February 18th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
6 years ago

President thanks online followers for stimulus push

President Obama sent an e-mail to his online backers thanking them for their support of his stimulus plan.
President Obama sent an e-mail to his online backers thanking them for their support of his stimulus plan.

(CNN) – President Obama sent an e-mail to his online backers thanking them for their pushing for his stimulus plan, his first e-mail to supporters since his inauguration.

”You organized thousands of house meetings. You shared your ideas and personal stories. And you informed your friends and neighbors about the need for immediate action. You continue to be a powerful voice for change throughout the country,” the president wrote in the e-mail to his internet followers. “This is a historic step - the first of many as we work together to climb out of this crisis - and I want to thank you for your resolve and your support.”

Organizing for America — now an arm of the Democratic National Committee — called on the president’s supporters to hold house parties and distribute state-by-state aid breakdowns earlier this month to help boost public support for the plan as Congress weighed the package.

The president also highlighted Recovery.gov, his new website aimed at tracking dollars spent and jobs created by the bill. Visitors to the site are able to weigh in with comments and questions regarding the allocation of funds distributed by the bill, and submit their own economic hardship stories.


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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. lisa in AZ

    You are welcome, and thank you, Mr. President! Obama Nation will probably walk to DC if you ask us, if you need us, for Health Care Reform or the 2010 budget :)

    February 18, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Simmy

    He is more than welcomed, and his loyal supporters will always be there for him. The best President Ever! Working to get 60 in 2010.

    February 18, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. Sue

    Obama is sure working on stimulus with HIS wardrobe!!! Who is his cutom made suit, wardrobe tailor??? He's dressing more expensively than ever – new suits, ties on HIS salary??? He's stimulating himself, for sure!!!!! He is outrageous with his fashion desires and it is disgraceful. Where is our money for new duds every day???

    February 18, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Anytime sir.

    February 18, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Venia

    Question, where was the rethuglican opposition, outrage and obstructionism when they wholeheartedly approved the bank bailout? When it comes to the stimulus package, they can't oppose it strong enough. I guess corporate socialism is okay for them, just don't help the little guy. Also why isn't Palin's cheating of taxes all over faux news??

    February 18, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    You are very welcome Mr. President. We will continue to community organize so that the American people's agenda is pushed through. Keep sending the emails.

    February 18, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. raagos

    I AM PROUD TO SAY I AM OBAMA SUPPORT. I LOVE MY COUNTY VERY MUCH NOT LIKE GOP LEADERS.
    WE GONNA USE WHAT EVER IT TAKES TO GIVE PPL HOPE . AND HELP UNEMPLOYED GET BETTER LIFE AND NEW JOBS

    WHAT U GONNA DO TO STOP GOP=COUNTRY SECOND

    February 18, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Rob Kole

    Can someone please tell me how these meetings helped when they had nothing to do with the formation or voting on the bill that was passed and signed?

    February 18, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. greed is not good

    Yes but ditch the mortgage plan. All it does is continue to artificially prop-up grossly overpriced home values. Let the bubble burst and start over. It's not fair for the poor and middle-class that are renters and can't afford homes. Basically it is favortism to give help to homeowners and not address the root cause which is over-speculation and overpriced markets.

    February 18, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Cliff

    Obama is a great guy.

    February 18, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. jaye

    We will help President Obama in any way possible!
    He had huge election support and we will continue to support him and his agenda.
    He is brilliant, and has the sake of our country at heart.
    Thank you President Obama for all you do!

    February 18, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. yuri

    It will be difficult to find how many will earnestly say "you are welcome, Mr. President". True efforts may, at times, trigger phony responses.

    February 18, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    @ Sue

    Lol...that irrational nonsense made me snort coffee out of my nose.

    February 18, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. joeinpensacola

    Obama is a joke and soon all will see.

    February 18, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. This is CHANGE

    Mr. President, we DID organize house meetings in my neighborhood of 80 home owners. NONE of us are in default, ALL of us are living within our means. Every one of us.

