Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Right Thing To Do!

This may be a deal breaker for many Obama supporters - but it was/is the right thing to do. I hope more see it as worthy of their support vs. not.

Let's Do It Again - Re-Elect President Obama.

Friend --

Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer:

I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

I hope you'll take a moment to watch the conversation, consider it, and weigh in yourself on behalf of marriage equality:

I've always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of the very powerful traditions it evokes. And I thought civil union laws that conferred legal rights upon gay and lesbian couples were a solution.

But over the course of several years I've talked to friends and family about this. I've thought about members of my staff in long-term, committed, same-sex relationships who are raising kids together. Through our efforts to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, I've gotten to know some of the gay and lesbian troops who are serving our country with honor and distinction.

What I've come to realize is that for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage equality means that, in their eyes and the eyes of their children, they are still considered less than full citizens.

Even at my own dinner table, when I look at Sasha and Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples, I know it wouldn't dawn on them that their friends' parents should be treated differently.

So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

I respect the beliefs of others, and the right of religious institutions to act in accordance with their own doctrines. But I believe that in the eyes of the law, all Americans should be treated equally. And where states enact same-sex marriage, no federal act should invalidate them.

If you agree, you can stand up with me here.

Thank you,


Monday, May 7, 2012

Keep up with the Obama Campaign Calendar

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Friend --

Last November, we launched a new calendar to keep supporters like you in the loop about important campaign events and milestones.

Six months later, a lot of pages have peeled off that calendar, we've made a lot of progress -- and we're just getting warmed up.

As we head into the last six months before Election Day, there are important dates and events coming up that you should know about, and we're rolling out new features and improved content. You can sync it to your Google or Outlook account to keep it handy -- so download the new calendar now.

These next six months will bring new challenges and opportunities for this campaign. And with an organization built by thousands of grassroots supporters organizing in local communities, it's important we're all on the same page. The updated calendar will bring you the latest info. Here are just a few of the new features we've added:

-- Updated voter registration and early voting deadlines and reminders, so you can be sure not to miss out
-- New milestones and accomplishments from the campaign and the last three years
-- Events, volunteer opportunities, and program launches in states across the country
-- A brand new video

Beyond the nitty-gritty details, the calendar will continue to highlight the big picture -- where our organizing stands overall, where we are in the campaign, and how all our work ties into the larger whole.

We're building on our foundation, forming new neighborhood teams and opening new offices. With the general election effectively underway, we're ramping up our outreach efforts to make sure we keep growing. To win in November, it's going to take all of us working together.

Download the calendar today, and don't miss a beat of the campaign's last six months:



Jeremy Bird
National Field Director
Obama for America

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Stay Informed!

The other day when President Obama took the stage in Columbus, we didn't just see an excellent speech.

We saw why he's running for a second term. And why we need to keep him in the White House.

Because, as the President laid out, this election comes down to who will leave our country better and stronger four years from now. And the choice couldn't be clearer.
You really should watch the President's speech:

Video: President Obama in Ohio

There's a lot to do in the next six months. The outcome will affect us for decades to come.
Did you see this one? Well, check it out!
Also, this morning on the "political talk shows" I heard that Obama is slightly ahead of Romney in the swing state of VA. That's probably the way it is in many swing states at this early date. What needs to happen is for all of us who want to keep the Presidency in Democratic hands this Fall, to redouble our personal efforts to help elect or re-elect Democrats all across this country - especially governorships. 
I also received a letter from Democratic strategist, Jim Carville.  In it he said Republicans controlled 29 governorships after the 2010 elections. Since then tons of legislation has been introduced to do every thing from weaken Union worker rights (Ohio & Wisconsin), erase a woman's right to choose (Oklahoma & Virginal), voting rights (Florida) to rolling back education progress (Pennsylvania & New Jersey). 
At any rate, we must get busy to elect Democrats every chance we get.  We must give money whenever we can as well. I hope you will!

Let's Do It Again! Re-Elect President Obama