September 22nd, 2010
10:16 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama's political call to arms

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Organizing for America is out with a new video featuring President Obama."]Washington (CNN) - President Obama makes a direct appeal to political supporters in a new campaign video, asking them to open up their wallets and donate their time to Democratic candidates running in the midterm elections.

Obama speaks directly to the camera in the 3 minute and 48 second video that was sent late Tuesday night to 13 million people who are on Organizing for America's email list. OFA is Obama's presidential campaign organization that is now housed at the Democratic National Committee.

"I need everybody here to step up their game," Obama said in the video that was filmed in the backstage hallway of a political event Monday in Philadelphia. "It's not going to be enough for you to just to go to the polls. We've got to have the same energy. We've got to have the same enthusiasm. I need you guys to make those phone calls, to knock on those doors, to volunteer for candidates, to write whatever checks you can in small donations that can contribute to these folks."

Obama also uses the video to tout his administration's work, including passing health care reform and Wall Street reform. But the president acknowledges that "We're still in the midst of a very difficult time in our economy that's created a lot of anger and anxiety all across the country."

And Obama warned that "special interests aligned with the Republican Party…are now spending millions of dollars all across the country against Democratic candidates."

The video is just the latest campaign move by the White House. Obama and Vice President Biden are raising money for Democrats in several different cities this week and it was announced Tuesday that first lady Michelle Obama will hit the campaign trail next month.

Filed under: OFA • Organizing for America • President Obama
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. phoenix86

    Obama to his supporters:

    Please send in your money now, before I raise taxes and take whatever you have to fund what you don't want, don't need and didn't ask for.

    September 22, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. phoenix86

    The primary constituency of the democratic party is now the Union. All else is a distant second.

    September 22, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Audie

    Perhaps he should just save his breathe.... and get off the stage.

    September 22, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. sharon

    do not worry Pres. Obama...................

    alot of quiet people are help.

    September 22, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Bob in PA

    Thats the Obama I know, not afraid to dip into other peoples pockets.
    Atta boy Barry, be true to form.

    September 22, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. USN

    " Send us your money even if your out of work because of us " Let me hear it for ME. Love ob

    September 22, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Four and The Door

    "It's not going to be enough for you to just to go to the polls. We've got to have the same energy. We've got to have the same enthusiasm....
    Do you want to see energy and enthusiasm? Go to a Tea Party event in the next 6 weeks.

    September 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. mj

    Spend millions on advertising to beg for money. So very typical. I wouldn't donate a dime to the Democrats. The policies of this Administration are destroying our Country. Speaking of money; may be Michelle could give Obama an allowance. Never seems to have any money when out and about stumping. Guess he just figures it should be free like so many other Democrats.

    September 22, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Right Leaning Independent

    According to the polls, you do not have a lot of supporters right now so why not call them directly and ask them? It should not take too long.....

    September 22, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. diridi

    I am an educated, I do not need any call....I know what is going on...I shall fully support Democratic Party....GOP thugs messed this great nation, practically "Bankrupted this nation" like a hell, and crazy....

    September 22, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Dan

    Yeah, yeah. Hit the road Jack.

    September 22, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. stufit

    He needs more help in stealing the money from hard working American taxpayers. Do you think he will point out that the recession started after the Democrat liberals took control of Congress and passed the minimum wage bill? Or will he continue to whine and cry about Bush/Cheney and the Republicans. This arrogant, corrupt, inept, incompetent, union toady, will continue to lie not matter what. It is part of the Democrat liberal DNA.

    September 22, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. gt

    as that one women said ... were exhausted from defending you and your failed economic policy....

    September 22, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Big John

    You have my support President Obama!

    September 22, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Fair is Fair


    Dear Sheep,

    There will be a little something extra in your public assistance this month. We fully expect you to remit the difference directly to the DNC.


    September 22, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. vic, Nashville TN

    Many reports out there that special interest pouring money on commercial for republican’s candidates no one knows what is the numbers

    Now we know who is behind of tea party

    September 22, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. cm

    I don't recall getting any kind of Bail Out from this adminstration.

    September 22, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Disappointed American

    Has he really ever stopped campaigning since taking office?
    This is a partisan, left wing, party-serving president who puts his ideology ahead of serving this great country.

    September 22, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Trudy

    Not a chance, Obama. You and your party are running this country into

    September 22, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Snow

    Pathetic, begging for money to help keep tax and spend demorats in the congress to continue to tax and spend. This pathetic moron evidently has no shame.

    September 22, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. open up their wallets and donate their time

    good cause and the alternative is terrible

    September 22, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. Faith

    Good luck selling based on the accomplishments of the last 20 months – ugh...

    September 22, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Kevin from Co

    Wow, begging for more money. Is that all he does? And to think there are still fools out there that will give it to him!

    September 22, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Stan

    I will take your advise, Mr. President. I intend on doubling my donation to the Republican National Committee. You and this disaster of an administration needs to be stopped. And that is one scary photo.

    September 22, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Randolph Carter (the real one), I'm no expert, but...

    "I need everybody here to step up their game,"

    Just like you stepped up your game and fought for a public option?
    Just like you stepped up your game and fought for regulation of derivatives trading?
    just like you stepped up your game and closed Guatanamo?
    Just like you stepped up your game and appointed Elizabeth Warrren as the head of the new consumer protection bureau during a congressional recess?
    Need I go on? And the funny part is that the "morans" of this country still think you're a socialist. Just the way your corporate masters want them to. Maybe they'll wake up when they lose everything. Or maybe not. Have a nice day!

    September 22, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |