Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer
For former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, the focal point of Barack Obama's election campaign strategy was the US president's orchestrated plan to zoom in on battleground states that ushered him into the White House at 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest Washington, for another four years.
Obama's shrewd focus on these states, it is believed, triggered his re-election success and is for some Jamaicans reminiscent of Patterson's strategy for the People's National Party (PNP) less than a year ago.
"For my part, I welcome the re-election of Barack Obama for a second term because of the certitude which he manifested during a vigorous campaign on the challenges which we all face to build a world of peace, tolerance and human development," declared Patterson yesterday. "We know what he stands for, we know what to expect."
Patterson also asserted: "Obama has earned the mandate to continue on that journey which will fulfil the American dream and, in doing so, enure to the building of a world which recognises the dignity of our common humanity regardless of race, religion, gender, class or creed."
Obama rode a wave of broad support from moderates, women and minorities to win re-election on Tuesday by defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Democratic strongholds and key battleground states.
Patterson, the soft-spoken thorn in the flesh of even the most formidable political foe, has proven to be an expert at winning elections, three for himself and, some would argue, one for his successor Portia Simpson Miller.
Not to mention his role in the victories for Michael Manley, particularly in 1989, when he lifted the PNP out of the ashes after its crushing defeat at the start of that decade.
In the meantime, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller yesterday extended congratulations to United States President Barack Obama on his victory in the US presidential election and his appointment to a second term in the White House.
In a congratulatory message, Simpson Miller said Obama's re-election was a victory for democracy and a testimony to the hard work and dedication which he and his team put into a most gruelling and hard-fought election campaign.