Team Obama Plans Online Conference

On the eve of his second inauguration, President Obama’s campaign team is planning a conference in Washington and online to lay the groundwork for a “new organization” of grassroots support to bolster the president’s initiatives in his second term.

“Issues like immigration, climate change, and gun violence will be debated over these next four years, and President Obama is ready to take  them on — but he needs us by his side. Our goal is to help him get things done, but also to help change how things get done in Washington in the first place,” 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina says in an email sent Thursday.

“Over inauguration weekend, you’ll have a chance to participate in a discussion about how we’ll work together to support our president and address the issues we all care about. Some volunteers and staff will be gathering in Washington, D.C., and will be joined online by thousands more supporters nationwide for the Obama Campaign Legacy Conference, where we’ll firm up the structure and leadership of the new organization,” Messina adds.

The idea for the conference grew out of a survey asking supporters about the 2012 campaign experience and where they wanted like the movement of Obama supporters to go from here, Messina says.

“More than a million people responded. In fact, four out of five survey respondents said they’d like to continue to be involved and volunteer over the next four years,” he says. “That’s an advantage that no previous president has enjoyed, and one that  has the potential to reshape our politics for years to come.”

The email includes a link for people interested in participating.

The email also includes a link to an online video about how Obama supporters strengthened the president’s hand during the recent debate over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”




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