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Obama says 'best is yet to come' in victory speech

Published on Nov 7, 2012 2:42 PM
US President Barack Obama walks on stage with First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia to deliver his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place Nov 6, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. -- PHOTO: AFP

CHICAGO (AFP) - President Barack Obama told cheering supporters on early Wednesday that "the best is yet to come" for the United States as he stormed to a second term by defeating Republican Mitt Romney.

After taking the stage at a raucous Chicago victory party with wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia, Mr Obama returned to the themes of his re-election bid, vowing to fight for the middle class and the American dream.

"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," Mr Obama told hundreds of cheering supporters.

"We know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come."

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