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?
- Be decisive: Consider the options, make a decision, and don't look back.
- 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!
- Have a tight circle of support and advisors. And keep the plan close to the chest.
- 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.
- Understand your brand: Obama has lived his brand unceasingly. Change has been his "true North."
- Go digital: The future is digital. It's coming. It might be in two years or thirty, but it's still coming.
- 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."
"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.