Some of you may have read my earlier blog posts on Obama – from a brand perspective, leadership traits, use of social media, and yet another post here. Since then I’ve been fascinated watching the campaign unravel, the roller-coaster ride, the highs and the lows. As much as I’d not like to talk politics on the blog, I just wanted to highlight some of the prominent technologists/entrepreneurs from the Bay Area who have endorsed Obama, thus far.
For starters, I thought I’ll put together a list of technology pioneers who’ve spoken their mind about their endorsement of Obama. I thought these endorsements stand out from a crowd of personal support that one sees on either side of the political spectrum. Please do check out the individual blog posts to read more of their expectations and rationale behind the support. To start off this series, here’s Pierre Omidyar, founder/chairman of eBay and the philanthropic organization – the Omidyar Network.
When he (Obama) talks about America, it makes me proud to be an American. I want to believe, and I do believe that we live in the America he is talking about. I’m an immigrant, and even though I was raised here, I’ve always loved this country and its ideals with the fervor of a convert. He puts words to what I feel.
Pierre’s words in a way reflect similar thoughts that criss-cross my mind, whenever I hear Obama speak and what he stands for, both as an inspirational leader and a global one at that. Pierre then goes on to address, the question of why he chose to go public with this endorsement given his history with the Clintons.
But then I ask myself: when will I have another chance in my life to risk the downside and take a stand, to raise my voice in support of someone as inspiring and aspirational as? That someone like him, of his vision, his character and tempermant, could be president of the United States, will only happen once in my life. Sure, if he loses now he could try again in four or eight years. But by then the audacity of his message will be dimmed by repetition and cynicism. And I will have missed my very first opportunity to stand for hope and the ideals that set this country apart, and make this country great.
I’ll continue showcasing examples of endorsements from technologists that carry a similar level of understanding as the above post, which I’m referring to. Have a great weekend!