Obama won in the "real America"

Obama won in the "real America"

Remember when Sarah Palin talked about the "real America?"

She had some sort of idealized version of small-town rural America that was something out of a Leave it to Beaver episode.

Sometimes listening to Mitt Romney it sounded like he lived in this 1950s world. Clearly the majority of America could not identify with his policies.

Let me say something about the real America.

It is a diverse America with Latino voters, who helped send President Obama back to the White House. Seven out of 10 Latinos voted for the president.

It's an America where African American and Asian American voters turned out in even greater numbers for President Obama than in 2008.

It's an America where women don't want to go backwards. They want to have control over their bodies and they want equal pay. More than 55 percent of women voted for Obama.

It's an America where more and more people support marriage equality, including our own president. Voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington approved marriage equality in referendums held Tuesday.

What this election shows is that you can't win by ignoring the diversity of the United States.

A political party that only appeals to white America cannot win.

I think the president said it best in his victory speech. We all are part of America.

"I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.

I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America."

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