|President Obama's Celebration in Chicago after last nights win|
Obama received 332 of the Electoral College vote verses Mitt Romney’s 206. Despite re-election Obama will face challenges from the House where the Republicans received 234 seats, gaining 8 more than previously acquired. After a 5.8 billion dollar campaign, all eyes are on the defending President Obama.
In his victory speech President Obama spoke with conviction about the next four years. What the election win means for health care, the budget and foreign policy is unknown. The tension between the Democratic hold of the Senate versus the Majority Republican House will remain a barrier for President Obama and his party.
Unfortunately, attempts to facilitate bipartisan politics have only further increased the polarity among Americans. Nationally, Obama received 50.6% of the popular vote and Mitt Romney gathered 47.8%. This troubling figure will only result in more gridlock in Washington, or more of the same unwillingness to work together or compromise. This will especially make difficult in the passing of Obama-care and tax hicks for households with an income over $250,000. The public will have to wait to see the fate of such policies, as Washington will continue to use tired old “lame-duck sessions”. In short, hope has left many American hearts. A feasible solution and passing of key policies is what most Americans are demanding. Here is one American’s reaction:
"The best is yet to come" I sure hope so, all we have gotten so far is double the debt, a whole lot of rhetoric, little action, nothing of substance.” –George V (ctvnews.ca)
What we can gather from President Obama’s four years in office is that the executive is very limited in the political process within the U.S. It is for this reason the members of the U.S. Congress must look beyond themselves to push forth forward good policies. It is now in the hands of the U.S. President Obama and the Congress to listen to the voices within America and unite on key issues. Otherwise, America is bound to marginalize the majority problems.
Mansharn Toor, FDA Researcher and Blogger
Question to the Readers:
As the U.S. nation continues to be deeply divided on important issues, can the current administration smooth over differences?