March 18th, 2009
10:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama asks supporters to canvass for budget plan

President Obama is asking supporters to canvass for the budget in an online video.
President Obama is asking supporters to canvass for the budget in an online video.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As Congress considers his budget proposal, President Obama is back in campaign mode Wednesday, heading West to plug the plan on the road, and online with a video pitch to supporters.

"I'm asking you to head outside this Saturday to knock on some doors, talk to some neighbors, and let them know how important this budget is to our future," he says in a four-minute video appeal included in a message sent from former campaign manager David Plouffe, who now heads the Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America effort, to the group's massive e-mail list.

OFA is directing supporters to canvass this weekend - in their neighborhoods, by e-mail and on Facebook - in support of the president's budget plan. And they've been asked to lobby lawmakers, using an online tool that will help them contact members of Congress.

The group boasts an e-mail list of millions, though turnout for its first post-election organizing event - a weekend of house parties to help volunteers push for the president's stimulus plan - drew far fewer than any pre-Election Day effort.


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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The budget needs to get a makeover. A little less pork.

    March 18, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. phoenix86

    This budget is a disaster. I'll knock on some doors to make sure people send their representatives the correct message: government needs to curtail their spending.

    March 18, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Shooky

    The only thing that would make me support Obama's budget even less would be to have some useless idiot banging on my door, trying to fumble his way through explaining the finer points of a budget. I will engage this person and act as if I have been supporting it, then I will turn on him and make him think his explanation made me hate it. To make him even more uncomfortable I'll take off my shirt halfway through and cough a lot without covering my mouth. Then I will go back inside and laugh and laugh, until it is no longer funny to me. Then I will go back to composing the great American symphony and sipping exotic wines.

    March 18, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Matt in MN

    Someone needs to remind our President that the election ended in November, and that he WON.

    No need to continue campaigning all the way 'till 2012. Give it a rest and actually try and accomplish something. Otherwise, regardless of the amount of campaigning you do, you'll be voted out of office by the Right and those of us who consider ourselves independents and in the middle.

    March 18, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. katiec

    Of course President Obama has to speak to his supporters.
    With the republicans obstruction to anything to try and help our country and the media's negativity on everything he does, what other choice does he have.
    The American people support our President regardless of what
    others do to try and destroy this.

    March 18, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. obama-mama

    @Shooky. I'll make sure I bring my mace.

    March 18, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. GG from Minnesota

    The "Change We Can Believe In" is looking more and more like the "Change We Can Be Deceived With".

    March 18, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. J.P.

    Obama says, "I'm asking you to head outside this Saturday to knock on some doors, talk to some neighbors, and let them know how important this budget is to our future..."

    Yes, we know how important this is for you to control people now and in the future.

    "Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have ... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."
    - Thomas Jefferson

    March 18, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Jackie in Dallas

    He has every right in the world to appeal to the people who elected him for help...the question is, is what is being presented worthy of our help. I read parts of the complete budget package (a guaranteed cure for insomnia!) and even I could see stuff that needs to come out, and I'm not talking earmarks, either. Those don't add a cent to the budget, guys, they just make sure that specific agency budget dollars are spent a specific way.

    There's a whole lot I don't agree with in this budget, but I will agree that this isn't really an Obama Administration budget...it's been in the works for months, long before he even won the election. It does show some signs of fluff and pork, but at least more of the dollars are accounted for, the one change I can see between the original version and the version being considered now. Specifically, the Defense budget, always a main area for overspending by a Republican Administration, still shows signs of that emphasis. One less shiny new bomber could put a lot more money in the paychecks of the people flying them and the people on the ground maintaining them, and risking their lives while they do.

    I'm going against the current here and saying that it is not so much the size of the budget, or even the pork in the budget, but where those dollars are being spent that bothers me most.

    I like President Obama, and voted for him, and overall think he is doing a good job, but I would like to see a little more work at least by next year, in creating a more balanced budget, and one that more effectively uses tax money.

    March 18, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Gracie

    Count me in! I just volunteered.

    I for one will NOT just sit back and complain about all the BAD things that is happening.

