A year ago, at a dinner with some very talented senior communications professionals, we went around the table and stated who would run for President. Hillary and Rudy. We were all so convinced.
Mind you, many of these talented pros had technological knowledge deep in their blood. Yet Obama was not mentioned by one.
When he beat Hillary, I knew he might just win. Yes not deeply experienced in our established political system, yet he was a community organizer. He knew the streets, and knew how to listen, organize and build a base from which to gain results. He knew the grassroots and how powerful roots can spread and grow to amazing heights.
I am truly awed by Barack. I believe he is the 'real deal' or perhaps WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). A very consistent, level-headed, authentic leader who knows how to reengage millions and empower those who never, ever felt power. He beat an imperial political system with an open-source, people-powered, technologically-based operation. Yes, he has a broad and wonderfully diverse political base. He also has a database of millions that he will use to govern.
For those of you who aren't in his database, the simple message he sent on the night he won was so touching and right.....at 1:21am he said: We just made history. And I don't want you to forget how we did it....I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent and passion to this campaign....We have lots 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 very clear about one thing.....All of this happened because of you.
Thank you, Barack.
We will have change. And we need it so desperately. He saw what was wrong with this country.....as the New York Times stated, 'the utter failure of government to protect its citizens.'
We have elected a man with great character. We have elected a man that truly embodies the spirit of what has made this country great: the American dream. We have been given reasons to hope again. We have given the world a refreshed view of our ability to be inclusive, bold and caring.
We have been wise to elect Obama at a time when our challenges are so great and when our collective energy, wisdom, and humanity will be called on to forge new social, economic and environmental systems. For our country and our world to thrive, we will need each other more than ever.
Perhaps the thank you should be in return: Thank you, Barack.