12 Quotes on Technology from Barack Obama

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original post HERE.

The historic U.S. Presidential election has come to an end with Barack Obama emerging victorious against John McCain. Obama will become the forty-fourth President of the United States and the first African-American to be elected for the highest office.

* “To restore America’s competitiveness, we must recruit a new generation of science and technology leaders by investing in diversity.”
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“Together, we could open up government and invite citizens in, while connecting all of America to 21st century broadband. We could use technology to help achieve universal health care, to reach for a clean energy future, and to ensure that young Americans can compete — and win — in the global economy…”
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“I will recruit new teachers and make new investments in rural schools, we’ll connect all of America to 21st century technology and telecommunications.”
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“We are a land of moon shots and miracles of science and technology that have touched the lives of millions across the planet.”
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“As president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power.”
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“Ensuring that the US continues to lead the world in science and technology will be a central priority for my administration.”
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“I’ll change the posture of our federal government from being one of the most anti-science administrations in American history to one that embraces science and technology.”
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“We will fire government managers who aren’t getting results, we will cut funding for programs that are wasting your money, we will use technology and lessons from the private sector to improve efficiency across every level of government.”
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Obama said the nation needs to invest in solar, wind, biodiesel and clean coal technology “so the use of coal does not degrade our environment. We can do that if we are investing in the technology, the research and the development.”
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“We must adapt and make tradeoffs among systems originally designed for the Cold War and those required for current and future challenges. We need greater investment in advanced technology ranging from the revolutionary, like unmanned aerial vehicles and electronic warfare capabilities, to systems like the C-17 cargo and KC-X air refueling aircraft–which may not be glamorous to politicians, but are the backbone of our future ability to extend global power.”
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Obama said if elected his government would “harness technology to confront the biggest challenges that America faces”.
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Pointing to President Kennedy’s challenge to put a man on the moon, Mr. Obama said: “I will set big goals for this country as president – some so large that the technology to reach them does not yet exist.”
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A New Age: Internet Presidency

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The 2008 presidential election marked two great changes to the U.S. Presidency. TheĀ  most obvious, of course, was the election of an African-American as the next president of the United States.

But the bigger change over the long term was the crowning of the Internet as the king of all political media. It was the end of the era of television presidency that started with JFK, and the beginning of the Internet presidency.

“Barack Obama built the biggest network of supporters we’ve seen, using the Internet to do it,” Joe Trippi, an Internet political and business consultant who pioneered the use of the Internet in politics managing Howard Dean campaign in 2004, and who managed John Edwards’ campaign in this election, told InformationWeek. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that communication through YouTube and other social networks put him over the top.”

Obama used a combination of television, the Internet, and social media to recruit volunteers and supporters, and cement relationships with them. He asked supporters to supply their cell phone numbers, and sent out regular text-message blasts, even announcing his selection for vice president over text message. Using a custom social networking site, created with the help of a Facebook co-founder, Obama supporters were able to log in and find lists of people they could call, or whose doors they could knock on, to try to persuade others to vote for their candidate.

And it’s only the beginning, said Trippi. That kind of networking will likely transform the White House. Trippi anticipates Obama will create a similar social networking for his legislative initiatives and recruit supporters to lobby Congress to get his policies enacted into law.

The result will be further increase of presidential power and the erosion of congressional authority. “Congress will be put between a rock and a hard place, if millions of citizens sign up to help the president pass his agenda,” Trippi said. “If the president says, ‘Here are the members of Congress who stand in the way of us passing health care reform,’ I would not want to be one of those people. You’ll have 10 or 15 million networked Americans barging in on the members of Congress telling them to get in line with the program and pass the health care reform bill. That will be a power that no American president has had before. Congress’ power will be taken over by the American people.”

The Obama administration is expected to build on a foundation of grassroots support in his private social network, on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. YouTube users alone spent 14.5 million hours watching official Barack Obama campaign videos — and that isn’t even including user-generated videos, Trippi said, adding that amount of network time for political commercials would have cost $46 million — and, while YouTube users requested the videos and therefore most likely watched them, there’s no way to tell whether anybody’s watching TV commercials.

The Obama campaign used Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Maps mashups to help volunteers find local campaign resources and people to contact and try to persuade. And, of course, it used the Internet to solicit donations. Some 3.2 million people donated to the Obama campaign through its Web site.

Obama’s Facebook page has 2.6 million supporters. Obama’s official Facebook application has 161,000 active users, who used the application to share news items, blog posts, speeches, and videos.

The BarackObama Twitter account has about 123,000 followers, making it the most popular account on Twitter, according to the Twitter tracking site Twitterholic.

