Working to pass budget, Obama seeks help from grassroots

The president is asking his supporters "to knock on some doors, talk to some neighbors, and let them know how important this budget is to our future."


Alex Koppelman
March 18, 2009 8:05PM (UTC)

In the current political environment, passing President Obama's proposed $3.6 trillion budget won't be a cakewalk. So the president and his team are putting on a full-court press, sending Obama out to do interviews and town hall meetings and calling upon the grassroots supporters who helped propel him to victory last fall.

On Wednesday, thousands of one-time donors and volunteers received a video message from the president himself asking them to join the campaign for the budget. "When we won the election in November, I said that our victory alone was not the change we were looking for, it was only the chance to make that change," Obama says in the video. "It was the chance for the millions of Americans who knocked on doors and answered phone calls to keep on working for the change we need in America... Passing this budget won't be easy... I'm asking you to head outside this Saturday to knock on some doors, talk to some neighbors, and let them know how important this budget is to our future."

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The video, which you can see below, was sent out in a mass e-mail by David Plouffe, Obama's former campaign manager who now runs Organizing for America, which operates from within the Democratic National Committee.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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