"Now he (Obama) is no longer under the pressure to be re-elected we hope that he will give peace a chance which we so desperately need," he said. (Read more)
Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari congratulated his US counterpart Barack Obama on his re-election Wednesday, saying he was confident relations would "continue to prosper". The fractious friends lurched from crisis to crisis in 2011, first over a CIA contractor who shot dead two people in the eastern city of Lahore, then over the US raid that found and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, and finally over botched air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani border guards.
"President Asif Ali Zardari has warmly felicitated President Barack Obama on his reelection as the President of the United States of America. The President expressed the hope that the relationship between Pakistan and the US would continue to prosper during President Obama's new term in office." a statement from Mr Zardari's office said.
Barack Obama, who was re-elected as US President today, had invoked the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela while appealing to donors for help in seeking a second term, arguing he needs "time" to achieve true change just like they did. At a campaign fundraiser in New York City in March this year, Obama, the first black American to occupy the White House, cast his candidacy for re-election in historical terms.
"The civil rights movement was hard. Winning the vote for women was hard. Making sure that workers had some basic protections was hard," Obama had said. "Around the world, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, what they did was hard. It takes time. It takes more than a single term. It takes more than a single president. It takes more than a single individual," he said while talking about how difficult it is to bring about 'change' in politics.
Obama's victory speech was magnificent, while Romney's was gracious and worthy of a man who might have been President.
Obama's got 50% and Romney 48% of the popular vote- 58 million to 56 million.
Florida's results yet to come in
During his victory speech, President Barack Obama today joked with his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, that one dog was enough for them, even as he acknowledged their contribution and support in his successful re-election bid. "And I'm so proud of you guys. But I will say that for now one dog's probably enough," Obama said amidst laughter.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has congratulated President Barack Obama on his re-election as the next President of the United States. In his message to President Obama the Prime Minister has said that "Your mandate gives you a historic opportunity to continue to work for the welfare of the American people as also for global peace and progress at an admittedly difficult juncture, not just for the U.S., but indeed for the world at large."
Barack Obama was re-elected president of the United States on Tuesday, overcoming powerful economic headwinds, a lock-step resistance to his agenda by Republicans in Congress and an unprecedented torrent of advertising as a divided nation voted to give him more time.
- The task of perfecting our union moves forward
- We are an American family, we rise & fall together
- America, the best is yet to come
- I congratulate Governor Romney
- I plan to sit with Mitt Romney, see how we can work together
- I wouldn't have been the man I am without the woman I married
- Thank you for believing, you lifted me up all the way
- Arguments in democracy are a mark of liberty
- Despite our differences, we have the same hopes
- Whether I've earned your vote or not, I listened to you
- Plan to meet leaders from both parties, we have work to do
- I have never been more hopeful about America
- I believe we can build on the progress we have made
- It doesn't matter who you are, you can make it here in America
- Let me say this publicly - Michelle I have never loved you more
- Sasha and Malia - you are growing up to become strong women just like your mom
- Want to thank America's happy warrior - the best vice-president one can ever ask for - Joe Biden
- The best...best ever campaign team...all of you are family. No matter what you do or where you go, you will carry the memory of the history we made together
- We want our kids to live in a country with access to best schools and best education
- We want to pass on a country that is safe and respected around the world, a nation defended by the strongest military, a country that moves with confidence to shape peace
- Progress will come in fits and starts
- Our economy is recovered, a decade of war is ending and a long campaign is over
- Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you and you have made me a better President
- I return to the White House more determined and wiser
- Tonight, you voted for action, not politics as usual
- We have the most powerful military but that is not what makes us strong
- What makes us great is the belief in our common destiny
- I believe that we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggest
- We are more than a collection of red states and blue states and we will be forever the United States of America
- 'I just called President Obama to congratulate him'
- 'I thank my wife. She would have made a wonderful First Lady'
- 'Our leaders have to reach across aisles to make things work'
- 'Hope Obama will be able to overcome challenges facing America'
- 'Ran for office because I was concerned about America'
More than anything, I want to thank you all for everything. I am so grateful to every one of you for your support and your prayers.-mo- Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) November 7, 2012
We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you. -bo
More than anything, I want to thank you all for everything. I am so grateful to every one of you for your support and your prayers. -mo
New Jersey 14
New York 29
Rhode Island 4
Washington, DC 3
North Dakota 3
South Carolina 9
South Dakota 3
West Virginia 5
Romney -- 154
Obama -- 154
RESULTS STILL PENDING
New Hampshire 4
North Carolina 15
Projected Republican States
Projected Democratic States
New Mexico 5
On final flight of 2012 campaign, Romney told us he has only written one speech for tonight: "a victory speech." "It's about 1,118 words."
