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President prevails with wins in key swing states
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President prevails with wins in key swing states

For President Barack Obama, it was a mandate. For Wanda Davis, it was an answer to a prayer.

"Thank you, Jesus, thank you, Lord,” Davis said as results were announced Tuesday night at the Wilson County Democratic Party headquarters.

Cheers erupted as Obama powered past Republican challenger Mitt Romney to claim a second term Tuesday night. The president racked up wins in the key battleground states of Wisconsin, Colorado and Virginia and was leading in Ohio, giving him the advantage in electoral votes.

Democrats were preparing to leave the party headquarters late Tuesday when analysts projected an Obama victory. Barbara Dantanio, trying to make up her mind if she were leaving or not, turned to CBS News.

A few minutes after 11 p.m,, the network declared that Obama had won a second term.

Supporters began screaming, jumping and hugging each other.

"Look, look at them in Florida,” Khalid Hudson said, pointing at the television of the crowd screaming. "Wow, this was a close one. But we won. Four more years, and I am happy about it.”

Romney claimed North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes. Wilson County chose Obama by a 53 percent to 45 percent margin. Surrounding counties were split, with Nash County picking the president by less than one percentage point and Johnston County supporting Romney with a commanding 63.2 percent of the vote.



Obama made his victory speech early this morning.

"We are an American family, we rise and fall together as one nation, as one people,” Obama said. "For the United States of America, the best is yet to come.”

Romney spoke to supporters following his election loss.

"This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation,” Romney said. "I want to thank Paul Ryan for all that he has done for our campaign.”

Romney thanked his supporters.

"And to you here tonight, and to the team across the country — the volunteers, the fundraisers, the donors, the surrogates — I don’t believe that there’s ever been an effort in our party that can compare with what you have done over these past years. Thank you so very much,” Romney said. "Thanks for all the hours of work, for the calls, for the speeches and appearances, for the resources and for the prayers. You gave deeply from yourselves and performed magnificently. And you inspired us and you humbled us. You’ve been the very best we could have imagined.”



Until Obama’s victory was sealed, Tuesday had been a tense night for local Democrats. They joked to keep their spirits up.

Dewey Sheffield watched results at a party for state House hopeful Mark Bibbs. He kept saying it was early and encouraged fellow Democrats not to give up hope.

But every time a broadcaster announced that a state had turned red, he would exclaim, "Sweet Jesus.”

Wanda Davis and Wanda Jones sat side by side watching state after state turn red at the Democratic headquarters.

"That’s all right,” Davis said. "It’s not a swing state and it’s still early. Ohio and Florida is important. We’ve got New Mexico. Don’t worry.”

Edwin Langston watched the electoral votes change from moment to moment and said he would not give up.

"I trust and believe God will do it once again,” he said. "It’s Obama all the way.”

Langston said he did some knocking on doors during the campaign to tell people why it was important to give Obama four more years.

"Some people came to the door and shut the door in my face,” Langston said. "But if you talk to one, then you’ve done enough.”

Ashley Higson knocked on 200 doors the day before the election.

Higson said she was a Republican the last time Obama ran for office.

"I was Republican, and I did not vote for Obama,” Higson said. "I wasn’t into politics and didn’t care. I just voted for what my family went for. But right after Obama was elected, I started seeing what people were saying, how they were treating Obama. I started checking into it and realized that is not who I am.”

Higson said she thinks lots of women follow their husbands and families, but they don’t know the issues for themselves.

"I would urge women to look at the issues for themselves and not follow blindly,” Higson said.



Wilson County’s top Republican said he was extremely disappointed that American voters gave Obama a second term Tuesday night.

"I am devastated,” county GOP Chairman Gary Proffitt said. "I am absolutely devastated. I don’t know where our American citizens are or have been. I am not looking forward — no pun intended with Obama’s campaign slogan — going forward.”

Proffitt said victories in local and state races gave Republicans some cause to celebrate, but Obama’s win put a damper on their election night.

"I am just very saddened with these results,” he said. "He does not represent the American public.”

Republicans cheered cautiously as the national results rolled in, conscious that a few swing-state victories for Obama could end Romney’s run for the White House.

"It’s a little too close for my comfort,” Wilson County Commissioner Roger Lucas said. "We won’t know until it’s over.”

State Sen. E.S. "Buck” Newton, R-Wilson, who defeated Democratic challenger Clarence Bender, had his fingers figuratively crossed.

"I’m still very hopeful that he’s going to pull it out in the end,” Newton said of Romney. "And I’m hoping it won’t be the end of the night before we know.”

Proffitt said he was "very, very optimistic” as results came in just before 11 p.m., but he acknowledged that the outcome was still up in the air.

"This is a race right now that’s going to make my night or make me have a very angry tomorrow,” he said.



Wilson County Republicans cheered as a "purple state” turned ruby red for Romney Tuesday night.

Proffitt shouted "Go, Mitt!” as the Massachusetts governor took North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes in an election night nailbiter.

"Quite honestly, we’re a purple state,” Newton said. "I’m working hard to make it a red state.”

North Carolina chose the Republican presidential candidate in 2004, went blue for Obama in 2008 and overwhelmingly chose GOP congressional candidates in 2010.

"I’m hoping North Carolina will be red,” Proffitt said minutes before the Associated Press declared the state for Romney. "My son-in-law graduated from North Carolina State, and he would be very proud if North Carolina goes red. I do not want to see blue on this map tonight.”

Wilson County chose Obama by a comfortable margin — 20,002 votes (53.8 percent) to 16,937 for Romney (45.5 percent).

"I’m tired of four years of saying, ‘I want to do this, I want to do that,’” Proffitt said of Obama. "He’s had his chance. I’m hoping and praying from my heart that America’s ready for a fresh start. I’m tired of four years of promising.”

Proffitt monitored election results on a projection screen at the Quince restaurant Tuesday night, making periodic announcements and cheerleading for Republican victory.

"Come on, Ohioans,” he said as votes from the battleground state were tabulated. "Let’s go red.”



Hudson said it is important that Obama has another four years because that’s what is best for the country in his view.

"There are people who are Democrat, Republican and Libertarian that have children who need Pell grants for their children to go to college,” Hudson said. "For our people to be competitive, we need them to be educated. How do you have a country that competes when only some people can get into college?”

Hudson said he fears people voted against Obama for reasons other than the issues at hand.

"I am also saddened by the fact that Republicans resorted to changing things so that there was only one Sunday to vote,” Hudson said. "They know Democrats come out on Sunday. They don’t really want the people to exercise their right. They want to make it more difficult for people to vote.”

Hudson also said he was very disappointed in those who chose not to vote.

"Many people didn’t realize that this recovery takes more than four years,” Hudson said. "Economists, not of any political point of view, will tell you it takes 10 years to pull out from under the kind of economic turn-down Obama inherited.”

Democratic Party Chairman Asa Gregory broke his stare at the television to say there were lots of hard workers at the Democratic headquarters.

"I just want to thank each and every one of them for their hard work,” Gregory said.



Energy prices have inflated over the past four years, and Jamey Fulghum Jr. said he voted to pop the balloon.

The Wilson resident said he chose Romney because of the Republican candidate’s economic and energy policies. He listed high fuel prices as his top issue.

"You can’t pay $4 a gallon for gasoline — which our economy’s based on — and have a functioning economy,” Fulghum said.

Fulghum cast his ballot Tuesday afternoon at Forest Hills Middle School. He cast Romney as a reformer who could stabilize the shaky American economy.

"I would say it’s his experience in turning around other organizations he’s worked for — the Olympics, leading the state of Massachusetts and his experience in private industry,” he said.

Some Wilson County voters wouldn’t say which presidential candidate they chose. Jennifer Byrd, a science teacher at Jones Elementary School, said students have been asking her the question for weeks.

"They all wanted to know, and I told them that was something I was going to keep to myself,” Byrd said. "I would not tell my own children who I was voting for.”

Byrd said the presidential race has divided her household, with her school-age children staking opposing positions. Her son favors Romney, while her daughter prefers Obama.

Bobbi Cox brought her 13-year-old daughter to the polls Tuesday.

"I wanted her to see that her mom gets to choose,” Cox said. "That’s true freedom.”

Cox wouldn’t say which candidates earned her support, but the unaffiliated voter said she made her choices based on the issues — not on political affiliation.

"You get the chance to hear both candidates,” she said. "You’re not restricted to either.” | 265-784 | 265-7821

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To so happy Obama won said...

