February 3rd, 2010
11:18 AM ET
12 years ago

Plouffe acknowledges setbacks

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/03/art.plouffe.file.gi.jpg caption="David Plouffe appeared in a web video released Tuesday."]Washington (CNN) – David Plouffe, the architect of President Obama's 2008 campaign and now an outside adviser to the White House, appears in an Organizing for America video touting the organization's effectiveness in 2009 while acknowledging setbacks.

Accompanying the Web video, released Tuesday, is a two-page survey summary entitled "Your Thoughts on 2010."

In what amounts to a year end summary and look ahead to 2010, Plouffe says, "Clearly we also learned from the survey that we can serve you better. You would like more communication and we have to foster that."

According to the released document, health care reform is still a high priority for Organizing for America members, a subject Plouffe addressed in the video saying, "We are still on the doorstep of passing health care reform, something that has been tried for one hundred years."

Following Obama's win in 2008, Plouffe did not immediately join the White House, but was brought back into the fold following Republican Sen.-elect Scott Brown's victory in a Massachusetts special election.

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Orange Curtain, CA

    Stick with the grassroots messaging and policies that got you the primary and general election victories. Knock some sense into dead-beats in the Senate that have no backbone.

    February 3, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    We'll take our setbacks any day over the Republican Obstructionist Party.

    February 3, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. stevegee

    The PropOganda Machine is at it again. But it won't matter because the American people know that Obama is talking out of both sides of his mouth.

    February 3, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Glenn Koons

    Oh boy howdy: another socialist hits the WH again. Just what the nation needs. Another liberal secularist flacker who has no idea what is good for America but boy he wants the faux Messiah to succeed. Yipe. Mistakes. This naif in the WH has no idea how to be a real President . He is a leftist pacifist ideologue. Nothing more. The public, I pray, punishes every Dem who supports this Chicago community organizer. He is ruining the economy as well as our national security. Enough of these thugs like Ayers, Wright, Obama and Jones and Southers. This guy Obama cannot even appoint a real patriotic American to aid America. Nope. The whole crew like Ploufe and Axelrod always blame America for its problems while this crew is the real reason that America is suffering with high unemployment, lack of confidence in capitalism, and tax breaks for businesses that could actually create private sector jobs.

    February 3, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Jimmy Sanborn

    I want to be a part of the Organizing for America member, how do I?
    I am tired of the Republican filibuster on every issue. We need to stop the Grid Lock in Washington and the lies that are being spread accross American that are in the name of sick people. Insurance Companies getting richer and richer while 40,000 Americans die each month in order for the insurance company to make profits. Greed. I am a Christian before I am a Republican.
    This Oklahoma Republican will be voting Democrat or Independent this November.

    Tom Coburn and James Inholfe are right wing radicals and in Oklahoma we though they were closer to the middle then to being RADICALS, I watched them on C-Span when they were debating health care. I was watching when John McCain was screeming in the chamber that Obama promised that C-Span would air the debates and he did not see a camera. Well it was there, because I watch the debate. It was what made me realize just how much my party was blocking every issue.

    When the party votes down the party line on every issue they are representing the party and not their PEOPLE. I want representation.

    Again I will vote Democrat or Independent this Fall. And if things do not change I will vote for Obama in 2012.

    signed: Upset with my party.

    February 3, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Obama/Biden

    Washington is divided by partisan politics including a racial politic. President Obama agenda cannot clear republican congress just because the president defeated John McCain that is why McCain as a pay back oppose everything the president propose. They do not want barack to succeed. It is like the 60's all over again. Some people do not the president and his agendas just because the president is African American and this factor will cause the president to serve only on term. It is not because he is doing bad, Washington racism and partisan is the fact. We already starting to see that example Massachussetts senate eletion.

    February 3, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Old White Virginia Female

    And not a moment too soon. The Democrats have a lot of work to do. It is imperative that in the upcoming elections independents and moderates of all persuasion are going to have to choose whether this country stands still by gridlock on Capitol Hill or moves forward. They must also understand that while there is supposed to be a Democratic majority on Capitol Hill at the moment, there are a number of Republicans posing as Democrats. They need to be removed from office so that this country can move forward rebuilding a middle class. Feeding tax cuts to business and waiting for some miraculous effect to trickle down has never worked and certainly will not work now. Don't believe it? Look at the banks and what they have done. They are taking care of themselves first and to hell with the rest of the country, even when it is on our dime.

