The way the 2012 election concluded could have been a lot more frustrating, but at the time, during the hour and change that passed between the time the networks called Ohio -- and in turn, the presidency! -- for Barack Obama and the time Mitt Romney conceded felt like eons to the President's supporters. First we heard that Romney wouldn't concede Ohio ... Flashes of the 2000 election and the Florida fiasco and the recount and legal battle that ensued flashed in our minds, and we were on the edge of our seats wondering what was going to happen next. But thank goodness, as it turned out, the Romney camp simply seemed to be doing their due diligence on the numbers (can't blame 'em for that!), and when it was obvious that Obama had soared ahead in the electoral and popular vote, Romney called Obama to concede.
And what came next was a speech to be remembered. Check it out ...
Bravo, Governor Romney! Although there was a lot of buzz that the Romney campaign had only prepared an acceptance address -- whoops! -- this perhaps rushedly-prepared speech knocked it out of the park. With his resigned but calm tone, succinctness, warm words for the POTUS, FLOTUS, and their daughters (who got a round of applause -- aww!), and the brief but touching appearance of the Romney and Ryan clans at the end, the GOP candidate got this one right on all possible levels.
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I especially appreciated how the overall theme was that America and President Obama have some tough challenges ahead, but we all have to pull together -- united, not divided by partisan politics -- to be an even greater country. That we cannot risk "partisan bickering and political posturing" and "our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work." After all, given how divided our country is in many ways, that is exactly what both candidates needed to emphasize and encourage their supporters to do last night. And now, hopefully bearing both Romney and President Obama's wise and hopeful appeals in mind, it's time to move FORWARD!
What'd you think about Mitt Romney's concession speech?
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