You sound like a two year old. Guess what, I will give a bit more to make up for your shallow pockets. I am also set and I will take up your slack because I love America. Doom and Gloom. Take some Paxil or something, please.

Saturday, December 01, 2012 at 12:03 AM
@what's funny said...

Bi-partisanship would do wonders for this country. Just one slight problem. Recent Republican history is not about compromise at all. It's all about obstruct whatever the President proposes (like the Affordable Care Act, for which Republicans provided the original model and then refused to support it). Sorry, Republicans have proven over the past four years that they can not be trusted to work with anyone but themselves. Just go with the Democrats. The Republicans have enough to do in working on building trust in minority communities (Latinos, African Americans, gays and lesbians) and with centrist women. That should keep Republicans busy for the next four years!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 9:34 PM
what's funny said...

What is funny is how people are slanted in their thoughts. Just because Obama is Democrat everyone assumes ALL Democrats in Congress follow him; no exception. Remember if compromise is needed, then compromise comes on both sides. BOTH sides must compromise, not just Republicans. Again I say the best PR Obama could do now is get Romney on his team and show it publicly working together; the stock market would go up immediately. Also Obama should replace some of his cabinet with Republicans. The buck starts and stops with the leader.

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 8:16 AM
Hudson said he fears people voted against Obama for reasons other than the issues at hand. said...

do you mean like 96 percent of blacks voted for Obama because they think he is black? he is as much white as black. and he still is a sorry excuse for a president if he was green.

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:36 PM


Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 1:55 PM


Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 1:50 PM @reality said...

President Clinton also said the Romney's business success was "stellar" and should be "commended". Obama has Congress on his side 2008-2009 and did nothing with it to improve the economy. That's a real shame. We are now slow to improve simply because we are so far in debt. We are moving forward, but with what? The fact you "feel" good about it does not mean much to my home, my income, my home value, my future, etc. Let's see what Obama does with it now as we move "forward". Can he get Congress to work with him? That's the sign of a true leader. Anyone can work with a Congress on their side; the real test is doing it when faced with challenges. So far he has not been able to do it. Those are facts, not feelings.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 9:53 AM @twindad said...

And if Democrats lost, they'd be saying the same thing. That's news? Now my message was for YOU and ME to get past it. You are only responsible for YOU. I have gone past it and willing to move forward; that however doesn't mean I'm not going to speak up and challenge if I don't believe we are headed in the right direction. How can you think different? If we only had followers it would be a sad state of affairs. Remember both parties have to reach across; not just one. No one is a winner if we all lose in the end.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 9:48 AM @@thanking Jesus said...

Who said anything about Mormon's? Yes, we do know a lot about our Presidents beliefs. Look at what he believes, compare it to the Bible and you'll quickly see it doesn't match. Not sure why you even replied? It had nothing to do with my post. Take scripture and show me where Obama is following it; then its a debate. Its not about Wanda's beliefs, but irony she thanks Jesus for someone who doesn't follow Jesus' teachings. I call that misguided.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM to @thanking Jesus said...

Whether Wanda Davis thanks Jesus for the win is her personal business. What makes me laugh is that if you seem to know a lot about our President's religious beliefs. You evidently forgot to look up what Mormon's believe. It is not Jesus Christ and they do not even have the same bible. Do your homework if you voted for Romney, he is not a Christian at all.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 7:24 AM twindad said...

To @twindad,
When you say, "Let's work together as Americans and forge ahead", that is precisely what I am talking about. It is the Republicans who are so bitter about losing the White House that they are splitting hairs and spinning everything they can find into anti-Obama propaganda. The message the Republicans are sending is "I didn't vote for Obama. He's not my president." That is shameful, and I am glad that is not your outlook.
I think your attitude and focus could be summed up in one word..."Forward".

Friday, November 09, 2012 at 12:24 PM Mel said...

@ think it over
Well said!!

Friday, November 09, 2012 at 11:33 AM to sad morning said...

The world you envision will never be. The calendar only goes one way - forward. Hate to break the truth.

Friday, November 09, 2012 at 1:19 AM Reality said...

I believe President Clinton said it well, No president was handed what this president was and could have done any better. In fact, he has done dog-on good with it. So you are miss guide, @Reality, if for one moment you think your disdain for Obama will change anything. And be careful about how you judge someone's belief in Jesus. You will have to give an account of all you say against someone who is of the faith. You can hide behind this blog, but you can not hide from God. I pray that you get no rest until you repent. FORWARD, FORWARD, FORWARD!

