Well, one thing that’s definitely true about Obama - he’s from a far different generation than Bush, McCain - or even Hillary. When McCain sarcastically asked, “Exactly who IS Barrack Obama?”, Obama quipped, “What does he mean? It’s all right there on my Facebook page.”
I’m still getting emails from his campaign asking for my input in where “we” go from here. Call me naive, but that isn’t something you’d hear “the decider”. Obama said previously that he wants government spending to be made “Google-able”: Time to Shine Light on Government Spending
[quote]Enter Sen. Barack Obama, Rep. Ron Paul, Sen. Sam Brownback, Sen. Mike Gravel, Rep. Dennis Kucinch and Mr. John Cox. These presidential candidates have all embraced the concept of “Google government” by signing the Oath of Presidential Transparency— which is sponsored by a non-partisan coalition led by the Reason Foundation.
By signing the oath they are promising, should they win the presidency in 2008, that they will issue an executive order during their first month in office instructing the entire executive branch to put into practice the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, a Google-like search tool that will allow taxpayers to hop online and see exactly how their tax dollars are being spent on federal contracts, grants and earmarks.[/quote]
And now, there’s this: The Obama Transition As Reality TV
[quote]One very smart thing Obama’s team is doing is documenting what is going on behind the scenes so if the American public wants to find out more, they can…
Note how they’re talking about how their policies will help create jobs, but still be bi-partisanship. And this consistent messaging makes me believe that it isn’t just lip service. I genuinely believe that Obama and the people who are working for him want to unify this country in a way I’ve never experience in my lifetime.
It’s pretty clear to me that [b]Obama is completely changing the game by using social technologies like YouTube and blogs and comments to make Americans feel like they’re really included in this presidency and that we’re united by a common purpose to make this country better. It’s as if nearly everybody can have a seat at the table if they want to be included. All they have to do is add their voice at Change.gov and they can be part of the conversation.
And after 8 years of a historically secretive administration, this level of transparency is not just refreshing…it’s imperative to restoring people’s faith in government.[/b][/quote]
The URL shows videos of Obama’s transition team discussing environmental and energy policies, and another of someone actually answering questions put to the administration at the change.gov website.