The Community Organizer Presidency
by Todd Beeton, Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 10:27:51 AM EST
Last week, somewhat unheralded, Michelle Obama called on all of us to take part in a national day of service on Monday, Jan. 19th, also Martin Luther King day. The idea is as follows:
It will take ordinary citizens working together with a common purpose to get this country back on track. This national day of service is an important first step in our continuing commitment.
Today, MoveOn joined the call (via e-mail):
On Tuesday, Barack will officially start the massive job of restoring our country. As president, he plans to expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps and to create new service organizations1, including:
- a Classroom Corps to help underserved schools;
- a Health Corps to serve in the nation's clinics and hospitals;
- a Clean Energy Corps to achieve the goal of energy independence; and
- a Veterans Corps to support the Americans who serve in harm's way.
But on Monday, Barack, Michelle, Sasha, and Malia will still be ordinary citizens, volunteering to help their new neighbors in Washington, D.C. Can you join them by volunteering near [insert your hometown here]?
The point here isn't to spend one day helping people, of course, but rather to kick start a longterm community service effort, as an Obama e-mail sent back in December made clear.
"Unlike past calls to service, President-elect Obama will ask Americans to do more than just offer a single day of service to their cities, towns and neighborhoods," the e-mail said. "He will ask all of us to make an ongoing commitment to our communities. Never has it been more important to come together in shared purpose to tackle the common challenges we face."
Welcome the community organizer presidency.
If you haven't watched Michelle's video, check it out below: