Today's Obama sound bites
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Democratic National Committee winter meeting on February 6, 2010 in Washington, DC.
April 4th, 2011
11:51 AM ET
4 years ago

Today's Obama sound bites

(CNN) - Wondering what you'll be hearing from Democratic pundits Monday about President Obama's official kickoff of his reelection campaign?

CNN's Jessica Yellin has obtained "talking points" on the issue distributed to Democrats by the Democratic National Committee.

Among other things, the DNC wants Democratic pundits to emphasize that the campaign won't be won in Washington and highlight the change they believe Obama has realized.

Read them in full after the jump:

Talking Points: Reelection Campaign

· The President has launched his campaign to be reelected for a second term.

· While the campaign gets off the ground, the President will be focused first and foremost on the important work the American people elected him to do.

· Over the next year and a half, we will create a grassroots organization that's more far-reaching, focused, and innovative than anything we've built before.

· At its heart, that effort will be fueled by the energy and commitment of folks on the ground, community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, house to house all around the country.

· Real change never starts in Washington – and from its earliest days this movement didn't start in Washington. It starts with folks all across America who believe that despite all the problems we face, we can steer our country toward a brighter place. The President's supporters have been working tirelessly over the past two years to promote his agenda in their communities. Without the commitment of the American people, without the work of grassroots organizers, volunteers and community leaders of all walks of life we would not have:

o Taken the economy back from the brink of a depression and gotten the economy growing again, now creating more than 1.8 million private sector jobs.
o Passed historic reform to expand health care and lower its costs, preventing insurance companies from discriminating against people with preexisting conditions.
o Held financial companies accountable and put reforms in place to prevent another taxpayer bailout.
o Cut taxes for the middle class and small businesses-the drivers of job creation.
o Torn down the walls of discrimination to allow gay Americans to serve their country openly.
o Ended combat in Iraq, bringing home 100,000 American troops.

· We've come a long way, but we have more urgent business to do for America – and we have more to do to change the way that business gets done in Washington. We believe we should live in an America where:

o Everyone who wants a job can find one.
o Anyone with a good idea can turn it into a thriving business.
o Our education system delivers results, and prepares all of our children to win the future.
o We are out-innovating the rest of the world, and creating the jobs and industries of the future, including in clean energy.
o Our government lives within its means so we can make investments in our future.

· America is moving forward. We simply can't afford to go back.

· Winning the future is not a spectator sport. It's something we have to fight for. We can't protect the progress we've made – or make any more – if we fail to mobilize. That's why we're getting started now.

· As the President continues to do the important work of the American people, we need to start building our grassroots movement right away so that we are ready for 2012.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    There's nothing to downplay the negative spin from the GOP. I can understand that you do not want to run a dirty campaign, and you do not have to. You need to learn how to control the national conversation.

    Unions are under attack. The middle class is under attack. The poor are under attack. Our seniors are under attack. Even small business are under attack because their customer base is being eroded. Isn't there any demographic that is not currently under attack? Yeah. I hear there is a small 1-2% of us who are not being attacked, who are in fact being pandered to.

    April 4, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. the real ib

    Yes; the middle class and seniors are being attacked but it comes from Obama and the democrats. Our only hope for these two classes of citizens is for Obama to be defeated in 2012. And fellow citizens from Va. please do not vote for Kaine he will finish our state off if he is elected senator. He did enough damage while he was gov.

    April 4, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The GOP posted significant gains in Congress this past November. The most immediate result of those gains were the renewal of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. Tax cuts that were unsustainable given the state of the budget when they were enacted. Bush was the first president of any party in US history to start a war without a tax increase to pay for it. He cut them instead.

    Remember what those tax cuts did for the US. Did they create the US jobs that were promised? We have more jobs created in the last 8-12 months than were created during the 8 years of conservative "trickle down economics" under Bush.

    The attack on the middle class began in earnest 30 years ago under Reagan, who introduced us "trickle down" on the grand scale. What was the result? Two major recessions and raiding of the Social Security fund to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Reagan came into office with a $300B deficit. He left with a $3T deficit, which was followed by the S&L crisis. His own VP, Bush Sr., called the policy "voodoo economics".

    Do not forget your history people.

    April 4, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. diridi

    today's sound bite......Obama 2012, because nation is on right track.....GOP thugs messed and I remember Reagan the big idiot....Bush the other idiot.....looted this nation.....Go Obama 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 4, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Yes; the middle class and seniors are being attacked but it comes from Obama and the democrats. Our only hope for these two classes of citizens is for Obama to be defeated in 2012."

    Really? What freekin planet are you people from? Have you seen what the GOP wants to do to Medicare and Medicaid in their newest proposals? HAVE YOU?!?!?! It's an affront to everything we worked for to create and maintain a middle-class over the past century. Get ready to live with your parents once they turn 65. If you're lucky, maybe you and your spouse and children can scrape together enough to insure them...otherwise, just hope they don't get sick or you'll be learning how to provide hospice care on the fly.

    ONCE YOU RETIRE, THE GOP AND THEIR CORPORATE MASTERS SEE NO NEED FOR YOUR CONTINUED EXISTENCE. AS FAR AS THEY'RE CONCERNED: IF YOU'RE NOT LABOR, YOU'RE NOTHING.

    April 4, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Any working man that votes Republican must be an idiot. That hasn't changed for 100 years.

    April 4, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. TT

    The Rich get the poor to do their work, they don't work...come on
    We keep listening to the GOP to tell us something new that they actually have thought of... all the want to do is bicker to keep people off, and try to put the blame on someone else...the fact to the matter is they never, never have a plan, but to always try to make someone else look bad who does actually try to work, and do something for the people. We have our blinders on... people wake up.

    April 4, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. catmom

    the real ib

    Yes; the middle class and seniors are being attacked but it comes from Obama and the democrats. Our only hope for these two classes of citizens is for Obama to be defeated in 2012. And fellow citizens from Va. please do not vote for Kaine he will finish our state off if he is elected senator. He did enough damage while he was gov.

    April 4, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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    I'm just curious, what has President Obama and Democrats done that has attacked the middle class and seniors?

    Most seniors I know are quite happy with the changes in Medicare that came with the Affordable Health Care Act and middle class Americans I know are very pleased with it as well. People I know are pleased with the Wall Street reform and tax cuts, student loan reform, and that President Obama saved the auto industry. We see President Obama’s accomplishements which you have chosen to ignore have moved our country forward. We also see how Republicans are bound and determined to destroy President Obama and our country just to prove what ever point they are trying to make. We see how Republicans have no problem pitting one group of tax paying citizens against another group. We see how Republicans intend to fix the deficit by cutting programs and services specifically designed to help low and middle income Americans and seniors, while protecting tax cuts, tax incentives, subsidies and corporate welfare. But I see you have succumbed to the fear, scare, smear, Obama is the cause of all the misery in the world, doom, gloom scare tactics Republicans use because they have nothing else to offer the American people. Have at it and vote against your own best interest that is your choice.

    April 4, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. KatR

    When the GOP comes up with workable solutions instead of attacking Obama for "doing it wrong" I might consider casting my vote for them. Back in 2004 I kept looking for Dem candidate Kerry to come up with solutions different than Pres. Bush but he just attacked Bush for "doing it wrong". Had to vote for Bush instead. Deeply regretted that decision but in 40+ years of voting I have always cast my vote for the guy with the ideas I believe could work and not because I disliked the other guy.

    April 4, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Denise Wise

    why haven't the republican party talking notes been published??

    April 4, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Obviously the Republicans still don't get it. Great job Mr. President.

    April 4, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. all the news that's fit to omit

    Truly Pathetic, NYC.......

    Under Booooooosh, the unemployment was 4.5, markets were well over 14,000, gas was well below 2 dollars, Iraq's plan was already in place etc, etc, etc.

    Oblunder, the worst national disaster in our lifetimes and REMEMBER Barry called off the inspections for the BP site as they deemed it safe and then oopsy.........

    Gas at almost 4 bucks a gallon, the world in crisis with no leadership shown, just dithering.

    Social security and Medicare in trouble and the Dims and Oblunder's plan is uh, uh, uh, uh, uh NONE.

    My bad, their answer to everything just like you sheep above, it's all Boooooooosh's fault.

    When does the annointed one take charge?

    Nah, he always voted present and he still does.

    April 4, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |