much more functional to reform it. Getting rid of it is shooting yourself in the foot.

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    Comment number 465.


    Congratulations to you, too. The fox isn’t guarding the hen-house. The wolf in farmer’s clothing could soon be.

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    Comment number 464.

    5 Minutes ago
    I thought Dems weren’t supposed to be the ‘fear-mongers.’ Recheck your playbook.
    Read a little history about what conditions were like before gov't assumed its role as guardian of the henhouse. Fears are well-founded.

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    Comment number 463.

    “You wish to strip us of govt and leave the fox to guard the henhouse.”

    Hullloooo-? Look around. The govt is only us to a degree,..and it regulates, or it doesn't. "This is where" the likes of MariaAshot says things like - it’s either bigger govnt or total anarchy.

    I thought Dems weren’t supposed to be the ‘fear-mongers.’ Recheck your playbook.

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    Comment number 462.

    @459. mscracker
    1 HOUR AGO
    MS I delighted to hear such comments,
    Generational gap I would suspect, but happy to hear that one i had believed was entrench is not.
    Just, in fact, limited by 400 charachters

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    Comment number 461.

    Sounds like you’re one of the sheep who trusts the federal government more than him/herself and his/her neighbors. So...congratulations!
    This is where the right-wingers slip the bounds of reality-based thinking. The gov't IS us. It is accountable to the voters. Corporations are not. You wish to strip us of govt and leave the fox to guard the henhouse.

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    Comment number 460.

    Good Morning Mscracker! Thank you.

    Imo, people voted for nothing. I didn’t realize I’d be so startled by that. It has made me lose faith in future elections. I’ve gotta step away and relax. :-)

    I felt similarly to you about Ron Paul. I don’t think Christie, the only moderate around, will make it. What do you think about Marco Rubio?

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    Comment number 459.

    @458.marieinaustin ,
    Good Morning!
    I think we may differ on certain issues, but I share your distrust of govt.
    I voted for Romney, my son for Obama but we both would have voted for someone more of the Ron Paul mode instead, if possible.But not Ron Paul, himself.He just takes things a bit too far.

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    Comment number 458.

    450.HungeryWalleye “448. marieinaustin Are you trying out for Rush L's job?”

    Lol. I just think when there are enough people down-and-out, Obama’s previous work experience may become useful after all.

    Sounds like you’re one of the sheep who trusts the federal government more than him/herself and his/her neighbors. So...congratulations!


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