Obama re-election launches with email, website
By LIZ SIDOTI
AP National Political Writer Apr 4, 9:05 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) � President Barack Obama
formally launched his re-election campaign Monday, urging grass-roots supporters
central to his first White House run to mobilize again to protect the change
he's brought over the past two years.
(ap) - "to protect the change he's brought over the
past two years."... Not to nitpick, but shouldn't the AP word it, "to protect
the change he claims to have brought over the past two years."... Just sayin'.
The last time I checked, Iraq is still going, Afghanistan was expanded, Gitmo's
still open, haven't seen anyone with Health Insurance as was insinuated by
Barry... But there was some "Change" since 2008... The Party Power in the
Congress certainly Changed after 2 years of Barry... We are involved in 3 Wars
of Choice now, not just the 2 Barry continued... And Unemployment is
substantially Worse than it was in November of 2008... Don't Think that was the
"Change" Barry was Selling though! - tha malcontent)
The official start of his second White House bid, in the midst of three wars, a
budget fight with Congress, and sluggish economic recovery, comes 20 months
before the November 2012 election.
(Sluggish economic recovery... Yep, it would have
been "WORST SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION!" if it weren't for the Fact that the AP
CLEARLY Voted for and Campaigned for Barry... - tha malcontent)
"We've always known that lasting change wouldn't come quickly or easily. It
never does," the Democrat said in an e-mail announcing his candidacy to more
than 13 million supporters. "But as my administration and folks across the
country fight to protect the progress we've made - and make more - we also need
to begin mobilizing for 2012, long before the time comes for me to begin
campaigning in earnest."
(The Democrat?... Hey, I thought it was derogatory
to say anything but Democratic!... I call shenanigans on the Left!.. And if
wants "more" of this "progress", then I Think it's Obviously time for REAL
Change @ 1600... Again. - tha malcontent)
He told them he was filing the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election
Commission, and directed them to his new campaign website where a launch video
featured clips from supporters talking about their continued backing of the
"I don't agree with Obama on everything but I respect him and I trust him," Ed
from North Carolina says, delivering what's certain to become a key part of the
president's pitch as he tries to re-energize liberal backers who have criticized
some of his policies and independent voters who have fled from him in his first
("I don't agree with Obama on everything but I
respect him and I trust him,"... <That's the AP telling you how to Feel about
Obama... I wonder if they will Quote someone who can articulate why his first
term has sucked? - tha malcontent)
Between now and the election, the incumbent Democrat will work to convince a
fickle America that he has delivered change, made the right moves and earned the
chance to continue the job. He will have to defend policies that have proven
divisive, chief among them his sweeping health care overhaul and his efforts to
boost the slow-to-rebound economy.
(The "slow-to-rebound economy"... I'm gonna have to
go dig up some AP from the Recession and Recovery of 2001/2002... And of course,
the Slowdown that started in Clinton's final year that lead to the Recession...
Need to check their Tone then as Opposed to now. - tha malcontent)
Obama announced his bid just as the White House is in a budget standoff with
Congress that could lead to a government shutdown, weeks after the commander in
chief directed U.S. military operations to a third major warfront, Libya, and
days after the post-recession economy showed more signs of a rebound with a
report that the still high unemployment rate had fallen to 8.8 percent.
in chief"... I don't seem to remember the AP calling Dubya that when he was
starting "Wars of Choice"... - tha malcontent)
Republicans were quick to criticize the news.
The Republican National Committee circulated a research document that accused
Obama of failing to lead on the budget and entitlement spending. And former
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican competing for the chance to take on
the Democrat next fall, released his own web video in which he says: "How can
America win the future, when we're losing the present? In order for America to
take a new direction, it's going to take a new president."
(There are also
some on the Right Illustrating Barry's ABJECT Hypocrisy on Attacking Libya... Do
you want to Quote them, AP?... Didn't think so. - tha malcontent)
Widely expected, Obama's campaign launch was planned to coincide with the second
fundraising quarter of the year. Filing paperwork will allow the president to
begin raising money in earnest for what allies say could be a record-breaking
haul of more than $1 billion for his campaign. That begins this month; he's
slated to visit major money venues of Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles in
the coming weeks.
When (43) was Raising far less, the "Free Press", lead by the AP, were Quick to
Question the Morality of that kind of Money in the System and if we should get
the Money out of Politics... Interesting that it's Missing in this "News" story.
- tha malcontent)
The campaign is based in Chicago, and many of the same people from his first bid
remain involved, including former campaign manager David Plouffe, who now is in
the White House, and chief political strategist David Axelrod.
Managing the campaign this time is Jim Messina, who played a senior role in the
first bid and in the White House. Messina has spent the past few months touring
the country to lay the groundwork with donors in hopes of building a massive
fundraising network featuring both large and small contributions. He's asked
some 400 donors - called bundlers - to bring in at least $350,000 this year; the
re-election website is geared toward raising money from grass-roots backers.
Obama raised $750 million for his 2008 campaign.
Obama faces no primary challenger.
On the other side, the race for the GOP presidential nomination is just getting
under way; more than a dozen Republicans are considering seeking the chance to
challenge Obama in the next election. Only a few have taken the initial steps
toward a candidacy; Pawlenty is among them. Several more are expected go forward
to this month, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who ran in 2008
and lost the GOP nomination.
It's a wide open race with no clear front-runner.
Nevertheless, Obama said he's not taking anything for granted.
"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," he said in the note to supporters.
about ACORN!... - tha malcontent)
"So 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," Obama added. He directed them to the new red,
white and blue website for what he said was "a campaign that's farther-reaching,
more focused, and more innovative than anything we've built before."
The website features Obama's new campaign logo - 2012 with the rising sun in the
background, a version of his 2008 campaign logo - and announces that the
campaign is kicking off.
(I've got yer
Obama 2012 Logo... - tha malcontent)
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"We're opening up offices, unpacking boxes, and starting a conversation with
supporters like you to help shape our path to victory, and this is where you say
you're in," it says, urging people to organize and donate.
The video is a montage of testimonials from a demographically diverse group of
backers who intend to stay involved in this campaign.
Diverse... Really?... Observing that is to Illustrate one's Racism that is
Clearly Based in Misplaced White Liberal Guilt... Thanks for yet another
example, AP! - tha malcontent)
"It needs to reflect the changes that we've seen in the last two-and-a-half
years," says Katherine from Colorado. "Then we had an underdog senator. Nobody
thought that he had a chance. And now he's the president."
Gladys from Nevada adds: "We're not leaving it up to chance" and "It's an
election that we have to win."
(Can't wait to
see how the AP Covers the GOP Leaders when they Announce! - tha malcontent)
Placement... - tha malcontent)
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