Friday, November 09, 2012 at 10:13 PM WAS NC ONE OF THOSE SWING STATES THAT WENT OBAMAS WAY said...


Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 10:52 AM @twindad said...

Let's work together as Americans and forge ahead. Blame is not the game. Every CEO of a company could blame his stock holders care? No. Time for Obama to lead and change. He HAS to reach across the isle and GOP has to meet him in the middle. I think his best move would be to get Romney to work with him and show unity publicly. That alone would boost the stock market and business hope. So my challenge to you is stop taking the bait. Let's support our President, our Congress and our fellow Americans no matter their label. Let's stand shoulder to shoulder and forge ahead. I didn't vote for Obama but I certainly am behind him 100% because if he fails, we all fail. Blame game is merely an excuse; real leaders don't need excuses to succeed.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 9:26 AM @thanking Jesus said...

But she was thanking Jesus for electing a President who does not practice the Bible. My comment didn't criticize her as a Christian but at the fact she used Jesus to rejoice for electing a President who doesn't follow the Bible. That's the irony, nothing against her.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 9:19 AM @apparently said...

20,000,000 on government aid is not progress. American stock market dropped 300 points and the Chinese stock market is up strong. Remember that our enemies cheered the outcome of this election. 7.9% unemployment, 1% growth, a fiscal cliff in less than two months, salaries declining, deadlocked Congress, no approved actions in sight, on and on. I don't think you want to keep going on this one do you?

Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 8:26 AM to so happy Obama won said...

You brag about what you have and what you are not going to give anymore. Well, God can take away all that you have and those people that you say you won't be giving anything to from now on COULD POSSIBLY END UP BEING YOU!!!!
Hatred doesn't do anybody any good! Have you ever taken the time to think about why your candidate didn't win? Could it possibly be because of the hatred within the Republican Party and within your heart. Giving just to say you gave doesn't count as far as God is concerned. If it wasn't given from your heart it didn't count anyway. God has enough persons who are not rich that gladly give what they have to help others. Keep your money, keep a hard-heart and see how far it gets you!

Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 8:25 AM Over Yaxed In Wilson said...

I do not see were the Republicans did so bad. Sure Obama won but they gained in the House a larger majority. Lost in the Senate but never had control anyway. They did however keep control of the State House and Senate. WE also have a new Republican Governor. This will effect NC on a much larger scale than Obama will. I do not see why the Democrats feel they won in such a landslide.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 8:20 AM @apparently said...

And Wilson does not make a US economy run and Wilson now has to function within a GOP State so actually you are saying the same thing to me I'm saying to you. What would make a huge difference since you seem to be probably a young person is that Obama should setup PR moments quickly showing him working with people like Romney after the election. Use both strengths, show unity, show Obama's efforts to lead the nation by working with everyone. In fact I think Obama's strongest moment could be him replacing some cabinet members with Republican cabinet members. He has to do something and do something quick; we already know the current way he approaches Congress does not work and he has the same old Congress there. Many who make comments on here have obviously little invested in your life like houses, 401ks, kids, college education funds, retirement, pension, job relocation, net worth, etc, etc. I am 55 years old and it means a LOT to me who is President. I am now behind Obama 100% but he better show something quick. He lost the momentum last term even with a Congress 60% on his side. That's bad.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 8:18 AM To@twindad said...

Let’s be clear, the economic disaster this country is going through was entirely the result of Republican policies that deregulated the financial markets. The Republican Party controlled the House of Representatives for twelve consecutive years before the Democrats took office in 2007. The Republican Party also controlled the US Senate from 2000 to 2006 and the White House from 2000 until 2008. The deregulated the financial markets, chose not to enforce many of the existing laws and cut the budget of the enforcement agencies that were responsible for the oversight of the markets. If that was not enough, one of Republicans campaign slogans is to free business from government regulation! Are the Republicans brain dead? We don't want to go back to the insecurity of unregulated financial markets. I want to know the banks I use have are playing by the rules and that my money is as safe as it can be.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 7:32 AM Thanking Jesus said...

