Obama group backs economic speech with ad
July 26th, 2013
08:02 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama group backs economic speech with ad

(CNN) – Organizing for Action, the political advocacy group aligned with President Barack Obama, has turned the much-hyped, hour-long speech the president delivered in Illinois on Wednesday into a 60-second television spot that will air on national cable.

Clips of the president are spliced together with photographs of construction workers, manufacturers, students, and families, all designed to promote the economic message the White House says will be their focus on the coming months.

Thanks to the grit and resilience and determination of the American people…we've been able to clear away the rubble from the financial crisis. We've started to lay a new foundation for stronger, more durable economic growth," Obama is seen saying in the ad.

OFA, a non-profit group, was formed from the president's campaign organization at the conclusion of last year's presidential campaign. Their mission is advancing policy items from Obama's agenda. In the past year they've pushed the president's plans of gun control, immigration and health care.

In June the group launched a seven-figure ad buy meant to promote the benefits of Obamacare, the sweeping health care law that is beginning to go into effect.

Obama's economic speech at Knox College on Wednesday was followed by similar addresses in Missouri and Florida. He's expected to make similar trips during the next month to advance his proposals on jobs and the economy, issues that rate highest among Americans in polls.

Those addresses will launch a month-long attempt to counter congressional Republicans, who are expected to use the upcoming August recess to blast the president's proposals in their home districts and states.

Wary of allowing the momentum to shift in favor of the GOP, members of OFA has organized their own push called Action August that will bolster the president's message in individual states.

When Obama spoke to OFA members earlier this week, he said Washington had become distracted from economic issues.

"It's going to be the kickoff to what is essentially several months of us trying to get Washington and the press to refocus on the economy and the struggles that middle-class families are going through, but also for us to start exploring some big and bold ideas," he said.

Republicans, however, have characterized the return to the economy as yet another attempt by the president to focus on jobs without offering any new ideas.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. juice

    Always a speech; what about some action. President Obama also gave a good speech about the Trayvon Martin case, but where is the action. I personally am disappointed in his ability to lead.

    July 26, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    It is my understanding that Republicans are preparing to counter this effort by OFA with an ad campaign encouraging people not to buy health insurance. ??? What are you supposed to do if you get into a car wreck? Need a tooth pulled? Your kid falls off their bike? Have the Republicans lost their little piece of minds?

    July 26, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    How phoney and dishonest have Republicans been about the ACA? During the six months before the bill was even signed, the Republicans had two diametrically opposed narratives under way. The first, "we don't know what is in the bill." The second narrative stream told you all about the horrible things in the bill, starting with Sarah Palin's "death panels". A phrase that she first quipped in August 2009.

    How can those two narratives coexist and both be true? They can't. At least one of them is a complete lie. I'm telling that both narratives are lies. Republicans knew what was in the bill. And they also knew that the bill did not contain Palin's made up nightmare about death panels, and all of the other horrors that Republicans promised were in store.

    July 26, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  4. tom l.

    Is OFA tax exempt? I wonder if they received extra scrutiny from the IRS...

    July 26, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    There is NO PLAN!

    Like everything Obama does, his ONLY PLAN, is how to take over America, and win elections, to seize POWER!

    Obama is the worst dictator, America has ever seen...........and his DOJ is committing CRIMES!

    July 26, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The American Jobs Act has been out there for a while now, but republicans refuse to work on restoring jobs and fixing our infrastructure. They'd rather have 40 votes on appealing Obamacare and restricting a woman's right to choose. What specific job plan have they offered?

    July 26, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  7. RIchard Long

    As the deafening sound of more tax money being flushed down the toilet for another Obama Campaign Advertizement.
    – Why is Obama still campaigning and not running the country?
    – If he cared so much about the US, why didn't he pledge $7 billion to the US economy instead of Africa?

    July 26, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. Data Driven

    The President is very lucky he has OFA. Since he himself is usually so listless when it comes to messaging, he needs this smart group of activists putting the message out there.

    July 26, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. Ed1

    Like you read Obamacare.

    July 26, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    Focus on made in USA....

    July 26, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. bla

    And what is his plan exactly? Spend more money we technically don't have on dying industries like manufacturing instead of investing in the high-tech ones we should have decades ago?

    Didn't work 12 years ago. Why would it now?

    July 26, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. jpmichigan

    Another so called campaign speech from the me play book, the pages should be yellowed and ready to fall apart. Lack of leadership and governing , support by Obama supporters. The real American taxpayer does not. Obama is a lame duck President, who has a habit of insulting the American taxpayer, every chance he gets. Calling his scandals (Bengazi, IRS, etc ) fake and distorting.

    July 26, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. Jason

    Republican for the KeyStone Pipeline that will create many Jobs.

