British prime minister congratulates ‘friend’ Obama

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2012, 3:41pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 November, 2012, 4:07pm

British Prime Minster David Cameron on Wednesday said he was looking forward to working again with “friend” Barack Obama after his victory in the US presidential race.

“Warm congratulations to my friend Barack Obama,” Cameron wrote on his Twitter account. “Look forward to continuing to work together.”

European Union President Herman Van Rompuy on Wednesday expressed joy at Obama’s re-election.

“Very happy about the reelection of President Obama,” Van Rompuy wrote in Dutch on his Twitter account.

Obama swept to re-election Tuesday, making history by overcoming a slow economic recovery and the high unemployment which haunted his first term to beat Republican Mitt Romney.

The 44th US president, and the first African American to claim the Oval Office, was returned to power after a bitter election campaign when television networks projected he would take Ohio and his spiritual political home of Iowa.

“This happened because of you. Thank you,” Obama tweeted to his 22 million followers on Twitter as jubilation erupted at his victory party in Chicago.