February 2nd, 2009
11:38 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama e-mails supporters to meet, push for stimulus bill

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/02/art.getty.obama.supporters.jpg caption="The president is asking supporters to host gatherings next weekend to push for his economic stimulus plan."](CNN) - President Obama sent a message to supporters Monday personally calling them action behind his agenda for the first time since his inauguration.

The president’s message was sent by Organizing for America — the former campaign apparatus that is now a two-week-old arm of the Democratic National Committee — to anyone who was involved with an Obama house party during the campaign season.

The president is asking them to host similar gatherings next weekend to push for his economic stimulus plan. That package, which passed the House last week without Republican support, is currently being considered by the Senate.

“I hope to sign the recovery plan into law in the next few weeks,” said Obama in the e-mail. “But I need your help to spread the word and build support. … You can help restore confidence in our economy by making sure your friends, family, and neighbors understand how the recovery plan will impact your community.”

Last week, Organizing for America director Mitch Stewart sent a similar message announcing the gatherings.

Event hosts will be sent statistics on how Obama’s plan might affect their state, and given a downloadable party kit, similar to the one provided by the group when it held the first round of home gatherings earlier this month.

The house meetings are scheduled for next weekend, February 6-8.

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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Mari

    President Obama, has our support! We, the People, elected Obama by a LARGE margin, Obama has a mandate to work to FIX the BUSH DISASTER!

    What the far-right-haters-and-obstructionists do not get ....... is that we, the People, are watching carefully to see which side the GOP is on.

    Are they on the side of ego and obstruction? Or are they on the side of our Nation?

    The far-right-haters can continue to spew their complaints, vile and lies all they want....... but they WILL FIND THEMSELVES ON THE LOSING SIDE.......EACH & EVERY TIME.

    February 2, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. EBC, MD

    THANK YOU Mr. President.

    You've got my support.

    February 2, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Blue VA

    This administration is technologically advanced. I believe the PEOPLE will be the backbone of this administration.

    February 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. susie

    Your article forgot to say 11 Democrats were, also, against the stimulus bill.

    February 2, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Steve (the real one)

    Any of these people elected officials? No? Then that means they have no say other than to contact their elected officials. It appears to me these supporets will call their democratic officials who are (with the exception of the 11 who stood against this pork filled bill) i favor for the bill anyways. The president's supporters are not going to call any republicans. My point is this rallying cry will change nothing!

    February 2, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. benvictor

    This "porker" must be revised significantly/; $500 billion ought to be sliced from this bill and the pork subjected to the regular legislative process.

    February 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Reach out and touch them---any and every way you can.

    February 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. mike,texas

    The first lesson Obama will learn is their is no such thing as bipartisanship in DC ,at least not with republicans.After some concessions they gave you zero votes.They voted to get us in this mess but the republicans wont give the new leaders a chance.The Republicans most be taught a lesson,as to why they are a dead party.

    February 2, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Beverly - Atlanta

    I received my email this morning and President Obama can count on me.

    February 2, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Annoyed in GA

    Ah yes because this stimulus bill is so full of things that might actually stimulate the economy. Thank god the $200 million for contraceptives was pulled, maybe they should do the same with all the other pork spending the Dems added. Here is a little history lesson. Back in '90-'92 when Clinton took office the economy was in a recession as well with unemployment that was higher–what was the resulting stimulus bill? It was only $16 billion. How have we reached the point where we need $800 billion more? Or if we are actually going to spend on infrastructure lets make it a larger part of the bill instead of just $31 billion that is directly for infrastructure. It should scare everyone to know that this bill is almost as big as the discretionary spending that Congress has each year. I am worried that any programs that come out of this will never be dropped and our debt will further explode. It is impossible to spend your way out of this; that would be like me continuing to spend on my credit card and telling myself that I will soon get out of debt and turn it around if I keep spending.

    February 2, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Grandma

    we will so you can do your job

    February 2, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. gl, Pittsburgh

    I got the email and I am already acting on it.

