FROM Stacy Deck
The Obama White House and the Permanent Campaign After winning the White House, President Obama said his volunteer army of 13 million would play a crucial role in his administration. His campaign apparatus was reincarnated at the Democratic National Committee and called Organizing for America . Today, Mr. Obama took part in a conference call designed to mobilize the army around healthcare .
The Obama White House and the Permanent Campaign After winning the White House, President Obama said his volunteer army of 13 million would play a crucial role in his administration. Reincarnated at the Democratic National Committee, his campaign apparatus is now called Organizing for America . Today, the President took part in a conference call designed to mobilize his volunteer army around healthcare reform , and asked for grassroots efforts to pressure Congress to support his proposals. Will they respond with emails, phone calls, local meetings and door-to-door visits or leave it up to the man they succeeded in sending to Washington?
Can President Obama Organize America? To demand action from Congress — on healthcare, energy independence and the stimulus package — the President's using the bully pulpit. That's business as usual. But Obama's extraordinary campaign apparatus may give him a new kind of political weapon. With e-mail, social networking sites and text messaging, he can directly reach some 13 million Americans who supported his presidential campaign. The call has gone out for neighborhood meetings this weekend to discuss his agenda and how to get it approved on Capitol Hill. Will the "online army" that transformed campaigning change government too? What's the risk of backlash from Congress and from the "army" itself?
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