About Peter


Peter’s journey has taken him from Beirut to the Beltway – from a war zone to an advisory role in the war rooms of two U.S. presidential campaigns. He has advised major political figures, including Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and was described by the New York Times as “one of the most prominent political bloggers in the nation.” A consultant to the Clinton Global Initiative since its inception, he has organized media roundtables for President Bill Clinton and has crafted digital strategies for the UN Foundation, Department of Energy, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Intel, AARP, and Action Against Hunger, among others.

Peter grew up in Lebanon and lived through a decade of sectarian strife, undergoing compulsory military service in his teens. He moved to New York to attend NYU and has gone on to attain national recognition in three fields: as a blogger and activist, a political strategist, and, during the 90s, as a producer/engineer credited with several hit records. In 2014, he and his wife Leela founded GrantHer to provide grants to the next generation of women entrepreneurs and leaders.

Background

Peter lived in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war and survived years of urban warfare, from artillery and gun battles to kidnappings and car bombs. He was steps away from the American embassy when it was demolished by a suicide bomber. At 15, he was conscripted into the Lebanese Forces – a Christian militia – and received combat training for three years. He moved to New York in the 80s to pursue his BA in Philosophy at NYU.

Music

During the 90s, Peter was a sought-after keyboardist, engineer and producer, appearing on recordings by Bjork, Miles Davis, Diana Ross and Mariah Carey, among many others. An accomplished jazz pianist, he was signed to Columbia/Sony and Universal, producing three #1 Billboard Club singles. He toured and performed with prominent DJs, including Moby, and was featured in Vibe, URB, Spin, Billboard and TIME.

Advocacy

Peter rose to prominence as a political blogger in the aftermath of the 2000 election. His widely-read essay, The Triangle, was described by techPresident as “a seminal essay on the interaction between the blogosphere, the political establishment, and the press.” He has been cited by news outlets from the AP to the Wall Street Journal and has spoken at venues including Harvard Business School and the National Press Club. 

Advising

Peter was among the first Internet staffers to work in a presidential campaign war room, directing online outreach and rapid response for John Kerry’s 2004 campaign. For his work in the political blogosphere, the Washington Post said Peter had helped pioneer “a whole new way of campaigning.” In 2007, he was named Internet Director for Hillary Clinton for President and remained an adviser until 2009.

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Clients


 

Peter advises organizations, companies and campaigns on digital media and strategic communications. Following is a selection of his clients, past and present:

  • PRNewswire
  • One Voice
  • DOE
  • Microsoft
  • CGIedited
  • CFTFK
  • Clinton
  • Bloomberg-Philanthropiesedited
  • AAH
  • UN Foundation
  • AARP
  • Intel

Media


Peter has appeared frequently in major media outlets as a digital media analyst and political strategist. Following are selected excerpts:

 

 

Writing


  • Smokers Pay Tobacco Companies to Murder Them and Poison Strangers

    I have never understood the legality of cigarettes. Tobacco companies sell death and disease to the public. Smokers pay tobacco companies to murder them. Cigarettes are sticks of poison that wreak havoc on humans and the earth. If current trends continue, tobacco will cause up to one billion deaths in the 21st century. Trillions of […]

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  • A Candid Revelation About Hillary Clinton’s Public Image

    Everything you need to know about coverage of Hillary Clinton is contained in this short NYT quote: In recent weeks, Crossroads [brainchild of Karl Rove and other leading Republican strategists] has begun carving a niche for itself in attacking Hillary Rodham Clinton, the presumed Democratic front-runner. The group will use polling data and opposition research […]

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  • The Swiftboating of Hillary Clinton

    In the early months of 2004, I sent an alert to the senior staff of John Kerry’s presidential campaign. I was alarmed about a growing online movement questioning his Vietnam service. Sites like Winter Soldier, Free Republic, and others were buzzing with anti-Kerry activity and I sensed a storm heading Kerry’s way. My role as […]

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  • Ten Global Travesties

    A list that shouldn’t exist in the 21st century: Worldwide, women and girls ages 15 to 44 are more likely to be maimed or killed by men than by malaria, cancer, war or traffic accidents combined. One in seven people on earth goes to bed hungry each night while 25 hedge fund managers made a […]

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  • Three Cornerstones of Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy

    The consensus is that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign rollout has been a success. But that doesn’t really matter. What matters are the three cornerstones of her candidacy: Hillary Clinton is far and away the most qualified, experienced and prepared candidate among the announced and unannounced candidates for president in 2016, Democrat or Republican. On a […]

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  • Dawn of The Hillary Man

    Peter Daou and Tom Watson – writers, strategists, consultants, and long-time political collaborators – declare the dawn of the Hillary Man. PETER: America is embarking on a historic journey that should culminate in the election of our first woman president, Hillary Rodham Clinton. The journey will be long and tortuous, marked by emotional highs and […]

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  • Hillary Decoder: The Guide to Anti-Clinton Memes [UPDATED]

    NOTE: Updates are at the end of the post. The national media have never been more primed to take down Hillary Clinton (and, by the same token, elevate a Republican candidate) – Politico My intention here is simple: detail the various narratives and frames (“calculating,” “secretive,” “polarizing,” etc.) that paint Hillary Clinton’s actions in the […]

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  • Pwning Hillary: Inside the Innerati’s Clinton Obsession

    Hillary Clinton is indomitable. Famous. Funny. Fearless. The Euclidean center of political gravity. Because of who she is and what she is, because she is a woman in a world where women aren’t supposed to be Hillary Clinton, because she is the yardstick against which the innerati measure their own accomplishments, the slightest whiff of […]

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  • Children subjected to horrific punishments in American schools and detention centers

    The New York Times writes: Solitary confinement can be psychologically damaging for any inmate, but it is especially perverse when it is used to discipline children and teenagers. At juvenile detention centers and adult prisons and jails across the country, minors are locked in isolated cells for 22 hours or more a day. A recent […]

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  • Why violence is worse than other existential threats

    “No more hurting people” – Martin Richard, 8, killed in Boston Marathon attack. Violence: “The intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation.” The […]

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