MoveOn, the group that heavily influenced the 2008 election of President Obama, wants its progressive president back. "I miss that guy," says MoveOn organizer Nita Chaudhary in a widely distributed E-mail.
Her worry: Obama is going all moderate on his supporters, especially on the Bush tax cuts. "In the wake of the election, it's more crucial than ever that President Obama stand up for progressive change. But instead he's considering giving in to GOP demands for a tax bailout for the rich. We need the bold, progressive Obama we elected in 2008 back—and we've got to send him that message," she writes in a sidebar to her E-mail:
Dear MoveOn member,
Remember Barack Obama in 2008? The guy who refused to go along with a "dumb war" and said, "In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope."
I miss that guy. Imagine if someone told you in 2008 that Barack Obama was actually thinking about signing legislation to extend the Bush tax giveaways for the rich. I wouldn't have believed it.
Now more than ever, we need the Barack Obama we elected in 2008—the smart, tough, hopeful progressive champion who inspired millions of us—to stand up and say "no" to a millionaire bailout.
Right now, with the change we all fought for hanging in the balance, President Obama needs to hear from those of us who supported him the most.
So we're asking MoveOn members nationwide to record a video message from the heart to tell President Obama to go to the mat to stop any extension of the millionaire tax giveaways—and to bring back the progressive fighter we all knew and supported in 2008.
Can you record and share a video message to President Obama today? Click here to get started:
A personal appeal from so many of us who worked hard to elect President Obama will send a strong message. And to make sure the White House and millions of Americans hear it, we'll take the best videos and turn them into an ad that we'll air on national television.
Can you share a video message today? Just click here to get started:
Thanks for all you do.
–Nita, Marika, Duncan, Steven, and the rest of the team