Early Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama gave his victory speech, after defeating Mitt Romney in the race for the White House. Both parties fought tirelessly throughout the campaign, but now folks here in Erie say its time to focus on the country.
"America spoke, now we need them to be about America's business and prospering and moving forward," said Dale Barney of Erie.
Dr. David Kozak, Political Science Professor at Gannon University, calls this year's election a status quo one. Its estimated that 6 billion dollars was spent between congressional and presidential races, and we still have a divided Congress and the same President.
"They've got a serious task of governing, governing in a time of wicked problems," said Dr. Kozak. "There's no easy solutions here, and everybody I think is going to feel the bite. We just got major decisions to be made, priorities have to be established."
But can they work together to help solve some of the country's problems like the deficit, jobs and education? Dr. Kozak says, and others here in Erie also seem to be optimistic about the branches working together.
"You got to quit saying 'I'm a Democrat' and 'I'm a Republican'," said Pat Rossi of Erie. "We just have to get this country together and start working together because we're all Americans."
"People talk about the gridlock and reaching across party lines, but if I reach, you have to reach back," said Barney. "We have to come a consensus that the American people want change."
Dr. Kozak did say that even though we will have the same president for the next four years, it will be a new presidency. Expect to see some changes within President Obama's cabinet.