Newspaper review: how Obama achieved US election victory


The Daily Mail sums up Barack Obama's victory in the US presidential election with the front page headline "the come Barack kid".

It believes that despite predictions of the 'closest ever' election, President Obama's victory over his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, was a "walk over".

The Guardian looks at things as seen from Mr Romney's camp.

"Gloom descends for Republicans as Mitt Romney campaign fizzles," is its appraisal of the defeat.

The Financial Times has the headline "Obama secures a second term after crucial state of Ohio is called in his favour".

But the paper's Washington Editor Lionel Barber argues that the real test for the US now is whether it can rekindle what he describes as "a spirit of can-do optimism".

The Times has a picture of Barack and Michelle Obama embracing to celebrate their victory.

Inside, the paper lists what it describes as the "seven gaffes that cost Romney during campaign".

The Sun believes that Mr Obama's victory is largely about "Mitt Romney's failure to convince Americans he had anything better to offer".

The paper says the US fell "out of love" with Mr Obama some time ago, but argues that Mr Romney "flip-flopped on just too much to be a credible alternative".

The Independent says Mr Obama has risen "triumphant from a brutal campaign".

It believes the victory "is vindication for a president who promoted himself fiercely in the closing rallies".

The Daily Express considers the situation Barack Obama now finds himself in.

It says he must contend with economic and unemployment issues as well as "two more years of tension in Congress".

The Daily Mirror is upbeat in its appraisal of Mr Obama's win.

"The world should breathe a sigh of relief," its associate editor Kevin Maguire writes.

But he wants the president to be "more radical over the next four years."

The Daily Mail warns that women earn an average of half a million pounds less than men during their careers.

It reports on a Chartered Management Institute survey that also suggests women are less likely to get bonuses.

Finally, the Daily Telegraph reports that Sutton Council in Surrey hopes to save money on cutting grass by allowing cows to graze on it. The paper says the move will save £2,000 per year.

One councillor is quoted saying it brings "a little bit of the countryside into the city".

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