Pres. Obama wins re-election after bruising 2012 campaign

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  • wrz Ogden, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 11:08 p.m.

    @Nanook of the North:

    "And I'm disappointed that so many are convinced that Obama's going to make things so terrible."

    He's a socialist. He wants to turn this country into a socialist country. He's about half way or more there. He could finish the task in the next four years.

    Many folks, including yours truly, think that's terrible. That's not what made America Great... and will likely be her downfall.

    "... he's not planning on increasing taxes on anyone but the rich."

    Yes, and he wants to distribute the tax money from the rich to others. Called redistribution of wealth. Further, the rich are our job creators. Any added tax on the rich will kill jobs.

    "He tried to implement programs that would improve the jobs outlook and the economy... "

    Like what? The Keystone pipeline rejection? Threatening to bankrupt the coal industry? Refusing to go for domestic oil and natural gas production?

  • wrz Ogden, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 4:13 p.m.

    It's a fact of life the occasionally evil will prevail.

  • Nanook of the North Camarillo, CA
    Nov. 7, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    I'm disappointed that there are personal attacks in many comments here, but a comment I tried to leave regarding how factual or not the Romney campaigns was was rejected for "containing personal attacks". And I'm disappointed that so many are convinced that Obama's going to make things so terrible. He's cut taxes on the middle class, he's not planning on increasing taxes on anyone but the rich. He tried to implement programs that would improve the jobs outlook and the economy, and he was blocked every step of the way by the GOP House; will the next House be more co-operative? It's not wrong to blame the party that's blame-worthy. Obama hasn't weakened our military, but heaven knows there's hundreds of billions of waste in the Pentagon that can and should be carved out. Stop listening to Fox News, and pray for ALL those elected to do what's best for the country and to work together.

  • Salsa Libre Provo, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT

    Insulting the American voter is not the way to win converts to your cause. When you consider that a majority of white, American males over 65 voted for Mitt Romney, the pool of reliable Republican voters is diminishing. To characterize the younger voters who gave Barak Obama a second term as "stupid" does not endear the to your Republican Party.

    Yes, Republicans believe that they own the presidency and should have it by right. We all understand that. And when the American people don't give it to them, they get angry and resentful. However, the fact remains that we live in a democracy although conservatives would prefer we have a plutocracy with them always in charge. That way they can make their position better off while the peons, the little people, do the work and pay the way.

  • Salsero Provo, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 10:31 a.m.

    dhull Orem, UT

    "Here's what we can look forward to in the next term:

    Major tax increases hammer the middle class thanks to Obamacare and expiring tax cuts.

    WRONG! By ending the Bush tax cuts on the most wealthy? Certainly not for Obamacare!

    Continued weakening of our military.

    WRONG! Get real!

    More trillion dollar deficits.

    WRONG! Only if the Republicans continue to block deficit-reduction legislation.

    National debt will pass $20 Trillion. (think about that - he will double the debt on his watch)

    WRONG! Maybe, but most of that cost came from two unfunded wars and a massive tax cut.

    Continued economic weakness.

    WRONG! The stock market is up. Wealthy Americans are doing better than ever.

    Unemployment will remain high (cooking the books will make it appear less so)

    WRONG! "cooking the books"? So where do you get your numbers?

    Bigger government

    WRONG! In your dreams!

    Continuing effort to increase dependency on government.

    WRONG! What "continuing effort"? Oh, Social Security and Medicare. Right!

    Blame Republicans in the House for his failures (You can only blame Bush for so long).

    WRONG! The economic mess occured with Bush policies and was exacerbated by a Republican House.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    "Hard to believe there are that many ignorant fools in this country."

    "I am really stumped at the stupidity Americans have shown tonight."

    That's the way guys, keep it up. You sure are going to win people over to your side by calling them stupid and ignorant fools. Good work. Good luck with that one in '16.

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    Nov. 7, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    The swing states have spoken...keep the gravy train a rolling.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 1:39 a.m.

    I am really stumped at the stupidity Americans have shown tonight. This weak economy is what we want? Really?

    It's a sad day when the majority of Americans choose higher taxes, more government spending, who knows how many more trillions of dollars in national debt, broken promises of transparency, abortion, gay marriage, occurrences of "not optimal" deaths of U.S. ambassadors under the president's watch, food stamps, etc.

