With the simple message, "four more years," Obama posted a picture in which he is seen hugging first lady Michelle Obama.
After a nail-biting evening in which he ran neck-and-neck with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for much of the night, Obama was able to secure the necessary 270 electoral votes by taking one of the biggest prizes of the night: Ohio. At press time, the final tally according to CNN was 274 electoral votes to 201 for Obama, with the president slightly behind in the popular vote by a 50-49 percent margin, with fewer than 700,000 votes separating them.
Here’s the full email sent to Obama supporters just before he speaks:
From: Barack Obama firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:41 PM
Subject: How this happened
I’m about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first.
I want you to know that this wasn’t fate, and it wasn’t an accident. You made this happen.
You organized yourselves block by block. You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time. And when it wasn’t easy, you pressed forward.
I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started.
But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place.
Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests.
There’s a lot more work to do.
But for right now: Thank you.