Obama for America 2012 Front-end Team Photo by Manik Rathee

My Obama Year

21 February 2013

It’s been about 100 days since Barack Obama was rëelected as President of the United States. I’ve wanted to write a post about what I learned and what we accomplished for a while, but I’ve been waiting to gain some perspective. While I could go on about how much money we raised, the 700,000 Facebook Open Graph actions generated, the millions of pageviews served, the decades of accumulated time on site by our visitors, or the success of our content targeting, there’s really one thing I’m proud of that we built: the team. I cannot be more proud of what this group of 26 developers, producers, QA technicians and interns pulled together to accomplish, under incredible constraints, in such a short amount of time.

Carrie, Jason, David, Annie, Anh-Thu, Matt, Kyle, Gipp, Michael, Greg, Jeff, Wolff, Eryan, Elizabeth, Aki, Louden, Sean, Nick, Willy, Andy, Conor, Manik, Cheyenne, Sam, Michael L., Robert and Tara: thank you for everything. Thanks for all the laughs, viking helmets, balloons infesting my desk, late nights and early mornings, and glasses of bourbon. Thanks for worrying about me as much as I worried about you. Thanks for sticking it out. I’m proud to have been your “leader”.

What I could say about each of these amazing people could fill a book. The best way I can sum up this crew is they left it all on the field and weren’t afraid to try new things or push themselves further than they had been. We all learned a lot from each other. I will be forever grateful for what you all taught me. I hope our paths cross again and again.

If you’re interested in more indepth articles about what we did, check out Manik’s Readlist.