February 2nd, 2009
11:38 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama e-mails supporters to meet, push for stimulus bill

The president is asking supporters to host gatherings next weekend to push for his economic stimulus plan.
The president is asking supporters to host gatherings next weekend to push for his economic stimulus plan.

(CNN) - President Obama sent a message to supporters Monday personally calling them action behind his agenda for the first time since his inauguration.

The president’s message was sent by Organizing for America — the former campaign apparatus that is now a two-week-old arm of the Democratic National Committee — to anyone who was involved with an Obama house party during the campaign season.

The president is asking them to host similar gatherings next weekend to push for his economic stimulus plan. That package, which passed the House last week without Republican support, is currently being considered by the Senate.

“I hope to sign the recovery plan into law in the next few weeks,” said Obama in the e-mail. “But I need your help to spread the word and build support. … You can help restore confidence in our economy by making sure your friends, family, and neighbors understand how the recovery plan will impact your community.”

Last week, Organizing for America director Mitch Stewart sent a similar message announcing the gatherings.

Event hosts will be sent statistics on how Obama’s plan might affect their state, and given a downloadable party kit, similar to the one provided by the group when it held the first round of home gatherings earlier this month.

The house meetings are scheduled for next weekend, February 6-8.


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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Larry Houston TX

    @ Arlene .....They CUT taxes on the Businesses.....They CUT Taxes on the Huge Corporations, They CUT Taxes on everyone that was IN Business !! Not the average workers ! (That's why it didn't work, and never will work ! ) They need to CUT Taxes on the regular / average people that is drawing a PAYCHECK, for a change.....

    ( instead of the way the "Republicans" have done it the last 8 )

    February 2, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. david goldman

    FAIR WARNING TO THOSE THAT DO NOT SUPPORT

    OUR PRESIDENT. WE WILL VOTE YOU OUT OF OFFICE.

    WE HAVE VOTED PRESIDENT OBAMA IN OFFICE TO GET

    A JOB DONE FOR US. ANYONE IN HIS WAY, WILL BE

    THERE ONLY UNTIL YOUR NEXT ELECTION, GUARANTEED.

    February 2, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Angie in Pa

    The way I see it The country has for the last 20 years or so has been ran by the GOP, Even when Clinton was in Office the Gop had the power for 6 Years During the Bush presidency Up until 2 years ago the Dems took over. the way I see it The country has put the Dems back in power so lets try their way one can clearly see the GOP Policies has not worked it has only got us here where we are today and it aint Pretty! now i say to hell with GOP And lets try the Democrats Ideas!

    February 2, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. ACORN

    Is 5 billion enough?

    February 2, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Arlene February 2nd, 2009 12:56 pm ET

    Under the Bush administration the republicans lowered taxes. If lowering taxes is the means of stimulating the economy, why are we in the position we are today? We lived under their ideology for eight years, it didn't work. Wake up!!!!!,
    =======================================================
    His tax cuts got us out of the recession that fallowed 9/11. They did work. Look it up and you will see that the bush tax cuts were a success. We are in the position we are today because of many reasons, some are the fault of the republicans, some are the fault of the democrats. For example : In the Clinton days he and many other dems pushed for more affordable housing and forced banks to lower the standards they used for loan applications the result is the housing crises. Bush signed for so much wasted money it makes me sick. but to stay on the housing market he fail to stop the inflation bubble that has now popped and left many people with mortgages that are greater than the value of the home.

    February 2, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. PATC

    I applied for a job with the Obama administration but was denied when it was discovered I had paid my taxes.

    February 2, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. dr.mimi de la cruz

    THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO FURTHER DAMAGE OUR CHANCE

    TO RECOVER FROM THE YEARS & YEARS OF GREED & FRAUD.

    WE ARE DETERMINED TO GIVE PRESIDENT OBAMA THE CHANCE

    TO GET US OUT OF THE REPUBLICAN ECONOMICS FOR THE

    GREEDY THIEVES OF THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION.

    THE REPUBLICANS CAN'T STAND FOR A SINGLE AMERICAN

    AMERICAN $ TO BE SPENT ON A SINGLE AMERICAN OR AMERICA.

    WE NEED TO VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE.

    February 2, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. arivera

    More propaganda from the republican party to cover up the fact they are for the super rich only. These people are liars and cheats and me being a hardworking minority means I am their mortal enemy. This is their mindset and they are afraid if Obama is successful their days in the minority status are going to be long. So many republicans just don't get the fact that their party is despised by the majority of minorities in this country. And like it or not we have become a big factor in elections. As a Mexican American with a huge family I do not know even one family member that supports these hateful people. Obama is a good guy that will help this country. Something that republicans could care less about.

    February 2, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. JJ

    If you are a real Republican or Democrat who voted no on the bill, get your pen and paper and cross out the items you disagree with and put in a new line item. This simple people not negotiable. You sit down with pen and paper to negotate and when you reach a concensus you vote. Think of this bill as a trial by jury where you are lock in a room together to come up with a decision and make it work. Stop talking about what is pork and what want work. Do the d thing and it will work. The President is waiting on a d bill people. Get off the tussss and sit at the table and talk.

    February 2, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Matt

    I heard McCain was voting against it because he thought it was all about Viagra...someone should probably let him know that's not what is meant by referring to it as a "stimulus" bill.

    February 2, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Matt

    @ Liz

    If you think those tax-cuts will "trickle down" in the form of jobs instead of being interpreted as a larger profit margin and therefore pocketed by rich business owners, then I've got a bridge to sell you. We've already seen how deeply they all care about the average American in how they spent the bailout money they received. It's time for the gov't to start making some choices on what happens to our tax money and stop giving them more money to horde and spend on themselves.

