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On election night, President Obama addressed the nation in his victory speech saying, “The best is yet to come.” Do you agree with his statement? What issue do you suggest he should first tackle? How should he approach it?


“Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come.” At the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago, President Obama accepted his re-election as President of the United States, thanking a packed crowd of his supporters. He then laid out the impending issues that he will face in his second term.

“But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future. We want our kids to grow up in a country where they have access to the best schools and the best teachers. A country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation, with all the good jobs and new businesses that follow.

We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet. We want to pass on a country that’s safe and respected and admired around the world, a nation that is defended by the strongest military on earth and the best troops this — this world has ever known. But also a country that moves with confidence beyond this time of war, to shape a peace that is built on the promise of freedom and dignity for every human being…. now, we will disagree, sometimes fiercely, about how to get there. As it has for more than two centuries, progress will come in fits and starts. It’s not always a straight line. It’s not always a smooth path. By itself, the recognition that we have common hopes and dreams won’t end all the gridlock or solve all our problems or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus and making the difficult compromises needed to move this country forward. But that common bond is where we must begin.”

Obama spoke about the political differences between Republicans and Democrats and how these contrasting ideologies have made it difficult to lay out agendas and policies. Do you feel that this battle between politicians will continue to bring gridlock in Washington or will the President lead our nation and our politicians to unite and work together? And will the new policies that come into place bring forth a prosperous future for America?


PBS NewsHour segment President Barack Obama Wins Second Term, Says ‘Best Is Yet to Come’
Barack Obama accepts re-election as President of the United States at a rally of his supporters at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago. President Obama led the 2012 election against Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney after claiming victory in several swing states.

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More Resources

KQED Lowdown post 2012 Presidential Election Results Visualized – Nov. 8, 2012
A neatly presented recap of a messy, exhausting and seemingly endless presidential race. Produced by K.D. Delany on Prezi.

KQED Forum segment President Obama on the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ – Nov. 8, 2012
KQED brings you NPR coverage of President Obama’s comments from the East Room of the White House. He is expected to talk about the economy, and to urge Congress to deal with so-called fiscal cliff and U.S. budget deficit. After Obama speaks, Bloomberg Businessweek journalist Peter Coy joins us to discuss the president’s comments.


Do Now #49: Obama Wins!! 8 March,2017Matthew Williams

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  • If life is a ting to do ,i tink dat obama get it al

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  • Obama i like u more than my mummy



Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams is a filmmaker and media educator who has recently transplanted to Oakland from Los Angeles. He believes that you are what you eat and feels everyone should have a multitude of dietary options for self-realization. Matthew is the Educational Technologist at KQED.

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