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After Obama won the election last Tuesday I received this email from “Barack” (that’s how he signs off all emails):

Jenn —

I’m about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first.

We just made history.

And I don’t want you to forget how we did it.

You made history every single day during this campaign — every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it’s time for change.

I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion to this campaign.

We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I’ll be in touch soon about what comes next.

But I want to be very clear about one thing…

All of this happened because of you.

Thank you,


After he beat Hillary in the primaries, I decided to sign up for his email updates, thinking that I’d receive a weekly email. I even downloaded the Obama Facebook app. Not only did I receive email from Barack, but heard from Michelle and Joe (Biden). After awhile I must admit, it started feeling a bit spam-ish, so rather guiltily I stopped reading the emails and trashed them. Yet this latest is one I’ll keep, because I feel that in my own way, I participated in a little bit of history. I know that this won’t be the last communique, because the campaign has managed to build an online brand and extensive database to which he can message directly. As David Carr wrote in the  New York Times this morning, “Senator Barack Obama understood that you could use the Web to lower the cost of building a political brand, create a sense of connection and engagement, and dispense with the command and control method of governing to allow people to self-organize to do the work.”

Maybe because he’s the first post-boomer president or maybe it’s his message of change, but most certainly it’s because of the relationships he’s built online that I’ll be engaged in the dialog for the next four (or more?) years.


In addition to my routine of working, carting kids back and forth and keeping up with the laundry (oh, and occasionally catching a movie with my husband), I’ve become a fervent observer of this colorful theater called The Campaign. Who among us has not caught themselves randomly switching back and forth between CNN and Fox to catch the latest lineup of talking heads, as well as making sure we’re completely up to date on all Daily Show episodes. I now have a small circle of like-minded (are there any Republicans in Silicon Valley?) friends who constantly share media snippets and links to the latest perspective on Obama’s debating style or the undercurrent of racism that some have identified in the GOP rhetoric. This phenomenon of political theater is like nothing I’ve every experienced. Is it that much, much more is at stake for our earth and our children? Is it because it’s a first for women and blacks? Or perhaps it’s that so much media is available to us from the mainstream outlets to the mom down the block who is blogging (that would be me ☺). For example, having given the Obama campaign my email address, I logged on this morning to an appeal from Michelle Obama to tune into the first presidential debate, and oh-by-the-way, if you’re interested in hosting a debate party, we’ve got the tools for you! As a matter of fact, Michelle, I was invited to one! For me this campaign has not only drawn me to the candidates, but it has also heightened my overall awareness of the economy, foreign affairs, Iran and China.

While I’m completely engrossed in whatever I can read about the candidates and the campaign, it hasn’t become a part of my life like it has to some folks I’ve heard about who are either on the phone for hours persuading swing-voters or my friend Jen, who is going to Nevada to support the campaign. I salute you ladies and thank you for committing yourself to the cause!