Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Success, the President-Elect Obama Way

image After a very jittery, scary start, WE DID IT!  I am SO PROUD OF the U.S.A.! I don't have hope just in Obama, but I have hope in the American people. I have hope for our country, and for the world.

I cried like a baby, I was so overwhelmed.

A special thanks to Mom2Brie, Brie, Erica, BabyGirl, and Demon Baby. They are the kind of people who worked to make this huge, wonderful change happen, who ensured we made history tonight.

And what about his presidency? Candidates make a lot of promises, but what about when they take office? Howard Fineman wrote an excellent piece yesterday, The Obama Way: Seven Steps to Success.

After analyzing the way Obama ran his campaign, Fineman said this:

So what's the bottom line? Pretty simple. If past is prologue, Obama and his circle are already very hard at work — and very far along — planning the details of his presidency.

The game plan will be comprehensive, detailed, clever and cautious.

That's good news, whether you’re for him or not. As Plouffe says, it's always better to have a plan. It's the Obama Way.

What can we learn from his campaign? Which parts of the "Obama Way" can we apply to our own goals?

  1. image Be decisive: Consider the options, make a decision, and don't look back.
  2. Stick with the plan: It's said Obama's plan has been in place and has been intact since he announced his presidency almost two years ago. Now that's staying the course!
  3. Have a tight circle of support and advisors. And keep the plan close to the chest.
  4. Sweat the details: I tell my students this all the time. Excellence lives in the details. If you want to be at the top of anything, it's all in the details. Barack Obama fought even for Nevada's one stray electoral vote.
  5. Understand your brand: Obama has lived his brand unceasingly. Change has been his "true North."
  6. Go digital: The future is digital. It's coming. It might be in two years or thirty, but it's still coming.
  7. Use caution: When you can, pick the safest pick that will yield a "specific, tangible result."

His strategy as a young 24 year-old? During his stint in Chicago:

"He told us, never get rattled, do your homework, stay focused on what you're trying to achieve and, above all, don't get angry, because anger distracts your attention."

And Dan Shomon said this about Obama:

"Barack never forgets the lessons he learns along the way... He creates energy and enthusiasm, but he is also very aware of the importance of organisation... he is brilliant at relating to people..."

It's already being said: Obama's win is due to the way he has empowered people. More people than ever have voted, more minorities than ever have voted. Obama inspired people to canvas, to contribute, and to vote, because he delivered a message:

You matter. You can make a difference.

Even in his acceptance speech, he asked for humility. He has not yet declared victory; he has declared a beginning. I don't think he will declare victory until the last day of his presidency.

More than anything, President-Elect Obama has proven that he never lets up. Not when he's up in the polls, not when it's the day before or the day of the election and everyone is saying he will win.

I believe Obama will not let up now; I believe he will not let up during his first four years as President, that he will not let up during the next election, and not even in the final hours of his presidency.

Never let up.

We have elected a great man today, a great leader. He's not letting up and neither should we.

30 bonus scribbles:

Stephen Parrish 11/05/2008 02:15:00 AM  

Yes we could, yes we did.

Thanks for the video; I couldn't stay up long enough to see his acceptance speech.

It's Only Me 11/05/2008 07:43:00 AM  

I read this morning that there were places in the country where the voting turnout was 80-90%. I have never seen those numbers before. Totally amazing.

I got a bit teary-eyed last night, too. I tried to blame it on a late night, though.

Edie 11/05/2008 08:18:00 AM  

Thanks for the video. I didn't listen to it last night. I was IMing Michelle in Australia. She's thrilled!

Erica Orloff 11/05/2008 08:40:00 AM  

I cried during his speech. What a night, Spy. When I think of the hot days I went, dragging Demon Baby door to door, knocking on doors, tired and really . . . I have no free time. And I thought, Why am I doing this? Why am I canvassing? And the answer I heard was I believe in this man. And I only had to look at Demon Baby to know why I did it.


marciacolette 11/05/2008 08:44:00 AM  

I don't think he will declare victory until the last day of his presidency.

So true! Obama did something that no other president could ever do. He brought us together and gave them something to hope for in a time when people were foreclosing on hope. What knocks me to my knees even more is that people outside the US are watching in awe. The eyes of world are on us right now, and for once, it's for a stupendous reason.

spyscribbler 11/05/2008 08:49:00 AM  

Stephen, it was great. I watched it when it happened, and was so wound up I watched it again when CNN showed it the second time.

He is a gifted speaker.

spyscribbler 11/05/2008 08:52:00 AM  

OnlyMe, isn't that wonderful? I still would like to see the numbers for the whole country be at 80%, but we're moving in the right direction.

spyscribbler 11/05/2008 08:52:00 AM  

Edie, I bet! That's awesome! And the world thought we wouldn't elect the best man for the job. We did!

spyscribbler 11/05/2008 08:54:00 AM  

Seriously, Erica. I look at my students every day, and over the past few years, I've been feeling we're leaving them a worse world than we got. Last night I felt we were finally moving in the right direction.

THANK YOU for canvassing. Seriously.

spyscribbler 11/05/2008 08:57:00 AM  

Seriously, Marcia. Isn't that fantastic? I think America went up in world estimation a whole lot last night. I am hopeful for the next eight years.

Kath Calarco 11/05/2008 09:11:00 AM  

I have never been so proud to be an American. Tears were unstoppable as I watched the crowd in Chicago, but witnessing the brightest point in history was what kept the deluge going.

He renews hope not only in the nation, but in each individual - his battle cry: never, ever give up.

Zoe Winters 11/05/2008 10:32:00 AM  

hehe congrats, spy! (I swear I feel like YOU won the presidency. You were probably more nervous last night than Obama.)

