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    Obama just comes alive in the interactive discussions and Q&A.

    He has the uncanny ability to represent both sides of seemingly intractable impasses – from gun control to racism to criminal justice– thereby evoking a depolarizing empathy and newfound hope for change.

    I wondered if my perception was somehow limited to those who affiliate with Obama’s personal perspective on the issues. I recognized a couple lifelong Republicans at this Silicon Valley gathering, and was surprised that through this encounter, they are going to vote for a Democrat for the first time.

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    Oneras, Thomas Hawk, Rory Finneren, and 32 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. nels1 83 months ago | reply

      some more...this time with a star wars slant:)
      The Empire Strikes Barack!

      the huge internet phenomenon surrounding Obama compared to the other two candidates is very interesting.

    2. Blue States 83 months ago | reply

      Your remarks are right on. Someone smart in the white house, what a concept.

    3. risamay [deleted] 80 months ago | reply

      ★ People love this image and what you've allowed me to do with it, Steve. I can't thank you enough. What a genuine, generous, and infectious smile. Eternal kudos!

    4. risamay [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

      ★ Hi Steve, I thought you'd enjoy seeing this:

    5. jurvetson 79 months ago | reply


    6. ginasant 79 months ago | reply

      A+++ Grade Photo

    7. j.anne4 ( Janne ) 79 months ago | reply

      This photo is a certified...

      You can now post it to an open contest and Super A+++ Group

    8. Dilara Güneş Kurtaş 78 months ago | reply

      Hi can I use this image on my flickr site? thanks :)

    9. jurvetson 77 months ago | reply

      Sure. All my photos are free to use if they link back to the original page.

      The people I met at this event have followed through – libertarian Republicans voting for Obama. For the folks I know, it's their first time to break from the GOP.

    10. risamay [deleted] 77 months ago | reply

      ★ Thanks again, Steve, for allowing me to alter and sell this image. Now that the campaigning is over and Obama is our president elect, I am rethinking what to do with funds raised from my sale of items with this image. In the spirit of change and Obama and making a difference, it'll be something good. Maybe to raise money for camera equipment for underprivileged children? Or a political action fund of some sort? I don't know yet. I'll keep you posted. And many thanks, again! We did it! All of us. Yes We Did !

    11. nels1 77 months ago | reply

      steve, thought you might appreciate this nanobama goodness:)

      it'll be interesting to see who he chooses as his CTO.

    12. jurvetson 77 months ago | reply

      cool. And there's a a whole flickr set of nanobamas.... each made of 150 million carbon nanotubes... one for each voter...

    13. PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE 77 months ago | reply

      That ' s a cool afronano hairstyle =P
      Thanks for the link =)

    14. risamay [deleted] 77 months ago | reply

      That's pretty cool, Steve.

    15. bmlilly67 75 months ago | reply

      Great picture and an awesome smile.

    16. HaleyHyatt 74 months ago | reply

      Just discovered your wonderful Obama-set. This one also could be titled "charisma." His intelligence shows, through, too -- and I sense a laser-like intensity. What a great portrait!

    17. roberthuffstutter 71 months ago | reply

      It is a shame he is going to publish photos and information that will ruin the cia.......Which will ruin our defense dept. Otherwise, he is so wonderful.

    18. vennettaj 67 months ago | reply

      Obama's cool

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