Obama on Re-Election: 'The Best is Yet to Come'

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The long and fierce battle for the White House ended Tuesday night, with Americans re-electing President Barack Obama to a second term.

The president's victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney comes despite a weak economy and criticism of his policies at home and abroad.

"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," Obama told supporters in his acceptance speech.

"We are and forever will be the United States of America," Obama said in closing. "And together with your help and God's grace we will continue to journey forward and remind the world what it is to live in the greatest nation on earth."

CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody summed up the night for the GOP in two words: Colossal Disaster. He breaks down where things when wrong fort he party, on CBN Newswatch, Nov. 7.  Read more here.

For Obama campaign volunteers Elly Schlein and Rupert Evans, the president's win was sweet.

"He's just so passionate and his passion goes to other people in the country and his theme was 'We're going to work together,'" Schlein said.

"It's actually my first time coming to a campaign celebration and I like this," Evans said. "I'm just happy for the nation. I'm happy for our president and I'm just looking forward to these next four years to see what happens."

Right away the president will have to do something he didn't do so well during his first term: work with a Republican-controlled House.

For both sides, the word compromise will have to stop being a dirty word. And bipartisanship will have to become more than a campaign gimmick if the president wants to reunite a deeply divided nation.

Meanwhile in Boston, the Romney campaign, which was hoping to go out with a bang instead went out with a whimper.

Romney Calls for Unity

The former governor, striving for a conciliatory tone, thanked supporters and called for unity.

"The nation, as you know, is at a critical point," he told supporters. "At a time like this we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work, and we citizens also have to rise to occasion."

Watch President Obama's full acceptance speech. Watch Romney's concession speech below.

Watch Mitt Romney's concession speech:

Romney supporters were really hoping for a joyous celebration. Instead it was hugs and tears and wondering what's next.

"It wasn't the outcome we were hoping for, but it is time now to come together as a country and start working for those positive things the president says he wants to do," one Romney supporter said.

"So let's just hope he can fulfill the promises and it's just time to come together and be supportive," he added.

Another supporter said, "It's been tough, but we will continue to support President Obama and hope that he makes good choices the next four years, and if not that somebody better swoops in to take care of our country."

The former governor came closer to victory than Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., did four years ago, but clearly, the anti-Obama vote was just not enough. Now there will be questions as to whether Romney was really the right candidate all along.

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