Obama's New Organizing Tool

By Marc Ambinder

I'm a little underwhelmed. The new Obama for America organizing tool is designed to help Obama supporters and Democrats pressure members of Congress on the budget. Enter in your address and zip code and your members(s) of Congress's telephone number pops up along with a suggested call script. That's basically it. Kind of not very tricked out.  Also: I'm sure I'm offending someone at the Democratic National Committee, but couldn't the author of the script have used more natural language?

Hello, my name is __________ and I'm calling you from __________ (city or town).

I'm calling today because we are in the grips of the worst economic crisis in generations -- and President Obama needs the support of every member of Congress to create jobs, fix our economy and rebuild and renew America.

The President has proposed a budget that is honest, responsible and invests in the priorities we need to get our economy moving again and create jobs now and in the future, including:

  • Renewable energy to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil
  • Making Health Care more affordable for every American by cutting costs
  • Improving education so our children are prepared for the jobs of the 21st Century

Can I count on Rep./Sen._________ to support the President's plan?

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2009/03/obamas-new-organizing-tool/1589/