Obama to Staff: "You’ve Inspired Me"

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I always believed that the way Barack Obama ran his campaign would be his best demonstration of leadership ability, offsetting the fact that his resume otherwise does not contain any governerships, CEO positions, or military command. By now, the results are in. Starting from zero, he assembled a team that toppled the most effective political machine in recent history. They kept going when things were down, and they stayed grounded when things were up. They understood the rules of the nominating game better than the Clinton team did, which led to running up the crucial delegate lead in states like Idaho, for goodness sakes.

What I like about this video is that it provides a peek at the relationship which Obama created with his campaign staff. I’ve heard a lot of corporate leaders speak to employees, to exhort and encourage them, to give them clear and motivating goals. I have never heard it done as well as Obama does in this brief talk at the Chicago campaign headquarters.

I can only imagine what it felt like to be sitting on the floor of that room, listening to these words–the exhaustion level, the euphoria, the anxiety and hope regarding the next five months, and throughout it all, the sense of actually writing a page in history.

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3 Responses to Obama to Staff: "You’ve Inspired Me"

  1. Tracy Lee says:

    If nothing else, this video shows Barack Obama for the true man he is, full of grace poise and compassion. He’s the real deal and will be such a breath of fresh air in the White House and at the world’s table of leaders. Thank you for posting this!

  2. Otir says:

    Thanks Len for posting and writing this. I will not repeat what you said and what Tracy Lee emphatized also, but also believe that this shows the leadership the country needs, and I particularly liked Obama’s understanding of the dangers of egos.

    He truly seems to have a genuine understanding of the “sovereignty” and master of humility and inspiration. He is a gift to these times and place. May he be elected. That’s my wish for today.

  3. lilalia says:

    Thank you for posting the video. Watching it made me realise how odd it is that the media is still talking about whether he has enough experience or merits in times to come. Maybe they should concentrate, just for a while, on all that he has achieved in the last year or so. Not as a Senator, but as a human being leading many towards a better world.

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