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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Pleasantly surprised

In victory, President-elect Obama was gracious and looking forward. In defeat, Sen. McCain was positive and bipartisan. Both showed leadership with messages to supporters and to those who did not vote for them. We asked the question last week about what each needed to communicate in acceptance and concession speeches.

So the first post election communications were strong and positive. Obama appeared sober, deciding that he would leave it for others to chest thump and avoiding an in-your-face or "look what we did" posture.

Can he keep up this positive, collaborative, "we have a lot of work to do" communication while taking advantage of the spoils of victory? Will McCain come back to Washington and help?

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