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Campaign for Change

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A little over a year ago I packed up my car with a weeks worth of clothing, left my home in Chicago for the unknown awaiting me in St. Paul, Minnesota. Two weeks previous I had agreed to take on the position of State IT Director for Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign.


Campaign is most definitely the right word. I have never been in the military, but given the stories I've read and heard from strangers and friends I feel that even if I can't total relate, I understand parts of the experience: Life away from home; 18 to 20 hour work days, seven days a week; extremely limited resources; time, money, personnel and materials.


The job was something akin to working as a Quartermaster for the Army; Optimizing limited technical resources so that the campaign staff and volunteers could get to work. In one quite surreal moment I was aghast in our Mankato office - a town of 30,000 people some 90 miles southwest of St. Paul/Minneapolis - shaking my head at a hulking old HP LaserJet 5 printer that the DFL had procured. The machine was useless. Actually, less than useless since it took up quite a bit of room in an office that had none - the "office" being housed in a former beauty salon that had a total of three salon stations turned into desks. The printer in question had no internal printer server - the card no doubt having been removed by the refurbisher who sold the unit, no standard parallel cable - HP having used a non-standard PIN configuration for their parallel ports and a power cord that would work just fine, for a 240 volt outlet commonly found in the United Kingdom and Ireland.


I've been asked if working on the campaign was "fun." Fun is not the word I would use to describe it. By my third sleep deprived, highly stressed day on the job, I felt like I had made a terrible mistake. I can say without at doubt that I "worked more" in those months leading up to the election than in any other period of time in my life. While the feeling of misstep abated as I got a better handle on the job, fun still doesn't come to mind. The controlled chaos of Election Day, participating in a Michelle Obama Rally, witnessing first hand Al Franken's Senate run, meeting new and interesting people and watching people's passions being unleashed would be, haunting, impressive, and extraordinary. Memorable. Yes, memorable would be a better one word adjective.


Of course that, in part, is to be expected. To try and take advantage of just that I wrote a bit while working on the campaign. While my plan of writing at least once a week ultimately didn't pan out, I lacked time to decompress and organize my thoughts collectively; I did get in a few moments of thought clearing writing in:


Plus the usual photos and videos which can be found here on pdw.weinstein.org and elsewhere:


Enjoy.

Al Franken's Political Future

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Earlier today the Minnesota Supreme Court heard arguments on that state's ongoing Senate recount debate. Of course it is too early for Al Franken to finally claim victory as we await for the court's ruling. But, I offer the following wisdom I shared with a few friends on the campaign trail in Minnesota while working on the Campaign for Change:

My Wife, in her infinite wisdom, has decided that after winning a Senate seat this November, Al Franken should position himself to run for the White House after Obama's two terms in office.

After all, with a Democratic President, Senator Franken will help bring real change to Health Care, Education and the Economy in his one and a third terms in office. He will also gain a national platform from which he will be able to showcase his natural skills in communication and leadership.

Of course Democratic presumptive nominee Franken, will need to defined against that old stand-by Republican charge of being a "tax and spend" liberal. As such, he will need to "balance the ticket" with a true fiscal conservative.

This running mate will need to understand the gritty details of financial policy, but will also need to be able to articulate them in "layman's terms" to the general public, someone who perhaps has authored popular books on the topic well also possessing solid conservative credentials.

As a popular writer on personal finances and a regular contributor to the conservative magazine The American Spectator, Ben Stein meets these initial requirements.

Moreover, as a speechwriter and lawyer for President Richard Nixon and later for President Gerald Ford, Mr. Stein has witnessed first-hand how our Executive Branch of government works. His experience and knowledge will provide useful in the initial days of the Franken Administration.

My Wife and I look forward to you joining our grassroots effort to elect this monstrous Franken/Stein ticket in 2016.

Election Night Reaction

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Xavier Lopez-Ayala, who was in charge of New Media for the Obama Camapign in Minnesota, posted this video taken from the campaign hotel room in St. Paul of us watching as Obama, with his family, emerged to accpet his election to the Presidency.

It is a bit hard to make out everyone, given the lighting and Xavi's quick panning of the room, but I am there and "on camera" briefly (I'm standing directly behind Xavi). Others in the room inclide State Director Jeff Blodgett, Political and Surrogate Directors Dominick Washington and C. Scott Cooper, Operations Director Chris Pohlad and State Field Director Jaci Urness among many others.

