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Obama Understands the World Wide Web

Unless you have been sleeping the entire last weekend, you know that Senator Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president on Saturday. He spoke in Springfield, Illinois before an outdoor audience of 17,000 shivering in 10 degree weather. I have advice for all of you who knock him because you think he has no experience: Visit his blog.

Finally, we have a candidate for the presidency who knows how to use the Internet. Up until now some candidates paid little or no attention to the Internet, while others used it primarily as a way to collect money. The latter were called the successful users. However, the best of them did not realize the true power of the Internet for achieving political change. "Inexperienced" Senator Barack Obama is showing politicians the way.

Yes, Obama has on his site a good picture of his announcement, a dvd of his speech, plus the usual information about news, events and how to donate. Everybody does this.

Here's where the difference comes in. Some candidates hire bloggers to write for them. They worry about choosing bloggers with proper backgrounds and they worry about what the bloggers will write. Not Obama. If you are an Obama fan, you may go to his site and you will be given your own blog to write whatever you like. I have my own blog on Obama's site.

Maybe you think this is a minor difference. This difference is huge, and it demonstrates the difference in philosophy between the usual candidates and the candidate called Obama. Practically every politician who has run for the presidency has said in effect:

Follow me because I will lead you to a better tomorrow.

Contrast that with my paraphrased Obama message:

You and I together will lead us to a better tomorrow.

Another way of saying this is that the garden-variety politician works a top-down approach, while Obama works a bottom-up approach. Which do you think is more democratic? Which do you think will unite the people better? Which do you think will make our country stronger?

On Obama's site you may also contact other Obama supporters, plan or attend an event, or volunteer in some other way.

Obama's website is another reason why I am an enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama for president. Visit his site and join.

Posted by Paul Siegel at February 12, 2007 6:23 PM
Comments
Comment #207768


Paul S.: Perhaps you are right and Obama is the Internet heir apparent of Howard Dean. However, I feel that America may be in for another let down. Not that Obama can’t win the nomination or the White House, but because no politician is ever as good as we and they think they are.

Posted by: jlw at February 12, 2007 8:02 PM
Comment #207772

Paul
The details of Edwards proposed healthcare plan are worth looking into. I think he got it right. Although I do not look kindly to keeping private insurance involved he sets up a system where insurance companies will not be able to cherry pick and are in competition with a government program. The consumer will have a choice. If the private carrier can compete with price and or quality ,good for them. I do hope that just because Edwards came out with a workable plan first that others will follow and not change his plan just for the sake of changeing it . Maybe even improving or adopting.

Posted by: BillS at February 12, 2007 8:18 PM
Comment #207783

Paul,

I actually have to say the more I see and hear of Obama the more I like, and trust him. He certainly seems to handle everything that’s thrown at him very well.

Posted by: KansasDem at February 12, 2007 9:28 PM
Comment #207784

Most of our presidents have lacked the experience to be Presidential upon entering the office, despite many have voluminous experience as politicians.

Truman comes to mind, as does JFK.

What Obama lacks at this point are policy statements and steps to be taken. So, far he speaks in idealistic general terms, but, says nothing about practical concrete steps to be taken on anything. It is early yet, and he has time to do so. But, if he thinks he can get into office without taking those steps, he is in for a disappointing surprise.

We took Bush on principle, and that won’t happen again.

Posted by: David R. Remer at February 12, 2007 9:33 PM
Comment #207803

I can’t remember a president with less experience than Obama. I think he would set some sort of record. JFK was elected to the Senate in 1953. Truman had been VP, and had been elected VP in 1934. Bush had been a gov for 8 years. Roosevelt was elected to the Senate in 1910.

As a trivia question, I would be interested to know (assuming Obama is elected) when was there ever a president with less political experience?

Hmmm Carter was elected Gov. in 1968. So he had 8 years as a gov.

I think Obama would get the president with the thinnest resume’ in the last hundred years or so. Naw, I think it was Hoover. Hoovers first elected office was president.

Craig

Posted by: Craig Holmes at February 12, 2007 11:18 PM
Comment #207807


If Bush is an example of what experience will get you, I think I can live with out experience.

Posted by: jlw at February 13, 2007 12:51 AM
Comment #207842

jlw:

Bush is an example of inexperience. He was a govenor of Texas for 8 years. That is as slim as a resume’ are presidents get.

Obama just takes inexperience to a level we haven’t seen since Herbert Hoover.

Craig

Posted by: Craig Holmes at February 13, 2007 10:52 AM
Comment #208078

Sure, Obama (or more likely, somebody who works for him) understands the internet … which does put him a step ahead of Al Gore. But the presidency isn’t a collaborative effort of the sort that the internet is. And of course, just because he lets you blog on his site doesn’t mean he cares what you are saying. You can have the greatest website in the world and still be an empty suit. But hey, at least he’s making the bloggers feel good.

Posted by: Nick Kasoff at February 14, 2007 1:52 PM
Comment #208245

Do you honestly think this country is ready for a president named Barack Hussein Osama, er, Obama?

Posted by: Duane-o at February 15, 2007 1:05 PM
Comment #208528

Listen closely to what Mr. Obama has to say. Listen to his deep understanding of the issues. Not just the proposed solution, but the underlying causes of the problems. Listen closely to the maturity, the mettle, and the character of the man. Observe the pattern of overachievement throughout past life (as opposed to Bush’s pattern of failure). Watch the use of sound judgement and skilled advisors as the right wing trolls attempt to discredit from all directions. They are scared, and rightfully so. Black, yellow, red, or pink, Washington experience or no, Mr. Obama’s election is a test. Not for him but for us. Can we as a country see clearly through the right wing propaganda machine noise, and make the only right choice for our children and our country?

Posted by: JimBob at February 17, 2007 10:08 AM
Comment #208558

U. S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black Muslim from Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white atheist from Wichita, Kansas. Obama’s parents met at the University of Hawaii.


When Obama was two years old, his parents divorced. His father returned to Kenya. His mother then married Lolo Soetoro, a radical Muslim from Indonesia. When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocated to Indonesia. Obama attended a Muslim school in Jakarta. He also spent two years in a Catholic school.

Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a Muslim. He is quick to point out that, “He was once a Muslim, but that he also attended Catholic school.”

Obama’s political handlers are attempting to make it appear that Obama’s introduction to Islam came via his father, and that this influence was temporary at best. In reality, the senior Obama returned to Kenya soon after the divorce, and never again had any direct influence over his son’s education. Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, introduced his stepson to Islam. Osama was enrolled in a Wahabi school in Jakarta. Wahabism is the radical teaching that is followed by the Muslim terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western world.

Since it is politically expedient to be a Christian when seeking major public office in the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background.

Let us all remain alert concerning Obama’s expected presidential candidacy.

Posted by: Bonnie at February 17, 2007 2:51 PM
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