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March 21, 2009

Organizing for America (OFA) Pledge Drive Canvass TODAY

Pledge Project Canvass the weekend of Saturday, March 21st....TODAY! .

Build your community's support for President Obama’s approach to renewing and rebuilding America by knocking on doors and asking your neighbors to get involved.

Obama wants you to pledge loyalty to him and he is sending his Zombies to your front door
Excepts from the Obama's Organizing for America training video starting March 21st, 2009

Obama plans huge pledge drive for his policies

by Matthew B. Stannard,Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writers

Friday, March 20, 2009

This article appeared on page A - 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle


President Obama's appearance on "The Tonight Show" - the first ever for a sitting chief executive - was only a small part of the president's so-called permanent campaign. A bigger move comes Saturday, when Obama will ask 13 million people on his campaign e-mail list to go door-to-door to raise support for his agenda.

The Pledge Project Canvass is an unprecedented effort by a president to reach beyond Congress and tap grassroots supporters for help. Volunteers recruited online by Obama's Organizing for America, a post-election group, will ask citizens to sign a pledge in support of the president's policies on energy, health care and education.

Those who pledge will be asked for their e-mail addresses so the Obama-ites can keep in touch.

"This is just the beginning for us," said Jeremy Bird, deputy national director of Organizing for America, in an online video to Obama supporters this week. "The establishment in Washington won't welcome this new direction easily. We can't let this plan be debated solely behind closed doors in Washington, D.C."

Analysts marvel

Technology and political analysts marvel at the potential of Obama's attempt to transfer his successful campaign techniques - a melding of street-level community organizing and new media tools - to advance his policy agenda.

"What Obama is doing is a very new approach," said Lawrence Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota.

That approach began during the campaign, when Obama tapped into an array of social networking tools on sites such as Facebook and Twitter to rally voters and raise funds. This weekend's effort is the next logical step, Bird said in an interview.

"This is taking that online social networking and moving it to offline social networking," he said.

But beneath the excitement over the White House's virtual populism is the question: What effect will it have? What's the difference between Saturday's door-knocking and petition-signing effort, however digitally organized, and Franklin D. Roosevelt's use of radio to rally the country around his New Deal proposals?

Also, the outreach effort could have a boomerang effect. If the same individuals who joined Obama's army of supporters feel he has overly compromised on some issues, such as health care, they could use those same networks to lash back at him.

"It could be like Frankenstein's monster coming back at him," said Mike Franc, a former staff member for Capitol Hill Republicans who is a congressional liaison for the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

Administration concerns

The most immediate concern for the administration is making sure the outreach doesn't look to Congress like a postcard-writing campaign by "the usual suspects," Franc said. "If it creates a cross-section of support in a district, then a politician will start looking into his political soul and wondering if he should start supporting Obama."

The challenge will be to reignite the passion that propelled Obama's presidential campaign - but on specific issues.

"The idea of volunteering to help pass a health care plan or help pass a budget is something fewer people have had experience with," said Justin Ruben, executive director of the online liberal organizing site
Indeed, Saturday will mark "the first big test of Organizing for America and whether the base that they built during the campaign is still there," said Micah Sifry, editor of, an online hub for the study of how technology affects politics. "I think there are reasons to believe that it's ebbed quite a bit since the election."

For example, Sifry said, house parties organized last month were sparsely attended in some cases. And the YouTube videos announcing this weekend's pledge drive were receiving less traffic than past Obama videos have.

That could be because Obama is not pitching the pledge drive, Sifry said. (Organizing for America's Mitch Stewart and Bird are the video's stars.) Or it's possible that in the months since the election, Obama's social network has been a little turned off by frequent fundraising appeals and a lack of real opportunity to influence Obama's agenda.

3,500 house parties

But where some saw sparseness in last month's events, Bird said he saw an "unbelievably phenomenal" response: about 3,500 house parties across the nation and 80,000 personal stories uploaded by citizens to the Organizing for America site - with no paid staff or organizers.

In the past, Bird said, "nothing like that would ever happen without a massive number of staff, organizers making countless phone calls. Particularly around something that's not necessarily that sexy when you just see it on face value."

David All, who heads a conservative Web 2.0 agency, said it's almost irrelevant whether this weekend's push results in a horde of canvassers and calls to Congress. Obama's team has taken the long view, he said, and is more focused on continuing to build its social network than on scoring splashy successes.

"It's already succeeded," he said. "Even if they had 100 (participants), that is 100 more than what would have happened without it."

It's a lesson, he said, the conservative opposition has yet to fully grasp. Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele now posts to YouTube, and is scheduled for an overhaul. But Obama, he said, remains far ahead in his ability to repeatedly tap the grass roots and maintain what Jimmy Carter adviser Patrick Caddell dubbed the permanent campaign.

"Republicans are still sitting around saying, 'What happened?' " Steele said. "If I were a 2012 candidate, you'd better believe I'd be out there today working against this thing."

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Wild Thing's comment.......

This is very is very freaky.

It’s like we are bombarded with stuff every day and it’s getting to be too overwhelming. Must be in the Saul Alynski playbook. Just keep hitting hard and don’t stop.

Weird too how it is making me stronger in what I believe in if ithat could have even been possible LOL , but at the same time that feeling of being overwhelmed happens throughout the day. I never felt that before, weird.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 21, 2009 05:55 AM


Oy Vey...its started now the obamabots are loosed in the streets. Just what I want to do on a perfectly good Saturday is running around and bothering people.

Who is this Gauleiter and what is in it for him. These are the socialist drones sent into the cities to gather the malcontents. Little do they know that they are selling their souls to the devil. And to convince people that Public Education is so great then...

Why are obama's kids going to a private school ?

Posted by: Mark at March 21, 2009 07:21 AM

Perfect example Mark. Little difference now between the 1920's Nazi's and today's Nazi's, I don't know who I'm more put out with, Obama or those halfwits that support him.

Posted by: Jack at March 21, 2009 09:23 AM

I guess my answer should I get a knock on the door is I don't like Obama, I don't like his Obammunist policies amd I wouldn't piss in his mouth if his teeth were on fire. My e-mail address is
Did not try to get that address yet but interesting.
Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at March 21, 2009 10:08 AM

I pledge loyalty to my God, family and friends only. I don't have to prove myself to my village idiot president and I don't have any precious time to go canvassing my neighborhood to get them involved in something they more than likely aren't interested in. I have work to do and I've had to take on home schooling my 6 year old on the weekends and at night because she's having reading and writing problems and her teacher is not capable of handling her. I flat out ain't got the time!

Posted by: Lynn at March 21, 2009 04:45 PM

Mark, exactly it is like out of some old sci fi film or something.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 21, 2009 06:51 PM

Jack, yes for me I am ticked at both. LOL

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 21, 2009 06:53 PM

Bob A., we didn't have anyone and no one walking around doing this in our area. I am glad, they have not gotten to where we are. Thankful for sure.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 21, 2009 06:55 PM

Nobody here either.

Posted by: Bob A at March 21, 2009 06:59 PM

Lynn, I think more then anything what they want to do is get names and address's and email lists. To use against us if we tell them we are not for Obama and to try and brain wash us more if we say we are for Obama. Either way it is a bad thing and certainly not a good thing in any way.

You are doing great Lynn, and the last thing you need is this kind of baloney going on.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 21, 2009 07:00 PM