Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Why Barack Obama Won Election 2008

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Re: Why and How Obama Won the US Presidential Election

Dear Global Citizens and Friends of Ethiopia/Africa:

It has now been few days and quite a lot of comments have evolved as to how and why Obama won the US Presidency. Expressed reasons have ranged from his genetic make up to his developmental environment and even the global climate change and global economic crisis challenges.

However, it is becoming clearly evident that Obama, the man himself had a lot to do with where he is today

Regardless of his advent and performance over the past 2 years, more evidence is surfacing from his own biography as well as his campaign managers and those associated with him that it is the man Obama who made a difference.

My impressions changed a lot after watching C-SPAN Cable TV on Friday night where his current Chief of Staff-elect was being roasted in 2005 to raise resources for Epilepsy Cure Foundation that is run by Obama's Campaign manager.

This is an excellent show to watch to understand how Obama is perceived by his colleagues in the Senate and Congress and especially the Democratic leadership circles and the Chicago political leaderships.

I am now convinced it is the intelligence, character, and behavior as well as his leadership style and skills as well as the experience and vision of this great man that won him the presidency.
The recent series of endorsement from General Colin Powel a recent Secretary of State in the Republican Administration and the open letter by one of the best brains of our time (the attached Nobel Laurette's) and most importantly, he is surrounded by highly intelligent and loyal friends, most of whom that are multi-cultural and mainly of Jewish descent.

The rather interesting issue is the endorsement he got from traditional African American leadership, some of it rather late and his own Pasteur of 20 years tried to destroy his candidacy by giving a very damaging Press Conference at the Washington National Press Club. That showed us all what Obama was made of when he unconditionally refuted and disassociated himself from such a destructive force.

All the same, the comments of Jesse Jackson at the Father's Day NAACP conference also made it clear that he is a new generation leader. Yet, the amazing fact was that we do not see many key African Americans as much as Multi-cultural team who share his passion and his vision. It is a great testimony that the so called African American leadership is not based on interactive and proactive communication and dialogue with the membership. It was rather just by admiration based on past perceived performance.

Yes, current global events and especially US Political events in the person of President Bush and former House Speaker Gingrich had a lot to do with how the public perceived the Democrats and the new leadership. McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin and their comparative ignorance and rather poor judgement and highly embarrassing behavior had a lot to do. The choice was stark like day and night.

Just watch Sarah Palin's interview the last few days post the election to see her judgement and wisdom if there is any compared to how Obama continues to carry himself. The fact he called Ms Reagan and apologized right away for the unwanted jokes he cracked at her expense was a far difference between him and how Sarah Palin continues to carry herself. No where do you hear from her they lost because of their performance, which Mc Cain to his credit was more generous than her in accepting responsibility.

At the end the most efficient and well organized campaign machine won. Still people want to credit the wrong reasons for this success. It is also the wishes and aspirations of the American people that prevailed. The American experience is changing and this election. The American Demographics has changed dramatically and this election is a reflection of the American changing experience and evolution.

There is a dearth of written, spoken and video information for a long time to review when the dust settles.

Here is just the beginning.

Dr B

An Open Letter to the American People

September 25, 2008

This year's presidential election is among the most significant in our nation's history.

The country urgently needs a visionary leader who can ensure the future of our traditional strengths in science and technology and who can harness those strengths to address many of our greatest problems: energy, disease, climate change, security, and economic competitiveness.

We are convinced that Senator Barack Obama is such a leader, and we urge you to join us in supporting him.

During the administration of George W. Bush, vital parts of our country's scientific enterprise have been damaged by stagnant or declining federal support.

The government's scientific advisory process has been distorted by political considerations. As a result, our once dominant position in the scientific world has been shaken and our prosperity has been placed at risk.

We have lost time critical for the development of new ways to provide energy, treat disease, reverse climate change, strengthen our security, and improve our economy.

We have watched Senator Obama's approach to these issues with admiration. We especially applaud his emphasis during the campaign on the power of science and technology to enhance our nation's competitiveness.

In particular, we support the measures he plans to take – through new initiatives in education and training, expanded research funding, an unbiased process for obtaining scientific advice, and an appropriate balance of basic and applied research – to meet the nation's and the world's most urgent needs.

Senator Obama understands that Presidential leadership and federal investments in science and technology are crucial elements in successful governance of the world's leading country. We hope you will join us as we work together to ensure his election in November.


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The views expressed in this letter represent those of the signers acting as individual citizens. They do not necessarily represent the views of the institutions with which they are affiliated. The Medicine award is for “Physiology or Medicine.”

Why Obama won

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Wed Nov 5, 2:37 am ET
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Slideshow: Election '08 Play Video Video: McCain Camp Accepts Tough Loss ABC News Play Video Video: Obama Accepts Historic Victory ABC News Reuters – U.S. President-elect Senator Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their daughters Malia (2nd R) and Sasha … Barack Obama’s sweeping victory as president of the United States sends him to the White House to face what may be the worst national financial crisis since the time of Franklin Roosevelt’s election in 1932.

