This is a Game Changer for Obama and Us

by francine Hardaway on November 15, 2008

I am watching the first weekly "radio" address by President-elect Obama. And lo, it is on YouTube. No more guessing what the President thinks, what he is going to do, and how he feels.

This is a game-changer, whether anyone realizes it or not. It's an on-demand way to know what the President is thinking and doing without having to "tune in" to the weekly address (I have never known where or when it was before today, when its existence was tweeted to me as I opened my eyes this morning).

Obama is asking for and committing to an economic stimulus plan, and also asking us to recognize that to get ourselves out of this recession we will have to create jobs in green energy and national infrastructure. He's asking for a new spirit of sacrifice. Finally. We get to DO something as a nation.

I didn't hear anything about tax increases. I have heard a lot about community, about caring for each other. It was quite inspiring, but then I am the choir: a yoga teacher, an Obama supporter, a person who has always believed we rise and fall together, not separately.


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ursulas November 15, 2008 at 9:22 am

I couldn’t wait for the Obama administration to take place because I just knew they’d be open and take saavy! A stark contrast to the secretive Bush administration of America’s dark ages.

Mickeleh November 15, 2008 at 10:19 am

I’m sorry. No news in this address. It’s a rehash of previous delivered messages. No need to watch it. The best thing to say is that Obama has set the bar really low. Maybe he’ll get better.

No gamechanger yet. Just a time-waster. When it was only on the radio, I wouldn’t have lost the time watching for it. And if you hadn’t fallen for the YouTubiness, I wouldn’t have lost the time writing this comment.

Francine hardaway November 15, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Hey Michael, don’t be such a cynic. The medium is the message and the medium has changed. You are thinking too much of content and not enough about building community.

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