August 7th, 2009
06:43 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama political arm goes on offense

Obama's political operation is responding to health care protesters.
Obama's political operation is responding to health care protesters.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama's political operation is signaling a new call to arms, and is urging supporters to push back against vocal opponents who have dominated the recent congressional town hall meetings on health care.

"The same angry groups and right wing extremists we saw at rallies during last year's election are at it again," Mitch Stewart, director of Organizing for America, says in a nearly two-minute long video that will be emailed Friday afternoon to Obama supporters.

"They are spreading lies about the president's plan and with the encouragement of Republican leaders, and funding from their special interest allies they are disrupting pubic events. They are trying to drown out public discourse and legitimate conversation on this issue in communities all across America."

The video shows Stewart sitting in an office and cuts to images of protesters disrupting town halls. Stewart goes on to instruct supporters to visit a Web site to "sign up for events in your community and contact your representatives."

At the conclusion of the 2008 election, Obama transitioned his presidential campaign into OFA, which is now a project of the Democratic National Committee.


Filed under: Health care • OFA • President Obama
soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. malclave

    Unfortunately, the call to arms is literal. Obama's union thugs are not only preventing US citizens from exercising their First Amendment rights, they're also on the (physical) attack.

    Of course, since the targets are conservative, the liberals here at CNN rejoice at the violence.

    August 7, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    Didn't take long to go into goon patrol just like liberals and thugs do when they get confronted. Shame on you Obama for trying to surpress freedom of speech. Why is the main stream media covering this guy’s rear end?

    August 7, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. RR

    Great, an army of non-thinking yes men blindly following orders. No one has yet to prove any link between the Republican party and people angry at the proposed Obamacare, but the democrats are about to start bussing in legions of sheep to make sure no disagreement is heard, and democrats can just give their sales pitch without listening to anyone.

    August 7, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. jm for sc

    People who have health care are quick to fight against a plan that will assist those who do not have it. President Obama ran his election on the subject of health care so why are so many people upset about him attempting to make good on his promises? It think it is all political.

    August 7, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. James

    These radical teabaggers are doing nothing but poking more holes into the sinking Republican ship. These are the same people that wonder where the Sun goes at night.

    August 7, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    What exactly are these people trying to hide? Nobody is questioning the rationale of the money spent in Iraq.When it comes to the health of Americans there is suddenly not enough money.
    The rethugicans have twisted brains.

    August 7, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. wavethatflag

    the crowds look just like the Sarah Palin rallies last fall-old white rednecks who are the true lovers of America!

    August 7, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. Michael

    Ohh it is Obama's plan that is why it is going through three different committies and all of them are making changes to it. If it is the Presidents plan then why does he have two different version one for the House and one for the Senate?

    August 7, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. John from California

    It's high time that all "loyal" Americans get behind our President and support him and the Democratic Congress on the badly needed reforms in Health Care, Finance Regulation, Energy Independence and Economic Recovery.

    The republicans don't want change after they have rigged the economy in favor of a select billionaires in Energy, Health Care and Financial Institutions.

    This is the time for change, get out there and talk to you friends and neighbors and let them know how the special interests are attacking the changes we need.

    It's time to expose the republican right wing nuts for what they really are, racists and greedy ignorant fools.

    August 7, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Heather in Seattle

    That is exactly what these anti health care reform people remind me of, last years election! These are the same people that were most likely at the Palin rallies yelling "terrorist or kill him" about Obama. I would be willing to be that these are the crazies that insist that Obama was really born outside of the US and they just know that his birth certificate has been doctored.

    Something needs to be done about healthcare! It is tiring hearing all of these nay sayers yell about how we cannot afford the health plan being suggested. Well ladies and gentlemen we cannot afford health care right now and it continues to increase. They mock European countries and Canada for their health care system but yet our current health care is more costly than their system. Many of these countries even have a longer life expectancy than the US.

    It is time to stop preaching the old, proven failed system and try something new. Stop being in fear of change!!!!

    August 7, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. Jobe

    We have noticed his goon squad had been activated. The only violence thus far has been done by the Union THUGS at the SEIU. There is film of a guy they beat up outside of a town hall meeting. Elderly have said that these people in SEIU shirts were pushing and intimidating them. Those union payoffs sure come in handy.

