Obama’s Sunday campaign strategy meetings
May 5th, 2012
11:27 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama’s Sunday campaign strategy meetings

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) – Approximately twice monthly on Sundays, President Barack Obama meets with a small group of senior advisers in the White House to discuss his reelection strategy, two sources with knowledge of the meetings told CNN.

The sources said these meetings bring together White House and campaign officials, and include a review of television advertisements and general developments in the campaign, which is run out of offices in Chicago.

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Among the administration officials who gather with Obama in the Roosevelt Room are senior adviser David Plouffe, Obama’s 2008 campaign manager; counselor to the president Pete Rouse, who served as interim White House chief of staff led Obama’s Senate office; senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, a long time Obama adviser and confidant; communications director Dan Pfeiffer; and deputy chief of staff Alyssa Mastromonaco.

Reelection officials who attend the meetings include campaign manager Jim Messina, senior adviser David Axelrod, deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, and political adviser Larry Grisolsno.

The meetings have been occurring since long before the official start of the reelection campaign, the sources said.

Obama holds the first rally of his 2012 bid in Ohio on Saturday.

The meetings were first reported on Friday by the New York Times.

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  1. Four and The Door

    The sources said these meetings bring together White House and campaign officials, and include a review of television advertisements and general developments in the campaign, which is run out of offices in Chicago.
    Attack ads. Possible new issues to create and how well the Main Plan ( diverting attention from Debt, jobs and The Economy) is going. "Not well, Mr. President. Not well. Most Americans are still caught up in all those worries about The Economy. And the deeper we dig, we can still find no dirt on Mitt Romney."

    May 5, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Bill from GA

    The Dems should hammer home, with graphs to clearly show their success, the awesome turnaround in the US economy the first year and a half,before the repugs started their campaign to defeat the growth.

    Show how the stock markets recovered, job growth turned around, GDP recovered. Show how businesses made incredible profits (yet hired few while outsourcing jobs). Show how the rich increased their wealth. And show how the repugs blocked continued growth while pushing for a return to the Bush method, and away from the Obama method the gave us the turnaround.

    Let the repugs deny these facts, when the graphs clearly show when the filibusters began and the House deadlock started.

    May 5, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Obama12. Any one to support bain capital thug to ship jobs to china is an idiot. 2 wars Reagan trickle down drain in USA.

    May 5, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Devon

    Romneys got more skeletons in his closet than a graveyard, Tens of Millions with help from his fellow Bishop Hatch for his Mormon Bain Buddies while he destoyed tens of thousands of peoples Livlihood while sending their jobs overseas, Saving the 02 games, No you didnt Mitt, the Us Treasury did with 3 quarters of a BILLION DOLLARS, Enforcing the White only in the Mormons Elders in Salt Lake, Telling America Detroit should go Bankrupt, Running & hiddin caus Bain owns Clear Channel & their on Rush s Station, while letting Limbaugh SLANDER a young ladies freedom of speech. man I could go on for days.

    May 5, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Internet Child

    You forgot to say that these meetings have been going on since 2007

    May 5, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Mike

    Thank God for most Americans are memory is good. Who wants to go back to the policies that destroyed are economy and the middle-class. America was lucky to go from the dumbest president in history to the smartest. Keep up the good work,USA.

    May 5, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    "Possible new issues to create and how well the Main Plan ( diverting attention from Debt, jobs and The Economy) is going."

    Today Four decides to use his time-tested "accuse the President of ducking issues he doesn't actually duck" ploy,

    May 5, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "And the deeper we dig, we can still find no dirt on Mitt Romney."

    Here Four uses the cheapest of GOBP cult propaganda tricks: He waves his rhetorical wand to disappear all of Rmoney's warts, like his offshore bank accounts, his missing tax returns, his missing MA records and computers, and the millions, if not billions, of pension obligations Bain dumped on the US taxpayer. Don't worry, though, all you radical rightwing extremists, Four will wave his magic wand and make your worries disappear.

    May 5, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. jt1962

    with romney who needs dirt. just his own words on first one side of an issue followed by his own words that take the opposite side of the same issue.

