Barack Obama

HEEEEEE’S BACK! OBAMA WINS!

It was a nailbiter there for a bit… but Barack Obama has been re-elected as US President for four more years!

What do you think about that?

It was an epic win, considering the parlous state of the U.S. economy, but Americans have placed faith in Obama to lead them out of the doldrums.

 

“Four more years.” Barack Obama tweeted this picture just after his victory was announced.
 

Our favourite results?

#1. This dropkick, Todd Akin (below), has been resoundly rejected by voters. He is now officially a rolled gold “loser”.

That’s something to celebrate. Hip, hip, HOORAY!

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) successfully defended her seat against opponent Rep. Todd Akin (R), the Tea Party-backed Republican who became infamous for his comments about “legitimate rape.”

McCaskill supports abortion rights and is the first female senator from Missouri.

Akin was leading McCaskill in the polls until he said in August that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant, because the female body “has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin was defending his position that abortion should be illegal, even in cases of rape.

In his concession speech Akin compared himself to people who have suffered from cancer, saying people like him, “suffer of cancer, loss of a job, house, loved ones and they press on.”

Even in defeat he managed to pile insult upon injury.

So long, buddy! Don’t let the door hit you on the arse on the way out!

#2. In Indiana, Democrat Joe Donnelly defeated Richard Mourdock (below) – the odious creep who said that pregnancies resulting from rape were “something God intended to happen”.

Mitt Romney immediately distanced himself from Mourdock’s comments, but didn’t withdraw his endorsement or ask for an ad he made for Mourdock to be pulled off air.

Hope Mourdock realises God wasn’t foolin’ when she intended to deny him office.

 

And we couldn’t resist this… a note to all the Republicans who threatened to move to Australia in the event of an Obama win. Thanks to Felicity Ryan…


If you missed Barack’s acceptance speech, here it is, in full.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv9NwKAjmt0[/youtube]

 

 

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24 Comments

  • Reply November 7, 2012

    Heather

    A republican supporter tweeted not long ago to other republicans not to give up because God was on their side and would find a way of turning the results in their favour.
    Well sorry luv, your ‘god’ had more sense.

    • Reply November 7, 2012

      nellae

      Heather, thank god I’m an atheist!!

  • Reply November 7, 2012

    MoniqueN

    Todd Akin – exit pursued by a bear…

    Loving all the disgruntled Republicans tweeting about how they’re going to move to Australia. Yes do that, you’ll love it here, we have health care AND gun control laws!!

    • Reply November 8, 2012

      MazT

      If they do, can we send them to Nauru?

  • Reply November 7, 2012

    Gayle

    Right now is about the ONLY time you will ever want to visit the Australian Tea Party FB page – sad Mittney supporters talking about immigrating to Australia but being told it’s no use – Obama won and Gillard will too.

  • Reply November 7, 2012

    Rhoda

    I only wonder Obama didn’t win in a landslide. Hopefully we can breathe easy for a few more years. These Republican leaders have been waving the medieval flag of Christendom. A very scary lot. I hope their religious fervour can be contained.

  • Reply November 7, 2012

    Babs

    Obama won the unwinnable. I pray JG doesn’t follow suit down here in 2013.

    • Reply November 10, 2012

      lynda

      she wont be around….behind bars!!!

  • Reply November 7, 2012

    Carole/m

    @gayle
    Took your advice and had a look at theAustralian Tea Party page OMG, everyone should have a look just once .
    Just so you know what a mob of deluded wankers they are.

  • Reply November 7, 2012

    Loz

    Maybe they mean Austria. At least I hope they do.

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Tony W

    “Obama won the unwinnable. I pray JG doesn’t follow suit down here in 2013.”

    Yes Babs, Obama was re-elected after 4 years of 8-10% unemployment and the deficit at 72% of GDP. Gillard faces no such horrendous numbers – she’s a shoe in next year unless you can find another leader.

    If there’s a lesson in the US election, it’s that people aren’t easily bought with promises. Even in the worst of personal circumstances, they’d rather persevere than grasp at straws. That’s Abbott – a man of straw. An empty sloganeer. “Hope Reward and Opportunity” won’t cut it with Australians.

    • Reply November 8, 2012

      helenbea

      Couldn’t have said it better Tony! The seemingly impossible becomes possible when people refuse to be hoodwinked by spin doctors.

      So relieved Obama has another 4 years to push through the barriers of conservative resistance. Sacred cows need challenging. It takes someone of good heart, courage and intelligence as well as the words to turn the tide of thinking about the American dream and how that is/isn’t manifesting.

