Sep 27, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
“There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what …”
“… who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it …”
“… And they will vote for this president no matter what …”
“… And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
If you think your $5 isn’t enough to make a difference in this campaign, take a minute to read the letter below — it’s officially gone viral among campaign staff (with the sender’s permission).
The most powerful thing about making a donation is that you’re joining more than 3 million other Americans who believe ordinary people should decide this election.
It adds up. And it depends on each of us doing our part:
National Field Director
Obama for America
Dear President Obama,
I’m writing to tell you about the $15 my family just donated to your 2012 campaign.
It was $15. That’s really all we could give.
My husband Steve is currently a student at Temple University. Since starting his degree, three years ago, we’ve been living considerably below the poverty level (I keep forgetting which percent … does it matter?). But we aren’t complaining. Two healthy daughters; dusty, well-travelled backpacks in the basement; a house full of memories — a future full of hope. We’re the lucky ones.
So — we’re currently ”poor on money — rich in life” (as we like to say). It hasn’t always been like this. My husband spent most of his life doing what he loved — playing or coaching basketball. Born in SE Iowa, he was an Academic All-American and once-upon-two-good-knees-ago, the “local town hero” of his small town — after bringing home the State Championship during high school, followed by NJCAA National Championship years later as a coach. He’s a big a fan of yours by the way … as a player, father and president … not necessarily in that order.
But this really wasn’t supposed to be a letter about him.
It’s about this year’s campaign. It’s about wanting to say that $15 means something these days and deserves a moment of pause (and some words on paper) for this girl and her family of Obama fans.
– $15 is a special pizza dinner at our local pizza stop (Poppi’s in Wynnewood).
– It’s 1 1/2 tickets to see the newest film at the old-school cinema we walk our daughters to.
– It’s getting fresh fruit, instead of frozen; fresh veg, instead of canned.
– It’s tickets to the Franklin Institute in the heart of Philly. (We’ve never been.)
It’s all these things to a family like ours.
I’ve listened with curiosity, mostly frustration, as the nation debates Citizens’ United and the string of new laws that now allow the bellowing voices of private interest to drown out the sounds of tiny voices (like ours/mine). Our pebble-in-the-ocean support feels almost pointless. “Leave the campaigns to the rich,” I think to myself, “Get your daughters a pizza instead.”
But I refuse to allow new laws to stop us/me from being A PART of this campaign. After all, I will never be a “player” (in the political sense), but I still want to believe I can play a part.
Then, out of the blue, there you are — shooting a jumpshot on my (Facebook) wall — and asking for “players” to join you on your home court. I had to smile, and then I couldn’t resist. And so, I have relinquished those $15.
Please know that they count. To us. Please stay in Washington. Do, in this second term, what you were not assisted/supported to do during your first term. Get this country moving/working/hoping again.
Please continue being a champion for the middle class — I’m hoping the next pizza will be on you.
Wishes to your brave wife and beautiful daughters from another brave wife with two beautiful daughters.
All good things,
Sandy & Family, PA
More than 3 million people like you power this campaign. If you can, please donate today.
National Field Director
Obama for America
Here’s what one of them had to say:
“A New York City donor a few cars back, who also would not give her name, said Romney needed to do a better job connecting. ‘I don’t think the common person is getting it,’ she said from the passenger seat of a Range Rover stamped with East Hampton beach permits. …
‘We’ve got the message,’ she added. ‘But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who’s got the right to vote – they don’t understand what’s going on. I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact.”‘
Whenever you hear about Romney’s fundraising advantage, I want you to remember this quote — because this is the kind of person making huge contributions to give him that advantage. If you do nothing, that’s who gets to win.
Donate TO: BarackObama
This isn’t just about the kind of people supporting Mitt Romney. This is also about who benefits from a Romney presidency: Millionaires and billionaires would get a $250,000 tax cut, from a plan costing $5 trillion, while Wall Street would be allowed to write its own rules.
That’s Romney’s plan — a return to Bush-era policies. It’s hard to forget how that ended.
