Following the U.S. election enormous challenges await the president
Four more years for Obama
Four more years with Obama: the United States chose to place their trust in the current president, guaranteeing him a second term. And the victory over the Republican candidate Mitt Romney turned out to be larger than expected. According to the latest numbers, Obama won 303 electoral votes — more than the 270 necessary to enter the White House — winning almost all the swing states, including Ohio, Nevada and Virginia. And if he were to also win Florida, where he has a slight advantage, Obama could receive 332 electoral votes.
However the success of the Democratic candidate did not manage to be a driving force, despite maintaining the Senate majority, his party must yet again give the Republicans control of the House of Representatives. Thus a divided country emerged from election Tuesday, as can be seen from the popular vote: 50 percent for Obama, 49 percent for Romney.
It will not be easy for the 44th President of the United States to face the multiple challenges that await him, both in the political and economic squares. Because, beyond the rhetoric of the speeches on the wave of success, the issues that are to be confronted over the next four years do not seem easy to resolve. Beginning with the enormous national debt — that the administration must succeed in curbing without starting a recession — there are also the delicate relations, not only concerning the economy, but also with China, which we must remember holds a large amount of American bonds.
The president promised a bipartisan administration, including some of Romney and the Republicans' decisions. But if Obama wants to be the president of all American people, he must eventually acknowledge the requests that are rising with strength from the religious communities — the Catholic Church being the first in line — in favour of the family, life and religious liberty.
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