CLEVELAND – Four more years of President Obama is exactly what his supporters in Northeast Ohio were hoping for.
“That moment when it came up on the screen, saying that we had won Ohio and therefore the presidency was really exciting,” said Jennifer Buck. She worked for the president’s campaign in Cleveland and was up late on Tuesday to see the results of their hard work.
“[I’m] really tired! Really happy that the election is over, so glad that Cuyahoga County not only showed out in record numbers but also showed-up for the president and got him re-elected,” said Buck.
The newly re-elected President Obama celebrated his victory early Wednesday morning before a crowd in Chicago.
“With your stories and your struggles,” said the president, “I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead.”
“You know, you wanna just look at these guys and say ‘go away’,” said an unidentified man at My Friends Restaurant in Cleveland where many were nursing an election day hangover. “It’s been too much, too much advertising with it, they go overboard and that’s what gets me down with the whole thing.”
But the frustration at My Friends was still matched with excitement after a surprise visit from Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday.
“It was busy, normal Sunday, after church, everybody was here and here comes Secret Service with Joe Biden,” said restaurant employee Stephanie Webb.
She was waiting tables when, without warning, the vice president’s team pulled up for a meal before a rally in Lakewood.
“I got to shake his hand, I got to shake his wife’s hand. He hugged us, I mean, he was a great person, he really was. Very friendly, very nice,” said Webb.
Both campaigns thanked their supporters in Ohio. A spokesman for Romney’s campaign in the state reiterated what Gov. Romney said during his concession speech:
“To the team across the country, the volunteers, the fundraisers, the donors, the surrogates. I don't believe that there's ever been an effort in our party that can compare with what you have done over these past years. Thanks for all the hours of work, for the calls, for the speeches, for the appearances, for the resources, and for the prayers. You gave deeply from yourselves and performed magnificently, and you inspired us and you humbled us. You've been the very best we could have imagined. Thank you so very much.”
President Obama won Ohio in 2008 and the state’s 18 electoral votes put him over the top for victory on Tuesday.