Mitt Romney is said to be "running on fumes" as he campaigns in Ohio on Election Day. The Republican presidential candidate paid a brief visit to a Cleveland-area campaign office and said Tuesday is quote, "a big day for change." Joining Romney was running mate Paul Ryan. The pair then stopped for lunch at Wendy's, where Romney ordered a quarter-pounder, chili and a Frosty.
Nothing was going to stop first-time voter Galicia Malone from casting her ballot in Tuesday's US elections - not even the imminent birth of her first child. The 21-year-old from Dolton, Illinois, a suburb of President Barack Obama's adopted hometown Chicago, had been in labour since the middle of the night, with contractions five minutes apart. But she insisted en route to hospital on stopping at her local polling station -- the aptly named New Life Celebration Church - to cast her ballot.
"I think you know," Mitt Romney says. The question: Who did he vote for?
Romney has just cast his ballot in the presidential election.
His wife, Ann, was at his side when the pair cast their ballots near their Belmont home a little before 9 am. The Republican presidential candidate returns to Boston on Tuesday night for an Election Day reception at the Boston Convention Center.
"Oh my God, I have been so anxious about being able to vote. ... It's such a relief to be able to do it. This is the happiest vote I ever cast in my life." - Annette DeBona of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., voting in an area hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.
The 73-year-old restaurant worker was so worried about not being able to vote that she called the police department several days in advance, as well as her church, to make absolutely sure she knew where to go and when.
Her choice for president: Mitt Romney.
Long lines are expected. The state has 13 electoral votes and is considered a toss-up in the Presidential race.
Some analysts are already describing the storm as an "October surprise" that allowed Obama to regain his footing after stumbling in the first presidential debate and struggling to get back on course.
Residents of a small township in the New Hampshire State would be the first to cast their ballot just shortly after midnight when polling gets underway in the US Presidential elections on Tuesday.
As he ponders two futures, one in the White House, the other back home in Belmont, Mass., Mitt Romney is juggling two books: "Mornings on Horseback," a biography of President Theodore Roosevelt, and "The Faithful Spy," an escapist thriller about a daring CIA agent.
Early voting has been under way for weeks across the country, but with Election Day almost here, the presidential candidates and their supporters are offering one last burst of activity in a handful of swing states that will determine the occupant of the Oval Office next year.
It's the weekend before the big day, when the US votes for its 57th president and the 'Obama one more time' chorus can be seen everywhere on the streets of Harlem, housing the largest African-American community in New York City. On a Sunday afternoon, it's jam-packed.
Street vendors had it all - badges, shoes, caps, T-shirts, mugs, CDs of the presidential speech in 2008. Also, a Democrat supporter holding up a huge banner in the shape of underwear with an American flag printed on it. 'Get your ass out and vote for Obama' was the message, in bold. (Read more)
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney sprinted to an unpredictable finish in the last 48 hours of a close White House race, trying to turn out supporters and woo undecided voters in a handful of toss-up states.
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney remained in a virtual tie in the latest opinion poll released on Sunday, just two days before the White House election.
As many as 143,000 New York City voters will have to find new places to vote other than their regular polling locations on Tuesday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said, declaring that local elections officials are having "real problems" coping with disruptions caused by superstorm Sandy.
Six Indian-Americans are in the race for a seat in the US House of Representatives, with the latest polls and mainstream media saying that three of them have bright chances of winning.
In a quirk of the US system, American voters do not directly elect their Presidents and Vice Presidents. Technically speaking, they pick "electors" in an Electoral College.
The devastating storm that slammed into the US East Coast last week could send winds of uncertainty through Tuesday's presidential election, narrowing an already close contest and casting doubt on the legitimacy of the outcome.
Where can a pop star score a hit by talking about the US Electoral College for 33 minutes? In China, where Gao Xiaosong's straightforward explanation of the system drew more than 1 million hits in four days.
Better late than never! A 99-year-old woman in the US has lived through 24 Presidential elections, but has chosen this year's close contest to cast her first ballot.
By Sunday, Bill Clinton sounded awful, as if he had been gargling with Liquid-Plumr. You could hear his voice dying steadily over the last 72 hours of campaigning: hoarse Friday in Florida, cracking Saturday across Virginia and dissolving fully to a slight husk here Sunday, after two stops in New Hampshire and before another in Minnesota.
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney hunted for last-minute support on Sunday in a frenetic sprint across battleground states even as their parties faced off in the first of what could be a growing number of legal disputes over presidential ballots and how they are counted.
Romney said the Afghan troop surge that Obama ordered has been successful and a training program for Afghan forces is on track. As a result, he said the US will be able to make a transition at the end of 2014 and make sure US troops come home.
