March 28th, 2009
05:26 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama team deploys campaign tactics to get point across

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Obama held an online town hall, in which people could send in questions from their computers."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - From fielding questions online, to the staging of events across the country, to deploying thousands of volunteers, President Obama and Democrats are using the same tools that helped them win the White House to push the administration's agenda.

Supporters say the same tactics used during the campaign also work to educate Americans about the president's proposed budget and the stimulus plan.

Political experts say in order for Obama to keep his approval ratings high, he will need his agenda to be successful. To do that, they say, he and the White House will need to keep up the sales job.

The legions of volunteer supporters from the 2008 election are key to that effort. Democrats have a database of more than 13 million e-mail addresses and are eager to harness that support.

The Democratic National Committee has formed a new group called Organizing For America. Last weekend, it organized 10,000 volunteers to canvass across the country to get 100,000 people to pledge support for the administration's policies.

"We are not an electoral organization. I mean this is really about legislative advocacy and so we are going to continue supporting the president's agenda and we are not looking at 2010, and we are not looking at 2012," Mitch Stewart, executive director of Organizing for America, told CNN. "What we are looking at what kind of grassroots organization can best support the president's agenda."

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soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. betty

    It is very easy to criticize the new president who has been in office what 70 days. But right now I have not seen anyone else doing much. I do not agree with the budget and diffentally disagree with the Republicans who have done nothing but there negative mentally. Look this not one of our finest hours, we as a country got ourself into this mess we have no else to blame but us. We enjoyed the good times no matter who was in office. We now are paying the price now we have to get our self out. Since President Obama has been in office the american people are learning what a mess were in. What greed, dem and rep bricking, which neither side has help in previous years. We are the most resourceful people on this plant surely this not the time to put blame, this the time to show what we are made of no matter what asle that you stand. When the american people enjoy prosperity so does the rest of the world.

    March 28, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. Fan of Common Sense

    I'd be willing to bet that 90% of the stooges who volunteer for this could not tell you one specific thing that is in B.O.'s budget. All they know is "they like him." (He has nice abs and a pretty smile.) They are like a bunch of sheep eagerly following their leader off of a cliff. People really should be required to take an I.Q. test before they are allowed to vote. Of course, if that ever became law, the democratic party would vanish within a few years.

    March 28, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Maggie

    In order for someone to make a good sale they have to have a good product which has been proven. No where can I see is Obama's priduct any good. If he has to get volunteers then it means he has no money to pay for hired help. Wonder where his went?

    March 28, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. reggie

    I believe the American people are smarter now, and will not fall inline behind all his rhetoric....At least, I hope they are smarter now. Obama is not prepared to be President. Hopefully, he cannot do too much damage in 4 years.

    March 28, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. reggie

    I don't the American people will follow him so blindly anymore. I hope he does not do too much damage in the 4 years of his presidency.

    March 28, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Ol Phart

    Our President knows the republicans are down, and it will soon be all over for them, except the crying.

    March 28, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Pat CA

    As usual, I totally agree with Mike in Seattle.

    March 28, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. WeThePeopleOfVA

    This tells me they know the taxpaying American public is not buying their lies this time around.

    March 28, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. Truth Bomb Thrower

    It's almost as the democrats WANTED to destroy this country and its economy. Apparently because they know they are losers, so they want to make it impossible for anyone to actually win in this country. They know that this country is too great and too mighty to be destroyed from the outside, so they see it as their mission to destroy it from the inside. They HATE this country and they want to see it go down. They are saboteurs.

    March 28, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. rightsaid

    It's the people stupid. Those who care, speak up.

    Would you rather have the corporations have all the say?

    Go Professor President. I love having a smart and energetic person in there for a change!

    March 28, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. welches, oregon

    Here's one thing we can ALL agree on. If Obama had been President in 2001 and had been WARNED that Osama Bin Ladin was determined to strike within the borders of the USA, he would have DONE something about it instead of patting the messenger on the head and told him he was good messenger and to now go home.

    I firmly believe BushCo either helped organize or plan 9/11 or knew about it and did nothing to stop it in order to carryout their evil agenda of stealing the natural resources of Iraq.

    March 28, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. Meka

    @ Jeff Sprangler, Arlington, Va

    President Obama, doing ALL he can FOR EDUCATION.

    American's Don't Have Too Content With Being Un-Educated To The Fact's . . . Any Longer !!!

    March 28, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. LB

    Too bad he took online questions but didnt even seriously answer the most asked question.

    March 28, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. Phil Newton

    This is how we do it!

    Team Obama, taking it back to the people.

    March 28, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. Happy with new President

    Yes, 64% of all of us are happy with our President (probably more), the rest are hard cons and old boys from repugs! Do we need more to show them that America is more center, liberal, not conservativ reading bible dayly, and not folloving what the Bible sais?
    Yes, Mr.President, just continue this way, and most of us will be much better then just a few months ago!
    Go, Mr. President, we are with you!!!!!

    March 28, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Glen

    Obama has nothing else to offer but sound bites for a sound bite generation. When his policies cause bankruptcies to soar and inflation to hit double digits then his disciples might start thinking for themselves even then I doubt it – he's a historical figure. They should pour him in concrete and put him in the White House gardens. On second thoughts no. It brings his boss Botox Pelosi closer to the presidency and who would want to watch that grimace over supper.

    March 28, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. Peter E

    Well, at least a bit more open than the secretive, undermining tactics of the Bush administration... One small step for honesty...

    March 28, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. BAKE

    Some of the comments are absolutly off the mark. i'm sick and tired of hearing the comments about the telepromptor. Those making these comments have obviously never spoken behind a podium. What is wrong with preparing a speech and then delivering it? What are you concerened about? the econemy recovering or the Repbs being in power? try supporting and stop critizing. We are in a big hole and I give my 100% support to the president, All this talk about the debt that will be placed on future generations, folks are hurting now! we need help now! God bless you President Obama.

    March 28, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. IndyVoter

    I disagree that this a campaign tactic. In a Democratic Republic such as ours, the Public should be part of the decisionmaking process year round. We shouldn't just elect our representatives and then zone out until the next election cycle. This is how the lobbyist and self-serving politicians get away with as much as they do. Public opinion is and should always be a vital part of the legislative and executive portions of governing. Thank you Mr. President for putting the Public back in our Republic!!!

    March 28, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  20. lynn in NM

    I guess it's easier to campaign than actually have to run the country, isn't it? IIt's easy to think everyone is going to roll over and play dead when you campaign. When you have to run the country, you actually have some opposition to ridiculous ideas that will ruin the country, regardless of party.

    March 28, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. Ken

    The media went along Bush and now they are blocking the citizens of this country to hear from their President or Cover with dignity, like the President Of united states!

    March 28, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |

    After reading all the posts here, I have concluded that the majority of posters here who view the fact that Barack is keeping the American people in the loop, are the same ones who backed Dubya–the guy who kept US out of the loop all the time and never talked to us.
    What is wrong with you people?

    March 28, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. Gerry

    I thought that he was suppose to be the president not a salesman.

    March 28, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |

    The only people against this approach are low information voters.

    And they're probably old, white, and from a Red state.

    March 28, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. yuri

    That's one desparate heck of a son of a gun-BHO. We evidently surmise that desparate situations call for desparate actions. Should his campaign tactics work in real life politics, success might be given a better chance than failure, hopefully.

    March 28, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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