    I WANT to work towards CHANGING the BAD things to GOOD, and the only way to do so is to become part of the SOLUTION and not focused on the negative.

    Life's too short and too precious to focus on just the BAD and NEGATIVE. That takes too much energy and I REFUSE to waste my energy on the negative.

    Every hand and voice makes a difference, when you put those hands together we have proven we can change the WORLD!!

    NOTHING POSITIVE is IMPOSSIBLE!!!

    March 18, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Lush Limprick and Osama bin Laden share the same vision for America - FAILURE!

    "President Obama is back in campaign mode Wednesday, heading West to plug the plan on the road".

    Since when did a President getting out among the American citizenery to explain one of his polices, that we voted for him to implement, become "campaign mode"?

    Granted we did not see as much of the shrub in 8 years as we have of President Obama in 60 days. He only came out at campaign time when he needed votes, but that was then and this now.

    Still, the statement President Obama is in "campaign mode " is very Repbulican of you Rebecca.

    March 18, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. TerryT

    Our govt is a joke right now and I take SERIOUS OFFENSE at the thought of being USED by this or ANY administration.

    You Mr Pres are more concerned more about your budget proposal???

    GIVE ME A BREAK?

    I want an INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION on ALL OF EM in DC

    Right and Left

    Now and Then

    To get angry at Bush for the last 8 years is only being angry at HALF THE PROBLEM.

    The incompetence is getting pretty obvious and transparency is needed NOW

    I want to know WHO KNEW WHAT AND WHEN DID THEY KNOW IT.

    That is CHANGE 'I' BELIEVE IN

    March 18, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    No one better come knocking on my door.

    March 18, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. EBC, Boyds MD

    Count me in! I just volunteered.

    I for one will NOT just sit back and become an "obstructionist" spewing nothing but negativity. President Obama's budget is a START, it's NOT the answer to all our problems, but he's working hard at "rebuilding" our failed policies and "quick fixes". We need a leader who is focused on the BIGGER picture, not just another "quick fixes" like past Presidents have done over and over. Just putting new paint over an old car doesn't make it run better. You have to fix the engine and replace parts that don't work!! Hello?

    I WANT to work towards CHANGING the BAD things to GOOD, and the only way to do so is to become part of the SOLUTION and not focused on the problems.

    Life's too short and too precious to focus on just the NEGATIVE. That takes too much energy and I REFUSE to waste my energy on the negative.

    Every hand and voice makes a difference, when you put those hands together we have proven we can change the WORLD!!

    NOTHING POSITIVE is IMPOSSIBLE!!!

    March 18, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Fed Up

    Please come to my house and explain to my teenage children why the government is taking away money from Mom and Dad instead of letting Mom and Dad use it for their clothes, education, summer camps, and sports. And also explain to them why it is important the government saddle them with unprecedented levels of debt. Please, oh, please, come and explain this.

    March 18, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Glennis

    Isn't the word budget a misnomer in this case? More like a bloated, overstuffed bag of goodies that smell like pork fat. And I sincerely hope no one comes to my door to ask me to support it because their ears will be ringing into the next century!

    March 18, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Meredith

    Oh, I'll canvas all right: AGAINST IT.

    March 18, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Mississippi Mike

    Wait a second, didn't we already elect this guy? What is he campaining for now? He has the attention of every media outlet in the world and has the White House's very large PR organization available to him, why does he need community organizers knocking on doors? He is proving that all he knows how to do is run for office. If he really wanted to gain public support he would lay out exactly what his plans entail, why they will work and how we are going to pay for them. That's the only thing that will increase confidence in his policies.

    March 18, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Ben

    This budget needs to be about $2 trillion dollars smaller. Don't blow smoke up our butts about "change" and fiscal responsibility then make George W. Bush look like he was a fiscal conservative. Give me a break, Barry.

    March 18, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Deborah Black

    I am so glad that President Obama keeps me informed and involved. I am still inspired by the good works and positive can do attitude he has. I trust his judgement and am glad to continue to support and actively help him.

    March 18, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |

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