Barack Obama is the first president in more than five decades to win at least 51 percent of the national popular vote twice, according to a revised vote count in New York eight weeks after the Nov. 6 election.
State election officials submitted a final tally Dec. 31 that added about 400,000 votes, most of them from provisional ballots in the Democratic-stronghold of New York City that were counted late in part because of complications caused by Hurricane Sandy.
The president nationally won 65.9 million votes -- or 51.1 percent -- against Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who took 60.9 million votes and 47.2 percent of the total cast, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Obama is the first president to achieve the 51 percent mark in two elections since Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower, who did it in 1952 and 1956, and the first Democrat to do so since Franklin D. Roosevelt, who won four consecutive White House races. Roosevelt received 53.4 percent of the vote -- his lowest -- in his last race in 1944.
Does anybody else remember how the pundits kept telling us that in the 2012 election people were just not THAT enthusiastic about the President anymore?
Yeah, I seem to vaguely remember something like that.
And remember THIS is a victory that did not rely on voter suppression, gerrymandering, Supreme Court interference, or hacking into voting machines. In fact it happened DESPITE many of those things
In other words, "Fuck you, Karl Rove!"