Crowd 'go wild' at Obama victory rally

President Obama at his victory speech

The evening had been gradually turning into a party in this rather cold aircraft hangar of a hall. But then one TV station after another flashed their predictions that President Barack Obama had won.

They danced, they cheered, they quite literally jumped for joy.

But perhaps the biggest shout of the night came when their opponent appeared on the giant screen and Mitt Romney very graciously conceded victory.

Then they had to wait.

The gigantic red curtains behind the stage drew apart to show another even bigger screen, and pictures of them, swaying, waving the flag. President Obama walked on - happy, smiling, with his wife, he held the hand of one daughter, the other patted him on the back. Then he spoke.

He said he would ask Mitt Romney to work with him... and then talked to the America outside the hall.

The president is challenging his opponents. For also newly re-elected with a fresh mandate are the Republicans in the House of Representatives.

He is asking them to work with him.

It will be hard, but for supporters here that is the future - this was a moment of history, a moment of joy and relief.

He ended amid a stream of red, white and blue confetti, more hugs more embraces.

This was an election campaign that had some extraordinary moments - but it was won by long, hard planning.

In 2008, they built a coalition forged in the white heat of passion. In 2012, they carefully constructed it, patiently persuading supporters to become voters.

Both candidates said this was a choice of two visions, and America has chosen.

The key appears to have been a big turnout of Democratic supporters - especially black people and Hispanics.

The ground game paid off.

There will be many problems ahead in a second term, but for the president's supporters, this is a moment of joy and relief.

Mark Mardell Article written by Mark Mardell Mark Mardell Presenter, The World This Weekend

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    Comment number 477.

    @476.marieinaustin ,
    Yes, it was supposed to work both ways. No establishment of a state religion, as in Britain & no state interference with religious freedom.
    It's tricky.And then you have human rights issues which often get confused in the mix.

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    Comment number 476.

    475.mscracker. “Govt intrusion into religion, ditto.” I agree with that, and for an additional reason: If the state oversteps the church, the church – any churches – will overstep the state. I want that barrier kept up.

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    Comment number 475.

    Romney wanted to defund Planned Parenthood, give employers the right to deny women insurance to cover birth control, and he is anti-choice.
    I agree with the 1st point which is stated accurately, the other 2 are campaign-speaked.Feticide on demand is a "choice" but a bad one.Govt intrusion into religion, ditto.

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    Comment number 474.

    The problem with 'binders of women' was that the response was to a question about equal pay for equal work. If MR had said something about working to ensure equal pay for women, that would have been the right answer, but he is against such measures, so he evaded totally.
    Where economy is concerned he wanted to turn the country into Texas, and that's the wrong direction.

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    Comment number 473.

    Exhibit A:
    on July 17, 2007, Obama declared, "The first thing I'd do, as president, is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do.”
    In a press conference on April 29, 2009, President Obama said that although he supports a woman's right to choose, passage of the Freedom of Choice Act was "not highest legislative priority”

    “But thanks for the vote!”


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