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February 21, 2009

Obamas Ask Progressives For Help At White House Cocktail Party

Obama And Michelle Ask Progressive Groups For Help Driving White House Agenda


The Plum Line

Political Punch

At a private White House cocktail reception last night for leaders of major progressive groups, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle appealed to these leaders and signaled that their groups would play a key role in driving the big progressive changes at the heart of the White House’s legislative agenda, an attendee tells me.

The message was that these groups would be valuable as a kind of progressive outside “echo chamber,” as the attendee puts it.

The party — which was organized by top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett — signals that the White House is moving forward with efforts to build coordination with outside progressive groups in order to drive the White House’s message and beat back its foes. As I reported recently, Jarrett is at the center of those efforts.

Obama didn’t give a talk, and the President, Michelle, and Joe Biden mingled informally with various groups of progressive leaders. The message, the attendee adds, was that “it’s very clear that there will need to be an echo chamber and a way for groups on the outside to build the case for big progressive legislation.”

“The gist was, `We’re gonna need people out there telling the story of the stimulus and telling the story about how much we need big health care reform and clean energy and green jobs,’” the attendee says.

Among those on the guest list:

Six House Democrats, six House Republicans, six Senate Democrats, six Senate Republicans. Their spouses are invited as well. Including press secretary Robert Gibbs, senior adviser David Axelrod, senior adviser Pete Rouse, and deputy chief of staff Mona Sutphen.

Jimmy Hoffa of the Teamsters; Mark Ayers, head of the Building and Construction Trades Department of AFL-CIO; Jerry McEntee of AFSCME; Randi Weingarten of AFT; Dennis Van Roekel of NEA; Carl Pope of Sierra Club; Andre Delattre of PIRGs; Janice McGee; Cecile Richardson of Planned Parenthood; Kathryn Kolbert of People For the American Way; Joe Solomonese of Human Rights Campaign; Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Jerry Hudson of SEIU; Andy Stern of SEIU; Eli Pariser and Justin Ruben of, Van Jones; Tom Donahue of the US Chamber of Commerce; Harry Alford of the National Black Chamber of Commerce; John Castellani of the Business Roundtable, VP Joe Biden.

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

All the guests are connected or head of a cause to undermine America. The communist "green" people, energy, socialized medicine, the tearing down of companies in favor of government, the taking of private property and guns, the abortion-on-demand borders, labor unions...the endless Affirmative Action justice...

Communism, in a word is the driving force of Obama since he was close to Frank Marshall Davis in Hawaii and has gone downhill via the Chicago Liberal machine to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Something tells me a certain smug jerk who used to be with the Weatherman Underground is smiling somewhere on the South Side of Chicago.

Posted by Wild Thing at February 21, 2009 05:40 AM


Of course they have to be his "type" of people. He ain't gonna invite Joe the Plumber types. The real people of America! God Forbid.
Does he really think America is a big giant Romper Room daycare and he's the head teacher? And we all need to be controlled in our everyday lives? Shame on him and those who blindly follow him. Not my fault if they can't control their lives, but I am the ruler and master of my own destiny. If I fail, I fail. I might cry awhile, but then get back on the saddle and try again. I don't need a governess or nanny. I can do this myself.

Posted by: Lynn at February 21, 2009 08:08 AM

Gee, where's a terrorist when you need one?

Oops, did I just type that outloud?

Lynn, you are so right about His kind of people. He wouldn't last 20 seconds with the guys around here who went deer hunting a lot this past season to stock up meat for their families. They see the writing on the wall every time they go to the store.
They also go to church, own a lot of guns, love their trucks and distrust the government, even in the good times.
Now these are MY kind of folks.

And all that "lecturing" he does under the guise of giving's worn real thin. I just can't stand the sound of his voice.

Posted by: yankeemom at February 21, 2009 08:22 AM

Washington DC CCCP mainstream of pollution?
I despise the words 'politically correct' and
'po(o)p culture' and 'progreSSives' and 'liberals'.

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at February 21, 2009 10:25 AM

I like your kind of folks yankeemom. Yes they do distrust government even in the good times. We haven't had much good times the last 20 years as Dems and RINOs have taken over government. Now these lefties have absolute control as this cocktail party shows. It's gonna get bad for a while.

Posted by: TomR at February 21, 2009 06:02 PM

Probably, Colt 45 Malt likkur, and Hav-a-tampa Ceeegars thats bout the extent of a Party at the plantation house.

Posted by: Mark at February 21, 2009 06:40 PM

"Cheers!" to Mad Dog 20-20 and Boone's Farm Blackberry Ripple ya'll!
- It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere?

Posted by: drstrangeloveb52isok at February 22, 2009 09:17 AM