By comparison, John McCain’s Facebook page had 624,000 supporters.

The statistics mashup tool Trendrr.com reported that Obama was mentioned in nearly 500 million blog posts since the conventions at the end of August. During the same period, only about 150 million posts mentioned McCain. On social networks, Obama led, with 844,927 MySpace friends compared with McCain’s 219,404, according to the Web 2.0 blog ReadWriteWeb.

Joe Baker is one Obama volunteer who used the Internet to help work for his candidate. He worked in an Obama campaign office in Chico, Calif., making phone calls to persuade voters, staffing the front desk, taking donations, and greeting people and taking donations. Baker is a disabled, retired Army officer.

He praised the Neighbor to Neighbor application on the Obama Web site as a means of getting out the vote. Obama supporters in swing states could log on to the Obama Web site and get a phone list of people in their neighborhoods to call and encourage them to vote for Obama. Baker and his colleagues in Chico used the site to coordinate with Democrats in Reno, Nev., to persuade Nevada voters to support Obama.

“MyBarackObama was very much a key place,” Baker said. “The tenet of the campaign was to always send people directly to what Obama had said.” The campaign made that easy by making Obama’s position papers, statements, and videos readily available. “They didn’t necessarily want us to tell people our opinions, they wanted it to be representative of what Obama thought.”

Baker, whose injuries sustained in Vietnam and subsequent military service make it difficult for him to stand or walk for long periods, is active in Second Life, using the name “Willys Faulkes.” He built an Obama campaign headquarters in the virtual world, where supporters could download campaign literature and get in discussions with other Obama supporters, undecided voters, and McCain supporters as well — the Republican campaign also had supporters in Second Life.

Obama’s Internet candidacy should be a lesson for business as well, said Trippi, who does both political and business consulting on the use of the Internet. “You have to change your whole way of thinking,” he said. “You’re going to lose control of your brand to a large degree, unless you create networks to change your brand.”

Historically, businesses have sought to be big and controlling Goliaths, and the Internet and social networks are becoming armies of Davids. “You don’t want to be Goliath anymore, you want to be the guys handing out the slingshots,” Trippi said.

For example: The traditional recording industry is a Goliath, trying to force people to continue to buy whole albums and CDs to get one good song. The army of Davids consists of consumers downloading music.

Apple is the company selling slingshots, in the form of iPods and iTunes.

this article taken in part from InformationWeek.

Redistribution of Wealth, Commando Style

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I thought it important to note that I put this blog posting up AS A JOKE!!! People, come on! I am a steadfast Obama supporter. Obviously this story and the person who wrote it has virtually nothing to do with Obama’s distribution of wealth plan.

The changes having to do with the economy are geared toward changes in taxes:

Obama and Biden will cut income taxes by $1,000 for working families to offset the payroll tax they pay.

  • Provide a Tax Cut for Working Families: Obama and Biden will restore fairness to the tax code and provide 150 million workers the tax relief they need. Obama and Biden will create a new “Making Work Pay” tax credit of up to $500 per person, or $1,000 per working family. The “Making Work Pay” tax credit will completely eliminate income taxes for 10 million Americans.
  • Eliminate Income Taxes for Seniors Making Less than $50,000: Barack Obama will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year. This proposal will eliminate income taxes for 7 million seniors and provide these seniors with an average savings of $1,400 each year. Under the Obama-Biden plan, 27 million American seniors will also not need to file an income tax return.
  • Simplify Tax Filings for Middle Class Americans: Obama and Biden will dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes. Obama and Biden will ensure that the IRS uses the information it already gets from banks and employers to give taxpayers the option of pre-filled tax forms to verify, sign and return. Experts estimate that the Obama-Biden proposal will save Americans up to 200 million total hours of work and aggravation and up to $2 billion in tax preparer fees.

This has nothing to do with taking money from someone who has earned it and giving it to the poor.I am saddened that I needed to explain the joke, but I guess my dry sense of humor goes over even poorer on the web than it does in person.

The Original Post:

This story was found on an unidentified blog earlier today and I thought it would be worth disseminating for those who wish to help jumpstart Obama’s redistribution of wealth before he gets into office:

Today on my way to lunch I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read ‘Vote Obama, I need the money.’ I laughed.

Once in the restaurant my server had on an ‘Obama 08’ tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference–just imagine the coincidence, him and the homeless guy.

When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone whom I deemed more in need–as his candidate declares is fit and proper. The server angrily stormed from my sight.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I’ve decided he could use the money more than the man who earned it. The homeless guy was grateful.

At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment, the homeless guy was grateful for money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he made… even though the actual recipient deserved money more and the waiter had publicly declared his agreement with that political stance.

I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.