Democrats' fall, a reality check for Obama

Barack Obama
Washington, Nov 3: With the state of the economy topping their long list of concerns, the American voters handed out an humbling reality check to US President Barack Obama as his Democratic Party suffered a landslide defeat in the congressional elections.

Barack Obama was elected in 2008 by the country on his promises of economic recovery and solutions to unemployment. Two years later, the issues remained and the people have had their say.

In the Tuesday, Nov 2 elections, the conservative Republican Party captured more than 50 seats in the House of Representatives.

With this election giving the Republicans a firm control of the lower chamber for the first time since 2006, Obama is now left with no other option but to work closely with the Republicans to pass the rest of his domestic legislative agenda.

With more than 60 percent of voters rating the sluggish economy as their top concern, experts believe that it would be on top priority when the new Congress convenes in Jan 2011.

Unemployment worried 9.6 per cent of the voters, while some voters complained that Obama overreached by expanding the role of government over key sectors of the economy.

These grouses stemmed from the fact that Obama spent his first two years in power to pass controversial overhauls of health care and financial regulation, opined analysts.

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