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barack obama talks to gloria macapagal arroyo

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment

president barack obama did talk to president gloria macapagal arroyo and in a most special way. in his inaugural speech, barack said:

to gloria macapagal arroyo:

To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

read full text of speech here:

Obama’s inauguration speech: Obama’s 10-year-old daughter, Malia, turned to him and blurted out: “First African-American president. Better be good.”

January 18, 2009 Leave a comment

we found this article at the NY Times after we posted the camelot II post.  we are printing it here in full.


The Past as a Guide for an Inaugural Address That Frames the Moment

WASHINGTON — On a family outing to the Lincoln Memorial last weekend, President-elect Barack Obama was starkly reminded by an unlikely adviser of what is at stake in his Inaugural Address.

As his family studied Lincoln’s inaugural words, carved into the memorial’s stone, they began discussing Mr. Obama’s own inaugural speech, he told CNN. His 10-year-old daughter, Malia, then turned to him and blurted out: “First African-American president. Better be good.”

That special burden just adds weight to a task that is already daunting — following his eloquent predecessors as he marks the peaceful transfer of power on Tuesday with an Inaugural Address, only the 56th in the nation’s history.

Mr. Obama has called Lincoln’s second inaugural speech “intimidating” and John F. Kennedy’s “extraordinary.” (Otherwise, he has said, “Some of the others are not so inspiring.”)

But since his 2004 keynote address to the Democratic National Convention, Mr. Obama has shown that he, too, is comfortable in the inaugural idiom. He writes with sweep, clarity and an eye toward history and in a style that Bob Shrum, a longtime Democratic consultant, calls a rare combination of the rhetorical and conversational.

Mr. Obama, who rose to prominence on his power as a speechmaker, has discussed his Inaugural Address with a certain detachment. He and his chief speechwriter, Jonathan Favreau, have been trading drafts back and forth for almost two months.

His primary goal, Mr. Obama says, is to define this moment in history.

“I think that the main task for me in an inauguration speech, and I think this is true for my presidency generally, is to try to capture as best I can the moment that we are in,” he told ABC News, adding that he would explain the “crossroads” where the country finds itself.

After that, he said, he wants to “project confidence that if we take the right measures, that we can once again be that country, that beacon for the world.”

Many inaugural speeches follow a somewhat classic formula of laying out the challenges before the nation and calling on basic American ideals to meet them.

But historians have high expectations for Mr. Obama, who, they say, is especially adept at framing the moment and reaching for a larger context.

“That’s one of the secrets of his success, rhetorically,” said Stephen Lucas, a professor of communication arts at the University of Wisconsin. “He seems very focused on the purpose of the moment.”

His victory speech on election night in Grant Park in Chicago provides a good example: “It’s been a long time coming,” Mr. Obama said, “but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.”

“Obama loves defining the moment, setting the scene,” said Mr. Shrum, who penned the “dream shall never die” speech for Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts in 1980. “That’s what the great Inaugural Addresses, the ones that last, do.”

Mr. Obama’s primary themes are unity and hope, and they recur frequently, as does a call to service and a reliance on American ideals.

“He goes back to those fundamental themes of American greatness and the fundamental principles, like fairness,” said Shel Leanne, author of “Say It Like Obama,” a primer on his rhetorical technique. “He always tries to create common ground. He immediately starts building a bridge.”

Mr. Obama takes office in the first transition of power since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and it will be the first wartime transition in 40 years. Despite the nation’s economic woes, Theodore C. Sorensen, who was John Kennedy’s speechwriter and longtime adviser, said Mr. Obama should keep his focus on the country’s international standing.

“That Inaugural Address is going to define his presidency in the eyes of the rest of the world,” Mr. Sorensen said. It should be “bipartisan in tone and global in reach,” he added, while leaving prescriptions for most domestic matters, like health care, for an address to Congress next month.

“If I were to fault him,” Mr. Sorensen volunteered, “I would say that occasionally his sentences and words are not always short.”

Analysts said Mr. Obama needed to create a sense of urgency, especially about the economy, to bring the public along with him and make Congress feel compelled to work with him.

Some of his tasks are inherently contradictory: give a realistic assessment about the perils facing the country without portraying them as overwhelming; raise hopes and instill confidence without overpromising what he might be able to accomplish; and represent the change he has promised without insulting his predecessor.

“He doesn’t want to create the feeling that he will magically solve all of these pretty difficult problems right away,” said Ted Widmer, a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and now a historian at Brown. “At the same time he does want to create the feeling that the problems are ultimately solvable.”

