The race for the White House was a close one, and while voters have mixed emotions about the outcome, TV5 found out many are ready to put their differences aside in hopes of moving the country forward.
President Barack Obama's re-election was a hot topic at the Court Street Grill in Saginaw on Wednesday.
"I'm real happy," said Sherry Schwager. Schwager voted to keep Obama in office, but says he's got a lot of work to do. "The economy, I hope he does get it picked up. We need our jobs back."
Schwager is hopeful the president will accomplish more to move the country forward now that the voters have given him more time.
"I think he's going to do everything he said he's going to do," said Schwager.
For some, the president's re-election was not welcome news.
"[I'm] A little sad, that he won," said Adrian Barnes, who supported former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Barnes is also concerned about the economy and felt strongly about giving Romney a chance to fix it. "I'm just wanting something different," said Barnes.
Whether they voted for Obama or Romney, people TV5 talked to are just hoping lawmakers put aside their differences and work together these next four years - for the good of the country.
"Instead of trying to regain their office or accomplish their own things, they have to wake up and see the need of everybody in America," said Saginaw Township resident Jerry Gribble.
Despite another divided Congress in his second term, people said they are hoping the president will find a way to reach across party lines and change things for the better.
"I hope he turns the country around like he's promised," said Barnes.
"I think he'll do it," Schwager said.
Obama has won the state of Michigan twice now. The last Republican to win Michigan was George H. W. Bush in 1988.
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