Obama accomplishes "mission impossible" by winning re-election

2012-11-07 09:22:53 GMT2012-11-07 17:22:53(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CHICAGO, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama accomplished "mission impossible" on Tuesday night as he won re-election in one of the closest presidential races in modern U.S. history amid a dismal economic situation.

This victory was a new record set by Obama, who made history in 2008 by becoming the first black U.S. president, as a sitting president since World War II to win a second term when unemployment is above 7.2 percent.

Mitt Romney following the first presidential debate in early October even added to the uncertainty.

Back in later September, all polls pointed to the advantage, albeit slight, of Obama, who enjoyed a five-point lead over Romney whose campaign suffered one after another blows due to his own mishaps.

The biggest blow to Romney was from a secretly-recorded video revealed in September, which showed him telling rich donators that he did not care about 47 percent Americans who did not pay income tax, relied on the government and was unwilling to take personal responsibility.

Amid strong criticism of Romney's remarks, Obama started widening his lead over the Republican challenger. And before the Oct. 3 first presidential debate, it all seemed that Obama was on the way to seal the victory.

But after a surprisingly spirited performance of demonstrating enthusiasm, attacking Obama's poor economic records and showing flexibility on some key issues in the first presidential debate in Denver, Colorado, Romney reversed the momentum by resurrecting his campaign from despair and decline.

As a result, Romney's support in the polls resurged quickly and even took over lead from Obama in later October.

However, it has proved that Romney's resurrection came a bit too late, as many states already started early voting in later September. Early voters were not affected by Obama's weak performance at the first debate.

When it became clear that the whole race will hinge on the outcome of Ohio, which has 18 electoral votes, the final sprint to Election Day witnessed the fiercest tug of war between the two candidates, who focused on last-minute intensive campaigning in the buckeye state to win over undecided voters.

In what could be dubbed as the October Surprise, Hurricane Sandy suddenly battered the American East Coast on Oct. 29, causing widespread damage and loss of lives.

Obama earned a God-given opportunity to demonstrate his leadership through effectively directing the rescue disaster relief operations. He even won unexpected high praise from a major political rival -- New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie, which surely boosted Obama's last-minute campaigning.

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