Barack Obama’s re-election as President of the United States shows that people don’t mind genuine failures — caused in spite of the commitment and sincerity of their leader. Every new administration faces challenges — so does Mr. Obama’s in his second term. Rejuvenation of the U.S. economy, growth and job creation are the major challenges on the internal front. The U.S. policies have a global impact and it is but natural for the world to feel relieved on his re-election.

M.C. Joshi,

Lucknow

In re-electing Mr. Obama, the Americans have taken a conscientious decision. They have reaffirmed their faith in him as the one who can bring in the kind of change they long for and deserve. As acknowledged by Mr. Obama in his victory speech, he too means it when he says ‘the best is yet to come.’ He will certainly not forget the kind gesture of his fellow citizens.

Tharcius S. Fernando,

Chennai

A registered Independent and Indian-American, I cast my vote for President Obama with my own share of angst. Independents like me could not see a clear, viable, opponent in Mitt Romney, who was constantly shifting his positions and ideas, undermining his own gravitas throughout the campaign.

I made up my mind by carefully reflecting on the words of Teddy Roosevelt: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly … who knows great enthusiasms … who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly …” President Obama is the “man in the arena.”

Rex S. Arul,

Smyrna

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