    I am just scared that now we will find out what Obama meant when he said he would have more "flexibility" after the elections. Americans: This won't be pretty (at least, for the minority who still cherished the American dream and capitalism).

    America lost today.

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 12:26 a.m.

    It's a good day.

  • Blue and White Provo, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 12:15 a.m.

    @Pat: I completely agree with you. I can't believe that those poor families still haven't received any detailed accounts of what actually happed in Benghazi. I find this disturbing on multiple levels, but especially that this issue has been put on hold until after the election. If it's true that those men could have received help but were denined it, then I hope those who stood by and did nothing are held accountable. I don't care what party you represent. Part of leading the country is protecting it's citizens.Obviously it's not always in our power to save lives in every situation, but if you have the means and do nothing then there should be severe consequences. It's easy for a president to focus on the good things they do, but it takes a real leader to take responsiblity for the things that go wrong. It doesn't matter what party they belong to. They are responsible to lead and protect.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 12:04 a.m.

    Just a stab in the dark...the next four years are also Bush's fault?

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Nov. 6, 2012 11:58 p.m.

    Obama won by a larger electoral margin than Bush did in either election and a larger popular vote margin than (in at least) the 2000 election (which Bush lost).

    The Tea Party cost Republicans control of the Senate.

    Republicans have to expand their demographic beyond white men and older folks.

    Time to get back to the reality-based world.

  • dhull Orem, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 11:41 p.m.

    For those who are pleased with the president's re-election tonight, can you articulate what the president's plan is for improving our economy? Apparently, we've been in a recovery since the 5th month of his presidency - doesn't feel like one does it? What new ideas came out in the campaign? Are we to expect four more years of the same policies but miraculously expect different results?

    Here's what we can look forward to in the next term:

    Major tax increases hammer the middle class thanks to Obamacare and expiring tax cuts.
    Continued weakening of our military.
    More trillion dollar deficits.
    National debt will pass $20 Trillion. (think about that - he will double the debt on his watch)
    Continued economic weakness.
    Unemployment will remain high (cooking the books will make it appear less so)
    Bigger government
    Continuing effort to increase dependency on government.
    Blame Republicans in the House for his failures (You can only blame Bush for so long).

    If you disagree, tell me - is he planning something different that will change the results we have seen thus far? Doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.

    We all lost tonight.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    Nov. 6, 2012 11:33 p.m.

    The map referred to by CNN tonight paints a picture of an America that has changed greatly in values and priorities that made this a once great nation. We as a country are divided to the point that we reward less than average performance with 4 more years. If a CEO of any major company in the US had a track record of Pres. Obama, he/she would be shown the door. We have a financial crisis that has not been addressed over the last 4 years. We have immigration issues that have not been addressed in the last 4 years. We have a jobless rate that has not been addressed in the last 4 year. We have a President that all he can say is he inherrited all of this. Well, it's 4 years later and you cannot use that excuse anymore. I also agree that the Republican party has not offered anything better. We are in a questionable sitiation with less vision and less leadership than at any other time that I have seen in our nation.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    Nov. 6, 2012 11:32 p.m.


    The best man won. Stay classy.

  • md Cache, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 11:28 p.m.

    wow. Here goes... 16,000,000,000,000 and counting. Here we come France, Greece, etc. The United Socialist States of America are headed your way. There will be many regrets about this vote in the future. Glad I had nothing to do with it. Except...I am one of the many who fund all of these failed policies so that the entitlements can continue to pour in to those who do nothing.
    Shame on America's people who can't see past their own prejudices to realize that they have elected, again, the worst president ever to occupy the office.

  • Blue Bolshevik Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 11:24 p.m.

    I almost voted for Romney, but I flip flopped.

  • Built2Last Provo, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 11:08 p.m.

    Hard to believe there are that many ignorant fools in this country. According to the AP, it appears that Obama was able to convince the uninformed that after 4 years of failed policies it is still Bush's fault. Congratulations, Mr. President. Four more years of fiddling while Rome burns. Can't wait.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 11:08 p.m.

    the reason Romney lost is that the vitriol of the far right hurt him with everyday Americans a lesson that is clearly lost on you.

  • Ironhide Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 11:02 p.m.

    I was going to refrain from criticism of BO, but I would hope if Romney was elected, people would continue to think for themselves. So I'm hoping Santa brings BO a spine and a boat load of courage. I love what I bleed blue said about the 47%. Mitt said something behind closed doors that is true, and since Americans are so sensitive, they got offended. All BO did was pander to get a vote since he had no record to run on. One party gives people a free ride and the other extends some help with expectations. Who would give up a free ride? Uninformed citizens follow the free stuff and the hand that gives it out. My favorite moment of the election was when BO slung a "zinger" at Romney concerning the "horses and bayonets". It went viral, everyone thought it was so clever. Then when the truth came out that bayonets are standard issue and training today, the silence and embarrassment was deafening. So we get a short termed senator/community organizer for our leader and expect him to do it well. Sound reasoning for sure

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 10:54 p.m.

    If Obama wins Florida Nate Silver would have a perfect electoral forecast map. Guess the polls shouldn't have been dismissed after all. Plus 3 states approved of gay marriage for the first time ever. Great win tonight.

  • Pat Sandy, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 10:51 p.m.

    Maybe now that the election is over we can learn the truth about the Benghazi mess.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 6, 2012 10:45 p.m.

    A battered wife will hold on to her abusive husband, and so will our country with its president.

    Hurricane Obama care, and bankruptcy will soon hit us like a storm. Obama now has more flexibility.

  • Ying Fah Provo, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 10:45 p.m.

    What happend to the euphoria that graced these pages only two days ago? Conservative voices expessed their firm commitment that Romney would win, that he had it "in the bag".

    Now it's blame the media. Soon it will be blame the candidate. It is sincerely doubtful that there will be a serious analysis of strategy, the contradictions and distortions of fact which impacted the Romney campaign. Perhaps if Romney had portrayed himself as a moderate Republican prior to the first debate instead of pledging loyalty to the Tea Party and Far Right by becoming "severely conservative", he certainly would have performed better in the general election. However, he would not have been the Republican candidate.

    The Republican Party is an ananchronism in today's world. It is irrelevant and the American people see it as extremist and out-of-touch. The Party need to re-think it policies, emerge from the mid-20th century, and move forward. America is a diverse and multi-cultural nation. Until the Republican Party can appeal to all Americans as a moderate, center-right Party, it will continue to diminish in influence. More red states will shift purple in the coming years.

  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 10:39 p.m.

    I feel for the conservatives who undoubtedly feel frustrated, betrayed, and dismayed by the result of the election. Take heart, I never thought I would survive 8 years of George W. Bush and somehow I did. But do it gracefully. Already people are blaming the media, blaming fellow citizens, ringing the alarm bells of imminent destruction, claiming as always that the country is on the edge of a knife and will teeter off if the opposing candidate wins.

    It looks like this race was decided by less than 1% of the popular vote. Something to think about. Seeing how the country was so evenly divided on their choice of President, I really hope the Executive and Legislative branches can manage to find some common ground and stop the gridlock.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 10:34 p.m.

    This is a very positive development. I am sure we will have opportunities to discuss this in the coming days.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 10:31 p.m.

    @I bleed blue
    unfortunately we can already see that is not going to be the case in Utah.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 10:30 p.m.

    Has Russ Limbaugh's head exploded yet?

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 10:21 p.m.

    I look forward to the Republicans blame everyone but their own candidate for the loss tonight. It should be entertaining.

  • I Bleed Blue Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 6, 2012 10:13 p.m.

    I hope the republican party learned something this evening. The 47 percent that Mitt wrote off is greater than the 2% base the tea party represents.

  • Phillip M Hotchkiss Malta, Mt
    Nov. 6, 2012 10:11 p.m.

    I find it sad the people in the usa . Romney is a honest man who gave i guess america don,t want honesty. Romney was going to try to get people jobs. But america people want food stamps instead. We need to stand on our own feet and not lean on the goverment. If i did not have a good job. I would take anything before being on food stamps including doing dishes as i have in the past. My we all wize up and figure out the govermemt can not
    answer all of quest . With costing money or freedom

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 10:10 p.m.

    I hope Obama is grateful to the lamestream media who swept ANYTHING negative about him under the rug.

    The media SHOULD be ashamed of themselves.

    But I doubt it.

  • Darrel Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 10:09 p.m.

    I hope now we can unite as a Nation and solve the problems that loom over us. I pray we can end the partisanship and focus on solutions, not blame.