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After the sparring campaign commercials between Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama during primary season over who would be ready for a critical 3 am phone call to the White House….it appears Obama decided to emphasize that he’s the party’s choice to be by the phone.

He sent out a dramatically awaited text message to supporters announcing his own choice of running mate It came at 3 am.

Barack Obama named Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his
vice presidential running mate early Saturday through his Web site and
a text message that said, “Barack has chosen Senator Joe Biden to be
our VP nominee.”

Obama’s decision leaked to the media several hours before his aides
planned to send a text message announcing the running mate, negating a
promise that people who turned over their phone numbers would be the
first to know who Obama had chosen. The campaign scrambled to send the
text message after the leak, sending phones buzzing at the inconvenient
time of just after 2 a.m. Chicago time.

Which is 3 a.m. Washington (Eastern) time. Which prompted the
Chicago Tribune to poll its readers on whether a text message at 3 a.m.
is appropriate, and whether it woke them up. And what time their phone
actually received the message.

His campaign may have thought it humorous, but people receiving that momentous call announcing Obama’s running mate didn’t.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....