Dear Mr. President,
I didn’t vote for you.
Jennifer from Salt Lake City, Utah
What do you want President Obama to remember in his second term? Share your message at NPR’s Dear Mr. President.
NPR’s Dear Mr. President is still going strong. If you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend doing so now. Will the topic of the submissions shift now that Obama has clearly outlined his second term priorities?
Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity!
TUMBLING THE INAUGURATION
To top off this election season, Tumblr has dispatched journalist Ari Melber to file a series of interviews, pictures, and stories from people celebrating the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Click below to read the first of the series, in which the leading expert on Presidential Inauguration history explains the significance of having both Beyonce and James Taylor perform, why Obama’s first inaugural address was disappointing, and other traditions to look out for on Monday.
In addition to following our coverage here, you can get in on the action from afar by submitting to NPR’s “Dear Mr. President” (your message to Obama could be featured on the air!) and taking your very own photo with POTUS on GoldRun’s special Inauguration Tumblr.
And, if you happen to be participating in the festivities on the ground in DC, please submit your photos/commentary here and be part of Tumblr’s community coverage!
The lesson: Obama won the internet because his head of Digital was “brave enough to just let people who know their shit do what they do.”
Meet the Mind Behind Barack Obama’s Online Persona
You’ve most definitely seen it by now. Michelle Obama, wearing a red-and-white checkered dress, stands with her back to the camera. Her arms are wrapped around her husband, the hints of a smile lingering on the edges of his lips. “Four more years,” reads the text, which was posted on the Obama campaign’s social media accounts around 11:15pm on election night‚ just as it became clear the president had won a second term.
The photo, taken by campaign photographer Scout Tufankjian just a few days into the job, pretty much won the internet: 816,000 retweets, the most likes ever on Facebook; thousands of reblogs on Tumblr. And yet it wasn’t chosen by the president’s press secretary, or even a senior-level operative, but by 31-year-old Laura Olin, a social media strategist who’d been up since 4am. For the first time since the campaign ended, she talked to Tumblr, in partnership with The Daily Beast, about what it’s like being the voice of the President — where millions of people, and a ravenous press, await your every grammatical error.
Thank you, all of you, for accompanying us on this adventure Tumbling the 2012 US election. Thank you for following, reading, sharing, engaging, criticizing, submitting, and, most of all, thank you for voting.
Thank you to all of our Convention bloggers (Amina, Bobby, Jason, Jayel, Meg, and Tag) and our guest editors (inothernews, hipsterlibertarian, Blackbook, MissADelgado, Mike, Peter, Caitlyn, Phillip, Matt, Megan, Cord, LA Liberty, Ari, ShortFormBlog, and The Guardian’s Adam Gabatt).
It’s been real. But we are now officially in withdrawal. When we come-to, we’ll figure out where this blog goes next.
In the meantime, enjoy this thank-you GIF - in honor of what is easily our favorite reblog chain of the entire election season.