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ELECTION DAY IN PICTURES: The tears, the tickertape and the (many, many) thumbs-ups of polling day

US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle celebrate on stage after Obama delivered his acceptance speech

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"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself. That in its essence, is fascism - ownership of government by an individual, by a group." - FDR

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Society is suffering with the way the country is going, the way people are viewing the nation, and the role that society plays is crucial.

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Visit BBC News for up-to-the-minute news, breaking news, video, audio and feature stories. BBC News provides trusted World and UK news as well as local and regional perspectives. Also entertainment, business, science, technology and health news.

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Double O heaven

US President Barack Obama is embraced by First Lady Michelle Obama on stage after winning the 2012 US presidential election November 7, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois

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Barack Obama wins US election: how newspapers recorded history

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Barack Obama's first term: the US President's first four years in pictures

August 15, 2012: 'The President hugs the First Lady after she had introduced him at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa. The campaign tweeted a similar photo from the campaign photographer on election night and a lot of people thought it was taken on election day.'

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Home sweet home! Obama returns to White House for four more years as battered Republicans begin scramble for new leader

Heading home: President Obama and the First Family board Air Force One on their way back to Washington, hours after he secure re-election victory Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook