“Obama brings in grassroots team to cut deal on fiscal cliff”

President calls on campaign team to spread the word about looming deadline when tax rises and spending cuts will kick in

Obama’s call came after no progress was made between Republicans and Democrats in Congress over Thanksgiving. Photograph: Charlres Dharapak/AP
Obama’s call came after no progress was made between Republicans and Democrats in Congress over Thanksgiving. Photograph: Charlres Dharapak/AP

Barack Obama has enlisted the help of his formidable grassroots army of volunteers in the battle with Republican members of Congress over thefiscal cliff, the January 1 deadline for a deal on tax and spending.

The Obama for America campaign team, which has remained intact post-election, sent out a message to supporters saying that though there is a lot of stake, with their help a deal is possible.

It comes after reports of no progress by the Republican and Democratic teams left behind in Congress over the Thanksgiving holiday period to start work on a compromise package.

The White House move suggests it has learned the lesson about the impact of grassroots opinion from the battle over healthcare reform. At that time, Democrats failed to match Republican and Tea Party groups who piled the pressure on Congress through the mail, in town hall meetings and in protests on Capitol Hill.

The Obama campaign team, in an email to its extensive network of supporters, said: “Right now, president Obama is working with leaders of both parties in Washington to reduce the deficit in a balanced way so we can lay the foundation for long-term middle-class job growth and prevent your taxes from going up.”

It calls on them to spread the word about Obama’s position to friends, families and neighbours. It said he wanted a balanced budget that will extend tax cuts for 98% of the population, eliminate tax cuts for the wealthiest and cut spending by $3tn.

“These problems are challenging, but they’re solvable. In fact, the Senate has already passed a bill to keep your taxes low. The House needs to pass it, and Congress should get it to the president as soon as possible,” the OFA mail said.


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“First Word: The irony of Romney’s 47%”


By Sarah Muller

Mitt Romney may soon represent the 47% for all time. (Rex Features via AP Images)

The White House said Obamacare is a non-starter in the fiscal cliff talks. And as final vote tallies come in, it looks likely Mitt Romney earned 47 % of of the final vote — the same infamous percentage that he discussed in the secret fundraiser tape which plagued his campaign. Here’s a look at headlines shaping tonight’s rundown:

Our President thanks his staff, volunteers and all of us supporters

Woody–President Obama made a surprise visit to the campaign office in Chicagoyesterday to give a heartfelt thank-you to staff and volunteers.I wanted to pass this video along, because it’s a message every single person who helped build this campaign deserves to see. He wasn’t just talking to those of us in the office — he was talking to all of you.

In his speech on Election Night, President Obama gave you all the title you have spent the last year and a half earning:

“The best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics.”

So many times in this election, this campaign was counted out. They said our supporters wouldn’t turn out, and we’d never see the kind of voter participation we saw in 2008. They said we’d be buried in money and special-interest influence. And they said that no campaign could overcome the political headwinds we faced.

Last year, a major American newspaper asked, “Is Obama toast?” As recently as two weeks ago, another ran this headline: “Can Obama win?”

Tuesday night, you all answered all of those doubts with a resounding YES WE CAN. By knocking on doors, organizing phone banks, and chipping in a few bucks when you could, you built a campaign that is unparalleled. And you re-elected our president.

You also proved that millions of ordinary people taking ownership of a cause is still the most powerful force in our political process. You showed that grassroots organizing and small donations are not only the right way to win, but also the most effective way.

How we got here must guide where we go. If we’re going to accomplish the things America voted for on Tuesday, you’ve got to be even more involved in getting them done than you were in giving us all the chance.

We’ll be in touch soon about how we can get started on some of the President’s top priorities in his second term.

For now, I just want to say I am so proud of this team. And I can’t wait to see where you take this incredible movement from here.

Thank you — more to come,


Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

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Highlights of Veep Debate with Joe Biden as decisive winner!

Hi! I just had to share this campaign letter I received with you: [Links may not work. Sorry.]


Woody —If you watched Thursday night’s debate, I don’t need to tell you that Vice President Bidenscored a decisive victory.The Vice President brought facts and conviction to Danville, Kentucky, and Paul Ryan brought canned lines and empty promises. It turns out, facts and details matter — and it’s clear that with their total disregard for both, Mitt Romneyand Paul Ryan know their plans for this country are indefensible.In case you know people who missed the debate, share some of the highlights with them:The difference on taxes
Ryan couldn’t explain how the Romney-Ryan tax plan wouldn’t hurt the middle class. That’s because it’s mathematically impossible to pay for their $5 trillion tax plan favoring the wealthiest without raising taxes on middle-class families. Watch the clip of Vice President Biden pointing this out, then watch the Vice President explaining the Obama-Biden tax plan — and be sure to share with others.

Joe Biden laid out all the facts about the Obama-Biden plan to strengthen Medicare, and explained how the Romney-Ryan Medicare voucher plan would raise costs for seniors. Take a look, and let others know, too.

The middle class
After the debate, one reporter called Vice President Biden “a passionate warrior for the middle class.” I think this clip shows exactly why. Check it out, and pass it along.

Ryan couldn’t explain their plan for our troops in Afghanistan because they don’t have one. The President has a clear plan to end the war in Afghanistan in 2014, while Romney has been all over the map. Listen to the Vice President explain, and pass it along.

Women’s health
When Ryan was asked to ensure women that their right to choose would be protected, he refused to answer because they wouldn’t. Vice President Biden, on the other hand, gave a heartfelt explanation of his views on women’s health. Take a look, and share with others.

Vice President Biden has spent a lifetime fighting for the middle class, and he and President Obama will continue doing so in their second term.

Thanks for doing everything you can to make sure that happens.



P.S. — This morning, we released a new campaign ad narrated by Morgan Freeman that highlights what President Obama has done to move America forward, get folks back to work, and strengthen the middle class. Take a look, and share it with everyone you know.


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The Ugliest Show on Earth

Obama-Biden 2012

Looking at the Romney-Ryan Campaign and looking back at the GOP primary campaign, I have to say, sadly, “We have been watching THE UGLIEST SHOW ON EARTH! All of the primary contestants “lifted their skirts and we saw their dirty laundry.” [Mixed metaphors?]  What disturbs me most is that Republican politicians from the top down have convinced themselves that the American people are looking the other way as they try to win with campaigns of lies, racism, hate and ignorance.  None of that lot has impressed us with their suitability, even their winner by attrition.  In 5 days it will be mano-a-mano time when we will witness the first presidential debate with Barack Obama and challenger, Mitt Romney.  These debates will be the culmination of our quad-annual political process.  Yes, Virginia. American politics is a dirty business! But, it services the best governmental system in the world.

At 39 days before the election pundits are saying most people have made up their minds about who to vote for.  Regardless of one’s choice, we have seen a party that once espoused “family values and moral superiority” earn a lower ring in Hades – as it were – as they obstructed the nation’s business as a political tactic to win the Whitehouse. My sainted Grandmother often said, “God don’t like ugly.” I depend on her being right and our waking up in the morning on November 7th with Barack Obama elected for a second term as President of the United States.  Pray with me:  “God bless our steady warrior for the poor and the middle-class, the Honorable Barack H. Obama.”  [Author: GoodOleWoody]

Barack Obama presidential campaign, 2008
Barack Obama presidential campaign, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barack in the Virginia Rain: “There’s Nothing We Can’t Do”




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Please join my grassroots campaign to get Barack Obama Re-Elected

Friend —

I’m sure you’ve heard about Mitt Romney‘s refusal to release multiple years of tax returns — a tradition that all viable presidential candidates have followed since Romney’s father set a precedent in 1968.

On Friday, President Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina sent the Romney campaign a letter offering a compromise: Release just five years of tax returns and, in exchange, the Obama campaign would stop criticizing Romney for his lack of transparency on the subject.

I’ve just co-signed Messina’s letter because it’s unacceptable that Mitt Romney expects us to put him in charge of our taxes, but he refuses to be transparent to us about his. Will you join me?




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