The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “Barack Obama STORMS TO (?) second term” (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/11/2012116231930247100.html).
“Barack Obama has won the US presidential election, defeating his Republican challenger Mitt Romney”.
“The INCUMBENT president has captured at least 303 electoral votes – MORE THAN the majority of 270 required for victory in Tuesday’s (November 6, 2012) quadrennial election”. Of course, as we know, “incumbent” was a TOXIC word in the 2010 mid-term elections.
“During his victory speech in Chicago, Obama said that “the task of perfecting our union MOVES FORWARD“, instead of BACK, a recurring theme from the President’s 2008 campaign. “We are an American FAMILY and we rise or fall TOGETHER as ONE nation. the United States of America, THE BEST IS YET TO COME“. Now that he has won the election, the President is STAYING POSITIVE.
“Obama said that he had CONGRATULATED (?) Romney on a HARD-FOUGHT campaign“. “The Romney family has chosen to give back to America through PUBLIC SERVICE“, which is NOBLE. Well, this “campaign” WAS DEFINITELY “hard-fought”, but “congratulating” LOSERS? This is just what POLITICIANS do.
“In Boston, Romney told supporters during his concession speech that he had called Obama to congratulate him on his victory”. “This is a time of GREAT CHALLENGES for America and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation (?)” Does Romney TRULY mean this?
Speaking to “reporters on Tuesday morning (November 6, 2012)”, Obama told Romney: “Governor Romney, CONGRATULATIONS on A SPIRITED CAMPAIGN. WE FEEL CONFIDENT (that) we’ve got the votes to win, but IT’S GOING TO DEPEND ultimately on WHETHER those votes turn out” and most of them DID, given that Obama won by a 303-206 margin. Still, this 97 ELECTORAL COLLEGE vote margin (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2012) was CLOSER than many had EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
Finally, “Al Jazeera‘s Rosiland Jordan, reporting from Golden, Colorado, says voters there SHOWED NO SIGNS of ELECTION FATIGUE“. “People are VERY ENERGIZED, BOTH Republicans AND Democrats. People take these issues VERY SERIOUSLY and DO THEIR RESEARCH“, obviously because people are PASSIONATE about MANY issues. “We did see A LOT of people arriving in the main courthouse in Jefferson County, with several (?) people getting out of each car”.
To conclude, let’s return once again to the title: “Barack Obama STORMS TO (?) second term”. “storms?” HUH? Obama only won by a margin of 303-206, a margin of 97 electoral college votes (Web-site/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2012). “storms” implies ROMP/an EASY victory. Back in 2008, Obama won by a margin of 365-173, a margin of 192 electoral college votes. So, Obama “stormed to (victory)” in 2008,