President Barack Obama used his victory speech to euphoric supporters to warn of further fights and frustrations in their shared quest to restore equal opportunity for all.
“We are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation,” Obama said to prolonged cheers. “Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.”
He emphasized that the political arguments that come with democracy were a necessary part of the process.
“We will disagree, sometimes fiercely,” Obama said, noting that “progress will come in fits and starts” and the victory Tuesday night “won’t end all the gridlock.”
Foreshadowing hard decisions ahead, the president said blind optimism and wishful idealism “can’t substitute for the need to make difficult compromises to move forward.”