    May 5, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. mario

    put down rove,,that will be fun to watch also

    May 5, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Optimist

    @four and the door: don't be too smug and count the chickens before they are hatched. Romney has not released his tax returns yet. There are thousands of people that will tell how their families were impacted by Romney when he was CEO at Bain and outsourced jobs out of our country. Romney has yet to be veted because he is not the official republican nominee.

    May 5, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Angela

    Yea Mitt's money is hidden where we can't find it but we know it's there.

    May 5, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. gg

    what happened the last time conservative business men were in the white house let me guess

    May 5, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Richard

    To paraphrase Harry Truman, THE BUS STOPS HERE. (It must be nice to be a multi-gazillionaire and buy giant busses and pay for humongous parking spaces close to everything.)

    May 5, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Thomas

    I think Mitt Romney is going to need a bigger elevator for his bus !

    May 5, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. king

    Its amazing how these companies are growing into the most successful ever in American history, yet they are exchanging manual labors with robots, computer Systems and Chinese workers. The repubs mantra is that government doesn't create jobs, private sector does, I can't tell because Obama has set these companies up to be the most successful in American history, yet they still not hiring. Obama need to tax these folks and start modernizing America, and hell with the repubs and their no government intervention stants.

    May 5, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Dookey flavored kool aid

    Ahh still havent got a chunk of oboma turd in your kool aid eh? Absolutely THE most corrupt anti american regime in history! Give it up your little muslim boy is DONE! LIAR LIAR LIAR! Uhhh we have to uhh, uhh, what was i saying, uhh. He must have the world record for the use of the word uh

    May 5, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. fernace

    If any1 is using diversion/distraction tactics, it's the GOTP & Mitt Romney! Does any1 know what Mitt's platform is? Doing "the opposite of the President," is not a "plan,"nor an answer! The GOTP keeps trotting out the same old"failed policies & lack of accomplishments" fairytale,which I percieve as reverse psychology, a tool often used by bullies to keep a person under their control! The diversion is that the failed policies were left to us by the previous administration, which nearly brought us to our knees & the lack of accomplishments is due to the current GOTPs penchant for obstruction & refusal to help their countrymen! Their plan is to continue the failed policies of the Bush era & their budget proposal reads like a love letter to the rich, richer, richest! Forward w/Obama, or revisit 1912 w/the GOTP? I'm going forward!!

    May 5, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Dookey flavored kool aid

    Hope and change what an absolute nightmare this guy has been. 30 million unemployed americans, 30 million illegals. One guy wants amnesty for illegal invaders, the other will ENFORCE THE LAW, guess what? 4% unemployment

    May 5, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. Dad Clark

    Any moron can see barry is hellbent on destroying this nation for the new world disorder. His stimulus was actually a killmulus, poured sugar into our economic gas tank. IT sent us into this mini depression added trillions to the debt and is currently stifling our recovery. A smashing success for a traitor. Not quite enough to colapse our economy but nice try. Looted the treasury and rewarded his economic advisors at goldman sachs bank. Dont sweat it THEY are, they KNOW THEY HAVE HELL TO PAY.

    May 5, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  21. Dad Clark

    Wow cnn is quite obviously another branch of the corrupt government. Barry is getting desparate, he knows he has NO CHANCE HA HA GOOD RIDDANCE BARRY REGIME YOU COULDNT KILL AMERICA EITHER SHLEPROCK

    May 5, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. jason

    Romney is a threat to Obama because he's pretty clean and fully competent. That makes him an easy alternative. To win, Obama can't demonize him. He has to be exceptional.

    May 5, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  23. Holla

    Double Mitts! We don't know which sides American should believe. Vote republican and go back to 16 century or Vote democrats and we will all moving forward! QED!

    May 5, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  24. Dr. Bombay

    I KNEW the first time barry said hope and change he meant DESPAIR and a WORSE SITUATION THAN EVER. Most corrupt regime in HISTORY! ANYONE BUT BARRY 2012!

    May 5, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. Dookey flavored kool aid

    I STILL cant believe this guy is president. What a NIGHTMARE too bad he wont run on his record. Cnn couldya print ONE of my comments pretty please, oh come on. They get a few pro barry comments toss the truth then close the commenting. I smell desparation

    May 5, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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