And Obama Wins!

The race to the White House was tight from the start. However, President Barack Obama held on to the keys to the house.

On Tuesday, Obama was re-elected as the President of the United States of America by trouncing his Republican rival Mitt Romney.

The fight for the house wasn’t easy. The economy, the debt, and America’s longest war (undeclared) were the biggest obstacles to his re-election.

According to the exit polls, the condition of the country’s economy is what was on the minds of voters; something that sounded like bad news for Obama. However, the unemployment rate dropping to just below eight percent before the election certainly did help.

Not to mention the fact that the citizens of the United States of America still blame George Bush for the economic state of the country (as revealed in the national survey conducted prior to the elections), something that worked in the favour of Obama.

Apart from the three women in his life (his wife Michelle and two daughters), Obama should thank the timing of Hurricane Sandy for his victory. When the hurricane occurred in New Jersey on October 29, his chances of winning the election were close to 73 percent. Post Sandy, he had an 86 percent chance of winning the election. Obviously, Sandy seemed to have done him good.

On the other hand Obama’s re-election brings good news for India. He has always shown a keen interest in India and, was in fact one of the leaders who endorsed India’s demand for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council.

He realized the value of the ties with India before being appointed as the President for the first time. He even appointed many Indian-Americans at top positions in his administration. And he definitely earned points by finding and killing Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, and bringing an end to the US war in Iraq.

Anyways keeping the past aside, Obama definitely has a lot of work cut out for him in this Presidential term of his. I guess we will just have to wait and see if his prediction is going to come true; if the best is still yet to come.

Shraddha Jandial

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