Vote… and vote Obama

Tomorrow, a significant chunk of the US goes to the polls in Presidential primaries. Every election matters. With all the problems and threats facing our nation and our world, this one, perhaps, matters more than most. And there’s an opportunity that I don’t think I’ve seen before in my lifetime, for a transformative shift in the right direction.

For those of you in those states, be sure to make your voice heard. And if you’re a Democrat, I strongly urge you to vote for Barack Obama.

Obama is an extraordinary leader. He’s smart, he has good judgment, and he’s tough. But more than that, he’s an inspiration. Wouldn’t it be nice, for a change, to have a President who symbolizes everything we want this country to be? And who can motivate great people to work to put his policies into effect?

I’ve had the great pleasure of being part of Obama’s advisory committee on technology issues. Almost every tech policy expert I most respect is part of the group. Which should tell you something — especially since many of them, including myself, worked in the Clinton Administration. Obama’s technology plan, the most detailed and sophisticated of any candidate’s, is a reflection of that tremendous expertise. And it’s a reflection of a candidate who gets it.

Beyond the specifics, though, it should be clear to everyone that Obama is the candidate of change in this election. Those of us who grew up with computers, and take the Internet for granted, understand in our bones that this is a new world. You don’t embrace a new world by re-fighting the battles of the past. I think Hillary Clinton would be an excellent President, and there is much I respect in John McCain. But neither would energize the country or the world in the way Obama could. You can be cynical about politics, or you can appreciate, even with your eyes wide open, that sometimes leaders can still do extraordinary things. It’s not about the length of the resume, but about talent, vision, and timing.

Steve Jobs once recruited Pepsi CEO John Sculley to run Apple by asking him, “Do you want to spend your life selling sugar water… or do you want to change the world?”

I want to change the world. I’m confident that Barack Obama does too. And you know what? He just might.

This is our chance.