    February 2, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. ACJ

    The President in good faith is asking for suggestions and constructive criticisms; not venom-spewing remarks, put-downs, ugly sniping and griping. Please everybody, we need to put our heads together and be supportive for the good of our children and grandchildren. We need to trust the President to work for us; but we must work with him too.

    February 2, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. Former Republican

    IF WE WANTED TO HOLD ON TO THE BUSH ECONOMICS

    WE WOULD HAVE VOTED FOR MCSAME. WE VOTED FOR

    CHANGE & THE REPUBLICANS SHOULD HAVE SOME SENSE

    & SUPPORT THE OBAMA STIMULUS PACKAGE. IF NOT WE THE

    SAME CITIZENS THAT PUT OBAMA IN OFFICE WILL DO OUR

    BEST TO GET AS MANY REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE AS WE

    CAN. YOUR CALL.

    February 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Joyce Memphis

    Thanks David,

    You are right. People need to read the bill before commenting on it. Thank you for posting were you can read the bill. I will definitely educate myself on this pressing issue.

    A concerned American

    February 2, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. An American

    You Obama supporters are cult like idiots. I hope not one republican votes for it the way it is and our demorcratic lawmakers start to wake up. All we need in this Country is Capitalsim – not a government take over that will put us deeper in the hole than we already are. I don't care how many e-mail you get in your favor President Obama – this bill stinks and if it goes through the way it is – it will be over for all of us – yes that includes you people that cannot seem to understand what is happening here. You will go down with the rest of us.

    February 2, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Matt

    Tax cuts = Less revenue to the gov't, more money in rich pockets, nothing "trickling down" (because trickle down economics is a bed-time story told to placate morons). Tax cuts are handouts to the wealthy without any oversight as to how that money that would otherwise go thte gov't gets spent.

    Spending = Also depleats the government's coffers, but it allows the gov't, which should be accountable to the people (unlike rich bailout wasting executives), to control how that money is spent if it is done properly. Nothing is scaring the GOP more than the likelihood that Obama will actually manage and oversee spending in a responsible manner, unlike Bush did for 8 years. Nothing coul dmake them look worse, so they want to block it.

    February 2, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. dittohead with forty names

    @Alabama hillbilly,go back to the still and see whats cookin.Im rebuilding computors for the poor so we can keep them informed and never have a republican in office again.

    February 2, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. obama-mama

    Everyone keeps criticizing this bill. What the rethuglicans are looking for didn't work for the past 8 years. Why would you nimrods think it will work now? I just hope they don't wait until it's too late....All the republicans should have left along with Bush.....

    February 2, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Jim

    Some of you are claiming that tax cuts don't help. Is your alternative that we should actually increase taxes? I just want to make sure that I understand your position.

    February 2, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. proudliberal-independent

    i will do all i can, but, republicans in congress will just block anything we try to do to fix the mess they caused.

    February 2, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. phili

    I GOT THE EMAIL AND I DON'T HAVE TO ACT ON IT BECAUSE I LIVE IN THE STATE OF NY AND MY SENATORS ARE DEMOCRATS AND THEY KNOW HOW VITAL IT IS FOR THEM TO SUPPORT THIS PACKAGE BECAUSE NY DEPENDS ON THAT MONEY TO SURVIVE AS A STATE. REPUBLICANS MAKE ME SICK AND THEY ARE SO HYPOCRITES. I AM WAITING FOR MY TAX CUT THAT THE WEALTHIEST GOT DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION NOW IT IS MY TURN. I HAVE SUFFERED TOO LONG UNDER THE REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION WAY TOO MUCH. GIVE PRESIDENT OBAMA A BREAK.

    February 2, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Mickie

    Hey annoyed in GA - we got to this point because of all the spending Bush/Cheney and the republicans did in the last 8 years. And we were in a recessin when Clinton took office but he managed to turn it around and balance the budget but it wasn't anywhere near the national debt that the Bush administration left us with. Now McCain is saying he will vote against it (SURPRISE, SURPRISE). This from a man who admitted he did know enough about the economy and that our economy was strong in the same day he had to admit the economy was in the tank. Yeah, the republicans sure have the answer - more tax cuts for the rich.

    February 2, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. JJ12345

    fed up working stiff February 2nd, 2009 12:12 pm ET

    It's time people like McCain retired. And by the way senator how about forgoing your public funded pension and live of your millions of personal wealth. Now that would be truly patriotic.
    ______________________________________________________
    How about his military retirement, should he give that up too? How about Kennedy? You think he should retire and give up all his benefits? How about the other ancient members of congress? Or just McCain since you dont like him.

    February 2, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. JJ12345

    Farrell, Houston, Tx February 2nd, 2009 12:21 pm ET

    JOHN MCCAIN VOTED 90% OF THE TIME WITH GWB AND VOTES NO ON THE STIMULOUS PACKAGE. THIS OLD MAN NEEDS TO PUT OUT TO PASTURE, HE DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ECONOMICS
    ___________________________________________________
    Oh and let me guess Frank and Dodd are experts. Most members of congress dont know anything about the economy. If you think its just McCain you are an idiot.

    February 2, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Amber

    For the people who are griping about pork, and using it as a catch phrase to whine about Obama along partisan lines –

    Please for the sake of the rest of us:
    GIVE ME YOUR DEFINITION OF "PORK SPENDING"

    I bet not a single one of you can, and that you are just parroting what you hear on morning radio to try and sound smarter and more plugged in than we all know you really are.

    February 2, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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