A wake-up message from Barack

Well, I’m writing this at 5 a.m. Saturday. But I’ve been up for about 90 minutes, drinking coffee, reading and getting ready to run. And I’ll admit it. I’m impressed that Barack Obama knew almost exactly what time I was going to get up before sending the text message that he has selected Joe Biden to be his running mate.

Here’s from the OnPolitics blog in USA Today, written by Mark Memmott and Jill Lawrence.

It’s 3:42 a.m. ET and the news is now confirmed. Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware has been chosen by Sen. Barack Obama to be the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee.

This post began, at 1:31 a.m. ET, with word that the Associated Press, CNN and The New York Times were all independently reporting Biden was the choice — citing unnamed officials with knowledge of the decision who spoke anonymously because they didn’t want to comment on-the-record before Obama’s campaign makes an official announcement.

Then, at 3:21 a.m. ET, we got our copy of the text message blast that the Obama campaign said all along it would use to announce the VP choice. It reads:

“Barack has chosen Senator Joe Biden to be our VP nominee. Watch the first Obama-Biden rally live at 3 p.m. ET on http://www.BarackObama.com.”

The campaign has also posted the news on its website.

Looks like Mark and Jill had to stay up all night waiting for the text message. That’s good. Someone has to provide content for these blog posts. And I wonder if the dead-tree edition of the Akron Beacon Journal will have the story. Haven’t heard the thud on the porch as yet. I’ll check as I leave for my run in about 30 minutes.

And I wonder what John McCain will do with his VP announcement. Can’t believe he is up at 3:30 a.m. texting people.


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