Obama Campaign Office Opens In Los Angeles
The kickoff attracted hundreds of supporters, including U.S. Reps. Henry Waxman and Janice Hahn.
Democrats chanted âWe will winâ and âFour more yearsâ throghout the opening party. Waxman said the stakes were high for Obama's reelection. âHe has done so much that many presidents never accomplished it nearly as much as he has already,â Waxman said, âIf we donât win, we might not have affordable care. We might not even have Medicare and Medicaid.â
Obama may be taking some criticism for his leadership thus far, but his supporters Thursday seemed to think the problems lied with the Republicans in Congress. âWhen I think of this presidency," state Sen. Ted Lieu said, "I think of promises made and promises kept.â
Kristina Fields, 67, came out to show her support and take in the free screening of Davis Guggenheim's documentary, "The Road We've Traveled" â all having recently broken her leg. Because of her injury, she could only walk slowly with a cane, but she still made the trip out, waited in the long line and walked up stairs to see the film. Fields became visibly excited when she saw Obamaâs life-size poster. She walked up and asked someone to take a photo, leaving her cane at the corner. âThe nice thing about the film," she said of Guggenheim's documentary following Obama's time in the White House, "is it's not point and blame. This is what he has accomplished. Itâs just facts, folks.â
The campaign office will soon begin making phone calls to the voting public to rally support for the upcoming election. Phifen said there are 70 people in the spring fellowship training. He figured there are hundreds more volunteers out there.
According to Phifen, the challenge of the campaign will be to persuade voters in Orange County, a community that leans heavily Republican, to vote for Obama. âItâs kind of a battle in my area,â Phifen said. âOverall, I think California is not gonna be a problem for Obama at all.â
Joni Burns, a neighborhood team leader who first campaigned for Obama in 2008, said the difference of this yearâs campaign will be in how he handles the economy. âI think energy is one of the main things he needs to concentrate on for the 2012 campaign.â
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