Obama Praises Grassroots Army For ‘Doing God’s Work’

Urges Organizing For Action group to pursue minimum wage hike and Obamacare enrollment

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President Barack Obama addresses the National Organizing summit in Washington on February 25, 2014.

President Barack Obama rallied his grassroots base in support of a pared-down agenda Tuesday, addressing an “organizing summit” hosted by the issues group founded out of his former presidential campaign.

“You’re doing God’s work,” he told the roughly 300 invited donors, volunteers, and activists at the ornate Washington Mandarin Oriental Hotel for the Organizing for Action event, 13 months after the group was created.

But in contrast to his expansive message to the group in his three prior appearances, Obama had just two requests: to fight for an increase in the minimum wage, and to keep on enrolling Americans in the Affordable Care Act’s health exchanges. It was the latest indication that the group’s agenda—like the president’s—has been scaled back to more manageable tasks after a scatter-shot 2013. Efforts to pursue immigration reform and gun control legislation, centerpieces of the group’s activity last year and a key motivator for its supporters, were absent from the president’s remarks.

“Let’s get that minimum wage done and give America a wage,” Obama said. “Let’s get people signed up and make sure that everyone has coverage.”

Obama credited the group with helping the healthcare exchanges reach 4 million enrollees since the beginning of October. “Four million people have already signed up because of you,” he said.

Much of the summit focused on the past, with former White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes recounting the highlights of the Obama first term. The president’s former campaign manager Jim Messina rallied the troops, calling them “the reason why millions of Americans have healthcare, the reason why millions of Americans can serve in the military, the reason why we’re going to pass immigration reform.” On this last issue, Messina encouraged the group to “take this fight directly to Congress,” the same place it has been stymied for more than a year.

The group raised $26 million in 2013, but has come under fire from Democrats for shifting resources away from the midterm elections this fall. OFA Executive Director Jon Carson, though, predicted that the group’s class of fellows would be “the pipeline of talent into the progressive community for a very long time.”

21 comments
therigel
therigel

If that is how he truly feels, why does he try to enact so many policies that attack belief in god. How about his bullying of the little sisters of charity?  His mother should wash his mouth out with soap.

luilun2
luilun2

Obama is a pathetic little man

reallife
reallife

God's health insurance policy was canceled last week



manlyman
manlyman

Um, since this "army" is oh, about 100% liberal why would he bring God into it? I thought he was trying to rev up the mob, not offend it.

Nonsenseyousay
Nonsenseyousay

God's work does not require government involvement.

KevinWern
KevinWern

Hey, i wonder if he said that to the people that got healthcare.gov up and running. 634 million $ and 3 yrs. later and it didn't work on day one .

JoseAndrews10
JoseAndrews10

my Aunty Aria recently got a nearly new green Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback from only workin on a home pc... why not try here 

ahandout
ahandout

Only in the fairytale land of Obama would a political organization be "doing God's work."  See, you just listen to Barry and whatever he says, the opposite is true.

This is what happens in third world countries.  The reigning dictator organizes a "grassroots" movement of unions, thugs, and political operatives just like http://www.barackobama.com/news/welcome-to-organizing-for-action/ to hand out favors and influence, or "punish our enemies". 


Obama is going back to his Alinsky roots, sending out the troops, and they are coming to your town.



miller980123
miller980123

Libs are so sanctimoniously pathetic. When it's convenient for them they'll invoke the name of God; otherwise, they'll mock believers for believing in "fairy tales."

GuoLiang
GuoLiang

God isn't even real, what's he going on about?

reno.brett
reno.brett

@Nonsenseyousay  Based on the recorded results of laissez faire economics, I'd say it does if you believe God was for helping the poor.

reallife
reallife

@JoseAndrews10  and you believed that one?  was she going out of the house at strange hours and wearing a lot of lipstick?



aztecian
aztecian

@GuoLiang i think he knows that.  he's trying to say something nice.

manlyman
manlyman

@aztecian @GuoLiang So what you're saying azzy, is that it doesn't have to be real as long as it sounds nice? You just summed up liberalism in a nutshell.

ahandout
ahandout

@reno.brett @ahandout@Nonsenseyousay  You really think it's better now that the banks, the government, and corporations collude to spy on us, devalue our currency, manipulate the economy, pay out and pass out political favors, and pick winners and losers.

reno.brett
reno.brett

@ahandout @reno.brett @Nonsenseyousay  I never said we had laissez faire economics, I simply mentioned it. Nonsenseyousay seems to believe we don't need any government involvement all, to which I rebutted with a reference to a different time that we have thankfully matured from.