President Obama’s E-mail

President Obama’s E-mail

I have many claims to fame.

For example, I have been known to drink 5 cans of Coke in a day. I also watched an entire season of “24” in a day, synchronizing the TV time with real time. But in all honesty, these events probably pale in comparison to the fact that I went to Punahou, the same high school as President-elect Barack Obama.

This past Sunday, the Trustees of Punahou held an inaugural party in Washington DC to celebrate the ascension of the first Hawaii-born President, and the first alumnus President. We had high hopes that President Obama would show, and indeed, there were police helicopters allegedly circling the residence of AOL-founder Steve Case — the gracious host and also alumnus of Punahou.

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Photo by Allen Murabayashi

Sadly, Mr. Obama wasn’t able to attend (we call it a “Nobama”), but his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng (another alumna who was in my sister’s class) was present and sent her regards from the President, who undoubtedly was busy preparing for today’s inaugural festivities.

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Photo by Allen Murabayashi

When I got back home to New York, I recalled an alumni directory that I received in the mail several years ago. A quick scan of my bookshelf revealed a 2001 publication.

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In 2001, Obama was a state legislator in Illinois, so I was curious to see how he might appear in this directory. Sandwiched between Saichi Oba and Derek O’Banion was our very own Barack Obama. Malia and the newly-born Natasha (aka “Sasha”) were listed as his children.

And to bring the whole thing full circle, his published e-mail was from no other than AOL.com:

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All those years of AOL subscriptions with the infamous cancellation travails end with the inaugural party payback, Steve.

By the way, I’m a huge privacy advocate hence the blurred details (plus who needs the Secret Service on your back when you’re running a counterfeit ring — I kid). But I’m listing Obama’s email because I’m assuming:

1. He’s since upgraded to something cooler like “barack@yeswecan.com”, and
2. “boboma” was more likely “bobama”

Hey Mr. President. Congratulations! Let’s do this thing.

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Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and co-founder of PhotoShelter.

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