It turns out that Obama got FEWER votes this time around from these groups:
Whites - 7.8 million fewer
Women - 4 million fewer
Young People - 1.8 million fewer
Blacks - 1.6 million fewer
He did get 700,000 more votes from Hispanics (but that was hardly enough to turn this election).
So with all these fewer people voting for him, how did he win? By demonizing Romney, of course, by going small and negative and nasty from the very beginning and hammering it home over and over and over.
Mr. Obama was ruthlessly efficient in executing what his campaign manager, Jim Messina, told the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza was "a grand bet"—an early negative campaign that started in May and targeted Mr. Romney's character, business ethics and wealth. A massive volunteer army armed with these same arguments then worked in the fall to convince family, neighbors and friends to support Mr. Obama.
If this grand bet had failed to raise serious doubts about Mr. Romney among ordinary voters—or if the attacks on the GOP challenger's character and business background had been effectively rebutted—the Obama campaign would have been without money or time enough to pursue a different strategy.
But it succeeded. By Election Day, 53% of voters in the exit polls said Mr. Romney's policies would "generally favor the rich." They backed Mr. Obama with 87% to Mr. Romney's 10%. Even among the 59% of voters for whom the economy was the No. 1 issue, Mr. Romney prevailed only 51% to 47%. And the 21% of voters who thought "care about people like me" was the most important candidate quality split 81% for Mr. Obama, 18% for Mr. Romney.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... 57318.html
Obama won by demonizing a man who could have TRULY gotten the U.S. back to economic prosperity, and he would have reached across the aisle to do so.
So there is the greatness of your Dear Leader. In truth, he's a small, nasty man with an overinflated ego, and he just convinced a load of dupes to take the country down a course of stagnation and possibly worse. Congratulations.