Wednesday, November 7, 2012

American Election Results and the Impact

President Obama's Celebration in Chicago after last nights win 
After a night of celebration or for Republicans a night of sorrow, Americans rub the sleep under their eyes to start another four years under Obama. In hopes that this president will finally balance the debt, decrease unemployment and facilitate a peaceful and stronger America. From the results of the election, one is reaffirmed of the deeply divided America.

Obama received 332 of the Electoral College vote verses Mitt Romney’s 206. Despite re-election Obama will face challenges from the House where the Republicans received 234 seats, gaining 8 more than previously acquired. After a 5.8 billion dollar campaign, all eyes are on the defending President Obama.

In his victory speech President Obama spoke with conviction about the next four years. What the election win means for health care, the budget and foreign policy is unknown. The tension between the Democratic hold of the Senate versus the Majority Republican House will remain a barrier for President Obama and his party.

Unfortunately, attempts to facilitate bipartisan politics have only further increased the polarity among Americans. Nationally, Obama received 50.6% of the popular vote and Mitt Romney gathered 47.8%. This troubling figure will only result in more gridlock in Washington, or more of the same unwillingness to work together or compromise. This will especially make difficult in the passing of Obama-care and tax hicks for households with an income over $250,000. The public will have to wait to see the fate of such policies, as Washington will continue to use tired old “lame-duck sessions”. In short, hope has left many American hearts.  A feasible solution and passing of key policies is what most Americans are demanding. Here is one American’s reaction:

"The best is yet to come" I sure hope so, all we have gotten so far is double the debt, a whole lot of rhetoric, little action, nothing of substance.” –George V (

What we can gather from President Obama’s four years in office is that the executive is very limited in the political process within the U.S. It is for this reason the members of the U.S. Congress must look beyond themselves to push forth forward good policies. It is now in the hands of the U.S. President Obama and the Congress to listen to the voices within America and unite on key issues. Otherwise, America is bound to marginalize the majority problems.

Mansharn Toor, FDA Researcher and Blogger

Question to the Readers:

As the U.S. nation continues to be deeply divided on important issues, can the current administration smooth over differences?

1 comment:

  1. It is unclear how Obama can smooth over partisan differences when he failed to do so in his first term, and Republicans are embolden by receiving 48% of the popular vote.

    Interestingly, the elector college totals are inconsistent with the popular vote totals. Another reason to abandon the electoral college for direct popular vote of the president and vice-president as done in France for example.


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