By Reubin Turner
And that, as they say, is that. President Barack Obama has been re-elected for another four-year term.
After months of campaigning in battleground states across the country and spending billions of dollars on not-so-subliminal commercials, the American people have spoken.
In what some analysts are calling the most important election in American history, it seemed the country was starkly divided on who would be the next president.
At Baylor, divided was hardly the word, as students across campus appeared to exhibit feelings of neutrality, uneasiness and optimism.
Tyler freshman Elizabeth Starr said she felt somewhat neutral due to the fact that she wasn’t necessarily a supporter of Obama, but the economy, according to the latest reports, seemed to be on the upswing.
She also said that if she felt Obama was to be effective, he needed to try and garner the support of more Americans across the country.
“I’m just anxious to see what he’s going to do in the next four years,” Starr said. Of the two candidates, she didn’t necessarily prefer one to the other.
Seattle freshman Kelechi Fletcher said although he is a supporter of Obama, he feels there may be troubled times ahead for Obama considering the Republicans won control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I just hope the House will be willing to work with the president within the next four years, putting aside party differences,” he said.
While some students appeared worried about what the next four years would entail, others worried about the next few days, hoping the election would not resemble the not-so-distant 2000 election.
Copperas Cove junior Rob McCain said he was not surprised at how close the election was.
“I somewhat expected the results to be extremely close, as one half of the country seems fed up with the current administration, while the other half doesn’t mind giving him another chance,” he said.
He also said that he wouldn’t be surprised if the election had lasted well into the night.
Others displayed a glimmer of hope about the outcome of the election.
“No matter how I feel, I will still respect him as the president, and I feel confident about the direction he’s taking us,” said Waco sophomore John Efferson. Efferson added as the president, Obama will always have his support.