Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving

automat --

Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, Americans across the country will sit down together, count our blessings, and give thanks for our families and our loved ones.

American families reflect the diversity of this great nation. No two are exactly alike, but there is a common thread they each share.

Our families are bound together through times of joy and times of grief. They shape us, support us, instill the values that guide us as individuals, and make possible all that we achieve.

So tomorrow, I'll be giving thanks for my family -- for all the wisdom, support, and love they have brought into my life.

But tomorrow is also a day to remember those who cannot sit down to break bread with those they love.

The soldier overseas holding down a lonely post and missing his kids. The sailor who left her home to serve a higher calling. The folks who must spend tomorrow apart from their families to work a second job, so they can keep food on the table or send a child to school.

We are grateful beyond words for the service and hard work of so many Americans who make our country great through their sacrifice. And this year, we know that far too many face a daily struggle that puts the comfort and security we all deserve painfully out of reach.

So when we gather tomorrow, let us also use the occasion to renew our commitment to building a more peaceful and prosperous future that every American family can enjoy.

It seems like a lifetime ago that a crowd met on a frigid February morning in Springfield, Illinois to set out on an improbable course to change our nation.

In the years since, Michelle and I have been blessed with the support and friendship of the millions of Americans who have come together to form this ongoing movement for change.

You have been there through victories and setbacks. You have given of yourselves beyond measure. You have enabled all that we have accomplished -- and you have had the courage to dream yet bigger dreams for what we can still achieve.

So in this season of thanks giving, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to you, and my anticipation of the brighter future we are creating together.

With warmest wishes for a happy holiday season from my family to yours,

President Barack Obama




 

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sarah Palin

The Democratic Party
automat --

Right now, Sarah Palin is on a highly publicized, nationwide book tour, attacking President Obama and his plan for health reform at every turn.

It's dangerous. Remember, this is the person who coined the term "Death Panels" -- and opened the flood gates for months of false attacks by special interests and partisan extremists.

Whatever lie comes next will be widely covered by the media, then constantly echoed by right-wing attack groups and others who are trying to defeat reform.

As we approach the final sprint on health reform, we can't afford more deception and delay. We need to be ready for anything -- and have the resources to respond with ads, events, and calls to Congress when the attacks come.

So we're setting a big goal: $500,000 in the next week to help push back against Sarah Palin and her allies. Please chip in $5 or more to help reach our goal.

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Earlier this month, Palin publicly said that she hopes health reform will be "dead on arrival." And since then, she's been working fiercely toward that goal.

On Tuesday, Palin went on Rush Limbaugh's radio show where she outrageously -- and falsely -- suggested that Americans could "face jail time as punishment" if they don't buy insurance.

Palin has many more interviews scheduled on Hannity and other conservative shows in the next few weeks, with more platforms to go after the President. As soon as she does, the rest of our opponents will likely parrot those attacks.

We need to be prepared. And we're counting on you help. Can you chip in $5 or more?

http://my.democrats.org/SarahPalin

Thanks,

Mitch

Mitch Stewart
Director
Organizing for America

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Delay and distort

The Democratic Party
automat --

Our nation has been talking about comprehensive health insurance reform for nearly a century. And this time around, Congress has been debating it for almost 10 months.

But last Sunday, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the whole process is just going too fast. He showed what's long been obvious: His strategy is to bury reform under endless delays and distortions.

McConnell seems willing to use every trick in the book to delay a fair debate on reform. Each day reform is postponed is another day for him to attack it with another distortion. It's a desperate gambit to confuse the American people, derail the effort in Congress, and block reform.

Mitch McConnell: We're calling you out.

Call 'em Out: Mitch McConnell. Watch the video -- then call McConnell's office and tell him to quit delaying reform.

Call out GOP Representatives

McConnell claimed that health reform would cut Medicare. AARP says it isn't true -- and endorsed the bill in the House.

He trotted out the old "reform will drive insurers out of business" line. But the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office concluded that most people would still be covered by private health insurance.

And the one about reform forcing bureaucrats between doctors and patients? His predecessor as the Senate Republican leader, Bill Frist, recently said, "that's not what's in these bills."

We put together a video debunking all of McConnell's distortions -- watch and share it today. Then call McConnell's office and make sure he knows Americans won't sit idly by while he delays desperately needed reform.

http://my.democrats.org/CallEmOutMcConnell

Keep up the fight,

Jen

Jen O'Malley Dillon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee

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Friday, November 13, 2009

12 hours of health reform lies

The Democratic Party
automat --

Last Saturday night, at 11:15 p.m., the House of Representatives passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act -- becoming the first house of Congress to pass comprehensive health reform in American history.

For the preceding 12 hours, Republican representatives stood on the House floor and spouted callous and shameless lie after lie in a desperate, last-ditch effort to stop reform. Perhaps they thought that if enough of them lied enough times in a row, they could get away with it. They were wrong.

Watch our video showing all of the outrageous lies from the House debate -- and debunking each one.

Call out GOP Representatives


A healthy, honest debate on the floor of Congress is essential to passing good laws -- but that's not what these Republicans showed up to do on Saturday night. We can't give up on the truth, so we're keeping President Obama's promise to call out those who cease debating on the merits and start lying about reform -- even when there are almost too many lies to count.

Health reform will have to pass the House once more before President Obama can sign it. So it's essential that we debunk this misinformation now so that swing members in Congress can sort out fact from fiction -- and so that those who would lie again know they will be held to account.

Check out the video, then use our "Call 'em Out" Twitter tool to tell the House G.O.P. what you think of their string of lies:

http://my.democrats.org/callemout-gop

Thanks,

Jen

Jen O'Malley Dillon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee

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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Making history

automat --

This evening, at 11:15 p.m., the House of Representatives voted to pass their health insurance reform bill. Despite countless attempts over nearly a century, no chamber of Congress has ever before passed comprehensive health reform. This is history.

But you and millions of your fellow supporters didn't just witness history tonight -- you helped make it. Each "yes" vote was a brave stand, backed up by countless hours of knocking on doors, outreach in town halls and town squares, millions of signatures, and hundreds of thousands of calls. You stood up. You spoke up. And you were heard.

So this is a night to celebrate -- but not to rest. Those who voted for reform deserve our thanks, and the next phase of this fight has already begun.

The final Senate bill hasn't even been released yet, but the insurance companies are already pressing hard for a filibuster to bury it. The Democratic Party and Organizing for America have built a massive neighborhood-by-neighborhood operation to bring people's voices to Congress, and tonight we saw the results. But the coming days will put our efforts to the ultimate test. Winning will require each of us to give everything we can, starting right now.

Please donate $5 or whatever you can afford so we can finish this fight.

Tonight's vote brought every American closer to the secure, affordable care we need. But it was also a watershed moment in how change is made.

Even after last year's election, many insider lobbyists and partisan operatives really thought that the old formula of scare tactics, D.C. back-scratching and special-interest money would still be enough to block any idea they didn't like. Now, they're desperate. Because, tonight, you made it crystal clear: the old rules are changing -- and the people will not be ignored.

In the final phases of last year's election, I often reminded folks, "Don't think for a minute that power concedes without a fight," and it's especially true today. But that's okay -- we're not afraid of a fight. And as you continue to prove, when all of us work together, we have what it takes to win.

Please donate to OFA's campaign to win this fight and ensure that real health reform reaches my desk by the end of this year:

http://my.democrats.org/MakingHistory

Let's keep making history,

President Barack Obama

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