    February 3, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. BeverlyinNC

    The only mistake the White House made was to ever trust Republicans. They have never had any intention of working with Democrats to solve the issues Republicans created. Republicans are obstructionists pure and simple and will always be contrary to whatever position President Obama takes. They are NOT in Congress to do any work for the People who elected them. They are there to play games to try and score points while Americans have no healthcare, while Americans are struggling to find jobs, while Americans are angry at abusive banks who run credit card scams and will not loan money to small businesses as promised. Republicans made their choice. They are AGAINST the American People and FOR corporations, the insurance industry and the banks who have paid for their vote.
    For the person who thinks Democrats have 60 votes last year meant they could get legislation passed does not know how the process works. Republicans used every Senate procedural delay available in the Senate rules to delay votes on legislation, to try to keep bills in committees so they could not reach the floor for a vote, and they did this over 287 times. They even did this for bills some even ended up voting for. Our lives and our country's recovery is a game to them. They care nothing about Americans and have betrayed their oath of office to serve the People who elected them. They only serve the special interests who pay them the most money for their NO votes.
    Republicans are traitors to America and need to be removed from office so the Democrats, who are the only ones doing any work for America, can pass more progressive legislation and restore our nation even more quickly than they already are.
    How short memories are. Republicans destroyed this country by letting banks run wild, giving tax cuts to the ultra rich, letting corporations run Congress, and by sending our sons and daughters to be killed or maimed in two fraudulent Bush wars that ran our deficit up to where it is now. They are the reason our country is struggling right now and people have no jobs.
    Stand up and support President Obama. He is working hard for the PEOPLE. Republicans are doing NOTHING but criticizing, spewing hate, spreading fear, and supporting openly extremists racists. With a Party of no character like that – who needs to worry about foreign terrorists when we have our own Republican domestic terrorists trying to bring down our country!

    February 3, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. SocialismBad

    "You would like more communication and we have to foster that."
    WHAT??!!! Obama NEVER left campaigm mode! Hundreds of interviews, articles, speeches, etc. He's EVERYWHERE and saying the same old BS that the American people aren't buying!

    I'm glad to see the Democrats doubling down on their insane policies. It'll mean double digit loses for them in November. It is just SHOCKING that these arrogant and out of touch people are in control of this country.

    February 3, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Jon

    If a cross-board health care reform has not been achieved for a hundred of years, how come OB believe he can do it? The only thing you can do it are you don't care how much it costs taxpayers and their children and their future grand childrens and increases sky-high deficits. Perhaps, only socialist policies in communist countries and Europeans can do that. You have to increase tax substantially on every taxpayer in order to achieve universial or socialistic care. Should we Americans try it?

    February 3, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Chanel

    I am REALLY liking the open communication this administration is making now. It was promised, and it is about time. Hopefully more people will get involved. Including those that oppose the administrations agenda. They need to hear from the american people, not lobbyists claiming to represent us.

    February 3, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. american patriot

    Mr Plouffe

    You sir will go down in American History as the man who lied to the American People and got a man Elected President.


    That sir will be your legacy. Your invited to my neighborhood

    February 3, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Too much government

    Obama created his own setbacks by lying to the people. Luckily for him, he's been throwing out so much stuff that much of the garbage is getting lost in the clutter. Obama needs to be booted out of office...

    ... along with those that put party, ideology, and agenda ahead of the American people.

    February 3, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Jane/Seattle

    1. Enact trade tariffs
    2. Reward business that stays in America. Tax the hell out of the others! R-E-G-U-L-A-T-E the Financial Industries!! (all your friends!)
    3. Stop sucking up the money at the government levels with overly generous benefits while corporations inpoverish the rest of us.
    4. NO MORE WARS that only JUSTIFY killing other peoples' families (Thanks, Thom Hartmann). STOP overpaying global unregulated corporations that profit from such activity!
    5. Universal Single Payer health Care IS the only way to go from here!
    6. Don't get another panel to discuss this matter when a simple Executive Order would DO IT NOW! That would help you all NOT Have to later claim "Plausible Deniability" when Don't Ask, Don't Tell is NOT repealed!
    7. Comprehensive election reform!
    8. Get rid of the middleman – MONEY and all of our problems could be solved!
    I know you won't! Greed is one of the so-called 7 deadly sins for this religion! But then most are not really believers, are they? Peace

    February 3, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Maybe instead of susing the social network, why not set up Town Hall meetings with REAL Americans to discuss such important issues. And also, surveys, polls ain't gonna get you nowhere, the only place it'll get you is bad luck, too bad.

