VIDEO: President Barack Obama's full victory speech
Wednesday 7 Nov 2012 7:54 p.m.
By Angela Beswick
Newly re-elected President Barack Obama has given his victory speech in his hometown of Chicago tonight.
Walking out on stage to the tune of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’, Obama was accompanied by his wife and First Lady Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia.
He extended thanks to “every American who participated in this election”.
“Whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time – by the way we have to fix that,” he said.
“Whether you pounded the pavement or picked up the phone, whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you made your voice heard, and you made a difference.”
“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.
“I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than every about the work there is to do and future that lies ahead.”
Obama thanked his running mate Joe Biden, who he described as his “friend and partner of four years, America’s ‘happy warrior’, the best Vice President anybody could ever hope for”.
And, he said, he wouldn’t be the man he is today, without his first lady.
“Let me say this publicly, Michelle I have never loved you more. I have never been prouder, to watch the rest of America fall in love with you too as our nation’s first lady.
“Sasha and Malia, before our very eyes, you’re growing up to become two strong, smart, beautiful young women – just like your mum. And I’m so proud of you guys.”
But, Obama quipped, “one dog is probably enough”.
Watch highlights from Obama’s victory speech