Barack Obama: Peoples President DVDI am honored to be one of those interviewed in the full-length documentary “Barack Obama: People’s President” that also features interviews with other media analysts, scholars, journalists and activists. In this 40-sec video excerpt from the film, I speak about the campaign’s innovative strategy of connecting on-line social networking with off-line community organizing at the local, state and national level. I am a strong advocate for people from all sectors – public and private – to utilize this type of integration to increase their ability to achieve their respective missions. DVD of the film is available at Choices.

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  • Jeanne Browne (MizB) July 14, 2009, 4:43 am

    Nadine, I agree with you about the organic connection between Obama’s Internet outreach and how it informed the strength and volume of his “bricks and mortar” campaign and community outreach – as well as community building. I hope I’ll have a chance to see the entire docu at some point, because the president’s successful rise by creating public awareness of issues and possibilities, as well as himself, through a combination of new media and old-style “pressing the flesh” is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting aspects of his story. I still recall our email conversation after you saw Obama at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in January of `07 (I think; that campaign was so long, who remembers…), when he was still just a novel idea with very little realistic possibility of becoming THE candidate, let alone the winner! You said you believed that his was the voice we’d been waiting for — those of us who had been listening and waiting for a new voice to come out of the void of King’s murder. It took me much longer to swing over from Hillary, because I felt it was she who had the stronger chance to beat the political machine, and that putting one’s faith in Obama was a retro-60s pipedream (all puns intended). But as usual, your insight, as well as your hope, were greater, and your efforts on his behalf helped broaden the vision and strengthen the hope that have brought us where we are today — in deep, unprecedented, massive, multifaceted doo-doo, but at least with a dynamic and unique leader at the helm!

  • Danny Schechter July 16, 2009, 1:17 pm

    As the Director of Barack Obama, People’s President, I was delighted to interview Nadine who brought her 60’s history as an activist and passion for change to helping the Obama campaign when he was given a real chance by most of the ful of themselves pundits. She was on the ground in New Hampshire, watched the campaign’s phenomenal growth and beautifully articulates why it had the impact that it did. Nadine and Jerry saw his potential before most Democrats and put their convictions on the line to help assure his success. Her involvement was part of a vast grass roots movement that only was reported in passing by a media more tethered to the horse race and polls than real reporting of the kind we attempt in the film. You can get it on line through Tell her what you think.

  • Danny Schechter July 16, 2009, 1:20 pm

    Oops, was distracted and erred above–i meant that the pundits DID NOT GET IT when Nadine and Jerry did, and were initially dismissive.

    OY vey.


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