The Washington Times - March 16, 2009, 01:23PM

This week marks the start of a new grassroots push in support of President Obama’s budget, and the organization formerly known as the campaign just sent out its first email.



Organizing for America, known affectionately among campaign-types as OFA2, asks for supporters to sign up to host or attend a “Pledge Project Canvass” in their communities, an effort that achieved wide success during the election last year.


Here’s the email and a new video posted on the Organizing for America YouTube page.


The current debate in Washington over President Obama’s budget has made one thing clear — ensuring our long-term prosperity won’t come without a fight.

Partisan voices and special interests are showing real resistance to President Obama’s call for making the necessary reforms and investments in energy, health care, and education. That’s why we need to bring the conversation back into homes and communities across America.

Last week, thousands of you pledged your support for the President’s economic plan and encouraged your friends and family to join you in a national display of support. Now I need you to take the next step.

This weekend, supporters like you are organizing Pledge Project Canvasses to talk to people in their communities about this plan and mobilize support in neighborhoods across the country.

Host or attend a Pledge Project Canvass in your neighborhood this weekend.

It’s absolutely crucial that Americans hear from you about this plan — we can’t leave this important debate up to a Washington establishment that doesn’t welcome change.

It’s up to you to show Washington that Americans are demanding this new direction and won’t stand on the sidelines while our country’s future is at stake.

On these canvasses, you’ll join fellow supporters in your community to:

    * Talk with people about the President’s plan
    * Ask them to sign their names to the pledge
    * Provide information on how to contact and urge their elected representatives to support the plan

Host or attend a canvass this weekend:

Nothing is more powerful than having people hear from ordinary Americans about the vision President Obama has laid out for our country. Join us this weekend.


Mitch Stewart
Organizing for America


They also have posted this video offering instructions for the canvas - including good spots and tactics for approaching skeptics:




In other news, the president blasted AIG bonuses in an event today at the White House. Read my story here.


 Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent,
The Washington Times


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