‘Obama for America’ to become ‘Organizing for Action’

President Barack Obama’s campaign has no intention of quitting the President just because he won his second and final term. Instead the group will continue on as a tax-emempt group community organizing group called ‘Organizing for Action.’ The group is in no way related to the Democratic National Committee’s organization of a similar name, Organizing for America.

The First Lady announced the transition Friday morning in a YouTube video on the Obama campaign’s YouTube channel, calling it the “next phase in our movement for change.”

“So if we wanna finish what we started and truly make that change we believe in, we can’t stop now,” she said, adding that the group will be supporter driven because it is the campaign’s volunteers who “have given ordinary people a place in our democratic process again.”

Politico reports that former Obama 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina will head the new group and other top Obama campaign officials, including Stephanie Cutter, Robert Gibbs and David Plouffe will serve on the board. But other specifics, such as the purpose of the group (other than to serve as a cheerleader for the President and his ideas) is still up in the air.

“A lot of that is up to you,” Michelle Obama said in the video. “Going forward, it can be whatever you make of it.”

In an email to supporters announcing the move, President Obama reiterated that it will be up to them to keep the movement alive. “You’ll have questions about exactly what Organizing for Action will look like — and over the next few months, you will be the ones to come up with many of the answers,” Obama wrote, adding that at the very least the organization will do three things:

First, Organizing for Action will support the legislative agenda that Americans voted for on Election Day. That means making meaningful progress on growing the economy from the middle out, and fighting for issues like immigration reform, climate change, balanced deficit reduction, and reducing gun violence.

Second, OFA will build a lasting movement by empowering the next generation of leaders. This community’s skills, talents, and technological advantage will endure and grow.

Third, and perhaps most importantly, you’ll organize through Organizing for Action in your neighborhood around the issues you care about. You’ll decide what your local chapter of Organizing for Action will work on — and you’ll get the resources you need to be successful.

Obama supporters will have their first opportunity to shape the agenda of Organizing for Action at the ‘Obama Legacy Conference this Saturday in Washington, D.C. According to a letter included in the event’s welcome packet from Legacy Conference director Sara El-Amine, one of the goals of the conference is to, “Roll out what’s next for our movement.”

What role, if any, the President himself will play in the organization also remains to be seen. But knowing the President, who has been dubbed by conservatives as the campaigner-in-chief, it’s unlikely that he’ll stay on the sidelines.

 

Watch Michelle Obama’s video announcing the creation of Organizing for Action below.

Comments

Comments

  1. brian payne says:

    he has done little, to nothing, since he first took office. time for someone that will work with congress and not bury us farther in the hole like barack. three u.s. credit falls since he took office? yeah, time for someone new, and barack, YOU BUILT THAT!!!!

  2. Austin says:

    What’s with the historical re-write? They didn’t vote for gun control on voting day in November. That was before gun control had even been unveiled as part of the plan. This is revisionist history- more lies from Obama.

Polititainment

WH responds to 'Deport Justin Bieber' petition

Despite the pleas of more than 270,000 Americans to deport Justin Bieber, the White House has chosen not to weigh in on the issue. However, the Obama administration did use a petition calling on the White House to revoke the pop artist's green card to plug President Barack Obama's plan for immigration reform.

Secret Service once threatened Mr. Met's life

Mr. Met sure has a lot of fans in New York. But the larger-than-life mascot definitely doesn't have one in the Secret Service, who threatened to shoot and kill him if he approached President Bill Clinton, according to a firsthand account.

Jill Biden on Joe: "I fell in love with the boys first"

Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden didn't marry Vice President Joe Biden for his sense of humor -- instead, she "fell in love" with his two sons first.

Joe Biden's first Instagram photo

Ladies and gentlemen of this great nation, rejoice! Vice President Joe Biden has joined Instagram -- and his first post is everything you ever dreamed it would be.

Celebrate Tax Day with this ditty

What better way to celebrate curse Tax Day than with a little toe-tapping, finger-snapping ditty that perfectly describes how we all feel about the Internal Revenue Service?

White House

Jay Carney: “Never been a more transparent administration”

Despite consistent objections by journalists that the White House overly restricts press access, Press Secretary Jay Carney believes that there has "never been a more transparent administration."

Jay Carney: Toughest interview for Obama in 2012 was with Jon Stewart

Give comedian Jon Stewart a gold star sticker. The host of The Daily Show was President Barack Obama's toughest interviewer during the 2012 election cycle, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday.

The most powerful selfie in the world

Joe Biden — he's just like you, and he takes selfies, too.

Obama: Republicans a threat to the right to vote

President Barack Obama slammed Republicans on Friday for supporting voter identification law and labeled the GOP as a threat to the right to vote.

Republicans renew fight against Obamacare as Sebelius resigns

FOX NEWS -- Republicans responded to news of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' resignation from the Obama administration on Thursday with fresh calls to repeal the president's health care law.

Read more at FOX News.

Congress

Rep Black: GOP budget makes a path to a bright future

Our nation is $17.4 trillion in debt and out of control Washington spending has no end in sight. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that on our current trajectory we will return to $1 trillion annual budget deficits by the year 2022.

Cruz: Impeach Holder

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pulled no punches when criticizing Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, as he called on Congress to impeach the Department of Justice head.

Pelosi: GOP not acting on immigration because of race

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pulled the race card when speaking about Republicans' inaction in passing comprehensive immigration reform and said "race has something to do" with the GOP not bringing such legislation to the House floor.

House passes Ryan's budget plan

The House on Thursday passed a 10-year Republican spending plan drafted by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

Read more at The Washington Examiner.

Harry Reid's Koch-fueled meltdown

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been in a Koch-fueled rage, seizing moments left and right (mostly from the left) to bash Charles and David Koch.