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Meredith Segal '08, Obama Facebook Effort make Headlines

Story posted November 17, 2008

Meredith Segal '08, whose "Barack Obama for President in 2008" Facebook group drew legions of supporters, was profiled in the November 15, 2008, edition of the Portland Press Herald.

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President-elect Barack Obama and Meredith Segal '08

The article, "Obama Girl? Bowdoin Student was Way Ahead," tells of Segal's early passion for the presidential prospects of a newly elected U.S. Senator from Illinois in 2006.

"When I would mention it to friends, the most common response would be, 'Who? What? Well, OK,'" said Segal in the article.

Segal as "Party Animal"
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Obama and Segal at the Feb. 2, 2007, pre-announcement rally at George Mason University.

Segal's efforts on behalf of the Obama campaign have drawn national attention.

She was mentioned in the March 14, 2008, Wall Street Journal article, "Party Animals." Read the article.

The Washington Post highlighted Segal and the Facebook group she started in its June 16, 2008, article, "Young Voters, Engaged and Online." Read the article.

The article notes that Segal introduced Obama at a college rally in Washington, D.C., and ran a field office for the campaign in Philadelphia.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Richard Skinner was interviewed for the article regarding the Internet and its use to support a candidate.

"It used to be that if you did not have some sort of pre-existing institution like, say, a church to build on, this (effort) required a lot of money and expertise," said Skinner in the article, adding that the Internet allows an individual to build a nationwide organization cheaply, like Segal did.

Segal says she flew to Chicago to take part in the Grant Park victory rally — and ended up in the front row.

"It was pretty incredible," she said. "There are times when all you want to do is stand back and watch — and this was one of those moments."

Read the article.

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