In front of a crowd of thousands of dancing, flag-waving supporters, the newly minted two-term president thanked the country for reelecting him to the Oval Office for four more years. “The task of perfecting our union moves forward,” he said. “It moves forward because of you.” Obama congratulated Romney for a hard-fought campaign, and pledged to sit down with the former governor to discuss “how we can move this country forward.” He also gave shout-outs to his wife, Michelle (“I’ve never loved you more"), his daughters (“one dog is probably enough"), and his VP, Joe Biden (“America’s happy warrior”). And he promised to make good on his campaign slogan. “That is where we need to go … Forward.” he said, mentioning the ending war and recovering economy. “For the United States of America, the best is yet to come … I’ve never been more hopeful about our future,” he said. Interestingly, after Romney called Obama to concede, the president called Bill Clinton to thank him for his help.
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