Only hours after the thunderous ovations ended and President Obama had managed a short night’s sleep, the challenges that lay beyond a hard-won victory had not been removed by the sights and sounds of a raucous celebration. America’s longest war, in Afghanistan, had not ended. The nuclear ambitions of Iran remained a threat. A struggling economy and the federal debt had not evaporated. And the bitter divisions that continue to hobble the country needed to be bridged.
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