Deal Closed…I Hope, No I Believe!

It was moving, it offered us a glimmer of hope for this country.  It made me feel proud and more than willing to help move America forward, and like Senator Obama said, participate in our democracy.

Perspective: My best friend (we met in college, in wedding parties, would have been Godfather to my kids if he was Catholic…damned Church) is a staunch Libertarian/Conservative.  (He’s a REAL Conservative, not the Neocon impostors or anyone else in the GOP he has become disgusted with)  He called me after the campaign ad and said he was voting for Obama.  I cannot believe that…he is voting for the first Democrat IN HIS LIFE.  If that had an impact on someone like my friend…then we have hope that there might be impact elsewhere.

We might just really have a chance to hope and dream and become Americans again.

“I was there at the Dawn of The Third Age of Mankind…” – Ambassador Londo Molari (Babylon 5/jms)


The Art Of Closing The Deal

This evening is Barack Obama’s chance to close the deal with the American People.  If you don’t close the deal, you have no sale; and in this case, no sale means no future for America.

I was a salesperson (financial sales) at one time in my life.  One of the first things I learned was the axiom, “He who talks first loses”.  What that means is that if you are selling something to someone, you’ve made your pitch, and now there’s that awkward silence between you and the prospective buyer.  If the buyer talks first, odds are they will buy (or they “lose”); if you talk first, you lose your sale.  Think about this the next time you’re being sold something; because if the sales person has to talk after that silence, then they HAVEN’T closed the deal…they feel a need to reinforce or add on to what they have said.  Good sales people keep their mouth shut at the end of the pitch.  They can also REALLY screw up the sale by saying something incredibly stupid.

I’m not so worried about Senator Obama having a loose lip, but Good Ol’ Joe Biden better keep quiet from now until Tuesday.  Senator Obama makes his pitch tonight in a 30 minute Prime Time campaign ad (I hate that they are calling it an “infomercial”.  Sarah Palin is the type that would do an infomercial for designer AK-47s with dancing moose in the background.   SNL was probably incredibly on target, with the target sitting right there!).  At the end of the campaign ad, Obama will speak live.  I don’t know what he will add, but let’s just hope that by him having that coda is not akin to losing the sale by talking too much.

I’ll be back later on with some thoughts on the ad.

“Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good.” – Joe Paterno