New York City Reacts to Obama Victory

Category: Politics / Nov 07, 2012 11:50AM EDT
New Yorkers awoke to the re-election triumph of U.S. President Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Obama defeated Romney on Tuesday night (November 6) after a grueling presidential race. But in the cold light of the election's morning-after, it was clear that even though voters have given their stamp of approval for a second Obama term, he could have a hard time translating that into a mandate to push forward with his agenda. Opinions in New York were divided about the President’s re-election: "The most uninformed people - we're living in a Kim Kardashian society. He's not a true president. He's a media creation. At least Romney, you know at the best... You know Romney's very good. He actually did something in his life," "I think that we're on the right track. So now it's just going to keep going. I do worry about Congress though," shared Harry Handler. "Once I saw President Obama won, was re-elected, I knew that he got those swing states. But I would be very curious. I would be a lot more curious and then I would see all the speculations made by news. Like, this is going to happen, projected next four years, so on and so forth, I would see what they would be saying," The nationwide popular vote remained extremely close with Obama taking about 50 percent to 49 percent for Romney after a campaign in which the candidates and their party allies spent a combined $2 billion (USD). But in the state-by-state system of electoral votes that decides the White House, Obama notched up a comfortable victory.