Q and A with Creators of 'What the @#$% Has Obama Done So Far' Website

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Shavanna Miller, Will Carlough, and Richard Boenigk are co-creators of the site Whatthef***hasobamadonesofar.com.

You're obviously Obama supporters and it appears that two of you are involved in social media. Are you independent operators in this venture or did the Democratic Party or any other organized group have a hand in your site?

Will: We're independent operators. I think most political organizations try to shy away from using the f-bomb in their domain names.

How do you know each other?

Will: We met working together at a website in New York. Unrelated, I want to add that I was a Watergate burglar for the office Halloween party.

More Republicans are "liked" on Facebook for example, than Democrats by a wide margin. Why is that, do you think?

Will: I think it's easier to get people passionate about socialists and fascists taking over the country than whatever boring things Democrats talk about. Also, and I can't prove this, but I'm positive Farmville has some sinister hand in all of it.

Richard: A "like" on Facebook is about more than just showing support for something. It's about wanting to declare that thing publicly as part of your identity. It's like a tiny bumper sticker on your online persona. There may be more people who support Harry Reid's policies than Rand Paul's, but Rand Paul has eight times as many people who feel, emotionally, that he is representing part of who they are.

Why is a site like yours necessary? Did Democrats and the WH not do a good job of selling their accomplishments while they controlled all of Washington? Why wouldn't progressives buy into the health bill, for instance, until it was too late to save the House?

Shavanna: They haven't done a great job at distilling their accomplishments in a way that people can cite them easily. What makes Obama's administration so great is its nuance, resistance to soundbites or oversimplifying complex issues, blah blah. Unfortunately, that's a disadvantage when it comes to just getting the message out to the majority of folks who aren't necessarily hardcore into politics.

Will: I'm one of those non-hardcore politics people. My main source of news used to be reading the Post over people's shoulders on the subway, but no one reads newspapers anymore, so I'm a little out of the loop. So at the very least, making the site educated me, if not other people.

Richard: By nature, progressives are focused on things that should change and areas where more needs to be done. We're not very good at being happy with the status quo. I think this site let Democrats have a rare pep rally of sorts and say "Sure, there's more to do, but just look at WTF has been done so far!"

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You're going viral online... will Dems losses this week lead to a reawakening of the young voters who didn't show up Tuesday?

Will: Possibly. Although by next year, I'm sure we'll have been eclipsed by whatthef***hasjohnboehnerdonesofar.com

There are some oversimplifications in some of your points.

You have that he extended benefits to same sex partners, for instance. But they still can't be on federal health insurance. Is that part of Obama's problem - that he's only been able to go halfway on these things that are important to progressives?

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