‘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

Stewart rips CNN over Baltimore coverage

Jon Stewart had some choice words for CNN, which spent Saturday night hovering over the red carpet for the White House Correspondents' Dinner--while only forty miles away, Baltimore was torn apart by violent protests.

Maher: Clinton scandals a 'bulls--t meme

The "Real Time" host defended Bill and Hillary amid reports of the Clinton Foundation's suspect finances during a segment of his show Friday night, even while both his liberal and conservative guests criticized the presidential pair for their latest controversy, according to Mediaite.

Frankie Muniz comes out as conservative
Actor and child star Frankie Muniz may be best known for “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Agent Cody Banks,” but he’s hoping that he can make his work for soldiers and in the political realm a bigger part of his legacy. Muniz talked to D.C. morning show WMAL about his new projects working for PTSD awareness […]
ESPN host slams Tom Brady for Obama snub

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith is very angry that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady skipped out on President Obama's ceremony to honor the Super Bowl champion team at the White House Thursday.

Jenner comes out as trans, Republican
Former Olympian and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star Bruce Jenner finally revealed that he identifies as a woman in his Friday night “20/20″ interview with Diane Sawyer, but it was a different announcement that had viewers freaking out. Sawyer asked if Jenner cheered when President Obama became the first president to even say the […]

2016

Marco Rubio signs tax pledge

Marco Rubio became the third Republican presidential candidate to sign Americans for Tax Reform's Taxpayer Protection Pledge on Tuesday.

Pizza Hut mocked Hillary Clinton in 1999 ad

BuzzFeed has unearthed a 1999 Pizza Hut advertisement that mocked Hillary Clinton for being a carpetbagger by moving to New York in order to run for the state's U.S. Senate seat.

Clinton Foundation placed on 'watch list'

The prominent charity watchdog group Charity Navigator has put the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation on its "watch list" along with two dozen other suspect charities, like Al Sharpton's National Action Network.

Rand: 'I’m tired of us retreating' on abortion

Rand Paul wants conservatives to go on offense when it comes to debating abortion.

Rand Paul attacks Jeb Bush in anti-NSA Tweetstorm

Last week, Jeb Bush declared NSA spying "the best part of the Obama administration"-- so you knew it was only a matter of time before Rand Paul had something to say about that.

Policy

New surgeon general defends gun control tweet

Newly-sworn-in Surgeon General Vivek Murthy defended his past comments on gun control--comments which stalled his confirmation for over a year.

The new 'Call of Duty' game is based off Snowden

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 takes place within the story of "the largest leak of intelligence in military history," involving pages of redacted security documents that spill closely-held government secrets. Sound familiar?

Obamacare brings growth in food stamp enrollment
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama’s health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves. New, streamlined application systems built for the health care overhaul are making it easier for people to enroll in government benefit […]
DC gets mad at Gowdy and Buck over gun photo

Reps Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Ken Buck (R-Colo.) just dodged a run-in with the D.C. authorities.

The danger of policing through Facebook

These days, everything happens on social media--including solving crime.