In fact, the original Facebook posting of this video has a more complete listing of individuals and comments.

The Morning After

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Star Tribune Headline

Five Thirty Eight

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If you haven't already, you should start reading a website called FiveThirtyEight. I can't speak on his methodology for analyzing polling numbers (I can say Nate Silver does similar work for Baseball Prospectus), but his commentary tends to be spot on. For example his overview the makeup of Illinois, which includes this gem "Jubilation if and when Obama wins the Presidency, culminating in a rally in Chicago's Grant Park that may draw one million souls. It's not a Cubs' World Championship, but most Illinoisans will take it; what kind of odds could you have gotten in 1908 that a black dude would get elected president before the Cubs won the Series again?"

Or, this one for Katie, which had I told her when we first meet, she might have dismissed me outright "When we ran Illinois through our similarity score matrix, one of the first states that came up was California. The comparison seems counterintuitive at first, but each state contains a similar mash-up of demographics, of city, suburb, sprawl, and farmlands, and the two states have voted with one another every year since 1964."

Of course he doesn't have it quite right, Lake County is indeed one of the most wealthy areas around Chicago and in Illinois, but wealth does not always equate to Repubilcan. For pure Republican pull, Dupage county is where it is at.

Of course since I'm working in Minnesota, here is their take on the state and this reaction on campaign signs became a fav around here when it was published.

The Ticket

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After a vacation from the campaign trail and a week of speculation heading into the Democratic National Convention in Denver, It became official this morning, 3:43 am CDT, when the text message went out[1]; Senator Obama has asked Senator Joe Biden to join his race to the White House as the Vice President. No matter who Senator McCain picks it seems obvious, with Biden, current Vice President Dick Chaney and to something of a lesser extent former Vice President Al Gore, the days of choosing a VP to unify a divided party after the primaries just past or a choice to gain favor in a pivotal state in the general election yet to come is waning.

The Vice President may still be without official power, other than to oversee the Senate, but it seems just as true that the position is no longer, as John Adams once wrote, "the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived." Now the Vice President has become, to some extent a Cabinet position[2], a special advisor to the President, to give his advice and experience, in the case of both President George W. Bush and potential President Barack Obama additional foreign policy knowledge, unto the contender.

While Senator Biden maybe considered a policy wonk, he's not new to the presidential campaign trail. Yet he has never made it past the primaries, in part because of his lack of appeal with voters outside of Delaware. Which just proves the point, and perhaps the image this campaign is looking for. As Senator Biden said at today's rally introducing himself as the choice for Vice President, "these times require more than a good soldier[3], they require a wise leader[4]."

Mondale in St. Paul Campaign Office

No vacation of course for me or the state campaign. Instead we got a series of surrogates, including former Vice President Walter Mondale. While Mondale was on hand in the St. Paul office to kick of the Senior Citizens drive on the 73rd anniversary of Social Security, I wanted to hear him speak, if for no other reason, then to say I've heard him in person. As it turns out, it seems like I'll need to keep an eye out to actually introduce myself and meet him[5]since I found out from my Dad, after I sent out a photo from the event, that Mondale is a political hero of his since Mondale, as Attorney General for the state of Minnesota, lead an coalition of State's Attorney Generals who presented amicus briefs in the 1963 case of Gideon v. Wainwright that indeed the states need to provide counsel for the defendant if one could not be afforded.[6][7]

But for the most part my time has been building up office infrastructure, navigating issues of all shorts; gather cost, billing, shipping information for services of phone, Internet, etcetera in order to get more offices up and running in as sort as order as possible to call.

To bypass the long, tedious build out of phone lines at all offices via Qwest we've started adding and supplement offices with VoIP lines from Vonage. The cost, $10 a line, can't be beat and the plug and play nature of the devices means some offices can be up and running in no time. However, Vonage customer service sucks. The DFL, which has been handling the actual ordering, has had to deal with the fact that Vonage is consumer, not business (or political) oriented. Our quite large order has been ordered, put on hold, cancelled, put on hold and cancelled, quite a number of times. Luckily, the order includes all the devices we're planning on needing, so this won't be an ongoing struggle.

