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Barack Obama Re-Elected President

President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.

President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan.

NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you."

The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy.

The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges from both candidates. After a weak performance after the Republican Convention, Romney surged following Obama’s listless performance after the first presidential debate. Nevertheless, the president cemented a lead in battleground states heading into Tuesday’s election.

Obama’s performance in Rhode Island wasn't necessarily surprising, considering Rhode Island has voted for the Democratic candidate in recent presidential elections.

Naome Lixes November 09, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Jack, you might need to remind some of our younger listeners about Paul Harvey. Maybe an explanation of radio, while you're at it. Then you explain why we should listen to someone posting at 1:30pm weekdays?
J. Lane McMahon November 09, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Be careful Jim L, Joe Sousa will think your a communist.
Naome Lixes November 09, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Will there be new swill, Sir? If not, we can just look into the bucket out back. This stuff never gets any more rotten...
Naome Lixes November 09, 2012 at 12:40 AM
That's a pretty broad swath you cut through public policy, Mikey. How much "individual freedom and responsibility" did you have to give up, to post this at 3:30 in the afternoon, while I was at my J-O-B? How much of your individual freedom (Social security) and responsibility (Medicare) are my kids paying for? It's only socialism to you cranks, when someone else cashes the check.
Naome Lixes November 09, 2012 at 12:41 AM
You do understand that more than half the voting population thinks you're a pompous, pointless, pontificating PITA? Go Galt, already. We'll forward your mail.
Tom November 09, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Wonder why you weren't elected.
J. Lane McMahon November 09, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Why does this remind me of Palin/Couric all over again?
Naome Lixes November 09, 2012 at 12:53 AM
"This election was about selfishness and personal gains from governement handouts, over the horrible record of Obama in his first term. " In your feeble, clueless opinion - given that you've made absolutely no references, Meh. "Why are so many Obama voters more concerned with having goventment buy their contraceptives than their country?" That's a broad brush, don't you think? Perhaps you don't know any Obama supporters. Perhaps you don't know that contraceptives are used by young people that still have sex and don't want to raise intolerant pinheads? Read on... "1% win is not a mandate, and 50 million people voted for Mitt Romney or against Obama. Hardly a mandate to be crowing about." It's been done before, with less. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2008_11/015814.php Give it a rest, Gramps. عقله ضارب.بيضان
Naome Lixes November 09, 2012 at 12:55 AM
You forgot one - under no circumstances combine a laxative and sleeping pills. http://www.amerika.org/social-reality/why-idiots-think-they-are-morally-superior-and-smarter-to-you/
Ted Geisel November 09, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Name, is Brian Terry dead because of the Obama administrations decisions? Did people in Bengahzi die? Nice job spinning... McMahon, the money will leave. Can all the people leave? No. But those who can will. Those who can't will make sure their money is safe. The rich people in congress are going to screw themselves over? Sure...
katherine November 09, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Naome...you have so little imagination. I am no where near Arizona. That's where all the old people go. Either there or Florida. No, I am in a much more interesting place. Yes, I voted with my feet which I have every right to do. I won't stay in a place where everyone does the same thing over and over and expects different results. As you may know, that is the definition of insanity.
J. Lane McMahon November 09, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Ted, are you losing it? Do you really think that any of our top 1 or 2 percenters are heading overseas? Really? Where? To Europe so they can pay 90% tax? China? Please tell me where they can go and protect their money and get citizenship. Remember, if your an American citizen you must pay taxes on all foreign earned income. They are not going anywhere. Never were.
Naome Lixes November 09, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Ah! Little Skunk - so good to hear from you again. I do not think that this President is different than his predecessors, my exact point. This President has been openly vilified in a concerted way that IS unprecedented. It was considered unseemly, even unpatriotic to question the motives of Bush 43 while troops were in harm's way, and we complied. This courtesy has not been extended to Obama. I fear the Ambassador and Libyan detail will not be the only casualties of Benghazi, it was probably Murdoch's Rubicon as well. Do I think there is more hysteria? Yes. It's expressed in odd places, like town planning boards (UN Agenda 21) and funding public schools. The shock expressed by a vocal minority that feels dispossessed and threatened seems more like a scene from "Awakenings" where the formerly comatose view as world that tilted as they slept, they only find comfort in fairytales on Fox. Here's the trouble - I don't think Fox programmers believe a word of what they're selling, it's a purely cynical marketing ploy that has brought this country to a halt.
Bill the 1st November 09, 2012 at 01:45 AM
