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. I love pork

    I love pork,especially when rich republicans have to pay for it.squeal squeal,oink.I love the sound of pigs in the morning.

    February 2, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Bipartisanship

    It is definitely no true birpartisnship, nor democracy, are we American people losing our freedom?

    February 2, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. r sisk, nevada

    The most annoying part of anything here is the "bank bailout" money was approved without guidelines, questions etc. Now we have a structured stimulus bill that designates where money goes, creates jobs etc. and the GOP is stalling because there aren't enough TAX CUTS in it. What the hell? Tax cuts are not what we need right now. We need jobs.

    February 2, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Ronald Schwartz

    Politicing as usual,Just ask the people who gave you money to push your bill. it is bad and just needs to be trashed or at least highly picked over. It doesn't help the issue the way it is. Pelosi and Ried just need to go.

    February 2, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Steve from Wisconsin

    This bill is dreadful, and most people realize it. But the approach that its supporters use is: "Yes, it's flawed, but we have to do something, and now!" What a great endorsement for a proposal that will saddle our kids and grandkids with enormous debt for decades to come!

    February 2, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. David

    Please take the time to go and read the bill yourself before making comments about it being full of pork. There are a few things that can be taken out but overall there are lots of good things in there. If the Republicans want to sit down with Democrats and go over item by item, I'm fine with that. It's a good thing to do. Blindly obstructing along party lines needs to stop. More tax cuts for the wealthy haven't worked for the past eight years and will not work now. They need to stop that nonsense.
    If you haven't already, READ THE BILL
    Search for H.R.1 by bill number. The text is all there.

    February 2, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Arlene

    Under the Bush administration the republicans lowered taxes. If lowering taxes is the means of stimulating the economy, why are we in the position we are today? We lived under their ideology for eight years, it didn't work. Wake up!!!!!,

    February 2, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Liz

    How many people have a poor guy signing their paychecks? Go ahead and tax the "filthy rich" and see how many more jobs are lost. Obviously our schools have not done a good job at teaching basic economics to the "lemings" that will follow anyone promising something for nothing.

    February 2, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Eric

    This is exactly the problem. There is not a person on capital hill that does not want the American economy to recover; they just disagree on how to best help it to recover.

    I don't know why anyone with a grain of common sense would think that the Republicans should be rubber stamping the stimulus package. It doesn't make them stupid, and it doesn't make them un-American. Some of you people are so drunk on the media that you can't think for yourselves.

    February 2, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Anna, Dana Point

    I'll be there Mr. President. Just give us our marching orders.

    Anna, CA

    February 2, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. LLT

    CNN should look into how much pork Mitch has brought home!! The Republicans' hypocrisy is unbelievable!!

    February 2, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. bless the US

    The only reason why republicans hate this bill is all the money in it will be spent here in america and not overseas.

    Republican pork= Spending money in Iraq and China

    Democratic pork= Spending money in America

    February 2, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse NY

    The amount of waste in this bill should be blatantly obvious. The bill will cost $819 billion and only generate 3 million jobs (if we're lucky). That's $275,000 per job. seriously, how many $275,000 jobs do you think we are going to get? The rest is pure pork. Want some real suggestions:
    – Money to guarantee and refinance nonperforming mortgages to 40 year fixed rates
    – Tax incentives for alternative energy projects (wind, solar, tide) to make R&D and construction equivalent in cost to traditional sources
    – tax credits for buying an American car. Extra credits if the car gets 40 MPG.
    – tax credits for any job cut overseas and brought back to the US

    February 2, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Phoenix

    Annoyed in GA, we got to this point by people placing their confidence in Bush, not once but twice. Second, the national economy does not work like your personal checkbook. It's that misconception of economics that has our country where it is now. We have to spend to generate demand. Also, everyone is not going to like everything in the bill. For Republicans, pork is only slang for educational, healthcare, and energy funding. For those of you praying that this somehow hurts Obama, let me burst your balloon. The Republicans are the ones who have the most to lose politically.

    Daschle's nomination should not be removed. Washington is full of dirty people, that's why Obama was the Democrats best bet.

    February 2, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Helene

    Once again I am fired up and ready to go.

    February 2, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |

    This is the biggest catastrophe of any president in the history of the United States. This elected official stands behind Tom Dashel
    who can not even remember some of the things on his tax bill. yet he is the most qualified for the job. just shows you what this elected official stands for.

    This elected official wants all crooks to be in his appointments to Washington Committees or Positions. You wanted change and now you have it, this elected official is nothing more than a sack full of words. He says what ever the people want to here.

