Loyola students react to Obama re-election


By Kevin Gottlieb

Opinions are mixed amongst Loyola University Chicago community members in reaction to President Barrack Obama’s re-election Tuesday night.

Obama was declared winner of the 2012 Presidential Election around 10:30 p.m. by Fox News and CNN, in spite of the fact that he was losing the popular vote at the time; since then he has taken a lead of about 200,000 votes.

Some students and faculty chose sides with President Obama or Governor Mitt Romney, while others held a more apathetic view of the election.

Shelby Baker, 21, senior visual communications and advertising/public relations double major, was happy that Obama was reelected because of his stances on social policies, and her skepticism of Romney’s platform.

“I am definitely relieved that President Obama was re-elected. Mitt Romney’s views on women’s rights and marriage equality felt very archaic and left me concerned for the US if he were to take office,” Baker said.

Chelse Arbury, 21, senior political science major, also enjoyed the relection because of her personal rights.

“I’m really excited because I feel that my personal liberties are more secure under the Obama administration than they would be under Romney’s [policies],” Arbury said.

Joe Buoscio, 20, junior political science major, was disappointed with the election results because of the current state of the economy.

“I am disappointed in the re-election of Obama. Small businesses are suffering because the government wants to control every aspect of the private sphere,” Buoscio said. “It is sad to see so many ‘bleeding hearts’ who care more about social issues than the economy.”

Kortney Baeseman, 24, senior public relations major, was concerned about the continuation of Obama’s fiscal policy.

“It seems as though half of America has lost sight of the values which built our country, Baeseman said. “I am disappointed and in complete dismay at the percentage who have voted in favor of entitlement over hard work and integrity.”

Amara Locanti, 20, junior advertising /public relations major, was indifferent to the results.

“I’m so out of all political things in general,” Locanti said. “I pretty much have no extreme feelings either way.”

Cord Scott, 43, history professor, didn’t think the election results would change anything except the mechanism of the Electoral College.

“One thing that I think may be seriously looked at now will be dismantling the Electoral College, as [those] votes went one way, but the popular vote at this time [10:35 p.m.] is the other,” Scott said. “I’m glad that it’s over. The sad thing is that regardless of who won, there will still be gridlock, deadlock and a need for immediate action.”


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