“Fired up” Obama begins 2012 campaign

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President Barack Obama formally announced his reelection bid Monday, April 4, and followed that up with his first stump speeches of the season, saying, "This is going to be different from 2008."

The new Obama campaign opened with condemnation of the tea party-backed Republicans in the Midwest, Maine, New Jersey and elsewhere, who have sparked a nationwide fight back by attempting to ram through anti-labor laws. Based on what leading officials are saying, the campaign intends to emphasize the takeover of the Republican Party by extremists.

"You need to do it again in order for us to be able to win again," Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday on a conference call with supporters. "And there's so much at stake for this country in making sure that we do not yield the agenda to the governors in Wisconsin and Ohio, and the members of the House of Representatives. This is not your father's Republican Party, and everything that we feel is necessary to put America in the position to quote 'win the 21st Century' literally depends on our re-election."

"I'm fired up," Obama said in the same call.

The Obama campaign's headquarters will be in familiar turf: downtown Chicago, or "the Loop," as the area is known there. Also familiar are the names of campaign leaders. Jim Messina, former White House aide, will be the campaign manager. David Axelrod is to head up strategy, former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs will lead communications.

The campaign office is in friendly territory, of course. "I will help the president," said Chicago's mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel. "I'm pleased that Chicago will be the headquarters." Emanuel served as Obama's chief of staff before resigning to seek Chicago's mayoralty.

While most are predicting a hard fight, some think the disarray and newfound extremism in the Republican Party will lead to an easy Obama victory. "Can't wait for debates!" wrote supporter Kip Anthony Miles on Obama's 2012 Facebook page. "Obama has nothing to worry about!"

The Obama campaign emphasized that a strong grassroots effort was needed to win, however. In an April 4 letter to supporters, Obama wrote, "We're doing this now because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas, but with you - with people organizing block-by-block, talking to neighbors, co-workers, and friends. And that kind of campaign takes time to build."

Obama won't be able to campaign as much, since he now has the more-than-full-time job of being president, however. On this, Obama wrote, "Even though I'm focused on the job you elected me to do, and the race may not reach full speed for a year or more, the work of laying the foundation for our campaign must start today."

"The president is not going to be out there on the stump. He's not going to be able to be out there doing the organizing he was able to do as a candidate," Biden said in the phone call with supporters. "So we're going to have to rely more on you all than you ever did. We'll still be out there. We'll be out there full force as the camp kicks up. But for now we have to count on you. We have to count on you to put this organization back together."

Obama noted that some things were going to be easier this time around. "98 to 99 percent of folks know who I am," he said in the call.

The first campaign video shows people across the country, enthusiastic about supporting the president. However, it acknowledges that, as president, Obama has made decisions with which some may disagree.

"I don't agree with Obama on everything," said a supporter featured in the video. "But I respect him and I trust him." The same supporter said earlier, "I can't not be involved. There's too much that's important going on."

Also yesterday, Obama appointed Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., to chair the Democratic National Committee. Her first statement as DNC chair condemned the Republicans for hindering the fight for jobs.

 "All across America, Democratic leaders are fighting hard to create jobs and boost economic recovery, deliver real education reforms that guarantee American students are able to get ahead, and further the causes of justice and equality," she said. "And all across this country, entrenched Republican forces are doing everything they can to prevent Democrats from succeeding in those goals. As we look toward 2012 in particular, I'm going to be working hard every day to guarantee that President Obama and Democratic candidates up and down the ballot are in the best position to win their races."

Image: Public domain photo of Obama.

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  • If this guy is re-elected we deserve what we get!!

    He has failed on every measurable count. The debt/deficit have soared such that we now borrow 42 cents of every dollar we spend. We are in not two wars but three. Corporatization has increased - the BIG winners of health insurance reform are the insurance companies themselves, who will now get a captive population FORCED to buy their over-priced products, at the expense of patients, doctors (sorry, Providers) and especially the elderly/infirmed.

    This administration promised the most transparent Government in history, but it has been the opposite. The healthcare bill, the debt bill, the wars, all done in secret behind closed doors with disgusting bribery and corruption.

    How can any one with an honest Progressive philosophy support them?

    Posted by SandmanSB, 08/30/2011 7:07pm (3 years ago)

  • Obama promised that all US Troops will be out of Iraq by 2012?

    Posted by red, 04/14/2011 1:21am (3 years ago)

  • "I'm going to be working hard every day to guarantee that President Obama and Democratic candidates up and down the ballot are in the best position to win their races."................. Can you "Guarentee" that President Obama and the Democratic candidates make good on thier campaign promises?.......Let me guess the answer. Yes We Can?

    Posted by brokenpromises, 04/13/2011 11:11pm (3 years ago)

  • Either these are the best actors in the world or they have been living in a cave for the past 2 years!
    For one thing, he never stopped campaigning. Someone with some real sense & guts better step up on the right because another O-BOMB-A term will end the USA and begin the new world order of the Socialist State of North America.

    They will take control of all media - shut down FOX and all free speach while sending propaganda over NPR or something they control. They will burn the Constitution and erase all memory of our Founders & our history. They will round up, imprison or vanish anyone who speaks against them. Sound ridiculous? Then you obviously never read a history book. Wake up America!

    Posted by BIG BERTHA, 04/13/2011 2:11am (3 years ago)

  • "Yes We Can"..............just not this term

    Posted by apples4apples, 04/11/2011 3:48pm (3 years ago)

  • Dan - you should send your article to the DCC. They would love it.
    P. S. I wish the President was fired up to stop the aggression in Lybia and help the unemployed at home.

    Posted by Les Bayless, 04/07/2011 8:52pm (3 years ago)

  • Obama's "fired up"? Well, he hasn't shown any "fire" for the past two years, except when he was dissing his progressive base. And the Obama campaign emphasized that "a strong grassroots effort" is need to win? Well, good luck with that. Most of the people I know who were enthusiastic about Obama in 2008 are completely disappointed in him and demoralized. I mean, I'll probably vote for him again, but I won't be putting up money or any volunteer time like I did the las time.

    Posted by John Whiskey, 04/07/2011 6:39pm (3 years ago)

  • I never seen a presidential candidate needing 2 terms to promote that "change"...........Obama still has 2 years left on his term. So what is he trying to say? Nothing is going to happen in the next 2 years?

    Posted by rumplestlskin, 04/07/2011 1:27pm (3 years ago)

  • Everyone deserves a second chance to make it right.......What's the worst that could happen? ,another Bailout, War or Government Shutdown?

    Posted by rukidding, 04/07/2011 1:06pm (3 years ago)

  • Obama needs our vote........................and a $5.00 minimum donation, all credit cards accepted.

    Posted by giveamouseacookie, 04/07/2011 12:53am (3 years ago)

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