February 3rd, 2010
11:18 AM ET
5 years ago

Plouffe acknowledges setbacks

David Plouffe appeared in a web video released Tuesday.
David Plouffe appeared in a web video released Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) – David Plouffe, the architect of President Obama's 2008 campaign and now an outside adviser to the White House, appears in an Organizing for America video touting the organization's effectiveness in 2009 while acknowledging setbacks.

Accompanying the Web video, released Tuesday, is a two-page survey summary entitled "Your Thoughts on 2010."

In what amounts to a year end summary and look ahead to 2010, Plouffe says, "Clearly we also learned from the survey that we can serve you better. You would like more communication and we have to foster that."

According to the released document, health care reform is still a high priority for Organizing for America members, a subject Plouffe addressed in the video saying, "We are still on the doorstep of passing health care reform, something that has been tried for one hundred years."

Following Obama's win in 2008, Plouffe did not immediately join the White House, but was brought back into the fold following Republican Sen.-elect Scott Brown's victory in a Massachusetts special election.


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  1. Bob of Lompoc

    I have been a Liberal Democrat almost from the time I left my Mother's womb 67 yearas ago. Pay attention Mr. Plouffe: The reason Democrats have a problem maintaining power once elected, which is almost always after Republicans have screwed up things to the 10th degree, is because of the behavior they exhibited after Brown won the Senate seat in MA – they turned tail and ran! As soon as all the talking heads let everyone know that the election of Brown meant "the end of the Democratic Party as we know it" they started dumping the Health Care Reform and started sucking up to the voters and the Republicans. That seat was won by only 100,000 votes. That is an insignificant number, from one State. It should not have caused the panic we wirnessed. The American voter, and me, see that as cowardice and will turn against the Democrats. DEMOCRATS: Stand up for what you believe in and have been preaching since before President Obama took office – Health Care Reform. And while you're at it, attack Unemployment and a few other things. Multi-task! It isn't all that difficult. Stop running away from your honorable ideas!

    February 3, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Right Leaning Independent

    Why are American taxpayers footing the bill for a full time Dem campaign manager?? Obama can hire 20 Plouffes but it will not matter because we are done with the Liberal experiment that has taken place over the past 3 years!

    February 3, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. KC

    I firmly believe if reasonable Americans really knew how the GOP is conducting themselves, they would not be very exited to vote for them in the 2012 elections. I would really like to know why so many in Massachusetts that voted for Obama went out and voted for Brown? Do they want to stop the agenda they clearly favored a little over a year ago? I don't get it!

    February 3, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. dstay

    As a conservative, I am thrilled to see the dems aka libs aka progressives imploding and in shambles w/ their policies. Please keep up the "good" for our country and stay in denial. The GOP will win back Congress & our country this fall. I love it!

    February 3, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Sam Sixpack

    This guy still hope he can help steal that 1/2 trillion dollars from Medicare.

    February 3, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Dar

    We have all learned that after the election was over that only lies will come from this man and now we are paying for him to spew more propaganda.
    Odumbo, we will not forget the way you are spending our money, we will not forget your broken promises, we will not forget your lies.
    Odumbo was elected by the blind and most of them are now begining to see again. Plouffe will only sink Odumbo deeper into the whrilpool of his failed adminisration.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    February 3, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    One campaign manager, is not going to compensate, for the lack of substance, and progress, in managing the country.

    February 3, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Mandemus

    Obama hiring a campaign manager is a sad joke. Maybe someone should let the guy know he won the election? It's time to stop campaigning and begin to govern.

    Sorry but one bout of reading talking points from a teleprompter at a staged town hall campaign event is Obama's problem, not the solution to his ills.

    February 3, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. JA/TN

    the GOP has taken on the mentality of sucide bombers, when it comes to obstructing President Obama

    February 3, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Sam Sixpack

    I will be so glad when neither party has control - while they are fighting each other, they stop spending (and stealing) our money.

    February 3, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Slider

    Campaign rhetoric and political reality are two different things, Plouffe.

    You know this; Obama knows this; and, the American are understanding this.

    Your boss and his party are no longer the "Party of the People". They have been exposed as the "Party of Interest Groups and Organizations". One of your biggest contributors and political backers are unions, of which comprise just 8% of the workforce nationwide.

    Hardly impressive.

    No sir, the mask has come off. The American people have seen the clowns this president has put into his cabinet and federal agencies, and they want none of it.

    We've heard about "historical components" passing such programs like Obamacare; and we are not impressed. It's not the history, Mr. Plouffe, it's the crap that is being shoved down the throats of the political minority and folks who do not care for the ideas your party is pushing.

    February 3, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Marlee Stone

    Is Plouffe where the excessive use of the term "clearly" came from?

    February 3, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. rich in az

    Just read your book Dave. Obama was very smart on the campaign trail, moves into the Whitehouse, and goes stupid on us. He needs to get his mojo back and quick.

    February 3, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. stormerF

    More communications is that what we want? How about more respect for our concerns and not your socialistic agendas? We want a government that works for us not against us. We want less taxes,more liberties,smaller government and the right to know who is making secret deals and why bribery is so prevalent in congress?

    February 3, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Blutarski

    How can the Republicans be obstructionists when the Democrats have controlled the House, Senate and White House for over a year. The truth is, Barry, you are a failure. You and your Democrat Leaders can not get the job done. Now you have to point the finger to try to shift the blame onto someone else. In fact, the entire past year, you have tried to blame the Bush Administration for every problem you have faced, when in fact, the Democrats controlled Congress for the past five years now. The Executive Branch is only a third of the Government Barry, where was the Legislative Branch? Take a look at the approval ratings for Congress for the past five years, pretty pathetic for a bunch of do-nothing mouths breathers.

    February 3, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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