August 4th, 2010
05:15 PM ET
4 years ago

OFA's party planning committee in overdrive

 Organizing for America is throwing 528 birthday parties for President Obama Wednesday.
Organizing for America is throwing 528 birthday parties for President Obama Wednesday.

Washington (CNN) – President Obama's family may be out of town, but his supporters are certainly showing the love on his 49th birthday.

Volunteers with Organizing for America, the successor organization to Obama's 2008 presidential campaign group, are throwing 528 birthday parties across the country, according to the OFA website.

In addition to celebrating the president's milestone, the parties are aimed at recruiting new volunteers who will help "get more first-time 2008 voters back to the polls in November," the OFA invitation said.

OFA operates within the Democratic National Committee.

"The elections in November make this a particularly busy time for us," said Carol Sheffield, a community organizer for OFA in West Virginia. "We want to get as many people as we can to help."

Sheffield, who is hosting her own presidential birthday party at an OFA member's home in Buckhannon, West Virginia, is asking her party attendees to bring a cell phone to make voter contact calls during the party.

But she promises the party won't be all work.

"I'm just finishing up the icing for the cake," she said. "It's marble cake …we thought that was appropriate."

The first lady also joined in on the fun. In an e-mail, Michelle Obama asked OFA members to sign an electronic birthday card for the president by visiting the OFA web site.

"Together with other Organizing for America supporters - and me, Malia, Sasha, and Bo - we'll wish him a happy birthday and let him know that we're ready to take on the year ahead alongside him," the e-mail said.

David Plouffe, the architect of President Obama's 2008 campaign and now an outside adviser to the White House, also sent an e-mail to encourage OFA members to send the president a birthday message.

As of Tuesday morning, over 1.2 million people had signed the card, Plouffe said in the e-mail.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. norma

    Happy to be one of the 2.1 million. I hope Pres. Obama enjoys his birthday. We, the quiet majority, still support you!

    August 4, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. me

    Happy birthday, Mr. President.

    August 4, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Victim of Purtian-Fascist GOP agenda

    Enjoy your day Obama...you deserve it.

    August 4, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Rushs unseen, unheard, staff are the people he has callin to his show

    Happy Birthday,Mr.President,your doing a fine job against great odds.History will show that you did more for the average working American than anyone before you.

    August 4, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. wileysee

    The original "what if you threw a party and no one came" theme will be tested here.

    August 4, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. maripil

    Happy happy 49th birthday Mr. President! Long live and lots more birthdays to come and blessings!!

    August 4, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. George of the jungle

    lets get all the volunteers we can. Happy B day Mr President defeat the wing nuts in NOvember

    August 4, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Couldn't be prouder! Finally, a President that stands up for the people. This country should thank God everyday that President Obama was willing to take on this mess that was left to him by the Republicans. God Bless him and his family.

    August 4, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  9. OFA NC

    We are fired up and ready to go.

    August 4, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. BeverlyNC

    Regardless of all the hate and disrespect Republicans have shown President Obama, the Majority of Americans love our intelligent President. He is an outstanding leader and has pulled this nation from the brink of Republican disaster and has our economy growing, the stock market at 6 ytr highs, passed 200 laws that all benefit the middle and working class of Americans, and regained respect for America around the world.

    He is a good and decent man who cares about the People and does whatever it takes to do what is right, just, moral, and human for ALL Americans. Republicans have done NOTHING and laugh about it.

    The joke will be on them when the American voters reject the Party of NO with the power of our NO vote to any and every Republican running for office. The country will cheer and know we will leave the Party of Hate and Lies behind while we move America forward and reach new and great new prosperity.

    August 4, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |