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April 18, 2012….
Michelle Obama is telling Americans that it’s time for them to community organize … on behalf of her husband. Today, the First Lady sent a missive to the BarackObama.com mailing list:
[Person’s First Name]:
I am writing because Barack needs you out there this summer.
Through the Organizing Fellowship program, you can work in a full-time volunteer position, learn the principles of field organizing, and then carry out important grassroots activities on the ground.
Excellent! Now the Obama campaign is teaching Americans to community organize. But this isn’t just any regular community organizing. Oh, no. It’s Organizing For Barack:
This summer, thousands of these organizing fellows are going to help lead our grassroots organization — recruiting volunteers and running events to help more people make their voices heard.
It’s an amazing experience — one that could change your life while shaping this country for decades to come.
If you take a position as a fellow, you’ll help more people to step up at the local level, where there are so many opportunities to make so much change. You’ll register voters, recruit and train volunteers, run phone banks, have conversations with people on their front porches, and build the relationships that will bring your community together to fight for progress.
Michelle promises more than that, though. She promises that you, too can learn to be like Barack – you’ll become one of the country’s leaders by helping drive the vote for Obama:
There will be difficult days, and long ones, too. But being an organizer is one of the best experiences you can have working in politics.
The people who take on this challenge will not only help move this country forward — they’ll also become the next generation of leaders.
The strength of this organization comes from the people involved. We never could have come this far without folks like you who have a passion for organizing and a commitment to finishing what we started together.
If you’re ready to play a critical role in our grassroots campaign, apply now — or forward this note to someone you know who may be interested:
It’s not enough for Barack Obama to community organize the country. He’s relying on a network of community organizers to astroturf support for him in the same way he used to do in Chicago. He’s building a machine. And Michelle is his point person.