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Celebrations linger in Chicago after Obama victory

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

President Barack Obama will lead the nation for four more years and he's not wasting a day. After winning both the electoral and popular votes Tuesday night, the first family arrived back in Washington Wednesday evening.

Fifty-nine million people voted for the Democratic president, compared with more than 56.5 million voters who cast their ballot for Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

The president prevailed in many of the key swing states, including Ohio and Wisconsin. No Republican candidate has ever won a presidential election without winning Ohio.

The president earned 303 electoral votes, while Romney earned 206. The president surpassed the 270 votes needed to win the race around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

SEE: Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy

The neighborhood looked like business as usual Wednesday morning, as patient neighbors of the president dealt with strict that presidential security. But a long line of people waited for President Obama's motorcade to arrive back in Kenwood very early Wednesday morning. Supporters waved flags and cheered in celebration as the president's detail pulled in.

The president went to his house following a moving victory speech at McCormick Place, where he held his Election Night rally. Thousand of his supporters filled the convention center.

"What makes America exceptional is the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on earth, and the belief that our destiny is shared - that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and the future generations," Obama said. "The freedom that so many have fought for and died for comes with responsibilities as well as rights and among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism -- that's what makes America great."

SEE: Obama supporters cheer president's win at McCormick Place rally

The president made his victory speech at around 12:30 a.m. He addressed an energetic crowd, even after they had been on their feet for a good five hours.

"Some of you were new this time around, and some of you have been at my side since the very beginning," President Obama said. "But all of you are family. No matter what you do or where you go from here, you will carry the memory of the history we made together - and you will have the lifelong appreciation of a grateful president."

SEE: President Obama thanks Romney, supporters in acceptance speech

As the race drew to a close late Tuesday night, Mitt Romney gave Mr. Obama a personal call to congratulate him on his re-election. After the call, Romney formally conceded during a short speech in Boston.

SEE: Mitt Romney concedes presidential race to Barack Obama

Mitt Romney's staff was blind-sided by the loss - convinced the Republican was headed for victory. But others said they thought the candidate and his wife, Ann, were acting a little more wistful over the past couple of days as they wrapped up the campaign.

FOX Chicago News was told that the president's first call after he won was to former president Bill Clinton.

The president's event at McCormick Place was crowded, and a little bit heated. More than a dozen people had heat related illnesses. Fire officials were on hand and six people were taken to local hospitals. Thirteen people were treated for symptoms of asthma or overheating.

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While the ticketed event was expected to be smaller than 2008's Grant Park rally, his supporters were more enthusiastic than ever, especially when the curtain dropped to reveal thousands behind the president at the podium.

Among those expressing their support for President Obama at the rally were Mayor Emanuel and Governor Quinn. They both looked forward to another four years with the president.

SEE: Mayor Rahm Emanuel eager for Obama re-elect

SEE: Sen. Dick Durbin, Gov. Quinn speak on Obama at McCormick Place

They told Good Day Chicago's Corey McPherrin and Dawn Hasbrouck that they look forward to the benefits of a Chicagoan in the White House.

Hollywood celebrities were among the supporters in the crowd at Obama's rally Tuesday night.

Good Day's Dawn Hasbrouck had the opportunity to talk to actresses Angela Basset and Alfre Woodard - both big President Obama fans.

SEE: Angela Bassett and Alfre Woodard say it is a privilege to vote

Michelle Obama garnered her own share of the election buzz Wednesday morning for her stylish appearance on stage Tuesday night.

She donned a Michael Kors design, similar to a look she has worn before - more than once.

The look also brought back memories of the 2008 election, because it had the same red and black color combination she sported following her husband's first win.

The president's daughters Sasha and Malia Obama also grabbed some of the spotlight. What a difference four years makes.

As the girls stood beside their parents Tuesday night, they were both are dressed in outfits that resemble the classic style of their mother.

Malia, 14, almost stood at the same height as her father. Back in 2008, she just hit the president's shoulder. Sasha, 11, is that tall now, when four years ago she was only up to his elbow.

There was also a party outside the White House Tuesday night, as people gathered to celebrate word the president and the First Family will be returning to Washington for another four years. President Obama and his family will return later on Wednesday.

A restaurant near the president's home marked his re-election in a big way. Hyde Park's Valois offered free breakfast to patrons Wednesday morning, in honor of their hometown hero's win.

"Everyone wins in Chicago when Obama wins," the owner said. "We could couldn't celebrate at McCormick Place, so why note celebrate in his own neighborhood, at his favorite breakfast place?"

Lines were out the door at the breakfast favorite Wednesday morning, after diners asked him to do something special this year – just like he did in 2008.

SEE: Chicago boasts President Obama`s favorite places

"We had a couple of requests to do something special," he said. "We had it in mind but we didn't let it out to the public until today. This is the second time around. It's a more exciting time this time around because it was so close."

Valois' owner said he couldn't sleep, and was up all night waiting for the result of the 2012 general election. His customers had similar sentiments, wanting to hear the president's speech.

They were also celebrating in Kenya last night. Kenyans celebrated President Obama's win in the village where his late father grew up. The president's step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, and other relatives still live there.

The village even held their own mock election where - not surprisingly - the president won.

In the president's childhood home of Jakarta, Indonesia, his former nanny said she was proud to hear about his win. Mr. Obama lived with his mother and stepfather in the Indonesian capital from age 6 to 10.

New York City's Times Square had its own celebration when people heard the news of President Obama's re-election, and New Yorkers were literally seeing blue.

As a winner was projected Tuesday night in each state, the iconic New York skyscraper displayed the race to 270 electoral votes with an illuminated meter on its spire - blue for President Obama, and red for Mitt Romney.

When the president won re-election, the full spire and upper floors all changed to blue.

The president took to Twitter to thank supporters after the rally.

In fact, his tweet "four more years" quickly became the most re-tweeted ever, crossing half a million in less than five hours.

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