I applaud Wanda Davis for thanking Jesus. She is a true Christian woman and I am proud to have her as a friend. You are out of place to criticize her. Wanda has worked at the same place for over 30 years, owns a lovely home and takes care of her family. She has raised 3 children she is proud of. She is constantly on the go, doing for this community, through her church and political party. She worked her regular job during the last two weeks and then volunteered for OFA and the Democratic Party every day and weekend day to help this President get re-elected. Wanda Davis can thank Jesus all she wants to. I thank Wanda Davis for her devotion to her church and her political party. This is one dynamic woman and Wilson County should be glad that she is a part of this community.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 3:08 AM twindad said...

I should have known...the stock market record was set under a Republican president. Of course!!! Oh, but wait a minute...those wonderful financial policies led our country to the brink of Great Depression #2 (from which we are still recovering). But, it's funny how Republicans don't want to talk about that.
By the way, in my post I gave four examples of Republican "spin". It is interesting and significant that the only response you could muster up was to split hairs about whether the stock market was at 14,000 or 13,000 under Bush. Even IF you are right on who has the all-time record high, that is not evidence that we are headed for an economic downturn, which is what the Republican pundits were whining about all day today.
Here is what you Republicans need to be focusing on. President Obama's re-election and the gain of several U.S. Senate seats by the Democrats is most definitely a referendum on one key thing. The Republican Party has lost touch with the overall American voters. The Republican Party needs to re-invent itself because President Obama was extremely vulnerable this election. If Republicans cannot unseat him, the Republican Party will have a difficult time ever being in control again. The sooner the Gary Proffitts of this world face up to this reality, the sooner they will figure out a solution to the problem. The general American voting public is not going to embrace the fear tactics, the "let-the-rich-become-richer-and-we-will-all-benefit" trickle-down economic policies, and the elitist mentality of the Republican Party.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 11:53 PM @@apparently said...

But Obama does represent Wilson. Got anything else?

Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 9:25 PM Movin forward said...

With a shrinking white population, the only way the Republican party can hope to win in a national election is to decide how they're going to embrace diversity. The dominant demographic that voted Republican was straight white males, particularly in the South. So, so, yesterday, yesteryear, quaint and antiquated.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 9:07 PM ThinkItOver said...

I can't believe some of the ignorant comments being made by some of you. If you are Republican, maybe you should be pondering what has happened to the "Grand Old Party." You have driven level-headed moderates from your ranks, and your party has been hijacked by right wing narrow minded hypocrites whose racial and social views are stuck in the 19th century. You have listened to the rants of such "notable authorities" as Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck for so long you have forgotten its 2012, not 1850. In a way, its sad this has happened to the GOP. We used to have a viable two party system, but if you continue to alienate women and minorities with your outdated views, well, you'll probably go the way of an irrelevant third party.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 7:21 PM @twindad said...

the stock market is not at an all time high. it was over 14000 k under Bush, before the democratic circus of reid and pelosi took control of the senate and house during the last two years of Bush and first two years of Oblamer.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 5:55 PM @ Obama's Country said...

I will take the salaries of Rush and Glenn Beck all day long even if they are college drop outs! Having a college degree means nothing if you don't have a job waiting for you when you get that piece of paper. Get a life! Obama and his people can have this country. I am taking my money and family and will invest in a country that has a growing economy. i will also ship my jobs to China since all you democrats want is a handout!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 5:46 PM Obama's County said...

The GOP is Wilson and the rest of the country are ridiculous! POTUS wins the Popular vote and the electoral vote! Hey...Republicans get some diversity!! Romney's concession gathering looked like the old stuffy white crowd. Pres. Obama's looked like AMERICA, people of color, all colors!! I guess you still have Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh to enjoy for 4yrs who by the way are college drop outs!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 5:29 PM So happy Obama won said...

I am so happy Obama won. Now the country is going to get what it wished for. I am wealthy enough that his policies are not going to put my family at risk. I have worked hard my whole life and I am at a point to where I am set.
I am no longer going to give to charity. The only way I will now give to charity is if it helps my federal and state tax returns.
No more throwing money in the red bucket on my way in the store to shop for MY family.
No more providing a Christmas for those that will not have a Christmas. The extra taxes I pay will be plenty.
No more tips for people that provide services and I figure out how they voted. It might be a good idea if you are in the service industry and want a tip, you might want to say you vote Republican.
No more giving a dollar to the person on the corner asking for money. My taxes are giving you a check. You need to live within a budget. Even if I am paying for it with my tax dollars.
If I can cut out more of the wasteful donations I have been giving, it might equal out and I might come out better to provide MY family better gifts at Christmas. Thanks America! I am so happy I found a way to make the system work for me and you got what you wanted!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 4:49 PM Sad morning said...

