Tag: Barack Obama

Behind The Barack Obama Campaign

Many people both inside and outside of Washington and the national media have come to the conclusion that President Elect Barack Obama has ran one of the greatest and most comprehensive ground games in history. There are many forces that drove this campaign but today we’re going to take a quick look at the top 3.

1. Organization and Team Building - One of Barack Obama’s greatest talents is finding other people with top notch talent and a passion for their work, so it was no surprise that when it was time to pick a campaign manager Barack Obama chose David Plouffe. Plouffe had been working as a democratic party campaign consultant for Axelrod and associates. David Plouffe’s greatest strength came in the primaries when he along with chief strategist David Axelrod devised a game plan that would heavily rely on caucus states instead of primary states and work on extending the campaign far beyond “Super Tuesday”. This plan not only allowed them to tally more delegates than Hillary Clinton, it also allowed them to build their national campaign infrastructure from the ground up. By the time the general election came around the campaign had already competed, recruited, and gathered donors in all 50 states. This allowed the campaign to avoid one of the biggest road blocks politicians face when running for office, the dreaded “October surprise”. But since voters already knew Obama, there was little the McCain campaign could say to scare away voters.

2. Small Donors - Big campaigns require a large amount of cash to fuel the day to day operations and the Obama campaign was no exception. Barack Obama had only been a senator for 2 years when he decided to run for president and faced an uphill battle when it came to raising cash against the Clinton machine of the 1990’s. If he had the choice he probably would have relied on big donors but since that option wasn’t available the campaign had to rely on the small donors and the net-roots for support. Many view Barack Obama as generational shift not only because of his young age but because he is the first candidate to really run a 21st century campaign that took advantage of the internet and technology. Campaign volunteers were actually given the ability to phone-bank from home with pre-written scripts and even worked along side the Obama campaign to stomp out viral emails and message board postings that contained false or misleading information about the Senator.

3. Getting Out The Vote - This was the heart of the Obama campaign, it has been called one the greatest ground-game operation in United States history. It doesn’t matter how much airtime you buy, or how well you perform in the debates. If you can’t get your supporters out to the polls on election day that you will have absolutely no chance of winning. The Obama campaign understood this and during the primaries and in the general election it did everything possible to make sure voters got to the polls. Earlier we mentioned how Obama is the first 21st century President, and if you want more evidence of that checkout what he did to make sure voters got to the polls. The Barack Obama campaign hired a technology company to develop a voter database that updated in real-time as people voted, as voters came into their precincts to cast their ballot the Obama headquarters would send out the information to volunteers in the field. As soon as the information was received on the volunteers blackberry, the voter’s name would be crossed off a list and marked as “voted”. At 3:00 PM the volunteers would then go through the list and call everybody who has yet to vote and encourage them to make it to the precinct.

John McCain, A Debate, And Joe The Plumber

While there are many opinions on who won the presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama, there is one man who won and his name is “Joe the plumber’. So who exactly is this mysterious plumber? Well his real name is Joe Wurzelbacher and he first came onto the national stage when he had a short exchange with senator Barack Obama. John McCain took advantage of their exchange to try and paint Obama as a tax and spend liberal who will punish small businesses with higher taxes. For those who don’t know, Joe “the plumber” Wurzelbacher would like to purchase the plumbing company he has been employed at but is concerned about being placed in a different tax bracket due to the higher income, this issue was then spun off in the debate by McCain and Obama to discuss taxes, health care, and issues regarding small businesses.

Sarah Palin’s Yahoo Email Account Hacked (Screenshots)

Sarah Palin’s personal yahoo email, [email protected] has been hacked, perhaps they are hacking for democracy? Here are the screenshots of the account:

Barack And Michelle Obama Fist Bump

The now, infamous Obama Fist Bump. They should seriously patent this one…

[nms:Barack Obama,3,1,20,5335945586]

Obama And Clinton Unity Ticket Highly Unlikely

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Obama campaign has confirmed that a unity ticket with Hillary Clinton is highly unlikely. The Obama campaign stated that the decision was based on Bill Clinton’s reluctance to release information about his presidential library donors and his previous business dealings since leaving the white house. The Obama campaign stated that all vice presidential candidates would need to be thoroughly vetted through a process.

Hillary Clinton Will Endorse Barack Obama On Friday

According to the New York Times, Senator Hillary Clinton will suspend her campaign on Friday and officially endorse Barack Obama on Friday June 6th. The move was suggested to her by her strongest supporters in Washington after being pressured by her own campaign strategists which suggests that Clinton was not prepared to concede until this afternoon.

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Harriet Christian - One angry Clinton supporter

A very passionate Clinton supporter lashes out to reporters.

Barack Obama Timeline

Quick summary of Barack Obama’s Life:

1961 - Barack Obama is born in Honolulu, HI.

1968 - Obama and his mother move to Indonesia for 5 years.

1971 - Obama moves back to Honolulu, HI. to live with his grandparents. He starts 5th grade at Punahou School.

1979 - Barack Obama graduates from Punahou School and spends two years at Occidental College.

1981 - Obama transfers to Columbia University.

1983 - Graduates from Columvia University and works at Business Int’l Corporation for a year.

1985 - Moves to Chicago and becomes the director of Developing Communities for 3 years.

1988 - Starts studying at Harvard Law School.

1992 - Obama works as the executive directory of Project Vote and Marries Michelle Robinson

1993 - Begins working as an Attorney at Miner, Barnhill & Galland and is the senior lecturer at the University of Chicago.

1995 - Publishes his first book “Dreams Of My Father”

1996 - Elected into the Illinois State Senate.

1998 - Re-Elected into the Illinois State Senate.

1999 - His first daughter, Malia, is born.

2000 - Challenges Congressman Bobby Rush but was defeated in the Primary.

2001 - His second daughter, Sasha, is born.

2004 - Gives the keynote address at the 2004 DNC convention after defeating Alan Keyes.

2006 - Publishes his second book “The Audacity Of Hope”

2006 - Announces that he will seek the 2008 Democratic party nomination.

2008 - Wins the Iowa caucus.

Barack Obama Height

Aside from the obvious, one of the thing that most people immediately notice about Barack Obama is his height. His slim figure makes him look much taller than he really is but don’t be fooled, his height is far from an illusion. There has been a lot of debate about his official height but most media sources report him at 6 1/2. Some who have shaken his hand say he must be taller while others report that he looks shorter in person, really the only way you’ll be able to judge for yourself is to see him with your own eyes.

Who Will Obama Choose For VP?

With the Democratic nomination nearly locked Barack Obama now faces another challenge, choosing his vice presidential candidate. The young senator from Illinois will need somebody who brings both foreign and economic experience but at the same time won’t over shadow his own presidency. Joe Biden is a perfect match but many people are skeptical that a ticket with two senators would be able to win over voters, for this reason General Wesley Clark’s name has frequently popped up as has Mike Bloomberg the Independent mayor of New York City. And of course the most talked about VP choice is senator Clinton, although many are quick to label this as the “dream ticket” Clinton does have her own problems. It’s no secret how much she is hated by the republican party and having her on the ticket just may motivate the base enough to vote for McCain who they aren’t too excited about. Another problem with a Clinton VP is that it would contradict everything Obama is working for, he is looking to move the nation forward with change but there’s nothing more established or more status quo than the Clintons.

Barack Obama Shows Off His Dance Skills

Barack Obama throws a punch and dances on The Ellen Degeneres Show

Barack Obama’s 2004 DNC Convention Speech

Barack Obama’s speech at the 2004 Democratic convention. This speaking platform is what first launched Barack Obama on to the national political scene.

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