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Our Nations First Internet President

Posted by tothewire on January 19, 2009

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Just as Frank Roosevelt was our first radio president and JFK was our first TV president, Obama will be the first president to instinctively understand how to use the Internet to his advantage….

Barack Obama is far more than the first black president; he is the first Internet president. obama2

“Barack Obama built the biggest network of supporters we’ve seen, using the Internet to do it,” Joe Trippi, an Internet political and business consultant who pioneered the use of the Internet in politics managing Howard Dean campaign in 2004, and who managed John Edwards’ campaign in this election, told InformationWeek. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that communication through YouTube and other social networks put him over the top.”
Obama used a combination of television, the Internet, and social media to recruit volunteers and supporters, and cement relationships with them. He asked supporters to supply their cell phone numbers, and sent out regular text-message blasts, even announcing his selection for vice president over text message. Using a custom social networking site, created with the help of a Facebook co-founder, Obama supporters were able to log in and find lists of people they could call, or whose doors they could knock on, to try to persuade others to vote for their candidate.

 

And it’s only the beginning,  said Trippi. That kind of networking will likely transform the White House. Trippi anticipates Obama will create a similar social networking for his legislative initiatives and recruit supporters to lobby Congress to get his policies enacted into law.

The result will be further increase of presidential power and the erosion of congressional authority. “Congress will be put between a rock and a hard place, if millions of citizens sign up to help the president pass his agenda,” Trippi said. “If the president says, ‘Here are the members of Congress who stand in the way of us passing health care reform,’ I would not want to be one of those people. You’ll have 10 or 15 million networked Americans barging in on the members of Congress telling them to get in line with the program and pass the health care reform bill. That will be a power that no American president has had before. Congress’ power will be taken over by the American people.”

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10 Responses to “Our Nations First Internet President”

  1. SewDucky said

    He may be tech savvy, but the question is can he really use it as FDR did radio?

    I understand what your saying, but really millions of unregistered non-voters isn’t going to do much one way or the other, and politicians will look at that. I realize that it’s easy to register and all, but until the 10-15M are registered voters who DO vote, it’s not going to do much one way or the other.

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  2. tothewire said

    I believe it already has made a difference!

    Lawman is still having fun teasing my sister and me about who’s Christmas boot creation will be the best!

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  3. SewDucky said

    It got him voted in, but how many are going to continue to vote? Some of this is going to depend greatly on Obama’s administration.

    I know a lot of people registered to vote when JFK was elected, but how many of them voted for other elections? (It’s an honest question, I’m not being snippy here.) I know I had an aunt who that was the one and only election she ever voted in. I’m all for voting, and I think it’s a duty and a privilege to do so, but what happens when the people ganging up on the other politicians don’t do more then send strong words.

    I’m not saying this is a bad thing, on the contrary, I think people being more involved in the government is a good thing, and I do believe strongly it is a duty and a privilege to vote. But even the new law with the lead testing in children’s clothing (an internet revolution if ever there was one) is making very little headway so far and that’s all over the place.

    And I can’t wait to see the boots!

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  4. SewDucky said

    I obviously need more coffee when I start repeating myself. Sorry.

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  5. tothewire said

    Here is where I think the most important difference will be:
    Quoting Trippi:
    “Congress will be put between a rock and a hard place, if millions of citizens sign up to help the president pass his agenda If the president says, ‘Here are the members of Congress who stand in the way of us passing health care reform,’ I would not want to be one of those people. You’ll have 10 or 15 million networked Americans barging in on the members of Congress telling them to get in line with the program and pass the health care reform bill. That will be a power that no American president has had before. Congress’ power will be taken over by the American people.”

    I am excited to see the results! But only time will tell if there will be…

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  6. Cecil Jones said

    Clearly tapping into the techonology helped, but Obama won because he had the winning message. Obama utilized the relationships inside the party to get the “Machine” behind him. Democrats were lost after America refused to count the vote in 2000 and Al Gore conceeded. It was Al Gore who had control of the “Machine.” He pointed our focus to “Diversity and Inclusion.” Obama was handed an opportunity in Illinois. After Gore, Howard Dean screamed because John Kerry took control of the machine. Kerry changed his position on gun control and he swept the primary season. Kerry shocked the world and selected John Edwards to unite the party and the rage in the machine…except he did not have the Clintons. Kerry offered Obama the Keynote. Kerry had the winning message in his hands, “We Can”, but he did not use it in 2004. The Clintons rose up when Kerry was on the verge of victory. Kerry-Edwards lost, but Edwards kept running the machine. Two Americas was given to Obama and translated into “Hope.” The Clintons were defeated and now Democrats had enough support in the machine to win. Obama stayed on the message of “We Can.” Avoiding any last minute slips, he listened and took Sen. Biden as VP. Not only did we prove “We Can”, but “We Did” win. Obama won not because he was clearly the best. Obama won because what was offered was unacceptable because they lacked hope and they weren’t credible. Obama is now losing credibility by not giving credit where credit is due. From the Dean Scream to the King Dream…this plan was laid out by people inside the Party mechanism. These people deserve credit and Obama isn’t giving it. Gore, Dean, Axelrod, Trippi, Edwards, Kerry, Brazille and The Secret Internet Advisor should get more credit…instead we got the boot.

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  7. tothewire said

    Welcome to our blog Cecil! Do I sound like a counselor at an alcohol annonymous meeting with all my welcomes…?

    Anyway I enjoyed reading your comment. A nice concisely written one indeed! I have heard the sentiment before, and I hope it changes…I hope the new President recognizes all the small people who helped put him where he is.

    I have put a lot of hope in the changes promised, although “some” of his very safe cabinet choices were a bit of a disappointment, I still have faith. Like most of the rest of our Nation I am sure it won’t happen over night.

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  8. that’s a great graphic!! very compelling!

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  9. tothewire said

    Thanks Art Predator! I googled it not sure who really gets the credit for it.

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  10. douglaskev said

    i hope that he continues to be in touch with people as much as he was during the campaign.

    i would love to see “fireside chats” & a presidents question time (like they do in Britain)

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