WASHINGTON - .... Last night, Obama headlined two sold-out events in Washington, which were expected to bring in about $3 million for the DNC....
Obama has been ramping up his role as the Democratic Party's leader in recent days after largely shunning campaigning and fund-raising over the past two months as he focused on a country embroiled in recession and two wars.
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White House spokesman Robert Gibbs yesterday defended Obama's political fund-raising in tough economic times.... Over the past week, Obama has also activated his grassroots campaign apparatus, Organizing for America, to put pressure on Congress to support his budget proposal.
Well, that's gonna happen when you are George W. Bush the II.
The group, now housed within the DNC, announced yesterday that Saturday's door-to-door canvassing by more than 10,000 volunteers in all 50 states collected more than 100,000 pledges.
Isn't that illegal?
"The message they delivered came through loud and clear: Americans are just as committed to helping enact the change President Obama campaigned for as they were to sending him to the White House," said Mitch Stewart, the group's director.
Yeah, well, WHERE IS IT?
The group followed up yesterday by sending supporters an email with phone numbers of their members of Congress, urging them to call with their backing for the budget. It also asks supporters to log online what kind of response they received - another way for the White House to count potential votes.Also, a major liberal-labor advocacy group that backed Obama's candidacy and now supports his agenda announced yesterday it is launching its biggest TV ad blitz yet to urge supporters to call Congress in support of his budget. Americans United for Change says it will spend more than $700,000 to air the spot on national cable, in Washington, and in markets home to key members of Congress, including Maine and Manchester, N.H.
Was that a "news" report or a campaign ad?