David Cameron has tweeted his congratulations to "my friend" Barack Obama as networks declared the US President had won a second term.
The result is the one Downing Street had privately hoped for, according to a report before the election in the Financial Times.
Many Conservative and Labour MPs had publicly and privately backed Obama over the last few days, with Conservative MP Brooks Newmark describingTories rooting for Mitt Romney as "a secret society" in an interview with the Times.
Warm congratulations to my friend @barackobama. Look forward to continuing to work together.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) November 7, 2012
Speaking during a tour of the Middle East, the prime minister said: "I would like to congratulate Barack Obama on his re-election.
"I have really enjoyed working with him over the last few years and I look forward to working with him again over the next four years.
"There are so many things that we need to do: we need to kick start the world economy and I want to see an EU-US trade deal.
"Right here in Jordan I am hearing appalling stories about what has happened inside Syria so one of the first things I want to talk to Barack about is how we must do more to try and solve this crisis.
"Above all, congratulations to Barack. I've enjoyed working with him, I think he's a very successful US president and I look forward to working with him in the future."
Obama used the social network to declare victory, posting a picture of him with wife Michelle and the caption "Four More Years", a slogan heard chanted by campaigners throughout the campaign.
The Obamas, after TV networks declared an Obama victory
Other MPs and political leaders also used Twitter to express their congratulations on the President's re-election including foreign secretary William Hague.
What a man. What an achievement. Against the economic odds he's done it. Excited about a 2nd term. Now change really begins#election2012
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 7, 2012
#Obamawin Great relief to be waiting for Obama's victory speech- frightening to think where the right wing Republicans would've taken us all
— Clive Efford (@CliveEfford) November 7, 2012
Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard sent her congratulations via Twitter as well.
My sincere congratulations to President@barackobama on your re-election! JG
— Julia Gillard (@JuliaGillard) November 7, 2012