How Obama got four more years

// Politics | How Obama got four more years
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama confounded political logic by triumphing over a sluggish economy to win a second term in office.

A grueling and often unpleasant campaign yielded, in the end, a decisive victory, built on the strong foundations laid down months ago by his crack campaign team.

Here are some of the keys to Obama’s win over Republican Mitt Romney.

– The economy was just good enough –

The economy, despite tepid growth rates and high unemployment, was not bad enough to doom Obama, and he appears to have finally received belated credit for halting the slide into a second Great Depression.

Mitt Romney conceded defeat and Obama got for more years

When he took office in January 2009, the economy was losing 700,000 jobs a month, and while Americans are still dissatisfied with the economy, exit polls suggest they still blame ex-president George W. Bush as much as Obama.

Obama endured months of grisly monthly unemployment numbers, which told a tale of an economy struggling to gain steam.

He got a break over the last few months, as the unemployment rate dipped below the psychological barrier of eight percent.

Consumer confidence and optimism began to rise along with the stock market, and Americans began to feel a bit more optimistic as house prices finally began a slow rise, despite a lingering foreclosure crisis.

Often criticized as aloof and professorial, Obama, in the final days of his campaign, his voice hoarse, finally seemed to strike a chord with blue collar workers who enrich the Democratic coalition in the rustbelt.

In a twist of political history, Obama was helped by the embrace of his former Democratic antagonist, ex-president Bill Clinton, who buried the hatchet after Obama’s defeat of his wife Hillary in the 2008 Democratic primary.

Clinton, remembered for leading an era of economic prosperity, often made the case for Obama better than the president himself.

The two Democratic giants will now stand together in history as the only two Democrats to win a second term since World War II.

– You’re so Bain –

The Obama campaign made a gamble soon after Romney captured the Republican primary — to go negative.

Searing Obama ads and rhetoric branded the former investment manager a corporate vulture, who bought and sold firms for his own profit and heartlessly put good Americans out of work or shipped their jobs overseas.

The plan was to define Romney in a harsh light before he had the chance to introduce himself to Americans with a multi-million dollar blitz of television advertising in the swing states, like Ohio, which would decide the election.

Romney’s limp defense of his record as head of Bain Capital, and his missteps — including a refusal to divulge his complicated offshore tax arrangements and a video in which he was seen decrying 47 percent of Americans as freeloaders who paid no income taxes — played into the stereotype.

By the time of Romney’s stellar performance in the first presidential debate in October, the damage had been done.

– The Bin Laden bounce –

The killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a daring Navy SEAL raid in 2011 did not win Obama re-election.

But it bolstered the image of the president as a steely commander-in-chief who kept Americans safe and defused the classic Republican attack that Democrats are weak and cannot be trusted on national security.

Kudos Obama won with the bin Laden raid, not to mention a ruthless drone war against terror suspects abroad, may have also insulated the president against a late-election furor over the killing of the US ambassador to Libya in Benghazi.

– The Obama Machine –

For the second election running, Obama’s campaign team has reinvented the way presidential elections are won.

In 2008, Obama’s political braintrust, led by the intense David Plouffe, outwitted the political machine of Bill and Hillary Clinton with a delegate collection strategy that redefined the way primary campaigns are won.

This time around, they defied the strong headwinds of a slowly growing economy and re-elected their president in the face of ferocious Republican opposition.

The path to victory lay in the most sophisticated voter targeting and turnout machine in history, which reached all the way down to neighborhoods and was constructed over several years.

Way back in October 2011, Obama’s political high command insisted to skeptical journalists that the president, smarting from a drubbing in mid-term congressional elections, could and would win re-election.

The strategy: position Obama as a populist warrior for the middle class, and brand his opponent as a rich plutocrat oblivious to the suffering of regular Americans.

Obama’s team insisted all along that his coalition of young voters, Hispanics and African Americans, as well as the educated white middle class, would show up for him in 2012, just as they did in 2008.

Republicans scoffed, but they were proven wrong.

According to exit polls, 93 percent of African Americans backed Obama, along with 69 percent of Latinos and 70 percent of Jewish voters, and he was able to limit his losses among white voters.

Obama also won an important victory among unmarried women voters, 68 percent of whom backed him.

Comments are moderated. Please keep them clean and brief.

