Mitch Stewart, BarackObama.com
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 5:11 AM
Off the hook
I know you've gotten a lot of messages from us
recently, and everyone here at OFA headquarters is
pretty tired. But the last reports of calls and
commitments are just coming in from events on the
West Coast, and I wanted to share the news with you.
As you know, we set a big goal: 100,000 calls to
Congress placed or committed to in a single day by
OFA supporters and allied organizations. By 2:30
p.m., you had crushed it. So, we gulped and said
let's go for 200,000, not knowing what would happen.
But the calls just kept pouring in -- keeping phones
ringing off the hook in congressional offices in
D.C. and your representatives' district offices
around the country.
Then, OFA supporters
gathered in over 1,000 living rooms and community
centers from Macon, Georgia to Missoula, Montana.
You called hundreds of thousands of key voters in
your community and got them to agree to call
Congress and speak out for reform, too. President
Obama joined in at a call party in New York -- and
he had some amazing words of support for the folks
like you who make this movement possible.
looking at the numbers, and with almost all of the
reports now in, the tally wasn't 200,000 calls
placed or pledged -- it was 315,023. You did it.
Take a moment to watch the President's inspiring
words to OFA volunteers on this incredible day.
Your voice was
overwhelming -- with reports in the media of
congressional offices "completely crushed with
calls." CBS News described your effort as an
"onslaught." And a congressional aide was quoted
with a common response, saying their office was
deluged by "pretty much non-stop health care calls
You set a new OFA record, you
caught the national media's attention, and you
certainly put Congress on notice. But you know
that's not what really matters.
The message I
sent earlier talked about a woman, Jenny U., whose
insurance company cut off her coverage because they
decided her kidney donation to her sick daughter
counted as a "pre-existing condition." What really
matters is that today you brought America one giant,
irreversible step closer to being a place where no
one will ever have to suffer that kind of injustice
again. That's what all the messages, late nights,
and phone calls ultimately add up to. It's what
makes everything we do together worthwhile -- and
it's why we'll keep fighting together until the job
Watch President Obama's special
message to you from a call party in New York:
Thank you, so much, for being part of the team.
Organizing for America
Here are just a few stories from "Time to Deliver"
events across the country:
This evening I
and three other volunteers got together and made
calls. As I was calling, one of the women I spoke
with told me that she was inspired by my story --
shared in the email earlier that day -- to get her
entire family to call Congress. She didn't know it
was me on the phone, but she said she just couldn't
stop saying "this isn't right" when she heard my
story. It gave me so much hope -- during the evening
we made 213 calls and got 64 commitments to call
-Jenny U., Missouri Volunteer
Seeing the tally go up, hearing voter after
voter agree to call, and listening to the real
excitement people have about finally fixing this
broken system, I was reminded why we do this. Each
of us can only give so much -- but when we all do it
together, we move mountains. Health insurance
reform, here we come.
California New Media Director
I want to
recognize the folks in this room -- and folks
watching online -- who are helping us to do exactly
that. And I want to thank all the Organizing for
America volunteers for making calls, knocking on
doors, and keeping up the fight. You know why this
is so important. ... We are nearing
the finish line -- and with your help, we're going
to cross it.
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