President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama embrace Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden moments after the television networks called the election in their favor, while watching election returns at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park in Chicago, Ill., Nov. 6, 2012. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
President Obama sent an email to supporters shortly after projections were made and the election was called, thanking them. Here’s a copy of the full email:
From: Barack Obama email@example.com
Date: Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:41 PM
I’m about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first.
I want you to know that this wasn’t fate, and it wasn’t an accident. You made this happen.
You organized yourselves block by block. You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time. And when it wasn’t easy, you pressed forward.
I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started.
But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place.
Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests.
There’s a lot more work to do. But for right now: Thank you.
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The Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council issued a joint statement... it reads in part:
"We have the pleasure of extending our warm congratulations to President Obama on his re-election as President of the United States of America. The United States is a key strategic partner of the European Union and we look forward to continuing the close cooperation established with President Obama over these last four years, to further strengthening our bilateral ties and to jointly addressing global challenges, including in the fields of security and economy." -- Jose Manuel Barroso, Herman Van Rompuy
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, seen here at a plenery session of the 9th summit Asia-Europe (ASEM 9) on November 6, 2012 has released a statement congratulating Obama on his second term confirmation. Credit: HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images
“On behalf of the Government and people of Australia, I offer warm congratulations to President Barack Obama on his re-election and wish him every success for his second term in office.
Australia has worked closely with President Obama and his Administration over the past four years. I look forward to continuing this friendship.
Australia and the United States are unique partners, linked through culture, values, shared sacrifice and a commitment to international peace and security. "
”After U.S. elections … beware of China”
In an opinion piece in Saudi Arabian newspaper Al Sharq Al Awsat, writer Othman Merghani says while the world watches the U.S. election, an equally important transition is happening in China – and the roads between the countries will “intersect in many ways.” Read article in Arabic here: bit.ly
In a market in Islamabad, Pakistan, three college age kids told CNN’s Reza Sayah they were hoping for [Romney] to be elected because they don't like Obama's foreign policy, especially the drone strikes.
18 year-old Ubaid Ullah said: "I kind of would have been more happy with Mr. Romney. Mr. Obama's foreign policy is just not what the people of Pakistan want. Drone strikes are killing lots of innocent people. We want a change."
British newspaper The Guardian headlines its post-election editorial US elections: a victory for Barack Obama and good judgment .
“If Mr Obama's first presidential election victory was a triumph of the audacity of hope, his second is a triumph for the audacity of good electoral judgment in difficult times. The rest of the world will celebrate that.”
Nothing says it better than a photo. Here’s our pick – so far – of the best images of world reaction to Obama’s win.
This one shows students at the State Elementary School Menteng 01, where U.S. President Barack Obama studied from 1970-1971, cheering as they watch the U.S presidential election on television in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issues this statement congratulating Barack Obama.
"The strategic alliance between Israel and the US is stronger than ever. I will continue to work with President Obama in order to assure the interests that are vital to the security of the citizens of Israel."
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released a statement congratulating President Obama and said that he was looking forward to continued partnership between the U.S. and the United Nations.
“Many challenges lie ahead – from ending the bloodshed in Syria, to getting the Middle East peace process back on track, to promoting sustainable development and tackling the challenges posed by climate change. All will require strong multilateral cooperation.
"The Secretary-General and the United Nations will continue to count on the active engagement of the United States on these and other crucial issues as it strives to meet the hopes and expectations of people around the world,” he said.
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Check out this story in The Times of India. Phaneesh Murthy, the CEO of Indian outsourcing company iGate says: Obama re-election not good for IT industry