    February 2, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Mike

    They are going to support this pork crap or is this just a misprint?

    February 2, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    And the content of that email is probably along the lines of "No, you don't have to read the bill. Just trust me. I know what the country needs–I know what you need better than you do. So just sign the blank check, okay?"

    February 2, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Matt in MN

    So much for his promise to veto any bill that came to his desk filled with pork.

    Guess it's OK, and not pork but "ham" when it's your party doing it instead of the other party...

    "Change" we can "believe" in....

    February 2, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. I Toldyouso

    The first thing Obama can do to initiate action on the stimulus plan is to withdraw the nomination of Daschle. This would signal that integrity is foremost in his administration and prove to republicans that noone is above reproach.

    AND, have Daschle prosecuted for tax evasion as any ordinary citizen would be charged.

    February 2, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. from Houston, TX

    The question that must be answered is, how do we get republicans to reconsider their economic policies? Another one would be, do you think they can acknowledge that tax cuts don't stimulate the economy as much as government spending?

    February 2, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. gerri

    Im helping by getting his supporters new and used computors,so we will the be the most powerful base ever and never again have a republican in office.

    February 2, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Sue

    Who needs the Republicans? Obama has reached out to them and they turned their backs on him, now the Senate has to decide, if Republicans don't support this bill then to heck with them, Dem's better get on the Obama wagon and support it or you will find out that next election Republicans will be replacing you.......Democrat's if you are slipping in some of these programs that are not going to help the economy then you better scrub them fast and get with the program. This is your President and you have heard him say "NO PORK" so cut it out and get on with this bill...........we need this bill yesterday, for all the people out here with out jobs and unemployment has run out, next week or next month is eternity...........so come on people in DC stop thinking out yourselves and think about the suffering people in this country

    February 2, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Ray Fisher

    I don't care who he e-mails, until the pork and sacred cows are removed, few Americans will support his plan. It is truly low how the Dems have become as opportunistic as the GOP pushing their agendas on the woes of the American people. The Senate is working to strip ancilllary non-stimulus items from the bill that shouldn't have been included in the first place. This is a failure of party leadership and must be recitified or we will be doomed yet again under a repressive self-centered agenda oriented regime while America founders!!! I have supported the President from the start but cannot support this bill as I agree it is top-heavy with agendas!!!

    February 2, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. more change please

    Maybe if all the politicians just pay the taxes they owe like everyone else has to do, we can use that money for the stimulus

    February 2, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. fed up working stiff

    There is no doubt the bill needs to have some items removed but I am sick of the republicans posturing and trying to block every move. It's time people like McCain retired. And by the way senator how about forgoing your public funded pension and live of your millions of personal wealth. Now that would be truly patriotic.

    The republicans want tax cuts for their wealthy friends so they can buy into the depressed market they wrecked and make a killing later.

    Watch my lips...tax cuts for 8 years did nothing but helped sink the economy. The wealthy who got them didn't need the extra cash so the money never saw the light of day in the local economy. By all means give some but nothing to those earning over $250,000

    February 2, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. april

    Obama's says the recovery will be hard; we all have to be willing to sacrifice and do the hard work necessary. I guess he excludes his own "do as I say- not as I do crew", that aren't even responsible enough to pay their own taxes. What a bunch of HYPOCRITS!

    February 2, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. llim

    Prez Obama,

    The Republicans are so uncooperative. Do not fall into their traps. Their plans on huge tax cuts will not help the economy much. Tax xuts is only useful to relief people from high cost of leaving and it is not enough to solve problems.

    The only solution to current economic crisis is JOB as what you said in your campaign. With jobs, people can afford more and pay mortgages.

    Perhaps, your economic plan has rooms for improvement. You could do something to make it appeal to both parties and focus on areas where some Republicans will agree.

    It is more important to get some parts of the package going ASAP.

    February 2, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Rick in WA

    Any attempt to allocate the labor and capital of the nation by force of law will make a disaster of a kind not seen in this country from its first days.

    February 2, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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