One of the remarkable things about the Obama presidency is how he’s never made much of a transition between campaigning and governing. In a way, this makes sense, given that he had hardly any experience when he launched his candidacy and in essence the campaign was the only thing he ever ran in his life. When he’s asked about troubles facing his presidency, he’ll routinely cite tough times in his campaign — trailing in Iowa, dealing with the Jeremiah Wright story.
This struck me today when I received the following Election Day email from Obama to supporters of his Organizing for America (emphasis mine):
This movement has never been about me. It has always been about you.
Three years ago, when we launched this campaign on a cold day in Springfield, Illinois, much of the political establishment wrote us off.
But you made a commitment to work for a future that you would shape, and we defied all the odds and expectations.
From that very first moment, the success we’ve achieved — and the promises we fulfilled — have always come about because of you.
It’s hard to see in any starker terms how Obama has really viewed his entire presidency as an extension of his campaign.