A line making the rounds in recent weeks was that while Mitt Romney’s supporters were anxious because the opinion polls were neck-and-neck, Barack Obama’s backers were angry that the race was so close.
Angry they might well have been. After all, it wasn’t supposed to be like this for the 44th president of the United States. As the nation’s first African-American chief executive, Obama swept to power on an unprecedented wave of adulation and excitement. He’d won the popular vote by a margin of nearly 10 million, and carried states — such as Indiana, Virginia, and North Carolina — where no Democratic nominee had prevailed in decades. With Democrats in control of both houses of Congress, and job-approval ratings in the high 60s, the Obama presidency was launched on the wings of eagles.