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Barack Obama’s Inauguration: Stories From The Mall

January 20, 2009
Millions on the national mall awaiting the inauguration of President Obama.

Millions on the national mall awaiting the inauguration of President Obama.

(Washington D.C.) – Today I along with a few other College Democrats joined the millions of Americans from every state stretching from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. Within 5 feet were people from Florida, North Carolina, Connecticut, California, Kentucky and a multitude of other states. Even more impressive were the people from the Bahamas and the Netherlands.

Every race, color and creed was visible on the mall. After arriving around 1am there were plenty of people who were rich, poor, tired and eventually just a huddled mass. All of them telling us how they came with friends from South Africa and as far away as Australia. Everyone sharing stories about how Barack Obama’s election has personally touched them in a way no election ever has.

Singing songs together in unity to stay warm, loudly cheering for President Obama when he appeared on the jumbotron and quietly listening to pastor Rick Warren when he spoke to everyone.

Whether you were there in person, saw it at home on your television, saw it online at work, or listened to it on the radio this was a moment for the history books. From Los Angeles to New York to the forgotten corners of the world everyone will remember this moment. What did you make of this moment?


Obama Officially Announces Intelligence Staff

January 9, 2009

(New York) – President Elect Obama today announces his picks to lead his intelligence staff. Rertired Admiral Dennis Blair will be his Director of National Intelligence. Leon Panetta is scheduled to be his Central Intelligence Agency director.

The President Elect described both men as “public servants with unquestioned integrity, broad experience, strong management skills and the core pragmatism we need in dangerous times.”

Obama nominates Richardson

December 3, 2008

Today President-Elect Obama nominated Bill Richardson to be his commerce secretary. Many expected him to receive the nod for Secretary of State, when it went to Hillary Clinton it seemed he had fallen out of the good graces of the President. However Barack remembered his endorsement early on in the campaign and has brought in yet another primary opponent to his cabinet.

Bill Richardson was Secretary of Energy under President Clinton and later United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

How will President Obama use the internet?

December 2, 2008

It’s no secret that Senator Obama used the internet to his advantage in this past election campaign. From raising millions from small donors online, to spreading his message via Youtube, to letting supporters showing their campaign stories on Flickr, Myspace and Facebook. The list goes on and on. John McCain admitted himself he didn’t know how to send an email.

Much like FDR used the new technology of the radio more effectively than his opponent, he went on to incorporate the technology into his presidency. I’m sure you’ve all heard of his famous “fireside chats.”

JFK used the upcoming television to his advantage in the campaign over Nixon. Following the election, you saw President Kennedy on television giving speeches from Washington to Berlin.

The question remains to be asked, will President Obama continue this progressive trend championed by democrats of introducing new technology to the White House? Yes. If you have any doubts about it, go to where you can see President Obama is already reaching out to Americans in an effort to be more transparent.

Although one wonders if President Obama will use the internet to reach out to Americans while in office. Recently his campaign sent out an email survey asking supporters what this “movement” should do next. Will President Obama use these techniques to ask Americans what issue his White House should tackle next? Who knows, he might even use his Blackberry. We’ll see.

Obama’s Cabinet… so far

December 2, 2008

Today Barack Obama named his latest additions to the staff naming Clinton, Holder, Napolitano, and Rice to his team. This is his team so far:

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Peter Orszag
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Attorney General Eric Holder
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice
Secretary of Commerce Bill Richardson*
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Daschle*

*Richardson and Daschle have apparently been named by sources close to the campaign as soon to be designated.

John McCain’s Acceptance Speech

September 7, 2008

This is definitely a video worth watching. Jon Stewart and the writers at TDS just nailed it.

Highlights from the RNC, including McCain’s acceptance speech. Which apparently has eerie appearances to George W. Bush’s 2000 speech.

Who would of thought those guys would of nominated a long time senator, purple heart winner from Vietnam, who married an Heiress. Someone who lost to Bush a few years ago. Sounds familiar.

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John McCain’s Campaign can’t Take the Heat

September 2, 2008

Remember a few years ago when John McCain would spend hours at a time sitting on the “Straight Talk Express,” explaining his policies in detail, answering whatever questions reporters had? McCain had a great relationship with the press–they loved him and he loved them back, when they would press him, he would answer and press back. It was refreshing.

Too bad that’s not around anymore. The new John McCain campaign isn’t tough enough to answer some honest questions.

Last night on the CNN program The Election Center, reporter Campbell Brown asked Tucker Bounds, a McCain campaign spokesman, some simple, honest questions about the national security and foreign policy experience of McCain’s running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin. Here’s the exchange: (more…)