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

INEC Announces Nigeian Elections Will Continue Tomorrow

INEC just announced via its newly created Twitter account for alerts @INECAlert that elections will be postponed till tomorrow in some polling units. This affects ... Full story

Bomb Blast At Polling Station In Enugu State

There was pandemonium today as two bombs were detonated at the WTC primary school polling station in Enugu North local government area by operatives of ... Full story

32 Year Guy Fell In Love With A Woman Sixty Years Older Than Himself

A man who fell in love with a woman sixty years older than himself has told of his special relationship with her that transcended age. It ... Full story

Children Spotted In Line Getting Accredited To Vote In Katsina State

A young boy clearly under the age of 18 had just been photographed by a voter in Katsina state getting his finger prints read by ... Full story

I’m Single And Searching, May D Confirms Breakup With Baby Mama

May D has confirmed to HipTv that he has moved on from his babymama and he is definitely single and still browsing (using the exact ... Full story

Pastor Madubuko Suffering In His Marriage With Emmy Kosgey Silently

Reports emerging from Nigeria indicate that all might not be well with Emmy Kosgey following the history of her rich pastor husband with women. A ... Full story

Jennifer Lopez And Toyboy Casper Smart Seen Kissing in LA

Jennifer Lopez and toyboy Casper Smart are supposedly back together after the couple were spotted kissing backstage at her American Idol season 14 taping in ... Full story

Nigerian Stars, Kunle Afolayan, Banky W And Others Spotted At Polling Stations

Our celebrities seem to be really eager to show their fans ways of being a patriotic Nigerians. Some of them are already out queuing to cast ... Full story

Nollywood Actress, Omoni Oboli- Dont Be Influenced By Money

Omoni Oboli, Nollywood diva and mother of three awesome boys also has some piece of advise for Nigerians as they cast their votes today. The delectable ... Full story

One killed In Osun Violence

The 2015 presidential elections have kicked off and so far it has been going on peacefully except in some states such as Enugu and Osun ... Full story

APC Presidential Candidate Accredited In Daura

Accreditation of Voters is underway at Kofar Baru 3 in Sarkin Yara “A” in Daura Local Government Area. Of Katsina State. Presidential candidate of All Progressives ...

Comment on: How Obama got four more years

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

I Found The Ring Inside His Socks- Ashionye Shares Interesting Love Story

Ashionye Raccah is a popular Nigeria actress, producer and singer, but met true love in the heart of a Nigeria-based Ireland husband, Carl. They have been ...

ELECTION 2015: Guy Proposes To His Girlfriend At Polling Unit

He Has Decided : Guy Proposes To His Girlfriend At Polling Unit #NigeriaDecides2015Just saw this story on twitter and it got me laughing …. but ...

I Am Using Myself to Correct Bad Impressions About Actresses ...Mercy Johnson

Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson, has called on fans and colleagues to always have trust and true love for their husband if they want their marriage ...

For My Home to be Strong, I Can’t Marry an Actress...Desmond

Nollywood actor, Diamond Oke¬chi aka Alobam, has joined the league of actors who have declined any intentions of settling down with their female colleagues in ...

Sandra Muna Korie Grabs Beauty Queen’s Boobs

Well, he’s not really grabbing it, but you can see where his hand is…hehe. That’s Sandra Muna Korie, Most Beautiful Face in Nigeria Amity winner. ... Full story

Election 2015: Muma Gee Escapes Assassination In Rivers State

Actress singer and performer turned politician Muma Gee Eke who had earlier dumped PDP to Labour party reportedly escaped an assassination attempt on her life ...

2015: Mixed Reactions Trail Polling Units During Accreditation

As Nigeria decides who will be the president for the next four years, the different centers designated for the accreditation process are having people experience ...

2015 Election: Praiz Postpones UK Tour, Apologies To Fan

Talented vocalist and musician, Praiz, has postponed his UK tour. The reason is not far-fetched, as it might likely be linked to the on going 2015 ...

Eniola Aluko Puts Her law Career On Hold

Nigerian born-England striker, Eniola Aluko has expressed her intentions to put her law career on hold as she focuses on full time football. The 28-year old ... Full story

Don't Be Swayed By Money- Omoni Oboli Advises Voters

Omoni Oboli, Nollywood diva and mother of three awesome boys also has some piece of advise for Nigerians as they cast their votes today. The delectable ...