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Why Barack Obama is, and always will be, My President

11/07/08

Like it or not, for anybody who like me, voted in their first Presidential Election on Tuesday, Barack Obama, come January 20th, 2009, will become then, and forever, our President.

I’m among those who voted for him, so the connection I’ll have with the new President Elect sits well with me, and though it may not sit as well for those who didn’t, there is a much greater relationship to be had with Obama, regardless.

What I mean when I refer to Obama as our President is that for the rest of our lives, the young people who took part in this election as first time voters will always be associated with having Barack Obama as the very first President of this country they played some role in electing.

I understand that there plenty of first time voters who didn’t vote for Obama, however the association will always remain, and even if you didn’t vote for him, I find it hard to believe that anybody will overlook the significance in his victory and the role they were able to play in it.

The 2008 election will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most historic in the history of this country.

This election will be forever linked to the fact that Barack Obama is of course the first ever black man to hold this nation’s highest executive office; however this election will always be remembered for its record voter turnout, a big part of which was the youth vote.

The Obama campaign did a masterful job of connecting with the younger voters, really revolutionizing political campaigns. His campaign team utilized this modern technological age we live in to make sure that young people who in the past have been traditionally apathetic when it comes to voting would no longer feel such indifference.

The big knock among young voters was our resignation to the idea that our vote didn’t matter.  Well, that became a notion that was loudly put to rest in the 2008 election as 68% of new voters voted for Obama.

Make no mistake, young people played a very significant part in the victory of Barack Obama, who for a number of reasons really captivated the imagination of people at or around my age (21).

Part of it was his own age in comparison to that of his opponent. The fact John McCain, 72, at times appeared very out of touch with today’s culture didn’t serve him well. And putting technology aside for a moment, to symbolize how out of touch McCain may be couldn’t have been made clearer by the crowd and their reaction during his concession speech. Aside from the despicable booing when Obama’s name was mentioned, how many African American’s were you able to find in that crowd?

Barack Obama and his campaign team really made a difference with the younger voters by proving he was very much in touch with how the world works in 2008, utilizing television, the internet and even cell phones.

From Facebook to his television infomercial to appearances on The Daily Show, Obama made sure that wherever young people were looking, they would be seeing his face and his message of change.

And in talking about his constant preaching of change, what better way to get the attention of first time voters and young people by telling them that not only could their votes matter in simply choosing a President, but if they were to choose him, they would be an vital part of making sure changes were made.

I can’t really describe it any other way, but Obama was also a more trendy choice.

If you were at a store choosing which cell phone you wanted to upgrade your plan with, John McCain was the equivalent of one of those big, bulky car phones that first came out way back when, the ones that never actually left the car and often didn’t work the way you wanted them to. Barack Obama was the iPhone. He offered a chance to do things that (at least during the last eight years) we never really figured could be done before.

I bring all of this up because I couldn’t be prouder to know that I was among that contingency of young voters who have fulfilled our civic responsibility and voted.

I’ll likely live long enough to vote in another 15 Presidential elections, however as is often the case with anything in life, the experience will likely never measure up to the first time.

The election of Barack Obama, who, for whatever my reasons, was my candidate.

And for the rest of my life, despite the fact I’ll vote and decide the fates of other Presidential hopefuls, because he was the first candidate I voted for, and because he was the first candidate whose political fate I helped decide, Barack Obama is and always be My President.

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November 7, 2008 - Posted by | Election '08 | , , ,

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