Obama Becomes the 6th President in History to be Elected Twice with 51% or More of the Vote
President Obama is certain to do something that no president has done since Eisenhower. He is about to become the sixth president in history to be elected twice with 51% or more of the popular vote.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Obama’s margin has grown steadily. From just over 2 percentage points, it now stands at nearly 4. Rather than worry about the Bush-Kerry precedent, White House aides now brag that Obama seems all but certain to achieve a mark hit by only five others in U.S. history – winning the presidency twice with 51% or more of the popular vote.”
Currently, Obama sits at 50.97% of the popular vote, and Romney at 47.29% Since it is standard practice for totals to be rounded, Obama is already considered to have gotten 51% of the vote. With votes still left to be counted in New York and Hawaii, it is a virtual certainty that Obama’s straight percentage total of the popular vote will cross 51%.
Barack Obama will join a group of presidents that includes Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, William McKinley, FDR, and Dwight Eisenhower. To say that Obama is the most popular Democratic president, at least in terms of Election Day results, since FDR is no longer an understatement.
In terms of practical politics, you can see Obama’s strengthened political hand in the positions that he has been taking. From announcing that his administration won’t prosecute to recreational marijuana users in states that have decriminalized it to his strong stance on the fiscal cliff, Obama is governing like a popular second term president.
The concept of the popular mandate is invoked by every victorious president in order to give their agenda an aura of popular legitimacy. (George W. Bush claimed to have mandate after being reelected in 2004, and immediately crashed and burned when he tried to privatize Social Security.) However, President Obama’s mandate seems to be real on some very specific issues. Obama’s positions on job growth, stimulus, taxes, and the deficit were all thoroughly discussed during the campaign. Public supported sided with Obama on Election Day, and continues to be with him on these issues today.
Beyond history, the nation is witnessing a very effective presidency. Obama has already guaranteed that he will have more of lasting impact on the country than former popular two term presidents Reagan and Clinton ever did. If you don’t believe me, try to name a lasting impactful legislative accomplishment from either the Clinton or Reagan presidencies? You can’t, because there isn’t one. Neither president signed anything as comprehensive as healthcare reform, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, or did anything as socially sweeping as ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
In terms of legislative accomplishment, Obama is already in the upper tier of presidents. Now, he is joining even more select company as one of the most popular reelected president’s in U.S. history.
A presidency that started out as historic due to race, has become notable due to accomplishment. By winning reelection Obama proved to his critics that his election wasn’t a novelty. By winning reelection so convincingly, Obama is once again making history.
Anderson took votes from Reagan, so this is a little misleading.
No it's not, R3. It's fully factual.
He won twice but he can't fake tears for shit. Why wipe dry eyes?
R6: still watching mom's old Motorola.
R3, that is irrelevant to the discussion, and it is supposition in any case. The bottom line is that Reagan did not get a majority of the vote in 1980.
And he murders ONE MILLION BABIES A YEAR!!!!
This is so great
The credit goes to Romney for being so evil.
"President Obama is certain to do something that no president has done since Eisenhower. He is about to become the sixth president in history to be elected twice with 51% or more of the popular vote."
I beg your pardon?
The Ghost of Ronald Reagan
[quote]This is so great
You think his knowing how to tie his shoes is great.
OP, have you met the red states of California, New York, and Massachusetts?
Nope, Ronnie only got 50.7% in 1980.
"Anderson took votes from Reagan, so this is a little misleading."
Did he? Anderson, though a Republican, was to the left of Carter, and well to the left of Reagan. More likely, he took votes away from Carter.
R14 = fucktard
[quote] one of the most popular reelected president’s in U.S. history.
It's officially official now.
Congrats to a good, decent, competent man.
Obama had a brilliant campaign machine.
Just bumping for a reminder... I keep hearing idiot Republicans calling him "King Obama", as if he weren't elected legitimately...
R23, Repugs are so jealous they can't see straight.
[quote]You think his knowing how to tie his shoes is great.
Because the one before him couldn't.
...and he sold out to Monsanto so we were lied to again. Stupid us.
I've seen this stat and like all stats while true it is a bit manipulative. It does not acknowledge third party candidacies that Obama did not face - such as Anderson 1980 (likely he did take more from Carter but...) and Perot in 1992 and 1996. Whether or not Clinton would have gotten to 51% or not in both elections is uncertain. It is most likely he would have hit it in 1996.
Nonetheless that Obama was re-elected as he was given the economic circumstances is impressive and both testament to his skilled campaign as well as the horrid candidacy of Mittens.
Obama for President!!--oh wait--YAY!!
[quote]...and he sold out to Monsanto so we were lied to again. Stupid us.
No. Sorry. Wrong. Just stop.
[bold]We Do Get Fooled Again: Progressives and the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’[/bold]
It's not a manipulative statistic... it's very straight forward and factual.
R30 sorry...wrong, you just stop.
[bold]Conservatives Laugh As Liberals Attack President Over Non-Existent ‘Monsanto Protection Act’[/bold]
If you’ve been on the internet any time since Tuesday, it is likely that you have seen something about what is being called the ‘Monsanto Protection Act.’ It always looks as if it is that the President has signed a bill giving complete immunity to the Missouri based corporation. But even a casual glance into this, and the whole argument falls apart.
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