msnbc | November 07, 2012
>> the suspense heading into this event. a lot of people only create their expectations by what is going to happen based on superstition and whether you're naturally optimistic or pessimistic. the race was not this close to beating john mccain but in 2008 it was so overwhelming. we saw the streets fill up not just through chicago's grant park fill up but we saw the streets fill up with americans celebrating. tonight it was much less certain that it could happen. it was a much harder race for barack obama to beat mitt romney than john mccain . this is what is outside the white house . people celebrating there now. it is a different feeling. it is a different thing. but this is -- i'm telling you, it's about a consequential presidency. that's the scene right outside the white house and now back to chicago.
>> it's about an extraordinary candidate. the likes of which i have not seen in my adulthood. remember what he had to do. he had to hold on to the presidency facing political arithmetic that was saying that it was impossible because he had unemployment nudging 8%. all of the rules of politics say, sorry, if the economy is in that kind of situation, an incumbent simply cannot win. this individual, this candidate, had to go out and win this and he did go out and win this using not just what i think is the most talented political performer that we've seen but also using a tactical approach to it and then, very importantly, using a connection he has established with millions of people over the last four years, especially in his closing argument of you know who i am, you know where i stand and the credit is due to the department. we have to begin with barack obama . barack obama the person, barack obama the candidate, barack obama the president. that's who won this.