Message for Obama: Ready to Serve

Posted by Katherine | November 23, 2008 – 9:00 pm

[This post is part of a Message for Obama series.]

There’s a strong thread of volunteerism running through the Message for Obama photographs. Some Americans, possibly inspired by working in Obama’s citizen corps during the campaign, are actively ready to serve their country. They want Barack to ask a lot of them, to keep challenging them to join in. Even people abroad want to pitch in.

Adam Baumgartner is a digital artist from Cincinnati. He’s asking to be tapped:

Here to help
[radambomb / Flickr]

Bruce Thornton, web-app developer in Rowlett, Texas, on the outskirts of Dallas, has rolled up his sleeves, too:

How can I help
[Bruce Thornton / Flickr]

American expat Christina Geyer is now settled in a Bavarian village near Regensburg, Germany, after growing up “a bonafide nerd” in the DC ‘burbs. Here she is with her son Oliver in Virginia right after the election. Christina clarifies that she was also ready to serve her country during the Bush administration but was never asked to.

Ready to sacrifice
[clg20171 / Flickr]

Conservation biologist Lech Naumovich from Alameda, California, explains that he was born in Wroclaw, Poland, in 1976 and eventually emmigrated to the US. He says, “I thank America in so many ways, for our constitution, civil liberties, and the ability to realize dreams. Barack Obama is my hero. I want to help him make everyone feel like they can be someone’s hero.”

CA how can I help
[lechroy / Flickr]

Tiff grew up on Fruit Loops and TV now wrangles a creative team at a marketing and game-design company in Seattle. She thinks Web 2.0 could revolutionize national service, and she’s impatient to learn how she can contribute:

Service via social networking
[tifotter / Flickr]

The duck in Lech’s photo remains unexplained. The duck in Tiff’s might have something to do with the fact that she’s on the board of directors of the Duck Rescue Network.

[Update 5 Dec 2008: Tiff just explained via Flickrmail that the duck in her picture is her pet. His name is Mr. Flapper, and he has his very own blog.]


  1. 4 Responses to “Message for Obama: Ready to Serve”

  2. Hi

    You might be interested to know (& let your readers know) that a book of some of the most interesting and thought-provoking images from The Guardian’s Message for Obama Flickr pool is now available to buy from Blurb:

    It’s a beautiful memento of an interesting and historic time, and we’re very proud to have been involved in helping this amazing collaborative project come together.

    By Meg Pickard on Nov 28, 2008

  3. Hi Meg,

    Thanks for this. Was it The Guardian that started the meme on Flickr? I’d noticed that The Guardian’s account has a variety of Message for Obama photos but wasn’t quite sure what the connection was.

    By Katherine on Nov 29, 2008

  4. Hi Katherine - sorry not to have replied sooner. Yes, The Guardian started the meme, then the group and uploaded the first photos to it. The first “message for Obama” photo is, in fact, of me!

    By Meg Pickard on Jan 11, 2009

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