The outcome is in your hands:
Jim Messina Campaign Manager Obama for America
Aug 23, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
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President Bill Clinton: “This election to me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment.”
“This is a clear choice. The Republican plan is to cut more taxes on upper income people and go back to deregulation. That’s what got us in trouble in the first place.”
“President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up, investing in innovation, education, and job training. It only works if there is a strong middle class.”
“That’s what happened when I was President. We need to keep going with his plan.”
Once upon a time, the 1970s were supposed to be the decade of the environment, but not for the Wall Street Journal. (Nor were the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, or 2010s thus far either). A special Media Matters analysis ofWSJ editorials from 1976 to the present demonstrates theWSJ editorial board recycling the same three excuses to dismiss environmental problems like acid rain, depletion of the ozone layer, and climate change. Read the full study here: http://mm4a.org/NcKqIB
Rush Limbaugh Wants You To Forget How Bad The Bush Economy Was
Do you remember when America lost 2 million jobs during the final three months of 2008? Or do you recall the economy shrinking by 8.9% during the same period? Die-hard Bush defender Rush Limbaugh would prefer you not remember these sorts of things. Get the facts (not the redacted Limbaugh version) here: http://mm4a.org/O5CICG
How Ohio‘s Early Voting Debate Went Awry
In 2004, voting in Ohio was a disaster: due to weather, too few machines, and too few polling places, tens of thousands of people were unable to vote. In 2008, the state pushed early voting for everyone to alleviate the problem. This year, the right-wing pushed to restrict early voting except for members of the military. The Obama campaign filed a lawsuit to keep early voting open to everyone. Conservatives somehow presented this as an attack on the military – even though the military’s ability to vote early was never questioned by anyone. The full research report on this chicanery is here: http://mm4a.org/OI5kDo
Non-Birther Sean Hannity Is Just Birther-Curious
Sean Hannity swears up and down that he’s not a birther. But Hannity has promoted no less than ten different birther segments on his prime-time Fox show. And Hannity did it again! This time he hosted a hosting a Las Vegas oddsmaker who is “betting” that Obama is not a citizen. Sean Hannity reacted to this claim by challenging Obama to disprove it. Watch the video and learn about Hannity’s other curiousities here: http://mm4a.org/NBxnjh
“Obama is now out of the closet. He used to be hiding, he’s officially gay for class warfare.” That’s how Fox co-host Greg Gutfeld described the focus on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain. Watch here: http://mm4a.org/Ni4pHr
DOES BILL O’REILLY WATCH FOX NEWS?
BY THE NUMBERS
43: The number of minutes Fox spent smearing Elizabeth Warren over a two day period, after she made recent comments that America needs more infrastructure investment.
Big congratulations to Lori from New York, Phil from Florida, and Laurel from South Carolina — their creative Obama designs came out on top, which means they now become part of the official Runway to Win collection at the Obama 2012 store.
The winning designers used a variety of styles (watercolor, digital, even newspaper clippings), but you can get all of them on a T-shirt. Check them out and use the coupon code RUNWAY to get $10 off anything in the Runway to Win collection.
Thanks for being part of this creative way to support the President. Now, make sure you grab one of these cool, limited-edition shirts.
When you do, you’ll show the winning designers some love, get your new campaign swag, and make an important contribution to the effort to re-elect the President — all in one fell swoop.
So pick up one of the winning designs and use the code RUNWAY for $10 off:
Carly Pearlman Associate Design Director Obama for America
1) Mitt Romney refuses to release multiple years of taxes, ignoring decades of precedent.
2) He won’t disclose his “bundlers,” the people raising millions for his campaign.
4) Until recently, Romney kept cash in a Swiss bank account.
5) According to the Globe, he hasn’t been honest about when he was running Bain Capital, even though legal documents refute his claims.
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Everyone deserves the right to judge for themselves whether Romney’s motivations, experience, and perspective are what they want in a president. But Mitt Romney doesn’t want people to have the information they need to make those judgments.
More to come,
Deputy Campaign Manager
Obama for America