Letter: November vote was not a mandate

President Barack Obama waves after taking the oath

President Barack Obama waves after taking the oath of office during his ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (Jan. 21, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

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In the editorial "Now Obama must deliver" [Jan. 22], the word mandate was used to describe President Barack Obama's win in the last election.

When was the definition of mandate changed? In the past, it was only used when the win was a lot higher than just a hair above 50 percent.

William J. Van Sickle, Brentwood

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