Obama's victory on Tuesday night was a poignant moment for the anchors at MSNBC.
NBC News was the first to call the election for Obama. Rachel Maddow announced it at 11:12 p.m., immediately after the network called Ohio for the president. The cameras showed supporters cheering in Chicago, while the hosts weighed in.
There was no Chris Matthews freak-out this time. "I said this at the beginning of the night," the host said. "Geography is very powerful. I've watched some of the ugly stuff perpetrated by Donald Trump and Sununu... and all that — I have to call it crap — all that stuff didn't have an effect on the north."
Al Sharpton remarked that it was "a great night for America." But it was more than that, according to the MSNBC host. He said that Obama brought America back from the "brink of economic disaster. He brought us back from the ugliness politics have become. We have now gone back from the cess pool [to] where we can engage in dignity."
When it was Lawrence O'Donnell's turn, the host grew quiet. He said that he remembered the Obama victory in 2008 and that he wanted to look at the cheering crowds in Chicago. "My daughter's out there," he added.
The moment was no less powerful for Maddow, who called the victory a "historic" and "important" moment for country. "This was a consequential presidency not just because Barack Obama was the first African-American president... but in terms of policy," she said.
She ticked off the reforms undertaken by the White House, which she said included civil rights, marriage equality, economic policy and health care. "Had this president been a one term president, those polices would have been dialed back along with the rest of his legacy," Maddow said.
She continued, "we are coming out of a horrible depression... those policies will be in place and they will become part of the new normal in America. They would've been clawed back had the presidency gone to the Republicans."
Americans "voted for those things," Matthews added. He ticked off Obama's accomplishments, which he said included the auto bailout, repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell and appointing Hillary Clinton the secretary of state.
Ed Schultz agreed. "I think that this win by Barack Obama is a real wake call to the Republican party: don't obstruct progress in this country for ideological advantage," he concluded.
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11/07/2012 12:23 AM EST
That's A Wrap!
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Though the Romney campaign is not conceding Ohio at the moment, networks have unanimously called the election for Obama and are awaiting the speeches that will inevitably follow.
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11/06/2012 11:45 PM EST
OMFG FOX NEWS
Sorry for the lack of an update but FOX NEWS IS ARGUING WITH ITSELF ABOUT WHETHER OBAMA WON OR NOT. Just, just read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/06/fox-news-contesting-own-election-call_n_2085817.html?
11/06/2012 11:18 PM EST
CNN CALLS IT!
CNN calls that President Obama is re-elected. That's a wrap.
11/06/2012 11:15 PM EST
NBC CALLS THE ELECTION FOR OBAMA
NBC called the entire election for President Obama. CNN's current count stands at 249 electoral votes for Obama, and 191 for Romney.
11/06/2012 11:07 PM EST
CNN projects that the Democrats hold the Senate. Insert CNN's "BALANCE OF POWER" graphic now!
11/06/2012 10:54 PM EST
ABC News Updates Viewers On Electoral Count
With ABC News calling Arizona for Gov. Romney, host George Stephanopoulos described the electoral votes in so far as "very, very close." Romney is at 174, and President Obama is at 173. "But there are so many big states to come in: Ohio, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina," he said.
11/06/2012 10:46 PM EST
Media Coverage Stresses Demographics
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Big talk tonight: demographics. On ABC, Ron Brownstein says this is 'the last time' a party will try to win on the backs of the white vote.
11/06/2012 10:40 PM EST
Chris Matthews Is 'Annoyed'
As Maddow said that MSNBC was waiting to bring its viewers Elizabeth Warren's speech, Matthews said, "There's a tradition you can't really give a victory speech until your opponent accepts defeat. It's pretty powerful."
Lawrence O'Donnell interjected that that Warren probably wanted to get her remarks in before the 11:00 p.m. local news. "If she waits for Brown, she might not be able to do it," he said.
"Maybe she's waiting for Brown!" Maddow said.
"Well I think it's powerful because people watch television and watch elections, and they need to have some credibility. They need to have for someone to say, 'It's over.' And the best person to do that is the person who loses."
Steve Schmidt agreed and said he thought it was very "bad form" for the victor to give a speech before the person who was defeated. "I think that's a tradition you don't want to see lost in an election," he added.
11/06/2012 10:28 PM EST
CNN Pundits Agree
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James Carville: Obama's going to win. Alex Castellanos: 'I hate it when he's right.'
11/06/2012 10:22 PM EST
@ markknoller :
If Pres Obama wins Florida at this point, the election is over," says CBS News anchor Scott Pelley, but vote count extremely tight.