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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.


by Anonymousreply 3304/02/2013

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.


by Anonymousreply 112/16/2012

Anderson took votes from Reagan, so this is a little misleading.

by Anonymousreply 312/16/2012

No it's not, R3. It's fully factual.

by Anonymousreply 412/16/2012


by Anonymousreply 512/16/2012

R6: still watching mom's old Motorola.

by Anonymousreply 712/16/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 812/16/2012

And he murders ONE MILLION BABIES A YEAR!!!!

by Anonymousreply 912/16/2012

This is so great

by Anonymousreply 1012/18/2012


by Anonymousreply 1112/18/2012

The credit goes to Romney for being so evil.

by Anonymousreply 1212/18/2012

"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?

by Anonymousreply 1312/18/2012

OP, have you met the red states of California, New York, and Massachusetts?

by Anonymousreply 1512/18/2012

Nope, Ronnie only got 50.7% in 1980.

by Anonymousreply 1612/18/2012

"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.

by Anonymousreply 1712/18/2012

R14 = fucktard

by Anonymousreply 1812/18/2012

[quote] one of the most popular reelected president’s in U.S. history.

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 1912/18/2012

It's officially official now.

Congrats to a good, decent, competent man.

by Anonymousreply 2012/30/2012

Agree R20

by Anonymousreply 2112/30/2012

Obama had a brilliant campaign machine.

by Anonymousreply 2212/30/2012

Just bumping for a reminder... I keep hearing idiot Republicans calling him "King Obama", as if he weren't elected legitimately...

by Anonymousreply 2304/02/2013


by Anonymousreply 2404/02/2013

R23, Repugs are so jealous they can't see straight.

by Anonymousreply 2504/02/2013

[quote]You think his knowing how to tie his shoes is great.

Because the one before him couldn't.

by Anonymousreply 2604/02/2013

...and he sold out to Monsanto so we were lied to again. Stupid us.

by Anonymousreply 2704/02/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2804/02/2013

Obama for President!!--oh wait--YAY!!

by Anonymousreply 2904/02/2013

[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]

by Anonymousreply 3004/02/2013

It's not a manipulative statistic... it's very straight forward and factual.

by Anonymousreply 3104/02/2013

R30 sorry...wrong, you just stop.

by Anonymousreply 3204/02/2013

[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.

Details at link:

by Anonymousreply 3304/02/2013
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