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The crowd shouted out: “Four more years!” That also quickly became the latest most popular tweet of all time, after US President Barack Obama won a second term by beating Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s election.

In his victory speech in his hometown Chicago the president said difficult compromises were needed to move the United States forward, and he pledged to work with Democratic and Republican leaders.

“Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs not ours. And in the coming weeks and months I’m looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together: reducing our deficit, reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration system, freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We’ve got more work to do!”

Obama’s acceptance oration was exuberant in a way his 2008 win was not. Backed by his equally confident vice-president, Joe Biden, and both men’s families, he said: ‘We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and not as cynical as the pundits believe… but forever the United States of America.’

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