By Lee Chi-dong
Re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to redouble efforts for unity among the American people, whose political divide was once again highlighted in the elections.
Delivering a victory speech in his political hometown of Chicago, Obama said he and Republican candidate Mitt Romney “battled fiercely, but it’s only because we love this country deeply.”
He said he would meet Romney in the near future to discuss a path to the future for the U.S.
“Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you. And you have made me a better president,” Obama said, adding he is more determined than ever to confront various challenges facing the U.S.
President Barack Obama waves to a cheering crowd in Chicago after taking the stage along with his family to deliver a victory speech.
Obama’s remarks came after Romney’s concession speech in Boston.
“This election is over, but our principles endure,” Romney said.
“His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations.”
Romney earlier congratulated Obama on his win through a phone call.
Obama and Romney staged months of fierce campaign battles.
The U.S. president beat Romney relatively handily, however, carrying almost all of the major battleground states, including Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin and Colorado.
Obama entered the White House four years ago as the first African-American president in U.S. history.
His historic re-election heralds no big shift in Washington’s external policy, including its strategy on Korea.
U.S. voters apparently opted for stability over changes, not only in domestic issues, but also diplomacy.
His win was a show of popular approval of his leadership at a time when the U.S. faces a host of challenges at home and abroad, such as an economic crisis, high unemployment rates, widening deficits in trade with China, Iran’s nuclear program, and bloodshed in Syria.