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As I watch these united states vote in this major election, there are a gazillion things running through my head. I’m thinking about Obama up in the polls, the death of his Grandma, the fact that I can’t vote as a non-citizen, why do I even care even though I don’t have a say.

I have been blogging and twittering and posting to Facebook like a rabid pundit. I go to CNN and the Huffington Post waaay too often. I have followed every little detail and update. It wasn’t until this very morning though that one of the most insightful little tit-bits ran across my eyes. I was able to watch it live. Dennis Hopper related that short anecdote about Obama. I thought of many things. The most important though occured to me as I started to write this post. Why do I care about this election and I can’t vote. The story that he relates about him in the elevator with Barack was a penetrating insight into the person that Barack seems to be. If he truly is this way it shows why people have been fired up and ready to go for him at a moments call. Why his color is not a scar, he just happens to be black (or half black if you wanna split hairs). Granted, lets say he is just putting on, lets say he is disengenous. I strongly doubt that is the case though.

But back to the main question, why do I care, because Barack is not a candidate that one simply votes for. He is an idea that the world has been hoping for. The idea that a politician can be decent, thoughtful, sincere and maybe even honest.

If he truly is all these things, it will give people that truly want to help thier countries and communities the vigor, the fire and the passion to run for public office because they can say, have you heard of Obama, do you know of Barack. He is not like the rest. He will be the measure, the new standard by which every single politician will be judged, even IF he does not win.

A transformational figure he truly is. if Barack was merely just another mawgah (slim) basketball-playing, smooth talking politician from Chicago that just happened to have a white mom and a black Dad, today’s election would be between McCain and Hillary. No, Barack is an idea. He is a fruit of the global Zeitgist that refuses to be unheard anymore.

May God bless America, and everywhere else.

Obama Wins! … Ad Age’s Marketer of the Year – Advertising Age – MOY 2008

Mr. Obama won the vote of hundreds of marketers, agency heads and marketing-services vendors gathered here at the Association of National Advertisers' annual conference.Just weeks before he demonstrates whether his campaign’s blend of grass-roots appeal and big media-budget know-how has converted the American electorate, Sen. Barack Obama has shown he’s already won over the nation’s brand builders. He’s been named Advertising Age’s marketer of the year for 2008.
Mr. Obama won the vote of hundreds of marketers, agency heads and marketing-services vendors gathered here at the Association of National Advertisers’ annual conference.
Mr. Obama won the vote of hundreds of marketers, agency heads and marketing-services vendors gathered here at the Association of National Advertisers’ annual conference.

An impassioned Donna Brazile tells it like it REALLY is. Never seen her like this. Excellent moment. Just 4 mins. Watch it.

A walk through an Obama office in Defiance, Ohio reveals something saddening yet inspiring.

Joe Biden campaign in Cincinnati, OH

Joe Biden campaign in Cincinnati, OH

As I write this, Joe Biden is talking in Cincinnati, OH on National policy issues. This, one day after Gov. Palin’s near avoidance of having editorial presence while she met with various world leaders.

The Obama campaign is making the contrast between the two blindingly stark with this move. I think its very smart and it shows the kind of lop-sided VP debate we might have.

I say might, because honestly… I look forward to a smart and scrappy Palin, come debate night. I look forward to lively banter and wise answers from both sides. But with the background that Biden has… she has a significant hill to climb as she prepares.

America must lead by the power of our example and not by the example of our power.

Joe Biden,
Sept. 24th, 2008

Just puttin’ it out there….

Political Punch

Governor Palin, there has been quite a bit of discussion about your perceived lack of foreign policy experience. And I want to give you your chance. If you could please respond to that criticism and give us specific skills that you think you have to bring to the White House to rebut that or mitigate that concern.

PALIN: Well, I think because I’m a Washington outsider that opponents are going to be looking for a whole lot of things that they can criticize and they can kind of try to beat the candidates here, who chose me as his partner, to kind of tear down the ticket. But as for foreign policy, you know, I think that I am prepared and I know that on January 20th, if we are so blessed as to be sworn into office as your president and vice president, certainly we’ll be ready. I’ll be ready. I have that confidence. I have that readiness.

“And if you want specifics with specific policy or countries, go ahead and you can ask me. You can even play stump the candidate if you want to. But we are ready to serve.” I just saw another great Don Cheadle performance. The movie was everything I expected. The tension, the suspense, the explosions and all that. The interesting part though is examining a person playing both sides, we have seen this multiple times. But in this case, the both sides that Cheadle’s character straddles is that of violence vs peace. Hate vs submission. The inner turmoil of his character is quite vivid and very open. When the topic of inner struggle comes up the resulting conversation is quite revealing (do go see).

As a fan of geo-political thrillers, Traitor was very good. Tension at all the right moments and just the right amount. Could have had a slightly tighter script but the plot was great. I believe this movie was made at the PG13 level to encourage as many Americans to see it. Rightly so, it should be required viewing for every American teenager, scratch that….

every American.

My dear aunt Beryl sent me this file this morning. WOW! I just love it! Take a listen 🙂
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An eloquent, elegant and very efficient argument supporting Senator Oabama by Lawrence Lessig.


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