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Barack Obama Has Got A Posse…

I got a game changing e-mail this morning.

After reading the New York Times headline “Barack Obama Elected President as Racial Barrier Falls” on my Blackberry, I opened my e-mail and got this:

 

“The bottom of our market, I think, just hit.  Be among the first to believe this, not one of the last to hear.” Shaun Rawls, Operating Partner for 6 or 7 Keller Williams Realty market centers (I’ve lost count)  and a national leader in sales and profits among all real estate brokerages.

 

He’s not even 40 yet and he has been in the Atlanta real estate agency business for about 20 years. I’ve known him since 1999 – he was one of my real estate professors in the “Prerequisite Course” for a “Georgia Real Estate Salesperson” License.

 

He and I share a similar worldview, and that’s why I work with him. Being in business with Shaun Rawls is the singular reason why I am a licensed real estate salesperson with Keller Williams Realty, and not with some other brokerage in metro Atlanta.

So, what does that have to do with Barack Obama and a posse?

 

Well, it’s because Shaun also said: “Nothing will happen that you don’t make happen.  Barack Obama secured the presidency by knocking on doors.”

 

 

 

To be precise, Barack Obama secured the presidency because he had a posse knocking on doors, and pasting on walls…and sharing his worldview.

 

Shepard Fairey started a street revolution a few years ago, because he was bold enough to remind everyone that “Andre the Giant Has A Posse.” If you’ve lived in Intown Atlanta for the past decade or so, then you’ve seen something about this factual statement.

 

 

If you don’t know who Andre The Giant is, then click here to find out about this remarkable man.

 

If you don’t know why he has a posse, then click here.

 

So, what does that have to do with Barack Obama and a posse? Well, I’ll cut and paste an answer to that…

 

“A key element to the success of Obama’s visual campaign was Fairey’s mostly illegal dissemination tactics of wheatpasting posters on private and public property without permission, a sweet little twist in the side of the political machine that proved the artist’s steadfast adherence to his streetwise principals remained intact while working overground in such an unprecedented way. In doing so, he single-handedly inspired a nation of supporters to do the same and the Obama campaign has seen an outpouring of viral aesthetic support at a level never before realized by a political candidate.”

 

That quote comes from an interview with Shepard this week. Click here to read the interview.

 

Shepard’s distinctive artwork is a big part of Barack’s campaign success, and just like Shaun said, Barack Obama is the one who made his success happen.

 

But, Shepard Fairey is the one who makes sure that Barack has a posse.

 

To sum things up, “The bottom of our market, I think, just hit.  Be among the first to believe this, not one of the last to hear.”

 

Thanks for making things happen, Shepard.

 

 

If there was ever a good day in 2008 to think about getting your real estate on, then today is that day.

 

Comments

  1. jjprojects says:

    Thought you might be interested – Fairey is now doing some work for the global Earth Hour campaign. Here’s a preview of what is to come, he’s only just finished it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/earthhour_global/

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