The other side of the problem means supporting the lines falls squarely on me. For the most part, this means optimizing the data compression/sound quality for the offices that have limited bandwidth (given that our offices are scatted all over Minnesota, we have a mix of speeds from a collection of various different cable and/or phone providers) which, thankfully, can be done remotely.

Alas, not all offices are open to a helping hand. Technically only three of our offices, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Duluth are outright Obama campaign offices. This means only three offices where I have absolute say. The rest of our offices are sub-leases of some sort, with us sharing the office with the state party and/or some local official. Which means local office politics have a greater influence on what I can and cannot do then any service provider issue.

While this issue had occurred to me in abstract, I was still knocked off balance by it while trying to wire up a local party official's office, which besides housing the regional Obama campaign staffers is also hosting several local campaign staffers. Ran head first into the issue in fact, which means I left, after driving half a day with install visits to several other offices "in the area[8]", with nothing installed after heated words and a fury of phone calls.

So, I'm certainly feeling a bit isolated. I haven't felt this way in quite some time. Which goes to show how much I'm missing Katie. While, I wish I could be working on the campaign in Chicago, being able to share more of it with her and having her with me, I'm glad I'm not. I doubt I could deal with the stress on wanting to get home just a few minutes earlier in the day to be with her. It's hard to be so separated, but it's helpful to be able to dedicate all the time and energy I need to for the job. I don't feel like I'm neglecting her or transferring my stress onto her.

The next best thing, I guess, will be having some volunteers or assistances. The nice thing about being in the Twin Cities is I'll be able reach out to a local tech community, via Craigslist, amount other boards and forums:

Minnesota Volunteer Tech Staff: Provide Windows Desktop Support; Network troubleshooting, Printer troubleshooting and Windows troubleshooting on a case by case basis.

The tech volunteer will be local point person for each office offering first level tech support, diagnosing desktop and network issues that include, but might not be limited to, accessing Web and Email, printing, network hardware and/or other Windows software related issues.

The tech volunteer will need to be able to organize and prioritize issues, be able to determine which issues can be solved on an individual basis and which need to be "escalated." The tech volunteer will need to provide support for non-technical volunteer/staff, pursue issues until resolved and follow-up as needed. As time allows, document evolving procedures and process and perform preventive maintenance such as apply software patches, keeping system software up-to-date.

Initially one tech volunteers per office, perhaps starting with individuals already volunteering taking on some tech responsibilities for each office they are located at.

  • Network Troubleshooting: Know how to access wireless network, be familiar with router/switches/hubs and be able to troubleshoot/restart if necessary.
  • Printer Troubleshooting:  Know how to troubleshooting printer issues; rectifying paper jams, resetting printers (Xerox or other brands), installing and configuring software drivers
  • Windows Troubleshooting: Know how to troubleshoot common Windows XP issues, configure network (wired and wireless) , install software drivers (most commonly printer) as needed, make sure Windows software up-to-date, be able to assist with common Windows software such as Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with common office phone systems & BlackBerry smartphones
  • Familiarity with Macs (desired, but not necessary)

 



[1] I doubt the original plan behind the text message was to send a 3am message to supporters and for those who were curious. But by around 10:30 last night the news story started to break and given the promise of "being the first to know" - in trade for giving us your info which we then put in our database - the national campaign's New Media Group must have found itself in a bit of a pickle.

[2] Mr. Adams probably would have been just as unhappy if he did partake in President Washington's cabinet in some capacity given the political faults that developed between Hamilton and Jefferson, among others, in Washington's cabinet that then exploded during Adams' presidency, to such an extent that Adams simply by passed his cabinet (Jefferson as Vice President caring to have no role and sulking in Monticello) and kept his own counsel.

[3] A not so subtle dig at Senator McCain and his military service.

[4] A not so subtle dig at President Bush and his, um, unique ability to turn a phrase; "I'm going to try to see if I can remember as much to make it sound like I'm smart on the subject."--answering a question concerning a possible flu pandemic, Cleveland, July 10, 2007

[5] And find a book for him to sign

[6] Florida, sticking to that oh so familiar argument of the South had argued that it was a "State's right issue" to define if and when a defendant required legal representation if one could not be acquired. Alas, Mr. Mondale provide that, even if it was a state's rights issue, the view of most states was that indeed the ambiguity of if and when should be removed and a system of public defenders be expanded to provide legal counsel in all criminal cases if need be.

