You thought the rewriting of Obamacare from the Oval Office was bad? The passage of the Dream Act by vote of the president’s advisors? The unapproved war in Libya? Folks, we’re just getting started.
From an email sent out by Obama consigliere Dan Pfeiffer.
President Obama has a resolution for 2014: that this will be a year of action. … He will be looking for areas of bipartisan cooperation, but he won’t be waiting on Congress to act. Instead, the President will use his executive authority, both his pen and his phone, to work with anyone to get things done — whether they be leaders in business, education, Congress, states, or local communities … [W]hen the President travels to North Carolina this Wednesday, he’ll announce a new public-private effort to boost advanced manufacturing that attracts the kind of well-paying jobs that sustain a growing middle class. … [I]f you’re in, then let President Obama know you’re standing behind him.”
Bolding is mine.
The message includes this website address www.whitehouse.gov/year-of-action, where you can add yourself to the White House email list, which will be used, no doubt like the campaign email list, to gin up “grassroots” support for Obama. Even uses the campaign solicitation, Are you in?
I have a problem with using the White House website as a rank advocacy tool. I get that it’s going to be employed to make the president look like a wonderful person. But it’s still The People’s House, and this is The People’s Website. Funded by The People. I think they’re overdoing it. But what’s new?
When you’re going to be legislating from the Oval Office for the next three years, improper use of a website must hardly seem an issue.
H/T to Playbook.