On Nov. 6, President Barack Obama won re-election in convincing fashion. He captured the popular vote by nearly 3 million. The margin of victory in the Electoral College was 126, 332-206.
He accomplished the above despite the following obstacles (some more obvious than others): Mitt Romney ran a four-year campaign. Weeks after inauguration (Jan. 20, 2009), he said (on Fox News Channel) that the policies of Obama had failed. In a two- to four-year period, 19 states tried to suppress the vote (Wisconsin being one of them).
Numerous death threats to the president, the most of any in our history. A record number of filibusters by the GOP in the Senate. The Republicans voted "no" more than once on a jobs bill, on in September 2011 would have greatly benefited the nation's infrastructure.
A daily delivery for four years of ridicule, Republican talk radio and Fox New Channel (Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity, among others). A theatrical film ("2016") in which a critic said was mostly made-up contents and speculation. Members of the clergy who threatened eternal damnation for those who voted a certain way.
For those who voted for Obama and considering the aforementioned list, his victory is supremely satisfying.
Timothy P. Beno