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huntinman
01-25-2011, 08:53 AM
Republican Owns Obama’s ‘Win the Future’
By Nathan L. Gonzales
Roll Call Contributing Writer
Jan. 24, 2011, 10:12 a.m.
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President Barack Obama spent the weekend talking about the need to “win the future” in what sounds like the beginnings of a re-election slogan. But a conservative activist in Oregon owns the winthefuture websites, virtually ensuring that Republicans will define the catch phrase in their own way.

Obama talked about “how we’ll win the future” in his weekly address and in a video on Saturday when he previewed his State of the Union address for supporters. That video closed with a “Win the Future” graphic that elevated the phrase to a potential re-election mantra.

BarackObama.com will be the President’s online hub for his re-election campaign, but if people go to WintheFuture.com, they are likely to get a very different perspective from Obama’s vision.

Retired engineering consultant Glenn Pelikan of Portland, Ore., registered WintheFuture.com (and all associated extensions, including .org and .net) in 2007, a couple of years after former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) released his book, “Winning the Future.”

When Roll Call contacted Pelikan, the Republican hadn’t seen Obama’s recent remarks and didn’t even remember he owned the URLs, probably because he estimates that he owns between 200 to 300 domain names. Four years ago, Pelikan thought about setting up an Oregon chapter based on Gingrich’s philosophies, but he never did anything with the sites.

“I probably would have dropped it a year ago,” said Pelikan about WintheFuture.com. “But now, under the circumstances,” he said his initial thought was to offer the domain names to the Republican National Committee. He’s made no final decisions on what to do with the URL that could become a valuable commodity.

Pelikan, a self-described “constitutional conservative,” hasn’t chosen a candidate for the 2012 presidential race, but he’s no fan of the president and doesn’t believe in his vision for the country.

“It’s not the guy, it’s his policies,” said Pelikan, who contributed to Mitt Romney’s presidential bid in 2007.

Pelikan has also contributed to the RNC, Oregon Rep. Greg Walden (R), Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden’s GOP challenger last cycle, and the Oregon Republican Party, where he is the chairman for issues, outreach and speakers.

It remains to be seen how integral of a part “Win the Future” will play in Obama’s re-election campaign (the New York Times led with the phrase in a Saturday story about the address), but if Democrats use the phrase prominently, Republicans will be in good position to respond. Their inability to secure an important domain is in stark contrast to the praise heaped on the Obama campaign in 2008 for its unprecedented online effort.

Conservatives criticized the President’s supporters for the “Together We Thrive” t-shirts that were handed out at the Tucson Memorial service because they believed they were campaign related.

According to an Internet search, TogetherWeThrive.com was registered on Dec. 2, 2010, and is under construction, but the registrant chose to keep their details confidential.
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But the bigger question is... why does Obama have to use all these silly slogans? Just go out there and say something of substance and let that stand on it's own... oh, I just answered my own question.

Buzz
01-25-2011, 09:55 AM
The guy is clearly an opportunist who goes around buying up domain names so he can extract some cash from people wanting that url. This happened to my wife and as far as I'm concerned people who do this are lower than WS.

When I see the term "constitutional conservative" it cracks me up.

huntinman
01-25-2011, 10:00 AM
The guy is clearly an opportunist who goes around buying up domain names so he can extract some cash from people wanting that url. This happened to my wife and as far as I'm concerned people who do this are lower than WS.

When I see the term "constitutional conservative" it cracks me up.

I agree with you on that. I have seen it in other lines of work as well. My whole point is Obama and his damn slogans...

troy schwab
01-25-2011, 10:13 AM
The guy is clearly an opportunist who goes around buying up domain names so he can extract some cash from people wanting that url. This happened to my wife and as far as I'm concerned people who do this are lower than WS.

Sounds like a creative businessman to me........ dont hate the player, hate the game......

Buy all the domains you want..... regards

road kill
01-25-2011, 10:15 AM
The guy is clearly an opportunist who goes around buying up domain names so he can extract some cash from people wanting that url. This happened to my wife and as far as I'm concerned people who do this are lower than WS.

When I see the term "constitutional conservative" it cracks me up.

Yeah, I wish I would have thought of it too!!


RK

paul young
01-25-2011, 10:44 AM
so i guess anytime a politician (ANY party) speaks they should have to search for any websites that contain words or phrases found in their speech? how reasonable!-Paul

Ken Bora
01-25-2011, 10:47 AM
A few years back, when Al Gore first invented the inter- nets J
A step brother of mine named David Beers had a domain name.
One day a law firm contacted him out of the blue and offered him
$500 dollars for it for an unknown client. He was a teenager/dungeons and dragons
playing computer geek and pounced upon the cash.
This was the domain name he sold, click on it and see the
Unknown company that offered such a HUGE amount

Click - http://www.debeers.com (http://www.debeers.com/)

We still chuckle about it on the holidays:cool:





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dnf777
01-25-2011, 10:50 AM
Our small town (like many others) has a night in early December when they "light up" the Christmas tree and lights. Through someone's amazing creativity, its called "light up nite"! The city of Pittsburgh sued for infringement, and said nobody withing the PIttsburgh region could use "light up nite", as it is a registered name of their event.

Our town was going to reply with "screw you", but that was already registered by the Pennsylvania Republican party. :D

troy schwab
01-25-2011, 10:52 AM
I thought that Rundell owned that domain....... Wow, I learned somethin today! LOL

dnf777
01-25-2011, 10:53 AM
A few years back, when Al Gore first invented the inter- nets J
A step brother of mine named David Beers had a domain name.
One day a law firm contacted him out of the blue and offered him
$500 dollars for it for an unknown client. He was a teenager/dungeons and dragons
playing computer geek and pounced upon the cash.
This was the domain name he sold, click on it and see the
Unknown company that offered such a HUGE amount

Click - http://www.debeers.com (http://www.debeers.com/)

We still chuckle about it on the holidays:cool:





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Ken,
there was a mechanin in Baytown, Tx back in the 70s who scraped together enough for a little bug-smasher of a plane. I think it was a cessna 150. The tail number was N1KE.

He made a six-figure premium to give up his registration, so some athletic shoe company could put that number on the tail of their jet.

Jason Glavich
01-25-2011, 03:39 PM
Does anyone else find it funny that the Acronym for the slogan is "WTF" ? I noticed it at first glance. Don't think there is any version of this that isn't registered as a doamin name already. I think Obama should use it and use the acronym form on bumper stickers. It would help the other side I am sure.

road kill
01-25-2011, 04:01 PM
Does anyone else find it funny that the Acronym for the slogan is "WTF" ? I noticed it at first glance. Don't think there is any version of this that isn't registered as a doamin name already. I think Obama should use it and use the acronym form on bumper stickers. It would help the other side I am sure.


Seriously, we should make up about a million of those and sell them.:cool:


RK

huntinman
01-25-2011, 04:04 PM
It's what the whole country has been asking ever since he got elected.

BonMallari
01-25-2011, 04:34 PM
Does anyone else find it funny that the Acronym for the slogan is "WTF" ? I noticed it at first glance. Don't think there is any version of this that isn't registered as a domain name already. I think Obama should use it and use the acronym form on bumper stickers. It would help the other side I am sure.


and here I thought Retriever people were the only ones using acronyms, such as FF,CC,FTP...this opens up a whole new set of possibilities

WTF- winning through force (for collar users)

WTFF- why the force fetch (for non collar users)

WTFF- we tried force fetch (for those not sure)