SOTU 2013: Obama's first call on the way back to the White House

A newly formed organization called "Organizing for Action", grown out of the campaign team for Obama in the 2012 election, is currently taking place. After a brief introduction about vision for this political action committee, President Obama dialed in and announced that this was his "first call on the way back to the White House". The president called on all of the call attendees to "take seriously the responsibility we were given after the results of the last election". He called on his supporters to "stay organized" and tweet support of his jobs plan by using hashtag #jobsnow and make their voices heard. The newly appointed volunteer director touted large numbers for supporter involvement with 17,000 volunteers involved in watch parties, 133,000 people signed up to listen the call itself and 68% percent of those people saying they would volunteer time to support the president's agenda. Supporters on the call were asked for three immediate actions:

1) Share their support for the president's plan by using the hashtag #jobsnow
2) Get involved in a national day of action for the prevention of gun violence on Friday, Feb 22nd.
3) Donate to the cause

President Obama actively courts his grassroots supporters by stressing the importance of their role and the result of their action. It is safe to say that Obama campaign volunteers believe they played a part in influencing the election process, but what remains to be seen is if those same supporters can stay energized, engaged and relevant in the long, arduous, and obtuse process of lobbying legislation across the finish line.

 

 

 

 

 

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