Obama Presses On
In the closing hours of President Obama's drive for re-election, he sounded a most unusual rallying cry to his supporters. He urged them to join him in "keeping on keeping on," his way of promising to stay the agonizingly slow course to economic recovery of his first four years.
It was hardly an echo of his pledge of hope and change that won for him in 2008. But it was a wholly realistic acknowledgment of the state of affairs he had inherited then, and a plea to Americans to see in the limited progress made, and recent signs of more to come, that he was on the right track.
Obama managed on Tuesday night to amass more than 300 electoral votes, a modest cushion beyond the magic 270 required. The margin of victory however, was achieved by winning by only a percentage point or two in a string of states that went down to the wire, underscoring the sharp polarization in the electorate.
He was rescued by significant backing from the same elements that brought him the presidency four years ago -- young voters, women and most notable of all, huge margins among African-Americans and Hispanics. His direct appeal to them, coupled with the luck of having a Republican opponent with a tin ear to their needs and views, allowed him to prevail.
Without the issue of race covertly raised or exploited, the fact that the face of the
His defeat in critical
As for Obama's determination to "keep on keeping on," the results in the House and
Obama in pre-election interviews expressed the hope that his re-election would persuade Republican congressional leaders to adopt a more conciliatory and cooperative posture, now that Senate Minority Leader
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