|President Barack Obama|
Louisiana went backwards, but the nation elected its first bi-racial president to a second term
President Barack Obama will have four more years in the White House; four years to etch out a legacy that means he was more than just the first bi-racial President. While Louisiana cast its ballots for the challenger Mitt Romney, the Democratic Party and an overwhelming turning of Black voters said what a majority of the country said, give President Obama a chance to move the country "forward."
Accepting his victory the President said:
"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. We know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come."
The President assembled a coalition of hispanics, gays and blacks. Political observers said Mr. Romney went too far when he repeatedly spoke against those who were in the country illegally, including his promise that his get-tough policies would cause some to "self-deport."
In Monroe, nearly every Black leader of any importance supported the Obama effort. Many lesser candidates road his coattails as the Democratic Party poured resources into local campaigns to increase turnout. The strategy worked, not only in Ouachita Parish, but across the nation as black turnout across the nation was at all time high.
In Monroe, official estimate of black turnout was about 50 percent. Usually turnout among black voters is hovers in the mid 20’s.
With the reelection behind him, the President can now truly step forward in the spirit of his campaign theme "Forward."
His victory was a historic moment filled with the promise of home and the challenge that serious change always bring.
And now let’s go...