Posts tagged obama

Things the President has mentioned in his Inauguration speech thus far:

inothernews:

  • “A decade-long war is ending”
  • Tax code reform
  • Climate change

Not mentioned: Drones. (Yeah, now’s the right time to start talking about drone warfare a bit louder.)

Last night, I had the privilege of attending a grip-and-grin with the brains behind the Obama campaign’s information technology strategy. And I took some notes:

The Obama campaign enlisted people with deep, proven IT and engineering backgrounds. “None of us are from the [political] campaign culture,” said one panelist. “We all have engineering backgrounds.” There simply were no junior-level staff writing code or making IT decisions. 

By contrast, the Romney campaign hired expensive consultants and did little to manage their work. One panelist estimated the Obama campaign spent around $500,000 on IT while the Romney campaign spent $15m to build similar infrastructure. “But, you know, I’m sure they did it right,” he said.

They built both the platform and the apps with open-source technology and deployed them iteratively, with an eye towards scalability. At some points — right before the DNC, I believe, and again after Obama affirmed his support of marriage equality — the infrastructure was processing $2m an hour in donations. 

Another panelist likened the campaign’s technology to a one-billion dollar, “disposable” startup that simply vanished after 18 months, which struck me as a great description. They built the apps and the underlying platform at the same time, apparently. 

"We logged and measured everything," said another panelist. "I can’t imagine making decisions in any other way." 

At the same time, they used direct user feedback to tweak the apps and the underlying platform. “If it doesn’t matter to the user, you throw that shit out,” one said. 

Their platform used Amazon SQS to queue messages. A billion messages cost the campaign just a thousand bucks. 

Someone else said: “We weren’t building Narwhal [the Obama campaign’s IT platform] for performance, until we tried importing all the history of voting, ever.” I think this was a joke. 

Apparently, the campaign was using Google Docs to hold and manage so much data that they nearly crashed it.

They used something called a “sentient chaos monkey" to test redundancy and disaster scenarios. As Hurricane Sandy approached the eastern seaboard, the team moved everything from the East coast to the West coast in less than 24 hours. And the team worked on hypothetical disaster scenarios even as real-world problems with the technology arose. (Image via Caroline Waxler’s Twitter. Thanks to New Relic for hosting.)

Last night, I had the privilege of attending a grip-and-grin with the brains behind the Obama campaign’s information technology strategy. And I took some notes:

  • The Obama campaign enlisted people with deep, proven IT and engineering backgrounds. “None of us are from the [political] campaign culture,” said one panelist. “We all have engineering backgrounds.” There simply were no junior-level staff writing code or making IT decisions.
  • By contrast, the Romney campaign hired expensive consultants and did little to manage their work. One panelist estimated the Obama campaign spent around $500,000 on IT while the Romney campaign spent $15m to build similar infrastructure. “But, you know, I’m sure they did it right,” he said.
  • They built both the platform and the apps with open-source technology and deployed them iteratively, with an eye towards scalability. At some points — right before the DNC, I believe, and again after Obama affirmed his support of marriage equality — the infrastructure was processing $2m an hour in donations.
  • Another panelist likened the campaign’s technology to a one-billion dollar, “disposable” startup that simply vanished after 18 months, which struck me as a great description. They built the apps and the underlying platform at the same time, apparently.
  • "We logged and measured everything," said another panelist. "I can’t imagine making decisions in any other way."
  • At the same time, they used direct user feedback to tweak the apps and the underlying platform. “If it doesn’t matter to the user, you throw that shit out,” one said.
  • Their platform used Amazon SQS to queue messages. A billion messages cost the campaign just a thousand bucks.
  • Someone else said: “We weren’t building Narwhal [the Obama campaign’s IT platform] for performance, until we tried importing all the history of voting, ever.” I think this was a joke.
  • Apparently, the campaign was using Google Docs to hold and manage so much data that they nearly crashed it.
  • They used something called a “sentient chaos monkey" to test redundancy and disaster scenarios. As Hurricane Sandy approached the eastern seaboard, the team moved everything from the East coast to the West coast in less than 24 hours. And the team worked on hypothetical disaster scenarios even as real-world problems with the technology arose.

(Image via Caroline Waxler’s Twitter. Thanks to New Relic for hosting.)

WSJ: Unsourced Exchange Shows How Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Hit the Wall

  • House Speaker John Boehner: "I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?"
  • President Obama: "You get nothing. I get that for free."
demnewswire:

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Basketball and Obama: Auto reblog.

demnewswire:

You don’t want to miss the All Star line up appearing at our Obama Classic 2012! RSVP today at OFA.BO/qk3Sf9

Basketball and Obama: Auto reblog.

Mohandas Gandhi: John McCain calls Supreme Court ‘uniformed, arrogant, naive’ for Citizens United: Says he’s “worried” that billionaire...

thecallus:

abaldwin360:

Former Republican presidential nominee John McCain says he’s “worried” that billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who reportedly may contribute up to $100 million in support of GOP hopeful Mitt Romney, and others could have an undue influence on elections as a result of the Supreme…

Obama reneged on campaign promises to to run on public money when he outraised McCain. He has 0 credibility or mandate on campaign finance.

I actually agree, although I’m still endorsing Obama in 2012. Apart from the credibility issue, though, I’m challenged to think of something specific he could actually do to make money less influential in elections. An executive order to… do what, exactly? As a voter and an Obama supporter, I’d be furious if his campaign simply stopped accepting the kinds of donations that are suspect because it’s quite important for him to get re-elected.

This is way, way outside my area of expertise, so really, if he can do something unilaterally, reblog and tell me how wrong I am.

think-progress:

Newspaper front pages on Obama’s new immigration policy to stop deporting DREAM-eligible youth.

think-progress:

Newspaper front pages on Obama’s new immigration policy to stop deporting DREAM-eligible youth.

inothernews:

THE LIBERAL MEDIA.

inothernews:

THE LIBERAL MEDIA.

"When in Rome," et cetera, et cetera.

"When in Rome," et cetera, et cetera.

Awesome president is awesome. (via)

Awesome president is awesome. (via)

President Obama is now virtually tied with “a generic Republican” in polls for 2012.

It’s important to hypothesize who, exactly, respondents think they’re favoring when they indicate they’d like to see an unnamed Republican defeat the incumbent Obama in 2012. Here are some guesses:

  • Noah Daniels, the war-mongering, fictional president from the television series 24.
  • A clone of Ayn Rand who is male and not Russian.
  • A bucket that contains a gun, a bible, a flag, and an ancient spell that makes the steady hand of the free markets tuck them into bed at night.
  • The loudest yeller at their Thanksgiving.
  • A president whose administration will increase defense spending at every available opportunity, not close the country’s most infamous torture mill, start new wars, sign Republican healthcare policy into law, find new ways to pollute more, and kill bad people by breaking the law. In other words, Barack Obama.