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Barack Obama is visiting family in Hawaii and trying to avoid the spotlight as he makes his decision whether to run for President.  But it can't be easy to keep to yourself with so many supporters in this state. My father-in-law, for one, spotted Obama at dinner Christmas Eve and stopped to say "Hello Mr. President." And Hawaii Democrats are making sure he knows he's got our full support.  

Obama would be our first Hawaii-born President, a major source of pride for a state that's rarely visited in the course of Presidential campaigns. A loose-knit  group funded a Hawaii airing of the draftobama.org ad on Christmas Day. Obama-mania is so strong here that even Republicans are asking him to run. More...

At a press conference today by the federal building, Rep. Neil Abercrombie and others pledged to support Obama.  Large signs with a 'rubba slippa' were created to tell Obama - "If you run, we'll be your feet."  So far, those feet include Abercrombie, former House candidate Brian Schatz, state reps and party activists.

Schatz mentioned in the press conference that organizing for Hawaii is easier than anything he's ever done because Democrats and even Republicans including recently defeated U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hogue were calling to find out how they can help.

I've heard that Hillary is hiring as many experienced campaigners as she can, partly to have the staff, and partly to keep them from working for an opponent. If that is her strategy, then Obama may be relying on new faces and people-power.  From today's event though, it looks like there will be plenty of people-power to go around.

Another diary today mentioned that John Edwards has better netroots credentials than Obama.  That's probably right to an extent with the individuals that currently make up the netroots. But if and when Senator Obama joins the race, he'll be a candidate to bring hope to the discouraged and political will to the disenfranchised. I hope we'll see some new faces in the netroots as well.

Originally posted to davidfry on Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 04:01 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  but but but (0+ / 0-)

    has Fitch weighed in yet?

    Could this lead to a split?

    Will a national staple be in shambles?

    Sorry it just was right there :)

  •  I hope that if he announces, he will also (0+ / 0-)

    STATE HIS DAMN POSITIONS!

  •  I first saw Bill Clinton (0+ / 0-)

    as a candidate at a forum hosted by Walter Cronkite on the A&E network in 1992. Immediately, I knew he was the one. He clearly had the fire in the belly. Listening to him gave me goosebumps because his words touched me so deeply. I am not quite there with Obama, but he has a similar feel. The ability to inspire and to challenge us to be better. We need someone like that now and I hope that Obama is able to take what he has and develop it into a coherent message that holds together. I look forward to his announcement.

  •  Thanks for the report (2+ / 0-)
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    sara seattle, CAL11 voter
    I think you're right about Obama and the netroots.  I never did like that term anyway.  It seems like some people want to think of it as some special interest group that can be pandered to.  I don't see it that way.  Obama is building broad grassroots support and will have a significant presence on the internet as well.  
    •  Thanks (3+ / 0-)

      The netroots seems monolithic and insular at times, but I think that appearance probably has more to do with what sites I visit.  There are apparently a lot of Democrats on sites like MySpace that are just as active online, and could care less who Kossacks want them to vote for.  Certainly the progressives have been early adopters of blogging and online activism, but the rest of America will catch up in their own sweet time.

  •  Best wishes (0+ / 0-)

    for your homegrown President-to-be

    Proud to be a Bleeding Heart Liberal

    by sara seattle on Thu Dec 28, 2006 at 04:42:56 PM PST

  •  I'm not convinced by Obama (0+ / 0-)

    Look, I get the same warm and fuzzy feeling that everyone else does when I listen to Obama, but it is still VERY vague to me as to what he stands for. Clearly he has liberal roots, but he has seemed to tack to the center as he has positioned himself to run for president.

    For example, in the last election, he campaigned for Joe Lieberman and Tammy Duckworth against more progressive, and credible, alternatives.

    While I think Ted Glick is being a bit overly harsh in his piece, I do recommend that people read it as part of the discussion:

    Ted Click-- "Barack Obama: Progressive Beware"

    There are emotions that may be an appropriate response of teenyboppers towards a pop music boy band, but serious political activists should more closely examine these candidates before falling in love with any of them. Especially someone so vague and unproven as Barack Obama.

    I am a longtime Democratic Party activist and would relish having close connections with the White House. It would certainly be a change from the past. So I will give Obama a fair chance to explain what he hopes to accomplish as president, but I strongly urge people to retain a healthy skepticism towards Obama until he clarifies better his ideas and what policies he would propose.

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