    He can,t dig his way out of a paper sack, and he is going to put how many people back to work???????? all thru the stimulus package.
    If you believe that I have a brookland bridge in my back yard that I will sell you.

    This guuy is nothing more that a figure head who says things that he can not back up or produce.

    The only reason this guy was elected to the whitehouse is because the people wanted change and the news media was very slanted thru the presidential run for the whitehouse and the other thing is that he is black.

    February 2, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Helene

    Tax cuts under the Bush administration got us into THIS mess ! And you want more ?

    February 2, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Gal, Ohio

    I agree this package needs to be tweaked, but all the people in this thread bad mouthing a party need to tell me how good the last stimulus package was spent.....yea I thought so.

    Nothing is perfect and that includes this pacakge but that doesn't mean the whole thing is wrong. Stop thinking down party lines just because you hate one or the other. If you really want to do something useful hold the house party as they are suggesting and push your own ideas on what needs changed. Did you contact your congress person? Either put up or shut up.

    February 2, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. John

    with these "pork" projects you repubs keep whining about... who do u think is going to do the legwork on these? infrastructure spending, std spending... all of which will create more jobs and avenues of success. you honestly think everyone getting a tax break will spend it? H*LL no! they're going to stick it in the bank for another rainy day... we've had a pretty rainy last 8 years!!!

    February 2, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Obama said he will not sign anything with earmarks but stopped short of doing the same with pork. If he wants to CHANGE the way Washington is run he should tell the house and the senate that he will not sign a bill unless every cent in it goes to growing our economy. If this bill had given less money to special interest groups it would have been signed by now and his plan the start he wanted.

    February 2, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. pakuna

    What goes around comes around. Do unto him what he has done and is doing to the American people. We need to use tactics against him instead of being afraid of him and his.

    February 2, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Gus Wiethorn

    Sorry Mr. President – But somebody got you off track. The stimulus bill
    should be limited strictly to projects to improve employment and the economy. A number of items in this package are excellent, but for a later date and on separate bills. Someone has really helped you to blow your first major legislation as far the the public is concerned. My family has been far you a 100%, but please get back on track. Do your thing and don't start being influenced by outsiders. You have a minimum of 4 years to get many other things done. As far as this stimulus pckg is concerned, stick to only those items which will (1) directly increase employment an (2) tax reduction and only to those families making less than $100,000 per year. Funds generated from these two items will definitely improve the housing market and the economy as a whole. Tax cuts for buisnesses will only increase their profits not employment. Increased employment in businesses will increase only when their business increases and this will happen only if items (1) & (2) above are met. Tax cuts for those making in excess of $100,000 will probably go into savings not into the economy. In fact at this time of our crises, the more money going into savings will result in the economy getting worse. Have a great day – Gus Wiethorn

    February 2, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. williefloyd

    I think timing is the one thing so many are objecting to on the stimulus pkg. Contraception, the arts, the National Mall are all worthy projects, now just doesn't seem to be the right time. The only things involved, IMHO, are jobs, aid for workers laid off , and anything that will help the housing situation. The other "pork" projects should wait until our economy is greatly improved.
    I trust that Pres. Obama will be willing to negotiate until only the necessary needs are included. Would also like to see the final bill before votes are cast-not after it's too late to make any changes.

    Obama supporter.

    February 2, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. Obama is Loser

    Is it legal for the President to send messages to his campaign supporters?

    February 2, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. J.P..

    The purpose of a "stimulus" bill should be to encourage businesses to grow, expand, reinvest in themselves, HIRE MORE PEOPLE and ultimately get the economy moving again. A rising tide raises all boats.

    Giving every Joe Six-Pack a $500 tax "rebate" to spend on Tide soap-powder and pay his electric bill WILL NOT STIMULATE the economy, and it certainly will NOT cause a flurry of hiring activity. We already tried this tax rebate crap last year and it didn't do anything beyond the temporary bump following the issuance of the checks.

    The only proven method of growing an economy is through tax cuts (and a flat tax would be like shooting the economy up with adrenaline). Bush did it. Reagan did it. And even your beloved JFK did it. History has proven it works. Also, it would go a long way if the government simply shut its yap and stopped adding instability to the market... this constant "will they interfere" "won't they interfere" is devastating to investor confidence, as investors simply sit on their cash in the turbulent meantime.

    Investment creates jobs. (In fact, it's the ONLY way jobs are created.)
    Taxes seriously hinder investment.
    Therefore, taxes kill job creation.

    If you doubt me, please provide the names of all the dirt poor people who have hired you to work for them... because I've worked for 25 years and I've never once been hired by a poor man.

    February 2, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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