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SUNNYVALE, CALIF.--Greetings from Silicon Valley. White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) hosts a townhall meeting Wednesday afternoon at Google's headquarters in Mountain View. He'll unveil his "innovation agenda" LINK and then head north for fund-raising in San Francisco.

( One stop for a low-dollar funder is at the Bill Graham auditorium, named after the legandary rock concert promoter from the Joplin, Jefferson Airplane era).

On the Google front--Google has hosted six other Democratic and Republican candidates, including Obama chief rivals Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.). Obama will stress his backing for "network neutrality," a big internet issue in Congress, pledge to appoint a Technology czar and express his hope the next Google is made in the U.S.A.

excerpts below....


MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – At a town hall meeting today at Google headquarters, U.S. Senator Barack Obama will unveil an innovation agenda that will connect and empower Americans through technology. The comprehensive plan will ensure the full and free exchange of information by protecting the openness of the internet and encouraging diversity in media ownership, create a transparent and connected democracy by opening up government to its citizens, modernize our communications infrastructure, employ technology and information to take on the challenges facing America, and improve our nation’s competitiveness.

Excerpts from Obama’s prepared remarks are below:

“Together, we could open up government and invite citizens in, while connecting all of America to 21st century broadband. We could use technology to help achieve universal health care, to reach for a clean energy future, and to ensure that young Americans can compete – and win – in the global economy. If America recommits itself to science and innovation, we can lead the world to a new future of productivity and prosperity. That’s what we can do if we seize this moment."


“I will take a backseat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality. Because once providers start to privilege some applications or web sites over others, then the smaller voices get squeezed out, and we all lose. The Internet is perhaps the most open network in history. We have to keep it that way.”


“To seize this moment, we have to use technology to open up our democracy. It’s no coincidence that one of the most secretive Administrations in history has favored special interests and pursued policies that could not stand up to sunlight. As President, I’ll change that. I’ll put government data online in universally accessible formats. I’ll let citizens track federal grants, contracts, earmarks, and lobbyist contacts. I’ll let you participate in government forums, ask questions in real time, offer suggestions that will be reviewed before decisions are made, and let you comment on legislation before it is signed. And to ensure that every government agency is meeting 21st century standards, I’ll appoint the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer.”


“We need to make sure that the next success story – the next Google – happens here in America. The Google story is about what can be achieved when we cultivate new ideas and keep the playing field level for new businesses. But it’s also about not settling for what we’ve achieved. It’s about constantly raising the bar so that we’re more competitive, and so we use technology to reach ever-expanding horizons…The promise and prosperity of our new economy must not become the property of the few, it must be a force that lifts up our entire country, and that lifts up the world.”

Obama's innovation agenda would:

I. Ensure the Full and Free Exchange of Information through an Open Internet and Diverse Media Outlets

· Protect the Openness of the Internet

· Encourage Diversity in Media Ownership

· Protect Our Children While Preserving the First Amendment

· Safeguard Our Right to Privacy

II. Create a Transparent and Connected Democracy

· Open Up Government to its Citizens

· Bring Government into the 21st Century

III. Deploy a Modern Communications Infrastructure

· Deploy Next-Generation Broadband

IV. Employ Technology and Innovation to Solve Our Nation’s Most Pressing Problems

· Lower Health Care Costs by Investing in Electronic Information Systems

· Invest in Climate-Friendly Energy Development and Deployment

· Upgrade Education to Meet the Needs of the 21st Century

· Create New Jobs

· Modernize Public Safety Networks

V. Improve America’s Competitiveness

· Invest in the Sciences

· Make the R & D Tax Cut Permanent

· Reform Immigration

· Promote American Businesses Abroad

· Ensure Competitive Markets

· Protect American Intellectual Property Abroad

· Protect Intellectual American Property at Home

· Reform the Patent System

A link to the full innovation agenda is available here.


Let's take a minute to place a value on the number one position in the country, even if the person who is there now doesn’t. With the Democrats, we have supposedly an inexperienced senator from IL and by means of matrimony an experienced one from New York. While the Republicans have their front runner who was a 911 hero (weren’t we all?) who wants to run a country but couldn’t run a family and his runner up “the last man standing” who seems to be for the war.

As a result, let’s sideline the GOP’s for now, not to say they don’t stand a chance… For all we know, we as a country re-elected the same guy we criticize by the minute back into the white house. So the “repubs” as I personally call them, can keep their fingers crossed, not to necessarily winning, but counting on Americans sleeping again.

