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Bajans in US praise Obama

Lloyd Lovell a Bajan businessman in Denver, states the middle class looking for help from President Obama. (GP)

By Tony Best | Thu, November 08, 2012 - 12:08 AM

Historic, an earned victory, an emotional win for the people, no surprise whatsoever. This is just a sample of reactions of Bajans in the United States to the re-election of Barack Obama as the nation’s president.

And as they rejoiced, the Bajans also listed what they believe should be Obama’s agenda for the next four years.

Barbados’ Ambassador to Washington and the Organisation of American States, John Beale, recalled he had “called it right” in a conversation with The Nation about three weeks ago but didn’t offer any comments on Obama’s future programme, citing his “diplomatic” position in Washington.

“The people of the United States have spoken loud and clear . . . the election campaign reflected the vigorous nature of debate in the country,” Beale said.

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 11 months ago
President Obama should be praised for his resounding and historic reelection victory. He won by executing a campaign with surgical precision - even better than in 2008.

He studied and segmented the electorate - preferences, how they like to receive their information, best time of day to reach them - the kind of tactics marketing professionals use. He also knew saving the auto industry in Ohio would have been key to his reelection, as well as passing legislation to benefit gays in the military and women, and giving undocumented Hispanic children a lifeline.

In an economic environment where unemployment is at 7.9%, Obama has been successful against all odds. He won against a divided Republican-controlled Congress whose sole objective was to frustrate his presidency and do everything to make him a one-term president.

The Republicans have failed to take into account the changing diversity and demographics of the country. It can be business as usual and win with traditional white voters in middle America. They are fast losing "red" states like Colorado, Wisconsin, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Florida.

The USA is now a changing and more secular society - fewer people go to church, fewer unmarried, more single-parent households, women demanding more frkm politicians, Hispanics and Asians fast increasing their numbers, youth enfranchisement and empowerment, and gays feeling more accepted.

Donald Trump has been calling for President Obama to release his college records. He finally did yesterday - all 303 from the Electoral College.When "Florida College" is finish counting - if they ever - they too will release 29 more. They can continue counting until inauguration.

Florida's case is by design; designed to place the country in an electoral crisis all over again, but they lose this time. Obama is much smarter - winning by a wide margin that makes Florida unnecessary and irrelevant.

Maybe they can finally call him "President Obama."

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