[7] If I do manage to meet Mr. Mondale, I doubt I'll need to express that my father is indeed a practicing lawyer. For only a lawyer, or in this case the son of a lawyer, would mention being honor to meet, not a former Vice President or former Presidential nominee, bit an attorney who help significantly reshape the criminal justice system.

[8] i.e. same side of the state. For example, I plan my trips such that if I'm heading to Moorehead, that I also have everything I need to St. Cloud.

 

The Olympic Movement

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When the week started out with political comparisons of Paris Hilton and Dead Presidents one has to wonder if the gutter can't be far below for the election as a whole. Sure enough it made it, but only after a little hearting "debating of the issues". 

Senators McCain and Obama debated their stance on energy, McCain sighting his preference to expanding oil drilling within the United States, mostly in terms of off-shore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and nuclear power. While Obama stated his preference to alternative fuel research and corn subsidies for increased ethanol production. Of course between the public debate on issues each candidate managed to get in a few sideway insults, trying to brand the other as either anti-drilling - reason for high gas prices or anti-farmer - wishing to continue our dependency on (mostly foreign) oil for the sake of big oil companies. 

As is always the case the answer is somewhere in between and - just in case you've forgotten about her - Paris Hilton released her own "campaign ad" stating as much. More than a few critics mentioned her ad was; 1) funny, 2) better executed than any campaign ads that have run thus far 3) insightful.[1]

To be fair, Senator Obama has been trying to communicate his comments in "a compromise is possible" mode noting more drilling is possible, if any proposed energy bill also includes some repeal of tax cuts on auto manufactures and oil companies for funding of alternative fuel research.

Of course, to be fair to Senator McCain, to some extent subsides on corn, as well as other farm subsidies the federal government has maintained over the last 75 years or so is, if not exactly the definition of, is close to the definition of "pork barrel". In other words Obama, being from Illinois and counting on Midwest states, is pandering.

And then, the floor fell in. Just before the broadcasting of the opening of the Olympic ceremonies, John Edwards admitted to having an extramarital affair with another woman in 2006, after being picked as a VP running mate of John Kerry in 2004 and before he attempted to run for the 2008 Democratic nomination. [2] And this man was a likely VP candidate for Obama![3] Hell the man could have been the Democratic nominee![4] And there may be a possible love child![5]

Incredibly, neither candidate suggested that a safe and stable Iraq might result in short-term reduction in the near record high price of oil. Perhaps each side feared a rolling debate on oil and foreign policy that could not be "controlled" or "spun" in a helpful manner.

Meanwhile in Minnesota, Senator Obama made a quick appearance for a fundraiser in Minneapolis and a photo opportunity in St. Paul on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Having my own campaign duties our paths didn't cross so, as of yet I have not actually meet "my boss".

Not that I would be talking much about the difficulties of my job if and when I meet up with him. No, I doubt I will be listing my grievances that few people seem to consider IT issues, until it's an issue and that, as seems usual for most non-technology corporations, there is little "strategic thinking" of technology beyond, in the case of the Obama campaign, "new media[6]", which seems to boil down to - blogs, social networking and mass emailing as far as I can tell.

This means my stress results from trying to herd three organizations; the national campaign, the state campaign and the state party organization into a cohesive, well running technological infrastructure from wholly nothing; no IT staff, no coordinating staff or equivalent individual in the DFL[7], et cetera.

Sure I'm earning my pay, plus some. But that's not what I would talk about with my "boss". Nope got something else on my mind for that encounter.



[1] Why I haven't purchased my one-way ticket out of this country yet is beyond me at times like these.

[2] Oh, and two former Soviet states, Russia and Georgia are in a firefight over some disputed territory, but befitting the way the U.S. media has treated this story, we'll just mention it in a passing footnote. 

[3] Did I mention that Russia is invading Georgia? No, not the southern state within the U.S., the country. Yes, there is a country name Georgia, it is a former Soviet state, just as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan are.

[4] A region within Georgia, South Ossetia as well as another region, Abkhazia have been in dispute between the two states since the early 90s.

[5] Yes, there is a country name Georgia, why won't you believe to me? Um, I'm not sure if they have a large oil reserves or not, why do you ask?

[6] Xavier, the New Media Director, is part of the senior staff. I am not.

[7] Minnesota's state Democratic Party, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.

What Day Is It?

