Barack Obama might have a tough first term as American president but that didn't stop the world's most powerful democracy from re-electing him as their head for another four years in November this year.
Barack's victory came after a long and elaborate Presidential campaign, but he finally pipped Republican candidate Mitt Romney to return to the White House for another four years.
Pundits weren't predicting a whitewash right from the start. The first Presidential debate saw Romney win hearts and favour with the American public but Obama hit back with a vengeance. Of course, the Republicans weren't helped by Romney's controversial statements (he had said it was not his responsibility to worry about 47% of Americans who did not pay income tax) and Obama's position was also greatly boosted by former American president, Bill Clinton's support.
Obama's support for same-sex marriages was also a talking point this year. In stating that he would back campaigns to legalize the same, he became the first sitting American president to do so.
After the results of the poll were declared, Obama tweeted the picture below, and it became the most retweeted image in the history of micro-blogging site Twitter.
Barack Obama tweeted this picture after the results of the polls were declared. Photo: Twitter
There's been mixed reaction about what Obama's re-election could mean for India. While he has been supportive of the introduction of FDI in retail, his anti-outsourcing policies continue to be a sore point for Indians.
Obama's family also grabbed headlines during the Presidential elections. His daughters Sasha and Malia, in particular, seemed to be a favourite with tabloids who had a field day commenting on their fashion choices and their good looks.
Sasha and Malia Obama with their father Photo: AFP
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