    July 26, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. tom l.

    @Rudy,
    Let me see if I can answer this for you. They didn't know everything that was in the bill because very few actually read the entire bill, however, what they did know was in the bill was not an effective solution to the problem. Does that make sense?

    Oh, and you can call it anything you want to, but there most certainly is an unelected board that determines what treatments and services will be allowed which is just another way of saying that there are death panels. If that unelected board deems your treatment too expensive or not worth it, they will deny the coverage. Therefore, you could not get life saving treatment and die. Hence, the term "death panels"

    July 26, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. tom l.

    @Dutch,
    Perhaps you forgot about the "stimulus bill" that passed in Obama's first year in office that was close to one billion dollars and which was supposed to go towards "infrastructure". You should look up the articles and inform yourself better rather than spouting off democrat talking points.

    July 26, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Dean

    Dear Mr. President:

    You've done enough for the economy. Please do not do anything more.

    Thank you.

    July 26, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. Fair is Fair

    tom l.

    @Dutch,
    Perhaps you forgot about the "stimulus bill" that passed in Obama's first year in office that was close to one billion dollars and which was supposed to go towards "infrastructure". You should look up the articles and inform yourself better rather than spouting off democrat talking points.
    -----
    Actially, Tom, it was close to $1 TRILLION... but what's $999 billion amongst friends?

    July 26, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Shelbyann

    Read the plan. man.

    July 26, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. rs

    juice

    Always a speech; what about some action. President Obama also gave a good speech about the Trayvon Martin case, but where is the action. I personally am disappointed in his ability to lead.
    ____________________________
    Take a civics class. The President may be the Chief Executive, but the power to pass law is the perview of Congress, which you might note is completely dysfunctional owing to GOP-lead filibusters in the Senate, and the treasonous REA Party in the House. The President can recommend, he cannot make law.

    July 26, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Data Driven

    ACTUALLY, almost half the stimulus went to tax cuts, insisted upon by Republicans Snowe, Collins, and some other Republican dude in the Senate. I also thought the total figure was just shy of $800 billion, but I'll stand corrected if someone cares to research it.

    July 26, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    tom l. wrote:

    @Rudy, Let me see if I can answer this for you. They didn't know everything that was in the bill because very few actually read the entire bill, however, what they did know was in the bill was not an effective solution to the problem. Does that make sense?
    --------------
    Nope, that does not compute. If they "didn't know everything that was in the bill", then how can they go around claiming that they did not know what was in it? They lied, and you know it. Sorry, it doesn't work both ways. You cannot claim to not know what is in the bill on the one hand, while at the same time telling horror stories about what's in it. And, the right wing voters ate it up like hogs gone wild.

    July 26, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. rs

    Oh, and you can call it anything you want to, but there most certainly is an unelected board that determines what treatments and services will be allowed which is just another way of saying that there are death panels.
    ____________________
    What utter nonsense! Naturally it started with Palin.
    I suppose the inconvenient fact that prior to the ACA, commercial insurance companies could drop your coverage for no reason at all hasn't crept into your mind, eh? Before the ACA you could be dropped for pre-existing conditions (if not turned down outright); you could get dropped for exceeding ceilings; you could get dropped for age, and countless other reason that might have affected the company's precious bottom line.
    The fact that insurance rates are falling means nothing (up to nearly 50% in some markets)?
    The fact that in the last year, medical costs rose at the smallerst percentage in the last 60 years means nothing?
    The fact that the ACA will save lives (something the GOP CLAIMS to care about), means nothing?

    July 26, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Wake up People!

    A red meat topic that will trend all day and probably tomorrow. Fox Lite strikes again. Gotta feed the trolls their Obama feast.

    July 26, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. S.B. Stein

    There is a plan from the president. The question is what plan does the Republican party have that they can show? I haven't heard anything other than the tried and true (which doesn't work) of cutting taxes, spending and regulations. If they want to cut the debt that has been built up, then don't cut taxes. If they want to cut spending, be smart about it and listen to those that don't want special programs (like general who don't want extra of this or that but gets added on because it is good for a congressional district). Cutting regulations allow those who pollute and cheat people to worry less about getting caught for doing the wrong thing.

    July 26, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l.

    @Dutch,
    Perhaps you forgot about the "stimulus bill" that passed in Obama's first year in office that was close to one billion dollars and which was supposed to go towards "infrastructure". You should look up the articles and inform yourself better rather than spouting off democrat talking points.
    *******************
    Governors like Perry, Jindall, and Saford used it to balance their budgets retroactively, amongst other things. They had no intention of using it on infrastructure projects. Learn about that before spewing back the RNC/FOXNews talking points. They took federal money to essentially pad their resumes and to deliberately slow the recovery.

    July 26, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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