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According to CNN the current estimated number of electors Senator Obama has for the Electoral College is 221. Senator McCain's count is 189. Of the 538 total available, 270 are needed for either candidate to win the presidency[1].  That leaves an estimated 128 "available".  Of those "available" the breakdown by state is:

  • Florida: 27
  • Ohio: 20
  • Michigan: 17
  • Virginia: 13
  • Missouri: 11
  • Minnesota: 10
  • Colorado: 9
  • Iowa: 7
  • Nevada: 5
  • New Mexico: 5
  • Hampshire: 4

It should be no surprise that the Democrats "just happen" to have scheduled their convention in Denver for August 25-28, 2008. The Republicans will be holding theirs here in Minneapolis the following week, September 1-4, 2008. Moreover, the rumor about the McCain camp is that current Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is a front-runner for the vice-presidential slot. In other words, Minnesota is a "key battleground" state for both campaigns.

This could get interesting.

Both McCain and Obama have taken some jabs[2], McCain for running some ads equating Obama to Paris Hilton, famous for flash but lacking in substance, and Obama for suggesting "the race card" when Obama noted that McCain's campaign was using its negative ads as scare tactics because Obama  "doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."

Of course, with the start of the Beijing Olympics less than a week away and the primary conventions just over the horizon, this amounts to nothing more that "trash-talking" before the big game.

For my first week, I have to say I think I'm starting to get a handle on everything. That's not to say everything can't blow up in my face tomorrow, but I feel a hell of a lot more comfortable now than I did on Tuesday when the lack of sleep and stress of trying to grab hold was getting to me.  As Tom[3] jokingly put it in a group email "Since arriving in Iowa, I have faced a barrage of how can I do this, why can't I do this and when are you going to get this setup for me? Anyone else heard this?"

This has made me push on an idea I had even before I came out here, but in which Brian had reframed in my mind on Monday or so, to develop a group of tech volunteers who can offer first line support for various issues. While I'm not from the area, I have the benefit of having some college friends[4], one of whom works in the local tech industry, for a basic search. I'm also thinking of posting a question on LinkedIn.

Why? Well it will only get worse as more staff is added and the intensity of a potentially close state race grows. If this week is any indication as for the most part my daily issues can include hurry up and waiting, wondering, for example, when data/voice setups from the local cable/phone companies will be installed such that I can move on to setting up networks.

But setting up is just the beginning, our main office has a data line from Comcast and for the most part the line is doing well. But one issue I've been trying to eliminate is our WiFi has at times been a bit flaky. Now the access point is not in the best location and is a combined router/wifi access point (Linksys WRT160N) for home, not office, use and we do have some competition from our neighbors. So for the most part I've been trying to lay down Ethernet to everyone's desk, which has put a run on what Cat5 I've had on hand. I should have more cabling and better WiFi access points in the next day or so, thanks to Mark[5], but I figure this is going to be an ongoing battle.

How do I figure? Well because the other half of my time this will has been dealing with questions of scaling resources. Specifically adding more phone lines, we're talking about VoIP as a cheap, fast solution and terminals, refurbished desktops or thin clients running off of a handful of new desktop computers  - looks we're going for refurbished desktops, it's the know quantity in terms of what to expect and plan for - for volunteers to work at.

Of course everything should be in place and sunning smoothly by sometime in December....

 

 



[1] Oh and we have to hold an actual election too, but why be so nitpicky?

[2] Egged on of course by everyone's not so impartial judge and jury, 'mainstream' 'mass' media.

[3] Tom C., Iowa IT Director

[4] Glenn and Cyndi

[5] Mark J., IT Special Projects Manager and Midwest and Southwest Regional IT Director who I blame for getting me into this mess since he is the one reasonable for originally sending out a email to me, among others, soliciting applications for various IT Director positions.

Tired on the First Day

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Senator Obama finished his Middle East & European tour today with a stop in London to discuss the potential direction of United States - United Kingdom relations should Obama become President in November with Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

It seems to me I have yet to hear any news outlets refer to Obama's trip as historic. Of course, the "mainstream" media outlets have been doing their usual handwringing about is there media bias in their coverage of Obama, is he getting a "free pass" by the media and are they "afraid" to say anything critical about him. It seems these days the media does more analyzing about itself then a psychiatrist. Which I guess explains why I have yet to hear what is usually par for the course, given what passes for news these days, the insanely obvious, that Obama's trip is historic. Or at least, again given the news, his trip is historic in terms of any presidential politics from the last half century.[1]

Historic, at least to me, since I don't recall many presidential candidates, presumptive Democratic nominee as the news likes to call him[2], taking a world tour as part of a campaign for office, let alone a war zone. [3] Senator McCain toured Iraq in March, and basically goateed Obama to do the same. So, in reality that is two historic trips in one election.

