How to Become Anxiously Engaged in Obama’s Campaign

July 9, 2012

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Post by Hannah Wheelwright -

With Barack Obama and Mitt Romney so close in many national polls and Mitt Romney outspending the President in both May and June, it is imperative that we do more than just “like” Barack Obama on Facebook. We all have busy lives, and we all have pressing demands on our checkbooks that limit us from making more financial contributions to causes that we believe in; but for all of us who believe that President Obama is the best candidate, we must volunteer our time as well. Even just one hour each week, or a few minutes whenever you have time, could be the tipping point for helping our President win another four years in office.

STEP 1:
Join Dashboard! Go to www.dashboard.barackobama.com and sign up. Dashboard is the official, brand-new, online campaign organizing tool for President Obama, the likes of which has never been seen before. It is a one-stop shop for all your election needs: you can connect with fellow pro-Obama people near you, get in touch with your local Obama for America office, access resources and videos about President Obama’s accomplishments, make calls on behalf of the campaign, see the calendar for events in your area, and report your efforts at the end of each day to better help the campaign crunch numbers and analyze data.

You can also join groups on Dashboard to get more updates and information about events specific to different issues. Consider joining the Mormons for Obama group found here!

http://www.facebook.com/#!/barackobama


If you live in a red state, it is possible that your Obama for America office is a single-staff office, meaning that the only person paid by the Obama campaign to work there is the state director. The rest of the staff is unpaid. On the west coast for example, single-staff states include Utah, Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii. If this is the case, your Obama for America office probably shares office space with your state’s Democratic Party. Other states have their own office for Obama for America. These offices act as exciting campaign hubs for Obama supporters, and the volunteers would love to have you stop by!

STEP 2:
Contact your local Obama for America team! When you sign up for Dashboard, it should put you automatically onto your local team and send an email with your name to whoever is the field organizer. For example, I am the field organizer for the Utah County, Utah team, so I get an email every time someone joins Dashboard who lives in my geographic area. I personally try to contact everyone on my team to let them know of opportunities they could take advantage of- but every team is different, so do some exploring and contact your field organizer if you don’t hear from them.

Depending on where you live, the closest official Obama for America events might be out of driving distance. Be still your soul! It is easy to host your own event and invite people from your area to join you. You could host a screening to watch The Road We’ve Traveled, the 17 minute documentary about President Obama’s first four years in office. You could invite someone from your community to come speak about why your community should support President Obama and have a discussion. Your local Obama for America office can give you specific tips, resources, and guidelines for how to make the event a success.

STEP 3:
Get involved with your neighborhood team! Your local Obama for America office will help you find out which volunteers in your area have already formed one. Neighborhood teams are the nucleus of the grassroots organizing structure- the idea is that by promoting President Obama’s achievements on the community level, you will have much more influence. Check out this short video for more explanation on what a neighborhood team looks like.

STEP 4:
Attend events, host events, and participate online! Any amount of effort you can spare goes a long, long way. On Dashboard, you can click on Make Calls, then choose which state and for what issue you’d like to call. There are multiple scripts (Women for Obama, Environmentalists, Economy, etc) you can use to call people and discuss President Obama’s strengths on that issue to try to sway undecided voters. You can make calls anytime during day time and evening hours right from your own home on your own time. At the end of the day, you can Report Your Activity so that the campaign can better analyze their data and hours submitted by volunteers. If you can also get involved with events, that is even better.

As you get more involved with efforts to re-elect our President, I believe you will feel the satisfaction that you participated in something you believe in. On the night of November 6th, as the poll numbers are coming in and the nation sits on the brink of one presidency or another, you will know you contributed and did your part. If you think that President Obama is the better candidate, I urge you to take these small and simple steps to help re-elect him.

118 DAYS TILL ELECTION 2012

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7 Comments on “How to Become Anxiously Engaged in Obama’s Campaign”

  1. JJK Says:

    this is great. thanks for all your hard work! i know it’s hard out here in utah.

  2. Frank Stark Says:

    D&C 98: 5-10 “And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me…And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil…Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn. Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil.”

    We are commanded of the Lord to find good and wise men. Think a moment:

    Who is worthy to serve as a Stake President, Romney or Obama?
    Who has demonstrated that he can restore businesses to solvency, Romney or Obama?
    Who is temple worthy, Romney or Obama?
    Who is closer to the teachings of Presidents MacKay, Jos. Feilding Smith and Benson, Romney or Obama?
    Who endorses the Constitution and the federal system it specifies, Romney or Obama?
    Who has worked with large businesses most of his professional life, Romney or Obama?

    Who qualifies as a righteous man, Romney or Obama?

    It is hard to become “anxiously engaged” for Obama when the Doctrine and Covenants specifically calls the Constitution sacred, and endorses the principals on which it was written, while Obama sets it at nought and deliberately goes around it and the Congress with his executive orders. He refused to disclose his birth certificate, college records and other common, public documents without a fight. It is hard to demonstrate a devotion to the principles of free agency and other teachings of the prophets when they have consistently taught that socialism is evil, when those are the principles that Obama pushes.
    Please, read D&C 98, D&C 134, the teachings of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and other prophets on government and its proper role, their refutation of Marx, Keynes and their socialist programs. Think, who is more likely to be a “good and wise man”, the product of the Chicago political machine or a man who has served a mission, served the Church, and done much good. Think what happened when Illinois rejected Nauvoo: it got Chicago! We stand at the same decision: Nauvoo or Chicago. As people who profess credence the Gospel, which should you choose?

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