    A stimulus bill aimed at ALL of us vs just the irresponsible is what we should have had. $8,000 for the 80 home owners would have provided $640,000 to our local economy. For me, alone, I could have bought trees for my yard, installed a sprinkler system, redone my walkway from the drive to my back yard and been able to do some interior updates. The value of MY home would have increased, for sure!

    That would have let MY local 'shovel-ready' businesses to install the trees, sprinkler, concrete work...AND that is only from ONE responsible home owner. Imagine what the end result would be when ALL 80 of us do the same thing?!?! Building 'out buildings', resodding yards, investing in THEIR asset called their home. I believe it is called...Economic Stimulation. ...and that is only one living community.

    We, as a country, need to reward honest work and stop coddling irresponsibility!!! These FOUR spending bills (TARP 1, TARP 2, 'Stimulus bill' and the new 'housing bill') have coddled irresponsibility and tacked on $1.6 TRILLION to our Nation's debt!

    A big thanks to the 'party that won'.

    February 18, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. the idiot

    Does anyone who is takes responsibility for their lives, pays their taxes get anything out of this piece of trash or is it just the non tax payers and the liberal scum that wants to tell us how to live our lives.

    February 18, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Noah

    Is he serious? There were as many people who did not support this pork filled anti-job creating plan as there were who supported it. This is just his sucking up to the people who got him elected. The stimulus bill repays all of those interest groups that got the most inexperienced person ever elected as president.

    February 18, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Kurt C.

    I know of no one who supported the Porkulus package.

    February 18, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. mike

    HE'S TALKING ABOUT HIS ACORN BUDDIES I AM SURE. THE PUBLIC IS GOING TO TURN AWAY FROM THIS GUY AND IT WILL HAPPEN FAST. HE WILL GO DOWN IN THE POLLS AND BE MORE UNPOPULAR THAN BUSH. BLACK OR WHITE, HE IS A LOUSY PRESIDENT.
    HE SHOULD GO TO HOLLYWOOD WHERE HE CAN FEEL RIGHT AT HOME AND THEN LET THE SERIOUS PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT SOCIALISTS RUN THE COUNTRY.

    February 18, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. tigerakabj

    You are so welcome Mr. President. You should get re-elected for just putting up with those fools up there in D.C. Imagine voting unanimously against the bill, but they are the first ones to hold out their hand for the money. I don't know where your patience comes from.

    Keep up the good work President Obama.

    February 18, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Paris

    Since president Obama came to the office all we have heard is doom and gloom.

    I am tired of his bitterness toward successful people of this country, the culture of envy is not good for anyone.

    I have never felt more insecure about the future of my country.

    February 18, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Havoc

    Sue you do know the President gets a salary, right. He can use that to buy clothes, if he wants, right. You nutbag.

    February 18, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. Wow.

    ...and what can we discuss in my neighborhood on what we get from the stimulus package? We get $52 per month. That is a bag of dog food, or one tank of gas.

    What is next...a pat on the back and big thank you for taking the $52/month and having a big smile on our faces? Prostitutes get paid more for less time!! Thanks.

    February 18, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Ray Ray

    Obama said, "You organized thousands of house meetings. You shared your ideas and personal stories."

    What Obama didn't mention:

    These sad sacks met in a foreclosed home and shared stories of how they planned to spend tax-payer dollars being filtered through ACORN.

    HOPE AND CHANGE

    HOPE AND CHANGE

    February 18, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. MDM-Real VA

    Republican lawmakers are just liars and hypocrites and are just being political about the stimulus:

    Republicans will be working hard to make sure the money they opposed ends up benefiting their home districts

    Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) found some nice things to say about the plan. "Within the stimulus package there is some Pell Grant money, which is a good thing.
    Rep. Don Young (R-AK) put out a press release saying that he "won a victory for the Alaska Native contracting program and other Alaska small business owners last night in H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act."
    Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) -All along he has believed infrastructure spending, in particular, should provide a boost to the Inland Empire's economy," a spokesman to Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) said.

    Rep-. Ken Calvert (R-CA). "While we philosophically have different opinions, we're obligated to make sure this money is spent properly," said Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA). "All of us in the Inland Empire will do what we can to direct as much money as we can."

    February 18, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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