I doubt a third world country is where I need to be. I need America to return to a stable, sane country with high standards and moral values. I need an America where hard work leads to financial success, not where 33% of my paycheck goes to support people who won't work. Abortion is wrong unless the mother's health is endangered. Illegal aliens and their offspring need to return to their countries of origin. There should be no more rights for homosexuals than there are for those who practice pedophilia, bestiality, or necrophilia. Welfare and food stamps need to be given only to the elderly or disabled who CANNOT work, not the millions who have no motivation to find work because they know no other way of life than living off government entitlements. Call it social or economic, we need to stop rewarding that which is wrong and those who are just plain sorry!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 3:46 PM twindad said...

Gary Proffitt sounds suicidal. Poor thing. He's not alone, however. Listening to Rush Radio and watching Fox News today has been hilarious. Their attempted "spins" are so lame.
-- "It's not a mandate. Obama barely won the popular vote. Nearly 50% of the people do not want him as President." Gee, I didn't hear you say that when George W. Bush won the presidency without even winning the popular vote!
-- "The job creators are going to hold their cards close to the vest. Jobs will not be created under a second Obama term." Same people (like Carl Rowe) who spend the last month before the election making predictions like "the numbers look good for Romney".
-- "We can already see that our country is headed for a further economic downturn with Obama. The stock market has dropped about 300 points on the day after his re-election." Let's see, did anyone mention that the stock market is at an all-time high -- topping 13,000 points -- during President Obama's first term?!
-- "The latino vote was the difference. The overwhelming majority of them are not even native Americans." Wow, neither were George Washington, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams and the gang.
I am sorry some people feel like anyone who voted for President Obama is not a true American. The truth is that those who feel that way are the real un-Americans. The whole time you are accusing President Obama of being a socialist, you are being fascists.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 3:35 PM curtis said...

for all you folks that voted for Obama, hope you have checked your 401/retirement plans today. It sure is a lot different than yesterday.Good luck

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 3:22 PM @yayy! said...

You said "You act like you do not want America to get better." WE DID WANT AMERICA TO GET BETTER HENCE WHY WE VOTED AGAINST OBAMA. Its not being negative, its being realistic. We saw what we got the last four years and America did not get better. Why do you think it will change magically the next four years? Hope is not a strategy.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 3:11 PM @reality said...

The reality is the leaders responsibility to rally his team and move forward. He had Congress on his side the first two years and HE STILL DIDN'T get it done. That's bad. You didn't name one thing Obama did to help the economy in the last four years. Saving the auto industry was socialism. Bailing banks out was wrong. That undermines those businesses who did the right things and only got penalized because of it. Writing checks does not a great President make. If you are still talking about what Obama inherited after four years...its a sad state of affairs. EVERY President inherits something but look at history and you'll see that the truly great leaders made history by what they did with their inheritance. And by the way, just look what Obama inherited this time! He is nowhere near the best President this country has ever had and you have your head in the sand to make such a misinformed statement which really puts a slap in the face of those really GREAT Presidents.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 3:09 PM The Cliff is coming said...

"Investors and companies need to know the rules of the game, whether those rules are to their liking or not. A (fiscal cliff) deal is more important than the fact that the election is over. After yesterday's 133-point Dow rally, it is not surprising that we are giving some back because the general perception on Wall Street was that a Romney victory would have been better for markets," says Dan McMahon, director of equity trading at Raymond James. "People will have a lot of concerns about the fiscal cliff (getting resolved) and will again question the economic policies and fiscal prudence of the Obama administration." Investor reaction is decidedly negative over the defeat of the more business-friendly Mitt Romney and the continued gridlock in Congress that makes it tough for lawmakers to avert a fiscal policy crisis by year-end.Steven Rattner, a former adviser to the Obama administration and a longtime investment banker, told CNBC in an interview that he couldn't "rule out going over the cliff," putting at zero the odds that the president and Congress could forge a comprehensive fiscal compromise before year-end.
For that person who was touting his 401k being back even after four years was a sign of Obama success (it wasn't by the way) better pull it out now!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 3:01 PM Reality.... said...

