a more transparent world
Image by Barack Obama via FlickrFred sent me to the site where Obama's campaign photographer, David Katz, posted all the pictures he took of the Obama family election night. To me, the fact that Katz was allowed to post his picks on Flickr sets an entirely different tone than one we have lived in for the past 8 years.
Not only does the Obama presidency (to be) understand the world that we live in – transparency, socialization, the Internet – he understands that in order to move forward as a country, the veil of secrecy must be lifted. We have lived in a world of fear that had been trumpeted through the Bush years. Obama stated very clearly on election night, that he would always share with the American people the challenges that we faced. By putting intimate pictures of his family on the Internet proves sets the tone that he will have open lines of communication.
Those pictures give the viewer a glimpse of the relationships between his family and Bidens which are genuine. You can't fake that for hours while a photographer is taking pictures of you watching tv and waiting for the night to end. You gotta love that. It is also pretty incredible that Obama, our next President, wears a blackberry on his belt. Now that says something about a guy who is going to roll up his sleeves and not take his cues and get all his information from his staff. He is ready to go to work.
Obama gets it and on that reason alone, regardless of the hole that Bush has put us in that will take serious work and time to dig us out of, gives us all a reason to sigh a breath of relief.