Monday, November 03, 2008

Obama on Election Eve - A Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall

My political journey started in January with a call from my friend and now blog photographer Maurice as we decided to go see John McCain. Although, traditionally, I was voted democratic for presidential elections, I thought McCain might be different and wanted to see him unfiltered, first hand. I somehow walked into a town hall meeting and ended up two feet from his stage asking him one of the 8 questions posed to him that evening.

The end of the election 2008 journey for the is today. On election eve, in the pouring rain at times, I saw Barack Obama as he is on the threshold of the US presidency. The crowd of 10,000 plus waited for up to 3 hours to see him. He was scheduled to speak at 5:30 pm..and the crowd endured an hour of rain and some early political speeches. You could feel history being made. It was an incredible opportunity to not only be there, but feel like you did some how contribute to making a difference.

Tonight was also an interection of some of my personal media journey in politics.. Politics has been a passion of mine for most of my life. I had grown up in suburban NJ with a rabbi who marched and was jailed with Martin Luther King during the civil rights movement and who railed against the Vietnam war each week. This past 10 months, I had the opportunity to listen to, shake hands with and speak with politicians such as Obama, Biden, Bill Clinton and Howard Dean. I worked for a day at the Obama campaign headquarters in April and could see and feel how special his organization was both by the people and its technology it used.

Late in August, a friend had told me about Salon Magazines's website and community. As a social media expert, I found this to be a fascinating place where passionate writers could blog and post articles on subjects from politics to family. I started to write some articles about my political observations in North Carolina. To my suprise a few of them made the home page and were "Editor's pick". The editor, Joan Walsh, I found out later is a regular on Chris Matthew's Hardball show and in the last month has debated with people on the far right such as Pat Buchanan and most recently Tom DeLay.

This has been a great journey for Obama, McCain and MediaMensch and for all of America.