I know, the election’s over. But I’m still happy to celebrate how we won it: the energy of the campaign, the innovation of the volunteers, the employment of the ‘net as a powerful tool for change. Check out this video of some hyped up volunteers making old school music in Charlottesville, VA for Obama:
I used to go see Dave Matthews when I was in school in Charlottesville and he was just starting out. So for a little nostalgia, here’s Dave’s GOTV video for Barack:
So I’ve given myself an hour or so to process the Obama ad and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. First, I will tell you what I hated: he sounded, as always, stuffed up and that irritated me all the way through. It’s the same issue I had with (and why I couldn’t post) his 2 minute wrap up ad earlier this week. Totally my pet peeve issue.
The oval office type setting could go either way with folks. I’d say it was good. This gives folks a chance to see a black dude in a white house like setting and see that they can be comfortable with that.
I agree with Gov. Earley of NC and with Howard Fineman of Newsweek that this was a moving and emotional ad. Obama connected with the middle class here and directly with swing state voters. He completed the narrative of his family and background for the undecided voter. The script was polished, the details firm, the transitions smooth, and yet it felt authentic and grounded.
Unlike Chris Matthews, I felt the transition to the live speech was jarring. The taped piece had been soothing and calm, I felt, and then we transferred suddenly to a loud arena and a hyped Obama. It seemed too quick and altered for my mind. But his speech was good, if typical for this point in the campaign. At the end, the crowd noise was so loud that he could barely be heard.
All in all, I think this was a success. We’ll see tomorrow how many people watched and what the polling says.
There’s still a lot of work to do. Don’t let up. From the campaign … (no, really, from the campaign):
And because I’m feeling video generous, I’ll encourage you to “Make History:”
This is a great new ad from the Obama campaign and is their first overt swipe at Palin. Check it:
Politico has rounded up what they (and select staffers of both parties) think are the best political ads of the season. There are some great ones on their list and you should check them out (esp. #3 “Hosed” … are they getting pissed on?). I have to agree with their #1 pick. Mike Gravel is one wacky dude.
My four year old:
“What’s he doing?”
“Isn’t he gonna say something?”
“Where’s he going?”
“Is he gonna jump in the water?”
“This guy’s crazy!”
Yeah, pretty much.
I’ve seen this little gem everywhere. Because of scars from the original (don’t ask), I hadn’t watched it. I finally did today and, yeah, had to put it here. You should watch it, too.
Wassup, 2008 (not endorsed by the Bud people)