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 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 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 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 20.

    A good day for those of us who want to see the USA as a force for good in the world. Romney threatened a return to the dark days of the Bush era when the USA seemed to take pleasure in alienating friends and allies.

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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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