President Barack Obama Launches Re-Election Campaign and the Race for 2012
President Barack Obama announced his bid for re-election through a short campaign video released in the early hours between April 3rd and April 4th. As I detailed in my last article “The Astrological Importance of Presidential Run Announcements for 2012“, we have to be vigilant in recording the time that presidential candidates announce their candidacies because they can be very revealing for what the themes and ultimate outcome of the election may be. Interestingly enough, I had singled out the range of dates April 4th-April 7th as interesting time for a candidate to announce because of the Sun’s conjunction to Jupiter and opposition to Saturn. Obama announcing at this time marks him as the “Sun-Jupiter opposite Saturn” candidate in this race.
In many ways, this makes sense for Obama. If “Yes We Can” doesn’t embody the optimism of a Sun-Jupiter conjunction in Aries I’m not sure what does. The opposition to Saturn though should not be overlooked. Obama’s first campaign for President was announced under the conjunction of Sun and Neptune in Aquarius opposite Saturn in Leo. Obama’s signature effort in office, his push for healthcare reform, was finally achieved while the Sun in Aries was opposite Saturn in Libra. And now his re-election campaign has started under Sun conjunct Jupiter in Aries opposite Saturn in Libra. These were both characterized by perseverance over considerable opposition, and it is fairly certain that will also be the case for Obama’s re-election. Obama’s location of his campaign headquarters in Chicago indicates a desire to still be seen as an outsider even when as the President, he is the representative for the establishment in Washington. I see this tension represented by the Jupiter-Saturn opposition as well.
Other transits to note:
Moon applying to conjunction with retrograde Mercury in Aries. Obama’s positive history with Mercury retrogrades has been well-documented on this blog, and is certainly appropriate for a big announcement from an administration that also began under a Mercury retrograde. It likely suggests that the focus will be on commerce and markets (Mercury). Indeed, Obama’s chances for being re-elected are fairly good even at this early stage, especially if unemployment continues to go down. If we know anything about Mercury though, it’s to expect the unexpected.
Mars conjunct Uranus in Aries. This could relate to the humanitarian military intervention in Libya, or otherwise unexpected developments in war, as well as aggressive attacks against other candidates on a level that would be uncharacteristic for Obama. Otherwise, this is a fairly curious configuration to be present in this chart.
Can I see the chart?
UPDATE 5/25/2011: Wrong chart, scroll to the bottom for the corrected chart.
As for the precise time of Obama’s announcement, it is hard to say what that would be. Since the announcement was made via the video, it would stand to reason that the publication of the video to the internet would count as the time of the official announcement. The only problem is that we cannot be entirely sure of when and where the video was uploaded. At April 4th 2011, 7:15 am in Amherst, MA, I saw on YouTube that the video had been uploaded 8 hours before. On YouTube, below the video it indicates it was uploaded on April 3rd 2011.
This is only a general count and not a specific count, so it was probably within the realm of 11:00 pm on April 3rd. Where was the video uploaded though? I think a good case could be made that it was uploaded from Chicago, IL, since that is where Obama’s re-election campaign headquarters are based. In this case, to adjust for the timezone difference between Massachusetts and Illinois, the video was uploaded sometime within the hour of 10 pm on April 3rd 2011 in Chicago, IL. The problem with this however is that YouTube also says that the video was uploaded at 2:33:08 am on April 4th if you run a query through YouTube’s data API which reveals all kinds of data about YouTube videos. The result for the announcement video is here which clearly states that the video was published at “2011-04-04T02:33:08”. Perhaps there is a difference between a video being uploaded and published but the other thing we have to consider is that YouTube time is Pacific time because the company is based in California. If the video was “published” at 2:33:08 am according to California, then for Illinois it was actually “published” at 4:33:08 am on April 4th. So, presuming the video was uploaded and published in Chicago Illinois, the “true” announcement time is either 10:00-10:59:59 pm on April 3rd, or 4:33:08 am on April 4th.
I’m somewhat inclined to think that the re-election campaign staff would have set the video to private when uploading it so that it wasn’t immediately public, to double check for any spelling errors or any other things wrong with the video before making it public, which could account for the discrepancy between the times YouTube gives. It might have been “uploaded” late on the night of April 3rd but then “published” to the world early in the morning of April 4th. If this is the case then I tend toward considering 4:33:08 am on April 4th, Chicago, IL, as Obama’s official announcement, but as I’ve shown, this all rests on several assumptions.
The Elephant in the Room
Within hours of Obama’s announcement, Neptune ingressed into Pisces. Obama’s history with Neptune has been well-documented on this blog, and what it means for Obama’s re-election chances is not entirely clear. Since Obama not only kicked off his own re-election campaign with his announcement, but also inadvertently the 2012 election season itself, it is fair to say that this election season will be very descriptive of what Neptune in Pisces will be about.
UPDATE 5/25/2011:I made a big mistake in assuming YouTube’s API data was using Pacific time, it was actually using GMT, I explain this whole issue in a new post here. The ACTUAL time the video was uploaded was April 3rd, 9:33:08 pm, Chicago, Illinois. Here is the chart: