US election 2012: the Twitter reaction

As Democrat President Barack Obama defeats Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the stars of the Twittersphere share their opinions...

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US election 2012: the Twitter reaction
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Susanna Lazarus

Yesterday America decided - Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney. The contest to become the next President of the United States was one of the most closely fought elections in recent history - and the first to feature so prominently in the Twittersphere. Cast your mind back four years to Obama's first campaign and Twitter was a mere shadow of the social media force it has now become. And to mark its influential position on US election day, newly re-elected President Obama's team have landed the record for most popular tweet of all time with this...

... which at the time of writing has generated just over 600,000 retweets, beating previous holder Justin Bieber's effort of 223,376. Obama's wife, Michelle, added a further 30,000 retweets for her message of gratitude for all the support of her husband during the campaign and vote:

And, as ever, Obama can count on his starry Hollywood support team to ramp up the congratulations from their millions upon millions of Twitter followers. Rihanna lent the re-elected president a taste of her street cred.

While Mariah Carey opened the emotional floodgates and tweeted her heartfelt support of the nation's choice... 

To watch the video of Barack Obama's election speech in full, click here. Or, alternatively, have a read of Canadian Justin Bieber's gushy response to the results. 

Even pop superstar Lady Gaga interrupted her post-performance frivolities to upload a photo of her celebrations, along with an assortment of similarly ecstatic individuals...

It doesn't take much to picture Playboy founder Hugh Hefner ensconsed in his dressing gown playing dominoes with his playmates as the results came in. He took some time out from his endeavours to tweet this:

While The Thick of It and Veep showrunner Armando Iannucci dealt with his frustration at Fox News' TV coverage by marching down to Obama's digs...

The results also prompted a dramatic reaction from Whoopi Goldberg, whose celebratory tweets were of a more belligerent nature:

Donald TrumpAnd then there's Donald Trump - long-time vocal campaigner against Barack Obama - who used America's decision as an opportunity to add fuel to the fire he's attempted to generate around the Democrat candidate in the last few weeks. First came this...

...followed by this...

...and then this:

Maybe he was trying to counteract the wave of Obama support by upping his volume of Twitter activity? Sadly it was to no avail, as Trump was subjected to Twitter mockery and the Romney camp kept schtum, with no official word from the defeated candidate's account. 

Across the pond celebrity Brits were releasing Twitter sighs of relief as it became clear that Obama was set to triumph. Comedian and The Office star Ricky Gervais congratulated US voters on their decision: 

While Caitlin Moran used her trademark brand of literary humour to sum up the prevailing worldwide mood...

She was joined by Dawn O'Porter in her mention of global bodily functions:

The unofficial Twitter handle for HRH Elizabeth Windsor made clear to Obama where he now stands in the political hierarchy. 

While the ever-opinionated Piers Morgan delievered a similarly back-handed slap on the wrist...

And finally, some words of wisdom from Britain's finest Z-lister Peter Andre, who makes use of his keyboard to great effect...

Profound, Peter... profound.

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