America woke up Wednesday morning to a surprisingly decisive re-election victory for President Barack Obama, but also to the reality of a still-divided Congress, a still-fractured electorate and a country still anxious over serious fiscal and ideological battles ahead.
Even though Barack Obama has served as commander in chief for the last four years, his re-election Tuesday will mean significant changes for the military in coming months, especially in terms of defense spending.
When the newly elected Congress is sworn in this January, a record number of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans — and in particular, female veterans — will take another solemn oath to serve their country, this time in public office.
On the day after the contentious 2012 presidential election, America will wake up to an expanding partisan divide on Capitol Hill, historic lows in popularity ratings for Congress, and fears that the vitriol of this election season and legislative gridlock might become the norm.
A protest at the University of Mississippi against the re-election of President Barack Obama grew into a crowd of about 400 students with shouted racial slurs as rumors of a riot spread on social media.