The 2012 US presidential election is over and I am very happy with many of the results. Besides Barack Obama winning a second term, there were a lot of other historic moments that occurred that should get some mention. Rather than go into my own lengthy post about all of these milestones, I’ll just link you to articles that can go more in depth.
- Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) became the first Hindu-American in Congress
- Tammy Baldwin (D-IL) became the first openly gay US Senator
- Mazie Hirono (D-HI) became the first female Asian-American Senator
- New Hampshire elects Maggie Hassan (D) for Governor and Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Ann McLane (D) as House Representatives, joining Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D) and Kelly Ayote (R) to become the first all-women delegation to Congress
- Minority and youth populations came out to vote, while the percentage of total white voters continued to decline
- Maine, Maryland, and Washington all voted to allow gay marriage in their states, while Minnesota rejected an anti-gay marriage law
- Obama’s post-election tweet saying “Four more years” and posted with a picture of the President hugging his wife was retweeted over 700,000 times and became the most retweeted tweet ever
The United States is becoming much more diversified our government is (slowly) starting to represent that. With wins for women, people of color, and the LGBT community, hopefully we’ll see more positive changes as this country moves forward.
“I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.” – President Obama in his 2012 Re-Election Acceptance Speech