Now for the “mocrats” … Senator Clinton has demonstrated significant strength in recent times. How unique is it for a female to make it this far. She has gained grounds over the recent years and it’s quite obvious that she has eyed this position and carefully planned to get here over time. As history would recall, the white house had 3 decision makers in the Clinton era; Clinton, Clinton and Gore. But as they say, “behind every successful man is a woman”. The saying never quoted what type of woman though. Watching the presidential democratic debates, you can see the strength in Clinton, the urge to satisfy everyone even if it means saying yes today and no tomorrow. She is bold in her delivery, knowledgeable on issues she is confronted with and confident most probably based on her ever rising numbers. She knows the politics of Washington, no doubt and has Big Bill to assist.

The runner up mocrat, Obama has come a long way just like Clinton. The first African American to be taken serious as a presidential candidate and one who seems to live up to the hype and in all honesty the first African American candidate who deserves to be where he is now. Highly articulate, opinionated and loved by the younger generation. Highly criticized for his so called inexperience, but admired for his desire to change the current political system. Why the change though? They say you only fix broken things but do we all agree that it not a broken system. Kennedy went through the inexperience phase in his time, but showed the world that a fresh mind is not to be ruled out when it comes to leadership.

So we have to make our call. Let’s first consider experience, How many executives have had years of experience and have had nothing to show for it in the business world but quarterly losses? The current presidential cabinet boasts of immense experience with war and economy, but where are we now? War against terror is a great move and should be supported by all, but obviously this war itself is terror due to so called experience. If one has attended an Ivy League school, helped develop local communities, lectured university students which by the way are the leaders of tomorrow and be elected as a senator by a great margin, what more do you need to lead? Are we really in an age where convention seems to rule? Every successful venture of today has been as result of young innovators, fresh minds and different approaches. Google wasn’t crafted by an old guy based on experience and believe it or not Google is a country on its own.

The presidential debates are nothing but a way to prove how the president (in camera) would relate to his people via media. Let’s face it, will the issues being debated on now be the only issues when the next president takes office? Within a span of weeks, we have seen Pakistan rumble, oil prices go up and North Korea which was a big issue months back compromising. Correct me if I am wrong, but the proposals each of the presidential candidates are still subject to votes in the senate.

As the day’s role by, we hope America makes the right choice this time. We are a wounded nation that needs healing. Foreign policy is a joke, the dollar is falling, and flights are delayed to mention a few. Fresh minds to move forward are the route to go. There is no room for deception anymore in politics. The world has evolved into an open and more transparent entity. As Obama significantly calls for this, he might be at a disadvantage with a good cause. As humans we can relate to Clinton sub consciously. When last did you as a person say yes in the morning and no at night but having a clear justification whether it makes sense or not. Maybe Obama is too holier than thou for this nation; maybe his quest to stand on his words and not play the usual games makes him to rigid. But let’s take into count that if Hillary or Edwards was president we might have gone to war nevertheless. Were they too blind to see that this war was going to open a can of worms before voting? One thing for sure, Obama would have never proposed such a blind war. The Boomers who are finding it hard to believe that their time is running short thought the war was a good idea. The younger generation considered it a mayheim even if they didn’t know the details as much and so did Obama.

You make your call, but when you are at it, you think of the fact that if you were to have a one on one with either Obama or Clinton regarding your situation, who would really understand where you are coming from? The guy who rubbed shoulders with communities or the lady who somewhat already had her time to rule, by virtue of wedlock. The yes today no tomorrow person or the principled personality. The one who is not ashamed to hold talks with other leaders in the name of peace or the one to set up envoys to convey messages while lives are being lost while considering round table talks with leaders… what other way can you show discrimination. What makes the president of the United States so special to not be able to talk to the enemy? What is the job description??

Obama himself needs to pick it up. The Polls might tend not to be an issue as his campaign people have said, but numbers don’t lie. Speak up, because that’s what making the difference with Hillary. You (Obama) have the right to change your mind on issues, once it’s logical too. However the aggression and boldness needs to double up. Make use of the youths as much as you can, because we don’t view you as senator, or a presidential candidate as much as we view you as a leader. That’s what we need. We all know you are even favored among the Repubs. Which clearly means if there weren’t any parties involved it would be a fair game for you.

Notes from Obama's Innovation Agenda presentation today at Google can be found at Valley Virgin:

Desperation has kicked into the Clinton camp. This past weekend's fisaco of her dragging her 88 year old mother through the killer storms to stump for her is a sure sign of it.

Yesterday she had Billy sub for her in NH. a better treat for the audience, but a definite sign on weakness from her.
That they are now going after Obama's admission for experimenting with drugs, after the previous attacks on his kindergarten essay fell through is not only another shot in the dark, but might open sore wounds that they have worked hard to bury.

Hillary is knee deep in quicksand and every move she makes to untangle herself only sucks her deeper into the ground.

The truth of the matter is that people finally caught up with her lies.

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