I didn’t sign-up for the infamous get a text message when Barack Obama picks his VP thing (wasn't worth the 15 cents to me). I did, however, sign-up for the e-mail option. I would be the first to know when Barack picked his running mate, I was told.
In the meantime, I’ve been getting regular messages about why John McCain sucks and what not, which is to be expected I suppose but was getting annoying and had me considering unsubscribing. Stay the course though, I told myself, I’ll be one of the first to know when Barack makes his VP pick.
Well, I got this message at 12:54 AM EST from CNN:
CNN Breaking News
From: CNN Breaking News (BreakingNews@MAIL.CNN.COM)
Sent: August 22, 2008 9:54:29 PM
-- CNN confirms Sen. Barack Obama has chosen Delaware Sen. Joe Biden to be his vice-presidential running mate.
CNN covers the conventions: the Democrats live from Denver starting Monday and the Republicans live from Minneapolis-St. Paul starting September 1 on CNN and CNN.com. http://www.cnnpolitics.com
Clicking send/receive again, and again, still no e-mails from my buddy Barrack.
And meanwhile, over at BarackObama.com they’re still teasing me:
UPDATE: About six hours after CNN broke the news, along with the rest of the MSM, my "first to know" message finally came as I slept soundly:
The Next Vice PresidentFrom: Barack Obama (firstname.lastname@example.org)Sent:August 23, 2008 3:56:40 AMReply-to:email@example.com
To: Jeff Jedras (*****)
Obama for America
I have some important news that I want to make official.
I've chosen Joe Biden to be my running mate.
Joe and I will appear for the first time as running mates this afternoon in Springfield, Illinois -- the same place this campaign began more than 19 months ago.
I'm excited about hitting the campaign trail with Joe, but the two of us can't do this alone. We need your help to keep building this movement for change.
Please let Joe know that you're glad he's part of our team. Share your personal welcome note and we'll make sure he gets it:
Thanks for your support,
P.S. -- Make sure to turn on your TV at 2:00 p.m. Central Time to join us or watch online at http://www.BarackObama.com.