The Republican nominee has previously criticised Obama for setting a timeline for ending the war.
Romney said he would boost the number of naval ships because the US fleet is the smallest since 1917. The President shot back, saying that was because technology has changed the nature of the military.
Romney said he would pay for increases in military spending by getting rid of Obama's health care overhaul and other programs he deems unnecessary.
Obama answered one foreign policy question by talking about his education initiatives and criticised Romney's tenure as Massachusetts Governor.
Romney, too, detoured stateside. When asked about America's role in the world, he shifted the talk to college students who are graduating without jobs.
Obama vowed that Iran would not develop nuclear weapons so long as he is President and pledged full support to Israel. "As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon," Obama said.
"That didn't work. Then (Obama) looked to the Russians saying, see if you can do something. We should be playing the leadership role there - not on the ground with military," Romney said.
Obama called the violence in Syria "heartbreaking."
"And that's why we are going to do everything we can to make sure that we are helping the opposition. But we also have to recognize that for us to get more entangled militarily in Syria is a serious step," Obama said.
Obama says the US is working with allies in the region to learn more about the opposition. But he says giving heavy weapons to those groups is not "a simple proposition."
Obama says that while attacks by government forces against Syrian citizens is heartbreaking, getting the US "entangled militarily" would be a serious step. Romney essentially agreed, saying he doesn't want the US military involved in Syria.
Romney hits back: I said Russia is a geo-political issue. I will not look at Russia with rose tinted glasses.
Obama brought it up during the final question of the second debate, preventing Romney from answering. Asked about public misperceptions of their candidacies, Romney said Obama's campaign tried to turn him into something he's not.
Romney said, "I care about 100 percent of the American people."
Obama responded that when Romney said "behind closed doors" that 47 per cent of the country considered themselves victims, "think about who he was talking about." The US President said that group included the elderly receiving Social Security, veterans, students and soldiers. He said: "If they succeed, I believe this country succeeds."
Romney, a multimillionaire, also addressed his own foreign investments, which have been a target of repeated attacks from the Obama camp. "Any investments I have made over the last eight years have been by blind trusts and they include investments outside of the United States, including Chinese companies," the Republican White House hopeful said.
He then challenged the US President. "Have you looked at your pension?" he said, adding that Obama, too has investments in China.
"I don't look at my pension," Obama shot back. "It's not as big as yours. I don't check it that often."
Romney hit back strongly, accusing Obama of going on a fundraising tour on the day after the deadly September 11 assault on the Benghazi consulate, and declaring that Obama's Middle East policy was "unravelling before our very eyes."
Obama also said that the responsibility for what happened at the US consulate in Benghazi, falls to him and to no one else.
Obama says Romney has opposed the DREAM Act, a failed bill that would have provided a path to legal status for many young illegal immigrants. He says Republicans in Congress have been unwilling to support comprehensive immigration reform and won't in the future with Romney as the "standard-bearer" of his party.
Obama was ready with a quick retort. He says Romney, unlike Bush, would cut funding to Planned Parenthood and that Romney would pursue a more stringent immigration policy than Bush did.
The president questioned Romney's commitment to women's health care, pointing to the Republican's vow to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood. He calls health care a "pocket book issue" for women and families.
Responding to a question about pay equity for women, Obama notes that the first piece of legislation he signed made it easier for women to seek the same pay as men for doing the same work.
US President Barack Obama came out fighting on Tuesday in his second debate against Mitt Romney, branding the Republican challenger a tool of the rich and the oil industry.
The town hall setting, which had each candidate seated at a stool on a red carpet, and free to roam around, tested the body language of the two candidates, and capacity to empathize with the anxieties of everyday Americans.
In the summer of 2007, his campaign for the White House well under way, Senator Barack Obama waded into the minefield of racial politics and accused President George W. Bush of sitting idly by as a "quiet riot" simmered in black communities.
Obama says there are challenges that only the federal government can solve. Romney says government should do only what is prescribed in the Constitution and challenges that only have federal solutions, such as national security.
Obama pointed to Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, whose budget proposals make sharp cuts across the board. Romney retorted that Washington invested in new failed energy research.
President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth.
"In some legislation passed during the president's term, you've seen regulation become excessive and it has hurt the economy," says Romney.
US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney battled over economic issues on Wednesday in a presidential debate that could prove to be pivotal in helping voters decide which candidate to support in the November 6 election.
"Look, I have five boys," Romney said, referring to his five sons with wife Ann. "I'm used to people saying something that isn't always true and keep on saying it hoping ultimately I will believe it."
"Effectively, this means a 30 per cent cut in the primary program we held for seniors in nursing homes, for kids with disabilities, and that's not a right strategy for us to move forward."