September 20th, 2007
09:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama's Big Apple phone book

Watch Abbi Tatton's report about Barack Obama's online phone bank.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Supporters of Sen. Barack Obama have always been mobilized in raising money online, but can they use the Web to energize voters in Hillary Clinton’s backyard?

Watch CNN’s Abbi Tatton examine the Democratic presidential candidate’s latest effort to promote a massive rally in the heart of New York City by putting his supporters to work.

- CNN Internet Producer Eric Weisbrod

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
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  1. BM

    Obama can use any means he feels necessary to gather support but the fact remains he lacks experience to run our country. He however would do better in another high profile cabinet position.

    September 20, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Terry Milford, CT

    If Barack Obama can rally 4,500 people in Washington DC on a Tuesday afternoon, I'm pretty sure he can get a few to come out in NYC.

    This campaign has shown an amazing ability to organize. It also helps that people genuinely like him and want to hear what he has to say. And that he is running a positive campaign focused on the voters and the needs of the country.

    September 20, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Ronnie.Irving,Texas

    Obama can kick and scream all he wants to but America will not elect him,especially with race relations on the brink of a melt down.Jena 6 proves to me that black people can not control themselves or punish their kids when they beat someone.

    September 20, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Connie , Mattoon, Il

    To be up front and honest, I am leaning toward supporting Barack Obama for President in 2008. Why you may ask? Out of all the other candidates (Democrat and Republican), I feel he would be the best person for the job during this time in our history.

    While all the candidates claim that they are the ones that can bring the country back together, Senator Obama comes off as being the one that would actually enjoy doing just that.

    Why do I say that? During Sundays Democratic Debate, Senator Obama was bombarded with criticism over the lack of experience he’s had. Senator Obama didn’t avoid the questions; he didn’t change the subject as so many politicians do, he responded instead, with a little humor, "To prepare for this debate, I rode in the bumper cars at the state fair." This one statement reminded me so much of a typical Ronald Reagan response, the kind that would always bring a smile to our enemies face.

    Contesting the idea that he's not ready to be president, he used facts, he said: "Nobody had more experience than Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney and many of the people on this stage that authorized this war" in Iraq. He added a bit later, "The thing I wish had happened (with respect to Iraq) was that all the people on this stage had asked questions before they authorized us getting in."

    The words that were sort of the tipping point for me were, "It is my belief that we need a fundamental change if we're going to dig ourselves out of the hole that George Bush has placed us in. And that's going to require the kind of aggressive diplomacy preparation, yes, but aggressive diplomacy, the personal diplomacy of the next president to transform how the world sees us. That is ultimately going to make us safer," Obama said.

    At no other time during this or any other debate have I heard, even one of the other candidates, Democrat or Republican, be concerned about how the World sees us. This man cares about America and her reputation.

    America’s future depends on how others view her; with respect of course, but also, a bit of envy.

    At this moment in time, out of all the candidates running for President, Senator Obama’s got my vote..

    September 20, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Christian, Tampa FL

    I want to attack the increasingly ridiculous notion that Obama doesn't have the right experience.

    This was said about him every time he ran for office. And yet, he has conducted himself as a skillful and capable politician who has actually been in elected office longer than either Hillary Clinton or John Edwards. Obama's myriad of sensible plans on issues from the war in Iraq to fighting terrorism to health care to tax reductions has shown that he is a capable and intelligent man who is well prepared and qualified for the White House.

    I'm sure he'll draw plenty of supporters in New York.

    September 20, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Sarah, Dallas, TX

    I have total confidence that he'll not only draw a crowd, but also that he'll secure their votes. Experience may be a nice credential for a President to have, but recent history suggests that strong leadership, expert diplomacy, and an ability to listen to the American people might be more powerful skills.

    September 20, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Cory, PA

    of course some people will come out to see what he has to say... I would if I lived in NYC. Oh, and I think he's a great candidate too.

    Also, Mr. Ronnie from Irvine, Texas... Don't group together African Americans as a whole because of what 6 young, immature kids did. There are plenty of parents, regardless of color, who cannot discipline their kids.

    September 20, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Colony 14 author, Mount Prospect, Illinois

    There is no doubt that Obama can get tens of thousands of New Yorkers to sit down with him and sing Kum Bah Yah. So what? He has mastered the art of "feel good" speech, but that won't stop Iran from nuking Tel Aviv if the only expected response is a bumper sticker that says war is harmful to children and other living things.

    September 20, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Lance in Monrovia CA

    Obama's not just getting people to sit down and sing Kum bah ya. He's actually creating a seriously lethal movement. He's organizing and he's bringing people off their butts for a change, no small feat when it comes to us jaded Americans.

    The dude has more legislative experience than Hillary Clinton and John Edwards combined, coming from Chicago, the toughest political waters in the nation.

    I went to Nevada with about 60 L.A. volunteers last weekend. None of them had ever done canvassing for a campaign before. I personally talked to 200 undecided voters and NOT ONE said they didn't like him. We got three signed pledge cards for people to caucus for him, and we heard ONLY ONE hardcore Clinton supporter.

    Over and over again I heard that people are fed up with politics as usual and feel that Obama may be the only candidate that can actually pull off real change.

    How can you argue with a dude that could have had any six figure job he wanted out of Harvard but went and organized on the Southside for 14 Grand instead.

    How can you argue with the first Senator both in Chicago and on Capitol Hill to pass meaningful ethics reform in a generation?

    How can you argue with the fact that only Obama has found a really loyal following that continues to grow and grow based on, not fear and loathing, but hope and real ideas for our future?

    How can you argue with a candidate that goes to Detriot to talk about the environment and to Wall Street to talk about tax cuts for the middle class and finally making the richest .1 percent of this country pay their fair share?

    Myself and four other Obama supporters showed up at Bill Clinton's book signing in Pasadena day before yesterday. Not one Hillary supporter was there with a sign and several people in line confessed they were Obama supporters.

    This guy WILL NOT lie down. He is a fighter in the truest sense of the word. He rises above the tag of politician and is A LEADER.

    Not only can he get elected, but he can foster the movement he's started into a political machine unmatched since the days of FDR. He's slowly but surely creating political will, despite constant and baseless attacks by the corporately owned media that for sure knows that once he's in office, their days of vertical integration and monopoly of our airwaves and newspapers are limited.

    I am sick and tired of seeing a handful of rich old pigs feeding at the trough that is the Washington beltway establishment. It's time that we had someone in office for a change that is motivated by action and people rather than money.

    Y'know, that's just the thing with pigs... Today's pig is tomorrow's bacon.

    Can you smell what Barack is cookin'?

    Obama 08!!!!

    September 20, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. Lance in Monrovia, CA

    Oh and by the way, when I say "we got three signed pledge cards for the Nevada caucaus for him, what I meant was my wife and I did. All in our group from L.A. got a 145 pledge cards in one day. There was another group of Nevada volunteers, about a 150 or so I saw in the union hall we were based at canvassing the same day I was there and I know they got a heckova lot more than we did.

    Face it. Obama is the future. Pigs are the past.


    September 20, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Ron Nebraska

    Mr. Obama is exactly the kind of leader this country needs right now. The inexperience thing is only the 'left leaning' media perpetuating a myth, much like they have done to Gore and the inventing the internet thing. I will gladly take Mr. Obamas' basic intelligence and outstanding character over any candidates resume.

    September 20, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. E. Caldwell Philly, Pa

    There is no doubt that Obama can get tens of thousands of New Yorkers to sit down with him and sing Kum Bah Yah. So what? He has mastered the art of "feel good" speech, but that won't stop Iran from nuking Tel Aviv if the only expected response is a bumper sticker that says war is harmful to children and other living things.

    Posted By Colony 14 author, Mount Prospect, Illinois : September 20, 2007 3:48 pm

    If electing a President that's going to stick their noses in Isreal's business everytime someone makes a threat to them is your thing, why not move to Isreal yourself. I am sick and tired of this country sticking there noses in everyones business. Isreal can defend themselves, they have done a heck of a good job so far. I'm voting for an American President that is concerned about American views and foriegn policy that doesnt make us look like some type of World Police, because news flash....We are not.

    September 20, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. Rose Hann New London, CT

    Obama is going to visit New York. How quaint. Just happens to be the back yard of the woman who is beating him. Perhaps she should rall in his backyard.
    I hope Obama remembers President Clinton lives there to. Perhaps he should take a walk. Bet every camera would forget Obama was even there. Some things are just what they are, TRUE!

    September 20, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  14. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Sarah, Dallas, that is orrect "strong leadership, expert diplomacy, and an ability to listen to the American people might be more powerful". Do you know how to get all of those? It comes from experiences. Hillary has all of those ability because she has magnificent experiences in her whole life, that's why we need to vote her for the next President. Obama pretended he has experiences but he doesn't have enough career so he couldn't have the wisdome as much as Hillary Clinton. We need the person who can handle this mess wisely. Obama may come one decade later, may be, but not right now. We can not make another mistake like Bush-Cheney.

    September 21, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Ron Nebraska

    Electing Mrs. Clinton WOULD be another mistake in the line of Bush/Rove/Cheney. She is simply the old politics of the usual, I want a different vision and a better future for my country than more of the same old politics under a different name. Barack Obama is this countrys' best and only hope for an America that would make me proud again.

    September 21, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |