SHOTLIST:

POOL/AP CLIENTS ONLY

CHICAGO/NOV. 7

1. SOUNDBITE: US PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

The American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come.

2. SOUNDBITE: US PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward.

3. SOUNDBITE: BARACK OBAMA, US PRESIDENT

Our economy is recovering. A decade of war is ending. A long campaign is now over. And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you. I have learned from you, and you've made me a better President. And with your stories, and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead.

STORYLINE:

President Barack Obama says the American people have "picked ourselves up" and fought back during tough economic times, declaring after winning re-election that the "best is yet to come."

Obama says he wants to meet with Republican rival Mitt Romney to discuss how they can work together. He says they may have "battled fiercely, but it's only because we love this country deeply."

The president rolled to a second term over Romney, winning more than 300 electoral votes.

Obama was welcomed by thunderous applause as he arrived on stage in his hometown, joined by first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia.

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