AP National Political Editor Liz Sidoti's take on Barack Obama's victory speech:

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It was a speech far different from the jubilant and lofty one he gave in Chicago four years ago.

With one term nearly over and the next ahead of him, a seasoned Obama talked of a resilient America — a place where people have "picked ourselves up" and fought back during tough economic times. He declared that the "best is yet to come."

And he struck a more bipartisan tone — by necessity as much as anything else given that power remains divided on Capitol Hill. He said he wants to meet with Republican rival Mitt Romney to discuss how they can work together, and he said he looked forward to working with the GOP.

Yet he also urged patience, saying progress will come in fits and starts.

— Liz Sidoti

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