The Obama White House and the Permanent Campaign

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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?

Credits

Guests:
Mitch Stewart - Executive Director, Organizing for America, Lynn Sweet - Washington Bureau Chief, Chicago Sun-Times, Carol Zachery - former Volunteer, Obama Presidential Campaign, Stacy Deck - Volunteer, Organizing for America, David Winston - Winston Group - @dhwinston, Peter Kastor - Associate Professor of History and American Culture Studies, Washington University

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Karen Radziner