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.


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soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. m smith

    The message is right on. Repos are a sorry disgusting lot. How can anything be discussed when you have a bunch of unruly morons yelling and bashing the administration. How can we be against a plan that has not yet been formalized?? It's like thay have all turned into a Limbaugh or coulter. What a sorry bunch of loosers. The party of NO

    August 7, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. Obama is a Mistake

    You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

    August 7, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Marianne

    amazing, this from the man who wants a open admin and welcomes reaching out to people, That is only if they agree with what he says. I don't know anyone at my place of employment or friends or neighbors who want this health care reform. Why is it so impossible for the man to believe that the american people don't want this. He is so full of himself and he is pushing his agenda regardless of what the people want. Wake up your numbers are slipping, is that big bad republican machine too. No, it is the people trying to tell you to STOP

    August 7, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Claudia in Houson

    Those protesters are pathetic doing the dirty work for insurance companies without getting paid. They'll keep getting their big million dollar bonuses and the protesters won't get one red cent. Make them pay you for all the stress and time, stop doing it for free.

    August 7, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Idiot_Pelosi

    DUMOcrats are the liars.

    All you have to do is READ the bill, and there is no wonder there is 60% – 70% dissent in POLLS.

    Yeah, Dumocrats, rally your troops, but the majority is seeing right through your lies

    August 7, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. Dan, TX

    Until there is a health care bill, it is a moving target. The screamers are screaming because they are told to scream and they don't know what they are screaming about. The majority is waiting until there is a final plan to debate.

    August 7, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. Is this Bizzaro World?

    Ok. So Obama is going to rally the paid ACORN folks and the Unions, etc., to strong-arm thousands of people (Republicans & Democrats) at town hall meetings because they have legitimate and sincere questions about how this 1,000 + page monster of a bill (that no one has read) is going to affect them and this country. Boy is looking more and more like the Chicago thug he his. Keep at it, Obama.

    By the way, are you Liberals going to report me to the White House because I am not pro-Obama. WAKE UP PEOPLE. This guy is running us into the GROUND!

    August 7, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. Chris Vassalli

    I think most Americans do not understand the Health Care Bill. I have googled the plan to learn about it. It has a public and private plan. It has caps on the cost and keeps insurance companies from denying people coverage who have pre-existing conditions. I think many Americans are scared because of mis-information. This mis-information is sponsored by companies who are benefiting from the disasatorous system we have now and the wealthy. I realize Obama is fighting for the poor and middle class.

    August 7, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. Denna

    Good for President Obama. If he doesn't fight back, the Republicans will try to trash every plan he puts forth. The American people elected him because we wanted change. This president has done more in a few months than Bush did in an entire year and he is moving full steam ahead. Take that Rush & Co.

    August 7, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. moses

    Maybe if we KNEW what the President's plan was, we could articulate the objections better. I, for one, don't have a clue how he plans to lower health care costs and insure 48 million more people without somebody besides millionaires paying for it. I think many object to the millions of illegals being included in the process too.

    August 7, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. lisa

    These are not extremist!!! Republicans have been quiet, we are no longer. The Republicans have started to organize and voice our opinions and the Democrats can not take the heat. Obama was a community organizer, organized protesters have long since been democrats, voicing against, the war, abortion, and Bush. Dems had no problem with Vanity Fair painting Bush's face with the image of the joker. Well, here is a taste of your own medicene....hypocracy is hard to swallow!

    August 7, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. GuyInVA

    So the president accuses the town hall meeting protesters of being secretly "organized". To refute their claims he trots out the director of "Organizing" For America. Funny. He calls them "angry mobs". Then to counter them, labor union thugs are sent to these same town hall meetings. You know, the REAL mob. Hilarious. I wonder if it's just a coincidence that the day after the union thugocracy (AFL-CIO, SEIU, etc.) decides to get involved, we start seeing headlines like "Town Hall Meetings Turn Violent". I'm guessing the two are related.

    August 7, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. Independent, NC

    This is getting out of hand and bordering on Civil Unrest. This does remind me of last fall only worst. I hope the Republicans are happy with what they have unleashed. This is a MOB mentality, so much anger, so much hate. Why don't these people do what Real Americans do, try to help others during this difficult time. At least I deliver meals to the elderly shut-ins. And they call themselves Americans, they shoul all be ashamed of themselves. This has nothing to do with freedom of speech. The way they are treating others is shameful. May God Forgive them. Keep your hate to your selves.

    August 7, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Tony in Largo

    I had some doubts, but they have been dispelled. I have seen the news report videos of several of the Town Hall Meetings. No doubt, they have been instigated by the Republicans and I have to assume the Insurance Companies.

    The college drop-out and drug addict must be laughing, but I'm hopeful that the last laughs will be on him. I had read someone describing the interruptions as being disgraceful and I wasn't sure if maybe that was too much....now, I agree. The people interruptimg the meetings were not interested in being informed, rather in disrupion of the same. The Democratic leadership must see thru this and resolve now, more than ever, to pass the Health Care Reform. Shame on the GOP. That it has been hijacked by sub-culture radio pundits with no azimuth is now more than just a saying, it is a fact. I voted Republican three (3) straight elections before the last. Now, I'm not sure if I'll ever get to vote Republican again in my life.

    August 7, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Deborah Black

    At these town hall meetings, why not have a registration form ready, for all those who are passionate about not having a government option, they can sign up to go off Medicare; or pledge never to have it. They can be uninsured or buy private insurance like the rest of us. That would certainly save a bunch of money. They can put their money where their mouth is, or shut up.
    Why not just drop the age requirement for Medicare to 0, charge $300 per month for those who want to sign up for Medicare?

    August 7, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. annie for Palin

    How can this administration accuse anyone of spreading lies or misrepresenting HR3200 – NO ONE IN DC HAS READ IT INCLUDING obama.

    August 7, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. John in WV

    I would bet that the majority of these people disrupting town hall meetings are either people that have employer provided health care or are people being paid to cause disruption.

    August 7, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. annie for Palin

    How can they say this ""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, – during the campaign, no one was allowed at obama rallies unless they were supporters of him. Mr. Stewart better get his stories straight.

    August 7, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  19. HonestMistake

    Isn't Obama suppose to be the president of all U.S. citizens, not just Democrats?

    August 7, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  20. Nuts

    The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil...SP

    August 7, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  21. Saul

    Be sure and show the video of those Union mobsters beating that guy up outside a town hall meeting. Looks like something out of a mobster movie via the DNC/Obama army. SCARY.

    August 7, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Obama's politics are already pretty offensive. Like all Liberals, his contempt the ability of individuals to make their own decisions is complete, and he seems to think it's right and proper for government to dominate society.

    Personally, I find these attitudes highly offensive.

    August 7, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. offwallst

    The community organizer does not like all the communities organizing....against him
    Its all over in 2010 and forget about 2012

    August 7, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. KCNelson

    We are not extremists. We are citizens. Many people don't agree with Obama's health plan. Raising our voices in concern regarding goverment issues does not make us extreme - it makes us American.

    August 7, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. Grrr-awful-o

    Ha! The Obama political arm has been on offense ever since the campaign. Remember when Bill Clinton played the race card? Remember when John McCain did? Everyone who disagrees with Obama's initiatives is either an angry, manufactured mob or a racist (thanks to Janeane for my inspiration). This has always been an offensive administration. It says one thing but does another. Despite the "openess" and "bipartisanship" slogans, it is anything but. But it is always on the offensive. So we're hardly shaking in our boots now. Nor do we take the R-bombs seriously anymore. Yeah, yeah, we're racists. Whatever...

    August 7, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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