Sam Graham-Felsen is a global new media strategist who was Barack Obama’s chief blogger for his 2008 transformational presidential campaign. His work centers on how the Internet and social media are fundamentally altering business, human relations and global politics. He has been featured in the Washington Post, Newsweek, WIRED Italy, O Globo (Brazil), and Strategies (France). A recent article of his for The Nation was entitled “How Cyber-Pragmatism Brought Down Mubarak.”
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Sam Graham-Felsen is a new media strategist who was Barack Obama's chief blogger on the 2008 presidential campaign. His work centers on how the Internet is transforming business and global politics and has been featured in publications such as the Washington Post, Newsweek, WIRED Italy, O Globo (Brazil), and Strategies (France). His recent article for The Nation was titled "How Cyber-Pragmatism Brought Down Mubarak."
Sam Graham-Felsen, a global new media strategist who was Barack Obama’s chief blogger for his 2008 transformational presidential campaign, discusses how the Obama campaign team fought prominent political smears during the election.
One of the two major political parties in the U.S., historically the party of labour, minorities, and progressive reformers. In the 1790s a group of Thomas Jefferson's supporters called themselves Democratic Republicans or Jeffersonian Republicans to demonstrate their belief in the principle of popular government and their opposition to monarchism. The party adopted its present name in the 1830s, during the presidency of Andrew Jackson. Democrats won nearly every presidential election in the years 183660, but the issue of slavery split the party. The Southern Democrats called for the protection of slavery in the new territories, whereas the Northern Democrats, led by Stephen A. Douglas, advocated allowing each territory to decide by popular sovereignty whether to accept slavery within its borders. As a result, in 1860 the new antislavery Republican Party won its first national victory under Abraham Lincoln. From 1861 to 1913 the only Democratic president was Grover Cleveland; in these years the party was basically conservative and agrarian-oriented, and its members were opposed to protective tariffs. It returned to power under Woodrow Wilson, instituting greater federal regulation of banking and industry, but the Republicans' frank embrace of big business drew voters amid the prosperity of the 1920s. Democrats became dominant again in 1932, electing Franklin D. Roosevelt. A coalition of urban workers, small farmers, liberals, and others sustained Democrats in office until 1953, and the party regained the presidency with the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960. In the 1970s and '80s the Democrats held the presidency only during the single term of Jimmy Carter (197681) but retained majority control of the House of Representatives. They regained the presidency in 1992 with the election of Bill Clinton but lost control of both the House and the Senate in 1994. In the presidential election of 2000, Clinton's vice president, Al Gore, was defeated by Republican George W. Bush. In 2004 the party's presidential nominee, John Kerry, was defeated by Bush, and the Democrats lost seats in both houses of Congress. Aided by growing opposition to the Iraq War, Democrats regained control of both the House and the Senate following the 2006 midterm elections. In the 2008 presidential election Democratic nominee Barack Obama defeated Republican John McCain, and the Democrats increased their majorities in both the House and the Senate. The modern Democratic Party generally supports a strong federal government with powers to regulate business and industry in the public interest; federally financed social services and benefits for the poor, the unemployed, the aged, and other groups; and the protection of civil rights.
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(born Aug. 4, 1961, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.) 44th president of the U.S. (2009 ). Obama graduated from Columbia University (1983) and Harvard Law School (1991), where he was the first African American to serve as president of the Harvard Law Review. He moved to Chicago, where he served as a community organizer and lectured in constitutional law at the University of Chicago before he was elected (1996) to the Illinois Senate as a member of the Democratic Party. In 2004 he was elected to the U.S. Senate and quickly became a major national political figure. In 2008 Obama won an upset victory over former U.S. first ladyHillary Clinton to become the Democratic presidential nominee. He easily defeated Republican candidate John McCain and became the first African American president. In 2009 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.
Ok on PR 101; not repeating. I agree dynamics are changing because of how we perceive different mediums and what we've come to expect.The response time is very important as mentioned and True - perhaps we should be more revealing at times. Case in point now there are no stead fast rules..But Remember from a historical political perspective, Obama was going to win. People were very sick of Bush and the GOP. Constituents are finicky as the DFL found out MT 2010. Where was this SM savvy to save them then? There's plenty of evidence the better looking candidate mostly wins. Palin was a horrible choice for McCain as well. He made plenty of mistakes. I'd say these instance's probably had more of an effect on Obama winning than social media/blogging.Let's be honest this is so overblown it's ridiculous. I make money in this industry but always hesitant and looking for sound ways of doing things. Not saying this isn't interesting but people keep treating the 2008 O campaign as something that it never was. If credit should to to anyone it's Dean who did most of this stuff anyhow years prior.
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