Several of my friends have walked the walk from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama for the past few months, and Anne Juel Jørgensen has a very interesting revelation of her process. Obama clearly emerges as a different leader, who has not only inspired the West Wing (Olav Anders Øvrebø has a great video and analysis), but also millions of people, not only in the US, but all over the world. In my view, he also seems to the be a potential tech president. On this amazing web site, the techpresident, I found this great article by one of the founders, Micah L. Sifry about Obama’s organization (via David Sifry on Twitter). And even more importantly, I became aware of this video of Obama giving a pep talk to 300 staffers in Chicago.
Take a few minutes to watch it, you will not be disappointed, I promise (he even has a comment on the fist bump!).
Obama says, among other things (transcribed by Sifry): “Even if we had lost,” he tells the crowd,”I would be proud of what we’ve built….Collectively all of you, most of you whom are, I’m not sure, of drinking age (people laugh), you’ve created the best political organization in America, and probably the best political organization that we’ve seen in the last 30 40 years. That’s a pretty big deal.”
But just the fact that this internal pep talk is filmed and put on YouTube gives an indications on the openness surrounding this campaign. By the way, did you know that Obama has between four and eight million email addresses registred on his website? As a contrast, Hillary’s husband, Bill, is not even using email, according to this article.
Obama has also some thoughts on volunteers, flat structure and transparency in this video:
“One of the things that I’m really proud about this campaign,” he told an audience in Indianapolis on April 30, “is that we’ve built a structure that can sustain itself after the campaign.” He then talks about how he won so many states, including states like Idaho. It was because of volunteers, he says, “they built the campaign.” We didn’t originally have big plans for Idaho, he tells his listeners, “but people made this structure.”