Obama won on his own terms, strategically and symbolically. He rolled up a series of contested states, from Colorado to Virginia, long out of Democratic reach. And his victory reflected the accuracy of his vision of a reshaped country. Racism, much discussed, turned out to be a footnote, and African-American turnout was not unusually high. Instead, Obama drew his strength from an array of racially mixed, growing areas around cities like Orlando, Washington, Indianapolis, and Columbus on his way to at least 334 electoral votes.

“Even as we celebrate tonight we know that the challenges tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime: two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century,” Obama told a crowd of more than 100,000 in Chicago’s Grant Park.

The assembled crowd had been strangely silent through the evening, even as Obama shut the door for McCain by winning New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, and even after his victory in Ohio pointed toward a landslide, seemingly unwilling to accept or believe the impending victory.

Only at 11:00 p.m., when CNN declared that Obama had surpassed 270 electoral votes, did the crowd roar in approval.

"This victory alone is not the change we seek — it is only the chance to make that change," Obama said, standing between two bulletproof glass walls.

McCain, speaking in a somber concession speech outside the Phoenix hotel where he married his wife, declared that he had done what he could.

"I don't know what more we could have done to try to win this election," he said.

Calling Obama "my president," McCain vowed to work with him to help repair a nation facing profound challenges at home and abroad.

"These are difficult times for our country, and I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face," McCain said.

After booing Obama's name and offering a few jeers, the crowd came to recognize the history in the evening when McCain paid tribute to the nation's first black president by recalling his own favorite commander-in-chief.

"A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt's invitation of Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage in many quarters," McCain recalled. "America today is a world away from the cruel and prideful bigotry of that time. There is no better evidence of this than the election of an African-American to the presidency of the United States."

For the first time, claps and even a few cheers were heard from the dejected crowd.

Obama’s win came with Democratic gains in the Senate and House, though his broad victory — he swept swing states ranging from Indiana to Ohio to Virginia — was perhaps even more dramatic than his party’s success in congressional races. Obama and other Democratic leaders quickly signaled their awareness of the risk of overreaching, with Obama avoiding any claim of partisan victory, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid going further.

"This is a mandate to get along, to get something done in a bipartisan way. This is not a mandate for a political party or an ideology,” Reid told Politico.

As grand as the symbolism of Obama’s victory was, it was also a victory for his steady, corporate campaign management. The campaign’s early decision to play on a more ambitious map than other Democratic nominees was the source of his mandate. And the result closely mirrored the PowerPoint presentation his campaign manager, David Plouffe, pitched to sometimes-skeptical audiences of reporters and donors.

McCain’s campaign blamed larger forces for their candidate’s defeat.

“We were crushed by circumstance,” communications director Jill Hazelbaker said after McCain’s speech. “The economic crisis was a pivotal point in this race.”

External factors aside, McCain and his campaign also lagged far behind Obama in every key metric — money, organization, discipline — and failed to embrace Obama's organizational model or the technology it borrowed from the private sector.

Earlier campaigns had celebrated their technological prowess, but in Obama’s cutting-edge campaign, new political technology was implemented and came of age, evidenced by its vaunted fundraising machine and its “Houdini” computer system, which enabled the campaign as late as Tuesday afternoon to identify and bring to the polls a last wave of supporters who hadn’t yet voted.

The coalition Obama assembled proved as modern as the technology his campaign employed.

In his clear-cut victory, Obama became the first Democrat to win a majority of American votes since Jimmy Carter’s 1976 election. He won states just months ago thought to be impregnable to his party, places that just four years ago went for President Bush by double-digits: Virginia, Indiana, and North Carolina among them.

Indeed, Obama won in all regions of the country but the Deep South, piling up big wins in the perennial Democratic bulwarks on both coasts and making deep inroads into New South states, the industrial and agricultural heartland and the fast-growing Rocky Mountain West.

But perhaps most spectacularly, he found victory with a multiracial coalition that has the makings of a formidable political base of power.

If his was the first 21st century campaign, his victory was powered by a new face of America: comprised of all ethnicities, hailing mostly from cities and suburbs, largely under 40 years old, and among all income classes.

As they emphatically proved by obliterating the presidential color line, many of these voters are not guided by traditional cultural attachment to race, religion or region.

What makes his victory so resounding, and so daunting for Republicans, was that he combined support from African-Americans, Jews, and young whites with other key groups. He also reversed President Bush’s advances with Hispanic voters.

Further, and even more worrisome for the GOP, Obama was dominant among self-described “moderate” voters, a 60 percent swath of Americans larger than either self-described liberals or conservatives.

This 21st century coalition allowed Obama to blow out McCain in cities and suburbs where Bush had narrowly won or lost by smaller margins four years ago, and to pull off narrow wins in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Indiana and Ohio.

He ran up huge margins in heavily-black cities and counties in each, but was able to edge out McCain thanks to big wins in populous, racially-mixed localities like Northern Virginia's Fairfax County (59 percent), Charlotte’s Mecklenburg County (62 percent), Orlando’s Orange County (59 percent), Indianapolis’s Marion County (64 percent) and Columbus’s Franklin County (59 percent).

The coalition underscored the theme that made Obama famous in 2004, and one that he returned to in his victory speech, citing his support from “young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled — Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America."

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