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Bridget Johnson


January 18, 2013 - 9:54 am

The “A” in President Obama’s Organizing for America project is getting a little less all-American.

“The next chapter in our movement for change,” Obama told supporters in an email today, will be morphing the DNC-led grassroots effort in Organizing for Action.

“We may have started this as a longshot presidential primary campaign in 2007, but it’s always been about more than just winning an election. Together, we’ve made our communities stronger, we’ve fought for historic legislation, and we’ve brought more people than ever before into the political process,” said the email. “Organizing for Action will be a permanent commitment to this mission.”

According to CNN, the change transforms OFA into a nonprofit, tax-exempt group to stoke public support for Obama as he pushes forward with his second-term agenda.

In his email, Obama says he’ll need the grass-roots help to push through measures on “immigration reform, climate change, balanced deficit reduction, reducing gun violence, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.”

“The organization you built these past six years, the tools you developed over the course of two campaigns, and the expertise you hold as an organizer have the power to change our politics and our country for generations,” Obama writes. “Because you’re the heart of this movement, it’s up to you to decide how we do it. In the next few months, you’ll help determine what this organization looks like.”

The announcement included an explanatory video from first lady Michelle Obama and her new bangs.

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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