Welcome to 2009! I hope you?ve all had a fantastic holiday season. Now that we have at long last arrived in the Year of Obama (strange to think his Presidency hasn?t actually started yet!) I thought it was worth taking a moment to reflect on some hopes and wishes for all of us as a group, a Party, and a country in the coming year. Call them ?New Years Resolutions? if you will.
1) Celebrate. On January 20th Barack Obama will become President of the United States, and each and every one of us had a role to play in that. You deserve to put on your party duds for a serious celebration. Fortunately, Democrats Abroad is obliging us with a Knock-Em-Dead Inaugural Ball, right here in London. The hall holds over 1,000 people, but even so space is filling up quickly, so do book your ticket now to be sure you can celebrate with us. Book your tickets here: http://www.democratsabroad.org/node/7439
If lavish balls aren?t your cup of tea (or are out of your price range) watch this space because there are a couple of other Inauguration-themed events soon to be announced. Speaking of which!
2) Serve. Barack Obama and his Inaugural Committee have asked their supporters to participate in a day of service surrounding the inauguration during which they will give back to their communities by participating in service projects. We would like to follow that example from afar, and we are therefore arranging a project to prepare letters and care packages to b e sent to wounded US service men and women at military hospitals here in Europe. If you would like to participate in this project, please let me know by writing to me at [address removed] with the word ?Service? in the heading.
3) Campaign. The presidential election may be over, but President Obama is going to need the full throated support of each and every one of us if he is to implement his ambitious policy agenda. See the full notes of our December 13th meeting for more information on ways that this group might be able to stay active as campaigners. http://obamalondon.blogspot.com/2009/01/obama-london-meeting-december-13-2008.html
Please also fill out the brief survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=TVNhZW91mMEJNjpSmiw3rg_3d_3d
4) Read. Write. I will personally resolve to keep the Obama London Blog up to date from now on, writing at least one entry every day. But we also need more good and opinionated writers to share their thoughts with our readers. Got something you want to say? Please write to me on [address removed] and we can discuss whether you would be a suitable guest blogger for us.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have been a member of the Obama London Meet Up Group (http://www.meetup.com/barackobama-349/)
, I would like to apologize for the confusion that has reigned on the group in recent days. Just before Christmas we suffered an administrative glitch that resulted in me and Rob both mistakenly losing our organiser status. In the interim, another individual took over and started sending messages. I should clarify that this individual does not represent our views or those of the Obama organisation.
In any case, I am happy to say that the problem has now been fully resolved. If you recently left the group I hope that you will rejoin it now.http://www.meetup.com/barackobama-349/
Happy New Year everybody! Change is a-comin.