This hit my inbox yesterday:
When FDR became president, a group of progressive activists asked him to push for some really big changes. His response? “I agree with you. I want to do it. Now make me do it.“
President Obama gets that we need to transform our economy. He’s passionate about creating millions of green jobs and investing billions in renewable energy. And he’s appointed great leaders like Energy Secretary Chu to help him.
But unless we create a massive green-economy movement across America, Obama won’t have the mandate he needs to overcome the oil companies and make fundamental change. As president, Obama’s extraordinary power comes from the people outside Washington. And that’s us.
So we’ve worked up a big plan to build a green-economy groundswell. It’ll mean tripling our field organizing team, mobilizing hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members to take local action, and running ads targeting powerful interests that stand in the way. It’ll be MoveOn’s biggest long-term campaign ever.
If President Obama is going to transform our economy, he needs all of us standing behind him giving him strength. Are you in?
(But, just to be picky, it’s overcoming coal companies that will be the biggest challenge …)