April 4, 2011
President Obama opens his reelection campaign on Monday with a familiar cast of consultants; an economy that’s improving, sluggishly; wars that he is struggling to extract himself from; and an implacable partisan fight in Congress that might shut down the government by week’s end.
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
The Obama campaign made the announcement in an e-mail to supporters, accompanied by a video. Obama will hold a conference call on Monday with donors and supporters and will begin to raise money for his campaign late next week.
“We’re doing this now because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas, but with you — with people organizing block-by-block, talking to neighbors, co-workers, and friends. And that kind of campaign takes time to build,” Obama wrote in the e-mail.
“So even though I’m focused on the job you elected me to do, and the race may not reach full speed for a year or more, the work of laying the foundation for our campaign must start today. We’ve always known that lasting change wouldn’t come quickly or easily. It never does.”