All things considered, the country and Wilson County have spoken. We need to support our president. I voted based on the facts. And the fact is that President Obama inherited an economy with holes throughout. He has tried to shore up the economy via the auto bail out and through the bank bailout as a result of predatory lending that was spawned during Bush's regime. The president tried working with Republicans on every end. But we remained at bay not willing to come to any agreements with Democrats. One example is the debt ceiling, that we Republicans showed ourselves as unwilling to cooperate with the leader of the greatest nation on Earth. How can anyone who is not willing to work together for the good of all ever expect any progress? We need to call on Jesus as the lady said, He is the one who will have to move on the hearts of the folks writing in this blog with so much malice in your heart.
President Obama is our president, and that's reality. If you are able to read this or have it read to you, then it is your duty as an American to support our leader. And quite frankly, he is one of the smartest presidents we have had and I've been around a long time.
To President Obama from a long time Republican, I voted based on the issues and what I believe. You won the electoral college and the popular vote. You are my president and as a citizen with integrity, I am going to get behind you and support you. It is the right thing to do and it is what is best for our country. My son, who is fighting in this senseless war, thanks you for bringing this to an end. And I personally thank you. Now I encourage all my fellow Republicans and the Democrats, to get behind our leader and lets move FORWARD. I believe...and that's Reality.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 2:12 PM yayyy!! said...

Negative people bring out the positive in a person. You are so negative on him that you are hoping for disappointment in the next 4 years. You act like you do not want America to get better. So So sad. I don't even get mad at people like you because it's not even worth it. America will get better!!!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 2:02 PM it wasnt exactly a mandate said...

the popular vote was almost even. 96 percent of blacks, 70 percent of hispanics and a lot of stupid young people and single women put this idiot back in office for another 4 years to finish the job of destroying our country , he didnt quite finish his first four years. wx3zt

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 12:48 PM Complaining and whinning said...

Thats all I see up here. People kill me with their sterotyling. People like you is whats wrong with this country.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 12:14 PM PirateFan said...

How is it possible for one candidate to win the "popular vote" (which I take to mean the general public vote) as Romney did - and then NOT win the electroal votes for the "same" state?!!! It's nuts! This country is in a SAD state and I'm afraid the next 4 years are going to prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt. I for one, better NOT hear ANYONE complaining who voted for Obama, when their taxes go up or they loose their job! YOU DEFINATELY GOT WHAT YOU "ASKED/VOTED" FOR!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 12:12 PM @apparently said...

Apparently he doesn't represent NC.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 11:40 AM voter said...

I did not vote for Obama but im glad it is over I was tired of getting those @#%* phone calls

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 11:30 AM @sad morning said...

It will be a better morning for you if you make the choice to move where you'll be happy. You are responsible for your own happiness, my friend. Perhaps you did not watch the news long enough before going to bed. If you had, you would've heard a Republican Latino commentator say Latino voters were terrified that Romney might win. Terrified is a good word....gays and lesbians, many women, and many people of color were terrified that we would have four years of a Republican mean-spirited social agenda. For you, it was about the economy. Fine. But for millions of others, it was about so much more. Republicans veered toward a right wing, extremist social agenda (Romney's "self-deportation" remark was extremely hurtful to Latinos; Republicans can't stand for equality when it comes to all American families - hurtful to millions of Americans who are gay and lesbian and their children; Republicans want to criminalize women who seek an abortion and support employers who want to deny contraceptive coverage to female employees, etc). People vote what matters to them most - and for many, the Republican agenda was more a message of denigration than one of hope. I doubt you can identify with the minority coalition that helped to re-elect Obama. Fine...perhaps some third-world country in Africa or South America might be a place you might like to wake up in, where their social values align more with the Republican party.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 11:17 AM Apparently said...

Obama does represent the American public, Mr. Proffitt.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 10:03 AM inheritance said...

