“We’re All in This Together”


Karmi Chan and Reese Levine, News Editor, Editor-in-Chief

In one of the closest elections in recent years, incumbent President Barack Obama pulled out a victory over challenger Governor Mitt Romney. After carrying the critical swing state of Ohio, Obama all but locked up his second term, and his lead was cemented by victories in Virginia, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Soon after all the major networks called the election a little after 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday night, Obama posted to his Twitter account: “We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you.”

As the night wore on, the cheers increased at Obama’s headquarters in Chicago, while the Romney crowd in Boston was silenced, waiting for Romney to appear and give his concession speech.

Romney called Obama to congratulate him on his victory around 1 a.m. ET, and then made the short journey from his hotel to the center where his supporters were waiting to hear from him. Standing in front of his slogan “Believe in America,” Romney was greeted with subdued cheers.

“This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation,” Romney said. “I believe in America. I believe in the people of America.”

Half an hour later, Obama walked on stage to greet a crowd of around 10,000 gathered in Chicago at McCormick Place. Following an abundance of roaring applause and cheering, Obama stepped up to the podium and delivered a victory speech designed to thank those who have supported him as well as unite a deeply divided electorate.

“I want to thank every American who participated in this election, you made your voice heard and you made a difference,” Obama said. “Despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future. That’s where we need to go. Forward.”

Many students were able to directly participate in the election this year. “Going to the poll and submitting my ballot made the election process a lot more legitimate,” senior Lizzie Pate said. “It was a close race and I’m glad I was able to be a part of it.”

The major issue in this year’s election was the economy. Even though it has improved in the past four years, Romney and Republicans sought to portray Obama as someone unable to create the type of recovery that America needs.

Senior Erik Johnson submitted his vote after researching the candidates through reading, discussions and watching the news. “It was pretty cool to be part of the election process,” Johnson said. “Especially since it was super close this year.”

Senior Tyler Hanson weighed his options with the help of his government and economics class. “I’m economically conservative, but socially liberal,” Hanson said. “I considered both sides and decided that in the terms of the role of the federal government I agree with the more socially liberal views.”

Hanson cast his ballot at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School. “I felt less entitled to vote and more like I was doing a civic responsibility,” Hanson said.

The re-election of Obama shows that even though he has not been able to fully live up to his promises on economic recovery, a majority of the American people believes that he is on the right track and trusts him to speed up the process in the next four years. It also guarantees that his signature accomplishment from his first term, Obamacare, will not be repealed, which Romney had promised to do if he was elected.