Which I suppose brings us to the real reason why the press passed on calling Obama's trip historic, not so much because of the concern of bias, well maybe a side-effect and not because McCain already went, but because the junior Senator from Illinois is already a "historic" figure, being the first "electable" African-American candidate for President.  He's already historic; he can't be taking a "historic" world tour as well. There can't be too many historic events relating to Obama already, what will the news cover next year?

Is it bad I feel that I might be in one of those flashback scene in "The West Wing" from before Bartlet becomes President? The ones where we learn how the main characters got to the White House and Bartlet as President?

Yes, my "first day" on the new job as IT Director for the Obama campaign in the state of Minnesota sure has that feel of organized chaos. The main office in St. Paul is just getting off the ground. I have a laptop, but "my" Blackberry has been repurposed by one of the Regional Field Officers, I think.[4]  I had housing, but the supporter who had volunteered room was not answering their phone, so for the moment I'm in a bed of a friend of Maggie's[5] who is out of town. Soon I'll have an email address, if I don't already and of course passwords galore.

Oh and there was that whole six and a half hour drive from Chicago to St. Paul. The last two insane weeks of organizing everything once I accepted the job, the shock and concern in my mother's voice and of course leaving Katie just days before our one year wedding anniversary, not knowing if I'll be able to make it back later in the week for our planned weekend on North Michigan and the annual Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing benefit. 

Meanwhile I need to relearn Microsoft Office as I sit here working with Office 97 and its "Ribbon" Interface. I suppose Office is the least of my worries given that before I arrived Brian[6] had me expecting everyone working on Vista systems. What, what a nightmare that would have been.

I expected that this job would be a little bit of everything, and so much that's proven to be true, and I didn't even put in a full Saturday given that whole driving thing. Had a little fun trying to figure out some of the florescent lighting in the St. Paul office, tried to track and organize the brain dump Brian give me of what office has or needs what,[7] where everything is[8], what everything is[9], who everyone is[10], when.[11]

It's going to be bumpy from here on out.



[1] Everything in the news is in relation to JFK and the "Baby Boomers". Nothing of note happened before then. Of course more times than not, it seems nothing of note happened even just last year or "Pre-9/11" or.... Then again, IIRC correctly, T. Roosevelt was the first President to leave the US while in office to visit Panama, so I suppose you have to cut them some slack, G. Washington might have been "touring" a "war zone" before "running for President", but it's not like he was touring central Asia. 

[2] I would like to thank the academy; it's an honor simply to be nominated.

[3] Then again nothing happen, for me, before Ronald Regan. Sure I was born while Ford was mopping up for Nixon, but most Baby Boomers where born while either Truman or Eisenhower was in office.

[4] Now that would be West Wing to the "T" what with everyone holding their BlackBerries in hand while walking down some corridor. Oh guess I'll have to make do with my iPhone 3G, which is much hipper. I mean let's face it if they filmed West Wing now everyone would be holding iPhones...

[5] Maggie T., Congressional District 4/Region 4

[6] Brian S., Minnesota Data Manager

[7] St. Paul has cable Internet, but no voice yet which I will be in charge of and is schedule for Tuesday. The Minneapolis and Duluth offices will have DSL that has yet to be installed. Nor do the other two offices have voice either.

[8] St. Paul office 777 Raymond Ave, Minneapolis office 514 Hennepin and who knows where Duluth is.

[9] Windows XP systems, so far most staffers seem to have their own laptops, mostly PCs and a couple of Macs. Xerox printers, which it seems the Chicago IT office was smart enough to standardize on one/two models, makes cartridge ordering/replacing a painless job and can just have one set of printer drivers. Routers and wireless hubs still need to be purchased.

[10] God help me here, Jeff Blodgett, State Director, various support staff, such as myself and of course lots of Field Officers such as Tess Wolterstorff

[11] 24/7 Ok, not really, but it'll be long hours starting Monday 9am.

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