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Thursday, 08 November 2012 - 8:18
Triumphant Obama faces reality of divided Congress
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US President Barack Obama returns to Washington today emboldened by his re-election but facing the daunting task of breaking down partisan gridlock in a bitterly divided Congress.

Before leaving Chicago in the afterglow of his euphoric win, Obama was already on the phone trying to bridge the divide with Republican leaders as America stares at a looming financial crisis that could spark a recession.

In his victory speech, Obama told Americans "the best is yet to come" after defying dark economic omens to handily defeat Mitt Romney, but his in-tray is overflowing with unfulfilled first term wishes thwarted by blanket Republican opposition.

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