Molly Curls – Staff Writer
The 2012 United States presidential election was nothing short of a nail-biting drama. For both parties, tension was high and nerves were on edge. This led to more than a few harsh exchanges; not only between the presidential candidates, but supporters as well. Social networking took a brand new spin on the whole, “freedom of speech” thing. The variety of emotions people put out on the internet for the whole of the world to see was quite the sight. A constant game of “he said…he said” was being played throughout the final weeks, days, and moments of the election. This resemblance of a popularity contest was anything but muted when you turned on your computer. People from all walks of life, ages, and global locations had their opinion on the seemingly never-ending race taking place on American soil. Even President Obama and Governor Romney’s “people”, and the occasional candidate himself, tweeted from their official Twitter accounts, broadcasting information on their platform, advertising, and of course the friendly fire of verbal combat all presidential candidates appear to be obliged to. When the President gets a twitter account, you know things are getting serious.
As for the public, there rarely seemed to be a happy medium of opinions expressed by individuals. It appeared to be as black and white as the candidates running. (Pun maybe intended.) Throughout the entirety of the race, it was difficult to get a good idea of who in fact would win the title of the President of the United States. As the election progressed, while commercials became more vicious and signs on the side of the road became more obnoxious, the winner’s name was even more clouded. However, a number of supporters belonging to the side of a specific office-seeker never had a doubt in their minds that anyone besides their “saving grace” would win.
A major curveball in the election made its way through the Atlantic ocean in the form of the history-making Superstorm Sandy. As the final days drew near, people had worries regarding achieving an outcome that would not be skewed. Flooding resulted in individuals being stranded in their homes and away from accessible voting polls. News coverage of the daunting hurricane took airtime away from the anxious candidates and their narrowing campaign efforts. With fears that individuals would not be able to reach a destination to vote due to blocked roads and have the opportunity to exercise that freedom, in the end it turned out that the affected northeast states turned blue on that election night.
Barack Obama won his second term as the President of the United States on December 6th, 2012. Throughout an election season filled with controversies, tribulations, and unexpected natural disasters, both candidates were unrelentlessly fighting day in and day out. Personal views and opinions aside, the only thing the public can do now is wish President Obama the best luck in guiding our country during his next four years in office.