January 12th, 2009
04:40 PM ET
14 years ago

What will Obama do with his millions of online 'friends'?

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Has President-elect Barack Obama found the person to entrust with his predominantly online network of millions of supporters?

Obama's announcement of Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine to lead the Democratic National Committee suggests the president-elect has plans to reshape his party to resemble Obama's modern, grassroots-oriented presidential campaign.

"Now is the time ... to remake the Democratic Party to meet the challenges of the 21st century," Obama said recently. "And no one is better suited to help lead this effort than ... my good friend Gov. Tim Kaine."

During the campaign, the Obama operation garnered approximately 13 million e-mail addresses, a million sign-ups for the Obama camp's text-messaging service, 2 million participants in the campaign's proprietary social network on MyBarackObama.com, and 5 million supporters on more than 15 other social networking sites including Facebook, according to a report by Washingtonpost.com.

Contact information for Obama's supporters could be used to motivate them to come out and show their support for his policies or to encourage grassroots organizing.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Tim Kaine
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. No Incumbents 2010

    Tax the hell out of them!

    January 12, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Robert Abi-Nader

    He'll probably send them a check as part of his $1 trillion stimulus scam.

    January 12, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. abc

    i do hope he keeps this direct line open so we, as the people, can tell him the good and bad of his decisions & policies. also, a great way to court support from main street without the never-ending power struggle among congressmen/women who are hindering the important stimulus plan because of their political agendas, talking about fiscal responsibilities and tax reduction, where were all these democratic and republican politicians in the last 8 years? now, they have the humility to act righteous... step aside Kate Winslet or Leonardo DiCaprio, they are the Golden Globe winners!

    January 12, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. MD

    They should all volunteer to allocate an additional 10% – 15% of their monthly gross income to help Obama change this nation. I'm sure they would agree to it wholeheartedly.

    January 12, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. boered1

    He already sends us updates before the news cycles get around to reporting it. We get training on how to make our voices heard (attended on Sunday GREAT Training). He has already made us a voice to be heard and he is listening... so what is he doing with us? Simple making us better citizens!

    January 12, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. legal in nc

    He will continue to brainwash them into believing what he says and not looking at what he does which is what he's done so far.

    Change we can believe in,,, back to the Clinton era!

    January 12, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. FreeNLovIt

    he will continue to address them on how he feels about certain issues

    January 12, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. MsRotten

    Let's see...the Dems are up for the challenge of moving forward into the 21st Century; yet the RepubTards WANT TO stay stuck in the mud...in the dark ages. As I've said before, the Repubs are a dying breed; they will be extinct in no time. The US of A will have 2 major Parties....the Dems and the Indy's Buh-bye Repubtards!!!

    January 12, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Hannah Stevens

    Finally a leader for the people. I am so hopeful for the next eight years. We will prevail and get out of the miserable mess the last administration put us in.

    January 12, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. chuck

    THE BEST PERSON GOT THE JOB AS CHAIRMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. GOOD LUCK TIM KAINE.

    January 12, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. WIlly Brown

    Obama pictured with the nitwit of VA.

    January 12, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Concepcion Gonzalez

    I can wait ! I wish he sworn today! I wish he comunicate with Puerto Rico and create jobs and alternatives to education and equalilty. We want to be in a permanet union with U.S.in a Commonwealth Status in the island of Puerto Rico. Obama will understand.

    January 12, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    LOL!!! This has got to be the funniest title for the Ticker! Must be "Bring your 4 year old to work day" or something. Really? Who's minding the "what should we blog about now?" store? LOL!!

    January 12, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Thoughful.

    Republicans are really hilarious. They talk about the Clinton era as if it was a bad thing to have money in your pockets and the country left with a surplus. I guess they enjoy the high prices of food and other basics. They love joblessness and being trillions of dollars in debt. They are elated about the needless deaths and injuries in Iraq. You also must have be thrilled with his response to Katrina. Oh, yeah he received warnings about an attack and then we had 911 on his watch. Yeah, those Clinton years look awful compared to what Bush is leaving us – NOT!

    January 12, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Judy

    I am one of his 13 million "friends" and I am ready to serve.

    To Legal in NC – Give change a chance. It's not about the people, it's about the tone. Do you really believe almost 70 million Americans are brainwashed?

    January 12, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Brenda C

    boered1----Did you not have brains enough to be a good citizen before obama was elected? It should be a no-brainer for good law abiding true americans to know how on their own!

    January 12, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. VA

    I just love the idea! Obama you are the greatest... Thanks Gov. Kaine...sending my approval from VA.

    January 12, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. Lyndon from CA

    Don't worry 2012 will be here sooner than you think and the Obama machine will try to exceed 600 million dollars in donations.

    January 12, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Quit reading our comments and think for himself. Bumming on others ideas is not a sign of good leadership. A leader is expected to think for his cabinet. They just advise him. Has he shown any of that yet? Show us some brains Barry.

    January 12, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. Home of the Free

    We're not going anywhere, we will always be his friend.

    January 12, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. jumbo

    give the money to . gov blogo

    January 12, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  22. Dan, TX

    We will take the country back from you. Obama is an organizer, but he does what we want, not the other way around. That's what the republicans don't get. Obama does work from the ground up. The republicans only can understand receiving orders from the top and the underlings must march in step to their master's orders.

    January 12, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  23. Virginia Red Neck

    Tim Kaine will be a great DNC leader and Obama will win the 2012 because of him. Being from VA, I can tell you that Kaine is deeply committed to seeing civic engagement increase, particularly among minority groups, and that equals votes for President O.

    January 12, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. The desparately need to honor Dean

    they might not regret it, Dean was so good as was Obama and everyone who brought us this wonderful victory

    But I don't think Dean has gotten enough credit

    January 12, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. Mario A. Rojas

    We are concerned about Barack Obama's security prior to inauguration. I don't believe this is the time for train rides, the stakes are to high, and the country can not afford to loose it's only hope for change. Please send this email to the President Elect.

    January 12, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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