I'm just glad we didn't go into recounts and fighting and things like what Gore did to us with Florida. I don't think Bush was good for the country, but all that recount bull wasn't good for it either.

spyscribbler 11/05/2008 10:46:00 AM  

Kath, such true words. It is amazing to me that one man can be such an inspiration, can create such change. It's proof to all of us.

spyscribbler 11/05/2008 10:47:00 AM  

Zoe, I'm glad we didn't have a polling mess, too. And I feel like we ALL won last night, LOL. :-)

I'll be keeping an eye on internet rights for us, though. ;-)

Melanie Avila 11/05/2008 10:55:00 AM  

Spy, you've said it much better than I can, so I'm going to link to you today. :) This morning at the market I made sure my regular vendors all knew that I have "un nuevo presidente!" They already knew, which made me even happier.

Today I rest.

Robin 11/05/2008 11:05:00 AM  

Yay! We did it! I'm so happy today, I'm having trouble concentrating at work. I'm at this residential placement facility I work at 3x's a week, where most of the boys are black or hispanic. I'm trying to psych them up, and say, "Look! This is so cool! It shows that you can do anything you want to with your life!"

They're laughing at me for being so happy about Obama, but I am. He gives us all hope for the future.

spyscribbler 11/05/2008 01:07:00 PM  

Awww, how sweet, Melanie! Isn't that wonderful? It's not just a good day for the US; I believe it's a good day for the world.

spyscribbler 11/05/2008 01:10:00 PM  

Robin, so true! His message was one of empowerment and hope. His victory proves that hope is possible; it proves to everyone who has ever felt powerless that they are not, unless they make themselves so.

That's a great lesson for everyone, especially children! Especially the inner-city poverty-stricken, because they are, statistically, the ones that buy into the powerless philosophy the most.

Zoe Winters 11/05/2008 01:17:00 PM  

hehe Spy, when it comes down to it, my uterus is FAR more important than my internet. I've been so tied up with personal shit the past two years I had no idea that the Supreme Court upheld Bush's Federal Abortion Ban bill. It had been struck down already in 6 courts as unconstitutional.

We were getting very close to losing rights of choice.

With the house and senate going dem, McCain couldn't have done much anyway, but I do feel better with Obama wanting to sign FOCA. That would be a big step forward for women.

And the Bush administration should have taught me that all republicans aren't for "small government" Though I'm not repub either, but until recently the republicans were a lot closer to libertarian than the dems.

I'm cautiously hopeful. The first election I was old enough to vote in was 8 years ago. So I think I'm pretty cynical about the whole thing. I hope Obama is all the good things people think.

If he is, maybe I can vote next time. Though my state went for McCain anyway. It's definitely a "red state"

spyscribbler 11/05/2008 01:27:00 PM  

Zoe, I see a trend of ultra-conservatism in this country, of conservative Christians trying to legislate their beliefs. We have only to remember 9/11, to look at the Middle East, to know why politics and religion don't mix.

I know the whole world is not the front table of Borders, but in the past four or five years, the political books keep getting more and more conservative, more and more close-minded.

Gay rights, women's rights, our freedoms: these are battles I thought had been won, years ago.

As I've said about our constitutional freedoms, we can't be oblivious or apathetic, because one day they are going to come knocking on our door and it will be too late.

These are definitely issues we should all be keeping a close eye on.

Ello 11/05/2008 02:21:00 PM  

I'm beyond happy! I'm euphoric!

Zoe Winters 11/05/2008 02:53:00 PM  

Hey Spy, Oh don't get me started on Gay marriage. Holy DAMN. That's what bugs me about the ultraconservatives, they take things that are personal and do NOT affect the greater world, and they try to legislate it to further validate their beliefs.

Abortion. If you don't believe in them, don't have one. Simple.

Gay Marriage. If you don't believe in it, don't marry someone of the same sex. (though really this issue should be closed. Sexual orientation is inborn. Telling someone that their orientation may be inborn, but they aren't allowed to actually have love because their orientation isn't what their narrow interpretation of the bible supports, is just cruelty.)

lainey bancroft 11/05/2008 05:47:00 PM  

(((So happy for you, Spy!)))

For everyone really, not just the US. You're right when you say it has become 'universal' and what could be better than a universal message of hope?

writtenwyrdd 11/05/2008 06:06:00 PM  

You know, I want to bookmark this post and come back every few weeks and reread. Because I have the encouraging and uplifting feeling that it will feel appropriate and correct all over again. That will be the proof of a great man in office, I say.

spyscribbler 11/05/2008 07:47:00 PM  

LOL, I like your arguments, Zoe!

spyscribbler 11/05/2008 07:49:00 PM  

Aww, Lainey, I'm happy for everyone! If it's now a "world economy," then it's definitely a wider world. If a butterfly flapping its wings in China causes a tornado in Kansas, then this, I hope, will create one big tornado of good around the world.

We'll see!

spyscribbler 11/05/2008 07:51:00 PM  

Aww, thanks, Writtenwyrdd! Yes, you know, I've been thinking. I've been changed by this election. I am a different person.

That effect alone is pretty amazing in itself. (Assuming I'm not the only one, LOL!)

Virginia Lady 11/05/2008 07:54:00 PM  

Yes, we can! And yes we will! Way to go USA!

I watched the coverage until about 1:30 am. I'm dead on feet today, but it was worth it. He is a gifted orator. I'm thrilled with the results.

What a great change for our country. Now we all have to take his words to heart and work together to improve things.

spyscribbler 11/05/2008 07:57:00 PM  

Virginia, I was up until the second time CNN showed Obama's speech, at about 2 or 2:30. I'm worn out from the anticipation and excitement and the roller coaster, but I'm thrilled.

You're right: he sure is a gifted orator.