    Better communication? What about better tendency? Consistency? By the way, no one wants Health Care...except for Dems so stop being biased and get on with the program. I understand is a big issue but there's a reason why it has not worked for nearly a century.

    Focus on jobs, jobs, jobs!

    February 3, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Doraine Gordon

    David Plouffe is a good man. He did an excellent job during Obama's campaign. I am glad to see him back on board. He will definitely help to turn things aound. The Republicans will never work with this Administration. Obama should have told them a year ago to drop dead. They are really impossible! All they want is to regain oower so they can finish what they started 9 years ago. Turn our America into a 3rd World Country. They are all decadent and disgusting!!!

    February 3, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Operation Crush Rush

    Thanks David,we will win.Thanks to all the Operation Crush Rush operatives his numbers are dropping fast and his lies and half truths are being exposed.

    February 3, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    How embarassing to have been authoring the campaign of the Great Change that would change the very core of how Washington DC operates. Vote for Obama and you will have to hold on something because there will be so much fast Change.

    And now he has to put a spin on one year of posturing, lies, backroom deals, and hot air. And the sad realization that Obama fully supports the War Machine and the Status Quo politics and corporate donantions as did his predecessors.

    February 3, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Change is not easy, nor quick, there is no magic wand. We, Americans, have become accustomed to fast-food, instant-messaging, especially the 20-30 age group.

    As a 50-something who has survived several of recessions, been through tough times and good times, I know that our economy will rebound. We will return to prosperity. America still IS one of the strongest, most stable economies, even with all the shenanigans on Wall Street!

    We, Americans, are a hopeful, resilient, strong, fair and generous people!


    February 3, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. sharon

    Concidering Dan Coates vs. Bayh.......good timeing for Plouffe to be brought in......

    If anyone is enterested in how Coates thinks.......check out the voting record while he was a member of Congress.......

    if you do NOT want lower school loans.......vote Coates.
    If you do NOT want safe food......vote Coates.
    If you do NOT want Health Care Reform.....vote Coates.etc........
    Same ole' same ole gop game.
    You can check out his entire vote record under the washingtonpost
    Congressional votes data base.

    February 3, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. Pat F

    Plouffe acknowledges setbacks, eh?

    In other news, he also acknowledged the tides, the sunrise, the sunset and the blueness of the sky!

    How about "acknowledging" this: Your man, Barry, is ONE AND DONE!

    February 3, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. kisha

    didn't the president say in the townhall yesterday something about not wanting DC to in in campaign mode and always worry about the next election? hmm, so bringing in an old campaign manager to manage the WH's message in order to regain the campaign advantages the president has as a candidate in 08 is suppose to say what? Due all respect Mr president but i think you being sounding alot like a hyprocrit.

    February 3, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Mike in MN

    It's clear that the new plan it to run a re-run of the 2008 election. The people have already figured out that Obama did not live up to all his promises, that they can't trust what he says, that his actions don't match is words. The people are waiting for Obama to do what he says not for more words.
    And the new budget is a bad start.
    Obama says that the deficits must be brought down and brags about how much his new budget does just that.
    2009 was one of the worst recessions in history and produced a record 1.3 trillion deficit.
    We are told the recession is over, 2010 will be a year of economic growth that brings with it increased tax revenue for the government.
    Obama's budget increases spending by 300 billion over the last budget and produces a deficit of 1.56 trillion, 256 billion more than last year, a year of an economic recession. So we move out of a recession and into economic growth with increased tax revenue and the deficit goes up? You can only do that by increasing spending beyond the increase in economic growth. You can't blame this on Bush and you can't claim to be taking deficit reduction measures when the deficit is in fact growing. Voters are going to be beyond angry over this.

    February 3, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. Liberal wing nut

    What are you going to campaign on now? Change? whatever:)

    February 3, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. BO..rips GOP "obstraction"

    We thought that President Obama was seeking unity and bi-partisan
    solutions....Ripping across party lines is not the way to go....what is going on in Washington...????????????????????????????????

    February 3, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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