November 7, 1960
JFK CLOSES CAMPAIGN IN BOSTON
Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Senator John F. Kennedy ended his campaign for the office of President of the United States today speaking at the Boston Garden & Faneuil Hall.
With Election Day coming tomorrow, JFK said at the Garden:
"On (the next President's) shoulders will rest burdens heavier than (those) of any President's since...Lincoln.
War & peace, the progress of the country, the security of the people, the education of our children, jobs, the development of...resources--the symbolic feeling of a nation, the image the nation presents to the world, its' power, prestige & direction--all...will come to rest on the President of the United States."
JFK Bumper Sticker 1960
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Later, at historic Faneuil Hall*, JFK said:
"This old hall reminds us of how far we've been...& what we must do in the future.
This painting behind me is of the 1st Thanksgiving. (The Plymouth Colony) had a long, hard experience. Many...died & yet the 1st harvest came in (&) they gave thanks.
It reminds us of what our people have been willing to do in order to build our society."
*Faneuil Hall, completed in 1742, became known as the "Cradle of Liberty" during the American Revolution as Samuel Adams & James Otis spoke here.
The hall, named for merchant Peter Faneuil, was built by John Smibert.
Boston, Massachusetts 1903
November 7, 2012
BARACK OBAMA WINS 2ND TERM
Chicago, Illinois (JFK+50) Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States & a Democrat, won election to a 2nd term yesterday, November 6, 2012.
The race was called by television networks at 11:20 p.m. as the battleground state of OHIO was put in the Obama column giving Mr. Obama 275 electoral votes.
With the popular vote separating Mr. Obama & Mitt Romney by only 2% points, the incumbent president would go on to capture all but one of the battleground states by 12:30 a.m.**
**Florida, as of this posting, is still uncalled. Obama leads 4,141,300 to 4,093,807 with 3% of the vote still out.
With Florida not yet projected, President Obama has 303 electoral votes while Governor Romney has 206.
Mr. Obama also won the national popular vote. As of this posting, the count is Obama 60,033,732, Romney 57,356,641.
The only states, so far, that Mr. Obama did not win this year that he won in 2008 are INDIANA & NORTH CAROLINA.
The Republican challenger conceded just before 1 a.m. & in a short speech to supporters in Boston, Governor Romney said:
"This is a time of great challenges for America & I pray the President will be successful in guiding our nation."
Later here in Chicago, President Obama said:
"Tonight in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back. We know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come."
KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL EDITORIAL QUOTES JFK
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) In an editorial titled "Obama now must stop campaigning & start leading," the Knoxville News-Sentinel today recognizes President Obama's "hard-fought re-election" while calling on him to stand up to the "biggest challenge (which) lies ahead...to work together (with Republicans) to resolve the most vexing of the nation's ills."
The News-Sentinel, which made no endorsement in the Presidential campaign this year, also believes the Congress of the United States bears a responsibility to work with the President...
"Congress owes the country's citizens answers, not finger-pointing or paralyzing partisanship.
As President John F. Kennedy once said...
'Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer.
Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past.
Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.'"***
***The Knoxville News-Sentinel's Editorial Board includes Patrick Birmingham, Publisher, Jack McElroy, Editor & Scott Barker, Editorial Page Editor.
The Knoxville News Sentinel, November 7, 2012, Opinion Section, page 2B.