Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Joy and disappointment: Reactions to President Obama's re-election 
Courtesy of Obama campaign

By NBC News

UPDATED 3:22 a.m. ET - Twitter records fell. The New York Times released a sneak peek at its Wednesday front page. Ohio remained a battleground. Captain America saluted. And somehow, the Obama girls grew up.

Here's a look at the social media reaction to President Barack Obama's re-election victory and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney's defeat.

President Obama's re-election set the stage for his most-retweeted photo ever.
  • Soul-searching

  • What's next for the Republican party?
  • Do the Republicans have a "Latino problem"?
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  • And President Obama faces some big questions, too.
  • 'A good night for pot smokers'

  • Washington and Oregon became the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. The development made for ample on-air and online banter:

    Remarked NBC News' Lester Holt: "You know, there are certain things you don't ever expect to see on TV and one of them is, 'It's been a good night for pot smokers."

    Brian Williams: "All right, try to keep your personal life out of this."

    Watch Holt and Williams discuss the results of several votes on marijuana use and gay marriage.
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  • Big night for gay rights

  • Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay U.S. senator on Tuesday, defeating popular former Gov. Tommy Thompson, NBC News projected. 
  • kcrw
    "I didn't run to make history, I ran to make a difference" reiterates Tammy Baldwin, says she feels "humbled" on @NPR
  • jesimullins
    Just want to take a moment to also celebrate Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin, the first openly gay US senator! So proud of USA right now.
  • Same-sex marriage measures also scored victories in at least two states on Tuesday.
  • sheetalsheth
    Record 18 women won Senate seats. Marriage equality wins. Anti-womens' rights candidates overwhelmingly defeated. Will sleep soundly tonite.
  • AdamJBerry
    Marriage Equality won tonight... America won tonight.
  • Women's night

  • Women made their influence felt at the voting booths, and were a key to President Obama's re-election victory. 
  • Women voters favored Obama 55 percent to 43 percent – about the same split as four years ago when 56 percent of women voters preferred Obama and 43 percent supported Republican candidate Sen. John McCain. Within the female vote there was a sharp divide between married and unmarried women: Married women backed Romney, 53 percent to 46 percent, while unmarried women preferred Obama by a better than 2-to-1 ratio, 68 percent to 30 percent.
  • unechansondouce
    less binders full of women and more senate seats full of them.
  • anildash
    Thank you to the women of America for making@BarackObama our President again.
  • Mixed emotions

  • Voters were sharply divided along lines of sex, ethnicity, age, income and religion, exit polls showed.
  • Embracing victory

  • Watch President Obama's speech to supporters in Chicago. "Thank you for believing all the way -- through every hill, through every valley ... I will always be grateful," the president said. "For the United States of America, the best is yet to come."
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  • The president and his family in Chicago.

  • President Barack #Obama waves to a cheering crowd in #Chicago with his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia by his side prior to delivering his acceptance speech. #NBCPolitics #Decision2012
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  • TODAY tweeted a photo of the Obama family tonight next to one from Election Night 2008. How the girls have grown!

  • todayshow
    Obama family on Election Night, then and now. #NBCPolitics
  • Here's your sneak peek at tomorrow's New York Times, according to a tweet from Times reporter Jodi Kantor.
  • From the White House's official Flickr account: "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."
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  • The sting of defeat

  • "At a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering," Mitt Romney said in his concession speech. He added that he and Paul Ryan "have left everything on the field" and that "Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for [President Obama] and for this great nation."
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  • Our PhotoBlog has been updated with the latest photos from election reaction across the nation, including Jon Angell, dressed as Captain America, saluting Mitt Romney's concession speech from Minnesota Republican election headquarters in Bloomington, Minn. See more photos here.
  • Romney's concession speech earned praise from msnbc's Chris Matthews.
  • Celebs sound off

  • realDonaldTrump
    The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.
  • johncusack
    Real pressure from left will move the center back from far right --dem victory was less an endorsement of O but a repeal of far right
  • MCHammer
    America is making a huge statement !!! Humanity is primary.The people need access to medical care and we Appreciate and Respect Women !!!
  • Miranda_Lambert
    Night yall! Im always proud everytime I see red, white, and blue no matter what! #proudtobeanamerican (and a texan) :)
  • Colorful race to 270

  • A look at the Rockefeller Center ice rink as the states fill in.

  • The #DemocracyPlaza rink map updated. #NBCPolitics
  • The president is a slender man, but he's not this slender.
  • rebeccagberg
    Someone carrying an Obama cardboard cutout thru the crowd outside the WH. A woman yells, “There he is! Obama!” People cheer for the cutout.
  • All kinds of Twitter records falling tonight. An earlier tweet from President Obama was Twitter's most popular tweet ever.
  • gov
    Peak to 327k TPM following @BarackObama's re-election was by far the most-tweeted moment of#Election2012.
  • Red, white and blue lights and cheers for the president light up Democracy Plaza.

  • NBCNews
    Photo: #DemocracyPlaza erupts as NBC News declares that Barack Obama has won #NBCPolitics
  • Video of Brian Williams announcing that President Barack Obama has been declared the winner of the 2012 presidential race.
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  • Here's our earlier blog that followed the ups and downs of Election Day.
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