Two weeks of midterms came to a close and I can finally focus back on the election. Countdown is ONE DAY! The projections are reassuring…waiting on those battleground states.

The Obama campaign picked a great director for “American Stories, American Solutions”, the 30 minute campaign ad/infomercial that aired last week. The music and the mood is perfect (love the faux Oval Office). It definitely felt like a throwback to Ronald Reagan’s “Morning In America Again” campaign ad back in ’84, except in reverse. 

It’s hard to believe that Obama got his ad to air on seven networks in prime time on the same night, at the cost of roughly $1 million per network, I’m guessing. On the other side, McCain only managed a meager final appearance on SNL.

“Lately, he’s called me a ‘socialist’ for wanting to roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans so we can finally give tax relief to the middle class. I don’t know what’s next. By the end of the week, he’ll be accusing me of being a secret communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten. I – I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”

There are so many things I like about Obama: his way of speaking, his calm demeanor, and his sense of humor. He is a clear leader; his policies reflect how deeply in touch he is with the modern world.

Far more important is this: Science is a way of governing, not just something to be governed. Science offers a methodology and philosophy rooted in evidence, kept in check by persistent inquiry, and bounded by the constraints of a self-critical and rigorous method. Science is a lens through which we can and should visualize and solve complex problems, organize government and multilateral bodies, establish international alliances, inspire national pride, restore positive feelings about America around the globe, embolden democracy, and ultimately, lead the world. More than anything, what this lens offers the next administration is a limitless capacity to handle all that comes its way, no matter how complex or unanticipated.

Sen. Obama’s embrace of transparency and evidence-based decision-making, his intelligence and curiosity echo this new way of looking at the world. And that is what we should be weighing in the voting booth. For his positions and, even more, for his way of coming to them, we endorse Barack Obama for President of the United States.” [via SEED magazine]


  • Restoring integrity to U.S. science policy to ensure that decisions that can be informed by science are made on the basis of the strongest possible evidence.
  • Doubling over a 10 year period the federal investment in basic research by key science agencies, with a special emphasis on supporting young researchers at the beginning of their careers, and backing high-risk, high-return research.
  • Making a national commitment to science education and training by recruiting some of America’s best minds to teach K-12 math and science and by tripling the number of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowships.
  • Encouraging American innovation to flourish by making the R&D tax credit permanent, streamlining our patent system, eliminating the capital gains tax on start-ups and small businesses, and promoting the deployment of next-generation broadband networks.
  • Addressing the “grand challenges” of the 21st century through accelerating the transition to a lowcarbon, oil-free economy, enabling all Americans to live longer and healthier lives, and protecting our country from emerging threats to our national security.