US election 2012: Obama’s second chance

President Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden (photo:dpa)
President Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden (photo:dpa)

Barack Obama was back in the White House for a second term facing a political divide and financial challenges. Voters placed the economy at the top of their list of concerns and the president has a second chance to resolve issues around jobs and government spending.

THE CLARITY of the outcome of Barack Obama’s victory in the US presidential elections belies the considerably murkier future confronting the United States at a time of continuing fiscal and international uncertainty.

Nearly two-thirds of voters identified the economy as their number one concern, in exit polls on November 6, 2012. It remains unclear how Mr Obama, the 44th president, will a...

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