      Leaders who work for equity, for humanity will go forward in present consciousness. The ‘masses’ aren’t storming the Bastille with a battering ram but with their voices and their votes. The ‘minority’ groups in USA said it all with their vote.

      Take note Australians who have been hammering Gillard. Open your eyes and minds to the reality of our situation.

      Yes, there are issues to be addressed, particularly the refugee situation, if this government is to make a difference and move this country forward. However, gender equity is just the tip of the iceberg. Get that rolling and other equity issues can be addressed too.

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Jane

    I am so happy Obama has four more years .. I love the US – with all its ‘warts and difficulties’. I have been there quite a few times in the past four years and find the people so generous of spirit – they want you to love their country as mush as they do. My daughter lives there now – she and all her young, wonderful friends are ‘over the moon’ Obama is back in — she probably would have come home if MR had been elected. I know the ‘fiscal cliff’ looms and what lies ahead is HUGE however Obama wants equity, a decent life, work, good education and peace for the American people. His intentions are honorable – I HOPE he and his colleagues can achieve their plans. If America doesn’t succeed it will not be great for all of us! Yes he can!

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Lindy

    A great win for a great man who inspires all who aren’t looking through blinkered eyes.

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Jenny

    I’m so glad Obama won! I want to see him continue the great work he has been doing to bring about social reform in the US. Four years was never going to be long enough to achieve his objectives, and the Republicans looked as if they would pull apart everything good he has tried to do so far. This result gives me some hope that the Australian voters will be able to see the wood through the trees when our time comes.

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Lynne

    Had a look @ the Australian Tea Party (no historical sense!) At worst they predicted a pretty easy – landslide win for Mitt baby. Must be crying in their tea leaves this morning! Otherwise they seem to be rude and unintelligent, pretty much what you’d expect.

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    JoanneH

    More good news – A total of six male Republican candidates, who made sexist pro-life comments re. rape and abortion, were defeated yesterday. (as they like saying – God works in mysterious ways!).

    The GOP need to realize that women deserve to make their own reproduction health decisions. It is time now to clean the bigots and Tea-Party influence out, and broaden their appeal by listening to, and include all sections of the community.

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    David

    The Oz Tea Party are also quite tardy at web maintenance. That article on the certainty of a Mitt presidency looks pretty stupid today, doesn’t it? David Goodridge has demonstrated why he should avoid any work that either predicts American politics or, more generally, has any statistical content at all.

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    ro.watson

    I am a sucker for uplifting rhetoric and aspirational fairgo vision~ so I am very glad Obama has won the presidency. I feel I need to know more about how their political system works…probably West Wing only partially educated us~ and I feel sorry for american people having to endure such a long lead up to voting…

  • Reply November 8, 2012

    Maye

    Good to hear President Obama saying he would look into the American voting system. It’s no wonder they are reluctant to “go and vote”. Hour long queues – horrendous. But why worry the results were marvellous. Four years now for Obama to continue the clean up of the mess he inherited.

  • Reply November 9, 2012

    Tony W

    “I am a sucker for uplifting rhetoric and aspirational fairgo vision~ so I am very glad Obama has won the presidency.”

    Yeah me too! And I’m sure that’s why he won in such dark times. He’s a marvellous orator, echoes of MLK sometimes, and like MLK he simply articulates a vision for the future and invites the nation to do the hard yards to get there. JFK did the same – “Ask not what your country can do for you….”

    It’s a very different proposition from offering idealogical “solutions” and making promises, eg. Romney “12 million new jobs”.

    I’m not surprised at the Tea Party reaction, it’s a devastating blow for them and their future in the GOP now looks bleak. They cost it government and that won’t be forgotten or forgiven. I expect they’ll be increasingly marginalized, particularly if the US economy picks up in the next 4 years. But for the GFC we never would have seen these extremists, they’re nothing but reactionaries, no real vision, just naked ideology.

    I’m sure we’ll see the same thing play out in Australia with the Liberal Party next year. Surely after this result they’ll realize they need a more moderate leader.

    Anyway I’m feeling quite proud of our American cousins at the moment – there’s much to be admired in the way they rejected extremism in such difficult times.

  • Reply November 9, 2012

    Amanda

    @TonyW
    Anyway I’m feeling quite proud of our American cousins at the moment – there’s much to be admired in the way they rejected extremism in such difficult times

    Absolutely!
    Here’s to the end of the Tea Party. It’s unbelievable how the rank and file of this movement voted against their own interest. As the Washington Crikey correspondent noted, this election was a triumph of rationality over irrationality and science over unreason. We can all breathe a sigh of relief.

  • Reply November 10, 2012

    Annie Also

    Such a relief.
    I hope it is the beginning of a new common sense in the world of politics.

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