As President-elect Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech at Grant Hill on Tuesday night, he thanked the many people who made the election so successful, including his campaign manager, David Plouffe.
Obama referred to Plouffe as the unsung hero of the campaign, “who built the best political campaign, I think, in the history of the United States of America.”
The cameras quickly shifted to a baby-faced man in a suit, who had the look of awe on his face. But who is this man who orchestrated one of the biggest presidential victories in the history of the United States?
Plouffe, a former University of Delaware student, saw promise in the eyes of Obama. Four years ago, he created a plan to defeat Sen. Hilary Rodham Clinton, and ultimately Sen. John McCain. Plouffe’s success was based on his unwillingness to stray from his original plan of action.
Plouffe and the rest of the Obama team fought the campaign using unorthodox tactics that had rarely been used in the past. By using the Internet, they were able to raise over $640 million, spread Obama’s messages of hope and change, and build an army of volunteers who worked effortlessly to see their candidate appointed.
Joseph A. Pika, a University of Delaware political science professor said the former UD student ran a stellar campaign.
“Tech and touch seemed to be wedded perfectly,” said Pika in an interview with The News Journal. “It was a wonderful strategy that was implemented beautifully.”
Plouffe, who had enjoyed staying out of the spotlight during the campaign, has since been bombarded by media outlets, scrambling to see what’s next for the 41-year-old campaign manager. Plouffe told reporters that he just wanted to go home and see his family, especially since his wife was over due by four days with their second child.
Plouffe made it home in time, and was able to witness his wife give birth to a baby girl on Thursday, two days after Obama won the election, and seven days after his favorite Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series. I guess it was a great week for this now famous man from Delaware.
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