It was incredibly moving.
This was not without controversy; the twitter stream and some Facebook groups were filled with bloggers feeling frustrated and dismayed that BlogHer had become “politicized.” It’s important to note and BlogHer has been very, very clear on this point that the same offer to present to conference was extended to Mitt Romney’s team and they declined. (In addition, there will be representatives from both campaigns on panels during the sessions.)
It is true that in an election year, the tone of President Obama’s words were focused on the election. (It was pretty much a very short election stump speech.)
But in my opinion, that isn’t what was important about President Obama addressing BlogHer.
For me (and I was moved to tears) being addressed by President Obama as a woman blogger was an incredibly empowering act of validation of the incredible community that BlogHer has contributed to building.
80 million women blog, and our voices are amplified by the internet. I personally believe that blogging by mothers is revolutionizing parenting and motherhood and changing how the world views mothers. Having President Obama acknowledge our influence and power was… just AMAZING.
In my opinion, anyway.
Today is the first full day of the conference, and we’re opening the day with the BlogHer opening keynote and the traditional “speed dating”. Today Martha Stewart is the lunch keynote so it’s a day full of amazing content and sessions. If you’re not home, there is BlogHer at home for you to follow along (should you want to do so).