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GOP Rep: Obama Acting More Like 'Community Organizer' Than President

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) chastised President Barack Obama for his handling of the situation in Syria, claiming the president is acting more like a "co...

Obama Announces Day Of Service To Kick Off Inauguration

Posted 12.07.2012 | Impact

President Barack Obama announced today there will be a national day of service on Jan. 19 -- one day before he takes the oath, the AP reports. “T...

The Choice: Mormon Missionary Romney Or Community Organizer Obama

Ray Errol Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ray Errol Fox

I respect what both men, with similarly fine intentions, ardor and conviction, and vast, purposeful focus, did at roughly the same ages, their early twenties, for nearly the same length of time, albeit fourteen years apart. Both dedicated themselves to service. Still, the contrast is enlightening.

The End Of Community Organizing In Chicago?

Chicago Magazine | Posted 06.14.2011 | Chicago

It has now been more than four years since Barack Obama threw an arm around Gregory Galluzzo in Iowa and confided that whenever anybody asked how his ...

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

If Robert Gibbs had walked around Las Vegas last week talking to the professional left, he would have learned what I did: that progressives, liberals, and Democrats are as diverse as the day is long.

The Two Obamas: 'Half Intellectual Law-School Lecturer, Half Street-Smart Community Organizer'

Wall Street Journal | GERALD F. SEIB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama, by inclination and experience, has always been half intellectual law-school lecturer, half street-smart community organizer. I...

A Second City Warning to Obama

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michael L. Millenson

The fact that Second City comics in the heart of Chicago are successfully playing to GOP-fueled fears of rationing should raise a bright red warning flag at the White House.

Roseland Residents Criticize Obama On Urban Issues In Meeting With Burris

Chicago Sun-Times | Abdon M. Pallasch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President Obama got his start as a community organizer in Roseland, but a few dozen residents gathered there Saturday gave the new commander-in-chief ...

The Obama Revolution

Alan Kennedy-Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Kennedy-Shaffer

The Obama Revolution is more than a revolution of policy proposals, campaign decisions, and lofty rhetoric. It is a revolution in the way we think about ourselves and act on our convictions.

At-Home Mothers & the National Service Track

Barri Gordon Waltcher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barri Gordon Waltcher

The type of volunteering that SAHM's tend to do -- tasks associated with PTAs, sports teams, etc -- is largely viewed as unskilled, with questionable economic value.

I Do Solemnly Swear...

Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael DeJong

We finally have a President who is willing to use his words -- momentarily botched or not -- and his immeasurable oratory gifts to reassure the Doubting Thomas (or Roberts) in us all.

Betting His Legacy on Public Participation

Shunit Harpaz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Shunit Harpaz

There is a great potential for a positive change in our society, a change where people take charge of serving the public, living a life that is meaningful and satisfying.

Don't Dis Community Organizers

Scott Kurashige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Kurashige

I hope Sarah Palin understands that most Americans are not on a first-name basis with their mayor. In places like Chicago, community organizers engage citizens in the practice of democratic action.

Leadership, Strategy, and Experts. More lessons for Obama.

John O'Neil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John O'Neil

The nation must boldly rebuild to avoid the perils of a dangerously gyrating world where yesterday's swaggering certainty is tomorrow's worn out wisdom.

President-Elect Obama: Thinking About Your Presidential Library? Have I Got a Site for You

Lee Bey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Lee Bey

What will breathe new life into Pullman and create a draw to this unique piece of Americana? Turn the factory into the most visible adaptive-reuse project in the world: The Barack Obama Presidential Library.

Community Organizers, What Do They Do?

David Latt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Latt

In fundraising, voter registration, and getting out the vote, Obama's experience in grass roots organizing gave him the populist strength that allowed him to win the presidency.

Studs for Obama

Edward Lifson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edward Lifson

I asked Studs Terkel, if he were to interview Obama, what would he ask him? That got him going.

Union President: Jesus Was A Community Organizer

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In Lebanon, Virginia, right now United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts is giving a characteristically enthusiastic introduction for Se... The Candidate's Latest Grassroots Strategy

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Craig Newmark

Here we have what looks like real "community organizing" -- online and offline-- and, however much it may have been maligned last week in St Paul, "community organizing" is grassroots democracy.

Truly a Bridge to Nowhere

Rob McKay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob McKay

How dare the Republicans look down their noses at Obama and thousands of other organizers who put community, and yes, country first by trying to make life a little bit better for other people.

Jason Linkins

John McCain Cancels Habitat For Humanity Event | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The McCain campaign sent out a press release this morning, announcing a schedule change: ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential cam...

Chi-Town Activists? Joke Is On GOP

Robert Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Reed

Only someone with a sick sense of humor would deride activists who toil in Chicago's worst neighborhoods, dedicating time and effort to providing poor and disenfranchised citizens with a voice in the political and social process.

Obama Rejected Illinois Rent Control Ban

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

Anyone who follows Obama's record in the State Senate understands his background -- where his vote against a rent control ban in Illinois was just one example.

Barack Obama: Forensics on the Southside

Markus Ziener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Markus Ziener

For the first time in a long time, we have a presidential contender who knows the hardships of the simple life -- and the tricks to stay afloat in a city like Chicago.

Will Obama Inspire a New Generation of Organizers?

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Peter Dreier

Obama has already inspired young people to apply in increasing numbers to become community and workplace organizers. He may be counting on them to push him (and Congress) to live up to his progressive promise.