Spain-based professors picked to advise Obama
Two people have been chosen in Spain to form part of the political consulting team for US presidential candidate Barack Obama.31 July 2008
LLEIDA - "For us, it's like being a Spanish actor that makes it to Hollywood," explains Àlex Terés, who this week became one of two people chosen in Spain to form part of the political consulting team for US presidential candidate Barack Obama, the Lleida native's own version of a big-screen idol.
Terés, 37, and Jordi Segarra, 29, are both politically savvy professors, journalists and members of a Catalan communications company. After late August's Democratic National Convention, where Obama is expected to officially become his party's candidate, the pair will move to the United States and try to get Obama elected, a job they consider to be "a privilege and a historic event".
Both are members of the European Association of Political Consultants. It was at a meeting of the group in 2006 that they met Joseph Napolitan, advisor to John F. Kennedy. "It was he who opened the doors to the United States," Terés explains.
Although Obama has chosen a task force of 300 individuals, Terés and Segarra, the latter born in Andorra but Spanish based, will be the country's sole two representatives.
Their mission as part of the Illinois senator's European and Latin American group of politicos will be to boost Obama's image as an international leader in those regions. "I will form part of the strategic team that will decide what Obama will talk about and what his political message will be," explains Segarra. "Àlex [Terés] will do what he does best: develop strategies for online communications and make television commercials."
Segarra adds: "It's a great opportunity. We see Obama as an unbeatable product. He's got a great programme that offers real solutions to people instead of just promises."
[El Pais / Damaris Torrado / Expatica]