“Economists, not of any political point of view, will tell you it takes 10 years to pull out from under the kind of economic turn-down Obama inherited.” Well it takes success in all of those 10 years to make it happen. Last four years was basically borrow money to survive. What a poor strategy for a powerful nation. Well you folks voted him in, now let's see what is going to change because he can't keep on the same path as before or our credit rating will be down the tubes and propped up on government. The sooner we realize that business reports to shareholders, not government, the quicker we'll recover. Just goes to show you that we don't have thinkers in Wilson just followers.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 9:28 AM Sad morning said...

I went to bed hopeful that we would have a new president in the morning. When I opened my email and saw Obama smiling and a story about his win, I almost cried. I am so afraid for the America with another four years of Obama. I don't like him, and I don't trust him. As far as people needing Pell grants so their children can go to college, that's just one more waste of taxpayers' money...we just saw that with our very own three murder suspects who were "students" at Wilson Community College. "Pell Piracy" was the term someone mentioned, meaning that kids register at community colleges, collect the Pell grant, then never attend class. That is a perfect example of our great Democratic party's philosophy. They seem blind to the abuses and misuses of these entitlement programs, maybe because they or their families are benefiting from them. Someone wrote yesterday that there are people who are collecting money from the government who don't even know why they are getting it; they have just always gotten it. A teenager wrote on Twitter, and I paraphrase, Obama has to win so I can stay on my daddy's insurance until I'm 26. The CEO of Applebee's was on TV yesterday during breakfast saying that an employee moved to South America, but the Department of Labor was trying to say that Applebee's had to continue paying for this former employee's health care under Obamacare. We need to cut out all of these programs of entitlement and force people to find jobs. Sure, there are jobs available; I see signs all over the place where people are hiring. It's just that the three generations of folks who know no life other than welfare and food stamps don't WANT to do the jobs that are available, or else they CAN'T get the jobs because they can't pass literacy or drug or criminal background checks. Wouldn't the problems of health care and providing food for families be solved if people went to work?
The news that greeted me this morning has me sick at heart for the future of America, for the elderly, for my husband and myself who are not yet drawing the Social Security that we have worked to earn so that those without jobs can get health care, and for the children who have to grow up and face the future (if there's anything left of the wonderful country America used to be by the time they grow up). I'm very afraid that we are about to experience worse times than I have ever known in my lifetime. All we can do is pray.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 9:16 AM said...

Yes, congratulations on four more years of going backward instead of forward. Four more years of going further into debt. This country is going to be in bad shape in 2016. Wasn't four years enough to make you people see what is happening here, or are you so brainwashed that you can't tell the difference in rain or another liquid on your boots?

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 8:55 AM Thank you Jesus?? said...

"Thank you, Jesus, thank you, Lord,” Davis said as results were announced Tuesday night at the Wilson County Democratic Party. why are you thanking Jesus? Obama doesn't practice the Bible and its teachings so why bring Jesus into the election? But one thing is certain, Jesus himself will need to perform a miracle to make up for the poor leadership we had the last four years. Keep writing checks and you'll see America continue to globally decline and struggle. And now on top he has an even harder hill to climb with Congress. He couldn't get it done the last four years, yet people are "thanking Jesus" for four more years. Guess you like pain or government assistance.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 8:42 AM to Gary Proffitt said...

You are the worst excuse for the leader of the Wilson County Republican Party. Get over it! Your Party from the get-go promised to make President Obama a one-time President by not passing anything he proposed eventhough it was something you proported and now you have the audacity to say that he promised to do something and didn't keep it. Shame on you and your cronies! It just goes to show you that God does not like ugly! Until you and your party start working together with the Democrats to get this country striving again - NO ONE'S PROMISES WILL BE REALIZED! God will see to that!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 8:02 AM New Wilson GOP Leadership said...

It is time for new leadership within the Wilson County GOP! With the exception of a few races, Democrats won every race in Wilson County. Not to mention that Dalton won Wilson County. So much for Wayne Gay's great political connections in Wilson County.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 8:02 AM said...

Well four more years of the same.... I wonder how much money Obama needs to borrow from China to make it thru the next four years ?

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at 5:54 AM "O" Yes said...

I guess after the past five weeks of irrational exuberance over Romney's chances, last night's results are a hard wake up call to the likes of those who depend on Fox News for 'fair and balanced' reporting. The majority spoke rather convincingly, and I suppose now we go back to seeing Republican obstructionism at work in Congress, since it obviously worked so well for McConnell and company during Obama's first term...

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