In a recent speech at George Mason University that may prefigure the style and substance of the inaugural, Mr. Obama gave a bleak assessment of the economy but found seeds of hope within the American spirit.

“Now, the very fact that this crisis is largely of our own making means that it is not beyond our ability to solve,” he said. “Our problems are rooted in past mistakes, not our capacity for future greatness.”

Mr. Obama also posited the duality of his job with near-inaugural sweep in his speech in Grant Park.

“The road ahead will be long,” he said. “Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there.”

Some analysts say that Mr. Obama’s best speeches are not remembered for specific lines but for their power over his audience.

“Not too many of us can spin out a quick Barack Obama sound bite that we’ve all memorized,” Mr. Widmer said. “But we all do feel mesmerized by his speeches. We do something that’s completely uncharacteristic for Americans — we listen to the entire speech.”

Mr. Obama’s speech in March in Philadelphia on race, for instance, was not instantly quotable, but was memorable for the fact of it and praised by supporters as honest and nuanced; it was one of the most watched political speeches on YouTube.

“We all stopped to listen to him as he explained this extremely complicated, sensitive topic,” Mr. Widmer said. “It was a teaching moment. He’s been unusually good at that. Not all presidents are good teachers, but he has shown great potential for that.”

And on Inauguration Day, many willing students will be listening.


david letterman’s point of view on the shoe throwing incident of bush

December 18, 2008 Leave a comment

nobody can’t do it better than david letterman. a couple of  gems from letterman!

the monologue, the first here is just brilliant!

the john mccain losing marketing strategies – strategy #2: sarah palin

December 15, 2008 Leave a comment

first posted in WAWAM! (, we are now on the strategy #2 in john mccain;s losing marketing strategies.

i found the choice of sarah palin as uncharacteristically john mccain’s. it looks like someone else made this decision for him.

read it here:

iraqi man throws shoes at george bush – bush presidency’s defining moment?

December 15, 2008 Leave a comment

this image could very well be what will define george w bush’s presidency – an iraqi man throwing his shows at bush.

for the iraqi culture, using the sole of your shoes is the ultimate condemnation and insult one can give another person. we saw similar images when the US forces tore down sadam’s statue in baghdad during the invasion. iraqi men rushed to  sadam’s huge statue face and kept hitting it with their shoes.


americans themselves no longer favor the iraq war that the US started. many americans now think the US went into war in iraq without any legitimate reason.

the US’ iraq war for many arab countries and other countries in many other continents have used it as the  key reason for their dislike on america and americans. it is possible that history will conclude it was the start of the loss for the  US as a glabal power.

an iraqi man in iraq throwing his shoes at bush may be the eloquent statement on what this iraqi war means for george bush and for the iraqi people.

december 14, 2004 – death of would have been president fernando poe jr and the philippine daily inquirer

December 13, 2008 1 comment

fernando poe jr., FPJ  or to his fanss “Da King” died four years ago. he was the considered as the King Of Philippine movies. an FPJ movie was a sure hit and would be remembered for years after and even across generations. but when he died, he was know for much more than that.fpj

but when Da King died on december 14, 2004 at 12:15 am, he was know for something much more than his movies. he died as the man who challenged president gloria macapagal arroyo in the 2004 presidential election.

not only did he run for president, he thought he won the election and so did not only his fans but the masa as well. he filed an election protest but his life was cut short before a final decision was made on his election protest.

like all other media, the philippine daily inquirer was on a hospital watch for Da King. PDI printed their december 14, 2004 edition like all other days. but something happened. and this is what PDI did that is next in WAWAM!

read it here:

the obama winning marketing strategies – strategy #3: down home presence

December 13, 2008 Leave a comment

posted here, continuation of obama’s winning marketing strategies:

first posted here:

in consumer marketing, this is called down-scale distribution and presence.

barack obama’s winning marketing strategies

December 2, 2008 Leave a comment

we are exporting to this blog the posts on Barack Obama’s Winning Marketing Strategies that were originally posted in WAWAM! (

we have posted Strategy No. 1 : Change and Strategy No. 2 : High-Ground. read about it here :

how the US presidential election was won : obama’s winning marketing strategies and mccain’s losing marketing strategies

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment

we’re starting to migrate posts from WAWAM! into this blog all topics related to the recently concluded US presidentiable elections.

we’re starting with the 2 most important topics:

click the links above or the titles at the top of this page.

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