Dear MoveOn member,
After the midterm election, many of us wondered: How would President Obama respond?
So far, we've been happily surprised. As The New York Times reports, "Mr. Obama has flexed his muscles on immigration, climate change and the Internet, demonstrating that he still aspires to enact sweeping policies that could help define his legacy."1
These are welcome moves. It appears the President is setting his own course instead of listening to corporate lobbyists and consultants. As I told the Times, "The president has seen what happens when he doesn't step forward and Democrats don't inspire the public or their base—we win on the issues, but lose at the polls—so we can't do worse. Let's try being bold."2
There have been other promising signs from national Democrats this past week. Most excitingly: Senator Elizabeth Warren gained a leadership position in the Senate Democratic Caucus. From championing student loan reform to reining in Wall Street, Warren is one of the most passionate and effective voices for the little guy (and gal). Having her in leadership is a huge deal.
But there's no getting around it: The president will be the last line of defense in the next two years, as the Republican-controlled Senate and House muscle through bad bills on a range of fronts. He'll be under tremendous pressure to make bad deals with obstructionists and extremists like Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz.
For the next two years, President Obama will have the power to deliver real change—if he has the confidence to follow through with executive actions on issues like immigration reform and climate change, and to stand up to the radical right.
So we need to show support when the president does the right thing—and then push hard to make sure he follows through.
Dear Mr. President,
Since the midterm election, you've indicated that you're willing to show real leadership on tackling climate change, protecting a free and open Internet, and reforming immigration—pushing for bold steps in areas where Congress has failed to act.
You're not alone: Americans from all walks of life want and need you to follow through, and do even more. We need you to use the power of the presidency to make meaningful change on these and other critical issues—like expanding access to health care, pushing for a diplomatic solution to rein in Iran's nuclear program, raising wages, and building an economy that works for all of us, to name a few.
We urge you to act boldly, and promise to stand with you when you fight for all of us in the months ahead. (And yes, we'll let you know when we disagree, too!)
The president is showing the grit that inspired us to elect him. We need to get his back when he stands strong—and keep the heat on through the fights ahead.
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Alejandro, Nick, Justin K., and the rest of the team
1. "Obama, Down but Not Out, Presses Ahead," The New York Times, November 13, 2014
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