Vint Cerf endorces Obama

Great news!

Jason Sanders wrote this:

We've all been warned that Barack Obama has some suspicious friends. Well, you better add Vint Cerf, cofounder of the Internet and Google's Chief Internet Evangelist, and the 2008 Nobel laureates in Science to that list, because they just endorsed the Democratic presidential candidate.

In a YouTube video, Vint Cerf explains why he's voting for Barack Obama by pointing out the importance of net neutrality and why Obama's views on the subject are so important.

And all of the 2008 Nobel Laureates in Science, as well as 62 other Nobel Laureates, decided to announce their endorsement of Obama via an open letter to the American people (you can read it on the Sefora site here, PDF), where they say:

This year's presidential election is among the most significant in our nation's history. The country urgently needs a visionary leader who can ensure the future of our traditional strengths in science and technology and who can harness those strengths to address many of our greatest problems: energy, disease, climate change, security, and economic competitiveness. We are convinced that Senator Barack Obama is such a leader, and we urge you to join us in supporting him. During the administration of George W. Bush, vital parts of our country's scientific enterprise have been damaged by stagnant or declining federal support. The government's scientific advisory process has been distorted by political considerations. As a result, our once dominant position in the scientific world has been shaken and our prosperity has been placed at risk. We have lost time critical for the development of new ways to provide energy, treat disease, reverse climate change, strengthen our security, and improve our economy. We have watched Senator Obama's approach to these issues with admiration. We especially applaud his emphasis during the campaign on the power of science and technology to enhance our nation's competitiveness. In particular, we support the measures he plans to take – through new initiatives in education and training, expanded research funding, an unbiased process for obtaining scientific advice, and an appropriate balance of basic and applied research - to meet the nation's and the world's most urgent needs.
Senator Obama understands that Presidential leadership and federal investments in science and technology are crucial elements in successful governance of the world's leading country. We hope you will join us as we work together to ensure his election in November.

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