Plenty of coverage has been devoted to national politicians' widespread adoption of MySpace and Facebook as campaign tools--it's a popular strategic move to ride the wave of viral buzz and simultaneously cater to the elusive youth vote. Democratic candidate John Edwards was even a Twitter early adopter.
Business-oriented social-networking site LinkedIn, meanwhile, has stayed out of the political fray. And indeed, LinkedIn hasn't started any formal campaign tie-ins the way MySpace has. But that hasn't stopped presidential hopeful Barack Obama from creating a profile on the site; if you want to "add him as a connection," you can do so right here.
At the very least, it's kind of amusing to see Obama's credentials and goals fit into the rigid confines of a LinkedIn profile. You can see the Illinois senator's past political experience (as many pundits have repeatedly emphasized, it's a short list) laid out like a resume, and learn that his non-professional interests include "basketball, writing, and spending time with (his) kids." And, of course, there's the "Get Introduced to Barack Obama" link. Sure, maybe at a $500-a-plate dinner.