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Prayer Request

August 8, 2008

Today’s the day. Heading in to the hospital with the Countess right now. Should be back by the end of the day. I’ll keep you posted. Prayers for the Countess would be appreciated. We’re not expecting anything complicated, but you can never be sure!

Update: 5pm

The Countess is feeling not so good, but is out of the OR. Recuperating now. Looks like a return home tonight might not happen.

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  1. Timmy C permalink
    August 9, 2008 4:42 pm

    Duke:

    I agree that like Reagan, who was promising a new day for America, the Obama logo speaks to that same desire, to make a new start, to bring America back to a new more optimistic day…the subtext that Reagan implied was that the “night” was Carter’s Administration’s doing, Obama that it was Bush’s.

    (Think it a stretch hat the sunrise logo = an implication that he is the “Light of the World.” )

    But I also agree that it is a brilliant execution by the Obama camp… Not unprecedented…remember the “W” logo for the last Bush campaign logo? I’d say that was a pretty good use of a logo for the campaign, better than anything that came from the Kerry camp.

    …. But Barack gets extra points for how really well integrated branding/logo/fonts are across the campaign from print to stage, to website to letter head, and as iconic and memorable as any done before in politics, and better than most logos done for corporations.

    Mark Andressen (former Netscape creator) spent an hour and a half with Obama before the campaign was formally launched. He wrote about this exchange:

    “We asked him directly, how concerned should we be that you haven’t had meaningful experience as an executive — as a manager and leader of people?

    He said, watch how I run my campaign — you’ll see my leadership skills in action.
    http://blog.pmarca.com/2008/03/an-hour-and-a-h.html

    Actually not a bad metric: a Presidential campaign is like managing a multi year 1/4th billion dollar enterprise…arguably the largest executive effort either McCain or Obama have ever directly managed previously.

    This branding execution is especially good by comparison, think about the relatively forgettable Clinton logo, or the McCain brief attempt at a lime green backdrop color scheme (I never got that…green because of his Irish background?), changing “ad lines” and more or less anonymous logo…

  2. Timmy C permalink
    August 9, 2008 4:44 pm

    wow, i was tyring to respond to duke ray and the post was moved here… (can you fix? Mr. Count)

    And also very glad to hear the Countess is better….hope it was nothing serious? But it sounds like it was dealing with surgery which is ALWAYS serious!

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