Why Obama Is Making us Wait

Like many too-plugged in Americans, my cell phone has not left my side for three days, as I wait for the text message announcing Barack Obama’s running mate. I have kept it by my bedside in case the announcement comes before my alarm goes off. I take it on my morning constitutional as I walk along the river near my home. The cell phone goes with me to the gym and the grocery store.

Why the wait? I am no expert at news cycles, and I could not think of any good reason why Obama was waiting all week to let the rest of know what he has decided. Yesterday, the news of McCain’s inability to recall how many houses he had was the kind of story you don’t want to step on, but once this morning’s news shows were over, surely the announcement would be forthcoming. But, then it hit me. The excitement of the wait is not only good drama, but as every hour passes, more and more people are probably signing up to receive the text message from Obama headquarters. The whole reason for this unique method of announcing the Veep choice was not a fetish for novelty. Everyone who signs up has to give their cell phone number to the campaign. You can bet that on election day, all those cell phones will receive another text message: Did you remember to vote? For the difficult to reach youth vote, which has heretofore been underrepresented at the polling booth, this drawn out wait is a brilliant way of ensuring that the campaign will be able to remind them to vote two months from now.

Advertisement

Someone in Chicago is keeping track of the rate at which newcomers are signing up to receive the Veep news by text message. As soon as that rate flatlines, we can expect an announcement.

Michael Sean Winters

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.
10 years 1 month ago
It would be a stroke of genius to make the announcment at 3am, don't you think? (especially if he picks HRC).
10 years 1 month ago
This gets annoying. Major network & CNN reporters and his blind followers all absolutely marvel at the actions of the ONE, Anything the ONE says & does is simply brilliant. Utter stupidity. Oh Obama is brillant, he can keep a secret; Oh OBAMA can send text message; Oh OBAMA can walk; Let me be his follower and marvel at a few things. oh, The ONE gets brilliantly confused & Flip Flops, Oh.. The ONE plays race card brilliantly, oh.. The ONE gets 1.6 mllion dollar mansion with the help of a criminal felon, Oh.. The One cheated on Public Campaign Financing pledge.. The one who controls the galaxy is bravely loosing the 2008 election.. Oh Mighty OBAMA the one will be thrown out of the democratic party, Oh The ONE...

Advertisement

The latest from america

Father Michael Nixon and parishioner work a volunteer table at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Panama City, Fla. Photo by Atena Sherry.
Much like New Orleans’ Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina, the low-income neighborhoods east of Panama City, where St. Dominic is located, were especially hard-hit by the storm. Now residents here are desperate for help.
Atena SherryOctober 18, 2018
“I believe there are adequate, alternative options for true women’s health care out there, and Planned Parenthood is not needed,” said Alisha Fox, a health and wellness coach at a Catholic fertility center in Chicago.
Colleen ZeweOctober 18, 2018
 Ethiopian Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel of Addis Ababa checks out the name badge of Nathanael Lamataki, a youth delegate from the French territory of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, as they leave a session of the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment at the Vatican Oct. 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Cardinal Souraphiel highlighted the role globalization plays in connecting young people in unjust ways.
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 18, 2018
The pope said he would visit North Korea “if an official invitation arrives.”
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 18, 2018