"The defsicit is the lowest it's been in years." That is where you said it was a good thing. Do you really want to suggest that the difference between slightly less than 30% and slightly more than 30% is significant? I suppose now is the time that you further bury the issue and say all the Obama spending was only a slight increase over Bush, plus it was all his fault, right? As to who is responsible, yes, in this case, the Pres is entirely responsible. His lack of leadership and hell-bent mission to win universal health insurance cause his super majority to ignore one of their primary duties (passing a budget). His indifference to more than 50% of the voters lost him his supermajority. Further lack of leadership and inciteful, divisive politics have resulted in a contrarian legislature, ensuring that it will ben another 4 years without a budget..
Robert Farebrother November 09, 2012 at 01:46 AM
I do the same then make my own decision. I vote the person and not the party.
J. Lane McMahon November 09, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Tell me Bill, How does a Democrat President lead a Republican house? Secondly, do you know anything about the Federal budget process? Do you know where the budget comes from? Or who writes it?
J. Lane McMahon November 09, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Bill, Trying to predict my arguement in advance is not the best course of action. Is deficit spending good? Despite what Dick Cheney said, the answer is no. that being said, Is a 30% reduction in deficit spending a good thing? Yes, it means were getting closer to a balanced budget. Do you think Clinton just suddenly stopped all deficit spending? No, he worked it down over several years, with a bi-partisian effort from Congress. Has there been any chance in the last four years for such a compromise? No. As to his first two years and the budget, the President does not write the budget. He can only sign it into law or ignore veto it. The 6 or 7 budgets that were presented to him by both Dems and Reps. were unacceptable. The Democrats wanted more spending which he was unwilling to do, and the Reps wanted 20-40 % cuts that would have crippled the Federal government and possible made the resession worse. Try reading a US budget, or a Spending authorization bill some time, you'll learn a lot. Oh, and where did all that deficit spending go? Bush era tax cuts, bailouts, stimulus, and war spending. Hope you learned something. See that? I didn't blame Bush once.
10speed November 09, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Don Q & his reply to Naomi... the mentality displayed by you isn't all that great either.
RepubinRI November 09, 2012 at 02:36 AM
John, you are exactly right. It was my mistake for writing he is ignorant himself. Hell, he went to Harvard he is far from ignorant. I was referring to the Obama-Biden administration. As for Naome, I honestly don't give, for lack of a better word, two shits what other people think of me. In fact, the only person who seems to care what others think is you, that's the reason you got so offensive when I insulted YOUR president . Also, I never said I liked Bush or Nixon, but Obama isn't a second coming of Jesus either. Your Friend, RepubinRI
Naome Lixes November 09, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Unimaginative, maybe. Relevant, perhaps. Local - definitely. Up here, people still consider "Yankee" a compliment.
RepubinRI November 09, 2012 at 02:42 AM
And in this case city slicker, Romney is the correct choice. Unless, of course, you are low income or a teacher.
10speed November 09, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Pat, why doncha just roll over 'n' die with all this doomsday stuff. It's defeatist, negative & foolish. Just what are you going to do to make this country better. Quitcher bellyaching.
Naome Lixes November 09, 2012 at 02:47 AM
We always hear this drivel, as if it were self-explanatory. In the interest of curiousity, can you elaborate? Maybe I need the proper headgear to hear this stuff, but WTH...
10speed November 09, 2012 at 02:48 AM
There you go again taxedtodeath... showing your ignorance by name calling. Get over it or drop into a hole somewhere.
Chuck Newton November 09, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I'm sorry, but this is bimbo-land all around. There is so little substance and so much name calling in these exchanges - why bother? Even sensible comments get shouted down. Would be desirable if there were a default shut down after, say, 20 comments. After that, it's all drivel. It's OK to restrain yourselves, folks...
Leave RI November 09, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Getting into his mind of influence?? My Arabic is off a little.
10speed November 09, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Pat... hope you didn't stay up all nite trying to think of these proclaimations. (sp)... 75 - 80 % of them apply to that d*** head from 2004. just sayin'
Leave RI November 09, 2012 at 02:54 AM
zero and 120 on the speedometer. I like the 50-70 range.
katherine November 09, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Not there either naome.
David Bouchard November 09, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Yvette, look, you are attacking my patriotism because I don't think like you do, because you perceive me as, horror of horrors - a liberal. First and foremost, I am a patriot [Definition of PATRIOT (From Mirriam-Webster): one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests]. I've served my country during war-time, I've always held a job, paid my taxes, participated in our democracy by voting, married (twice) raised a family who I believe are also patriots, and, should I live long enough, will see that our four (plus one on the way) grandsons (and any others that follow) will become adults who are also patriots (and hopefully they will be liberals as well). I love this country to my core - I haven't always loved the political party in charge, but that's the type of country we live in. A country where there can be a change in political power governed by law and without violence. As you know, I am also a citizen of this country that I love that is denied full equality, that is denied equal rights, that is discriminated against at almost all levels of this society, but I am a patriot non-the-less. I know that it won't always be that way because justice always wins out and the times they are a-changin'.

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