    August 7, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. jj12345

    Even if it is true that there is some organizing by the republicians in the protests, it is quite hypocritical that the dems are actually speaking out against it in that regard. It is not any different than how the democrats have organized protests for years. Likewise, when the republicians were in power they reacted the same way. The phony outrage is irritiating.

    Even with all that, this health care issue is all the democrats. They have the votes and all they have to do is convince themselves. If it turns out great they get the credit, if it turns out bad they get the blame.

    August 7, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. MCD, SF, CA

    I use to just disagree with Republicans.... now, I find I have to say it, I actually hate what is left of the republican party. They are inciting people to violence, they are denying Americans the right to just discuss issues. They aren't countering with alternative ideas or views.... they are just attacking, misleading, flat out lying to obstruct the smooth running of government. They are bullies.

    And as to the people who follow their lead.... I don't know.... I'm at a lose to understand... any clear thinking person should be able to figure out for themselves that our healthcare should not be a "for-profit" business. Health insurance execs are making millions off of American's fears of sickness and death.

    August 7, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. Observing Zion

    Seriously though, why is it that a room full of adults cannot establish a calm, intelligent exchange of ideas and concerns to better the country as a whole? You claim that politicians bicker, here's a little secret, this shows how they lead and you follow. Please be kind, agree on the goal and work towards it. For the people, by the people.

    August 7, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  15. Gerry

    How would Mitch Stewart know that the people are telling lies about obama's health plan. I think before you make that assumption you must read the nonplan first.

    August 7, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. Terry from West Texas

    The zombies of Conservatism rise to their master's call. They arrive carrying the same signs and parroting the same phrases. They are not at all concerned about the budget or the debt, or they would have been shouting at Republican Congressmen from 2000 – 2006 for passing George Bush's budget busting requests. The presidencies of Reagan, Bush, and Bush were responsible for 75% of the current national debt. That debt was run up in good times, when a responsible government would have been paying it down.

    Where were the zombies then? They were questioning the patriotism of anyone who questioned the Invasion of Iraq. Back then, if someone questioned the budget, the zombies said, "Do you not support our soldiers fighting terrorism?"

    Can anyone be fooled by this contemptuous tactic? Does America need its own Taliban?

    August 7, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. Peggy

    I am extremely proud of the President and the way he has organized and inspired the left to fight back against the rethuglicans!!!!!! In the past, I believe the democrats rolled over far too easily under the constant threats of the other side. Rethuglicans know how to intimidate, coerce, lie, cheat and steal to get what they want, and they have been successful in the past. It's time for this reign of terror to stop, and I say GO, OBAMA, GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. DA

    It is about time. Because I can't think of too many Americans that don't need Health care!!!
    The Republican and the GOP in general are playing games with the American public healthcare needs!!!

    Don't be fooled by these games!!!

    August 7, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. Malia

    The Thug-in-Chief has finally come out of the closet!
    OBAMA WILL NOT SILENCE ME!!!

    August 7, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. mike

    Kind of disturbing when the Presidents 'political arm' of ACORN and Union members physically attack individuals who disagree with his policies. Equally disturbing when Pelosi says these same individuals are wearing swastikas at the town hall meetings. Is this the change this man promised? Shameful.

    August 7, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. Peggy

    One more thing - you don't see or hear the left resorting to a favorite rethuglican tactic, i.e., calling whoever speaks out against the administration "unpatriotic". Well, I think calling the President a "racist" and deliberately intimidating and misleading citizens of one's country is absolutely traitorous.

    August 7, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. Steve in North Carolina

    Why does this have to be a war between two extremes? Why can't we have a civil conversation about the issue? We obviously need to do something, but I have yet to see a rational proposal on the table with enough detail so that we can make an informed decision.

    August 7, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  23. Skip, a black man

    Wow, i thought we lived in the USA, not Iran......wake up people!

    August 7, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. Zero.

    Three British soldiers understood to be working with special forces have been killed in southern Afghanistan. Why aren't you???

    August 7, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  25. truthsayer

    The haters from Palin/McCain rallies from the last election didnt have any impact then and they wont now. In fact its the media thats giving these nut cases credibility

    August 7, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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