CHICAGO — Ending a bitter campaign season by extending an olive branch, President Obama promised to work with supporters and opponents alike to confront the nation’s biggest challenges.
But he also urged Americans not to end their participation after election day and instead to step forward and accept their responsibilities to each other.
“Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you,” Obama said in his late-night acceptance speech. “I have learned from you. And you’ve made me a better president. And with your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever.”
The role of citizenship, he said, “does not end with your vote.”
The remarks came well after midnight in Chicago, after Obama took a phone call from Republican Mitt Romney congratulating him on his victory. Shortly after the two men spoke, Romney delivered a somber concession speech in Boston, calling for bipartisan cooperation in the wake of the campaign season.