President Barack Obama told his most loyal supporters Tuesday night that he relies on them to break through widespread media criticism of his policies.
“Information is so contested, and people are separated from how they get news, that oftentimes to break through, what’s necessary is the validation of a neighbor or a friend, or a coworker, or a family member,” he told roughly 60 leaders of his on-the-ground group, Organizing for Action.
“It doesn’t work if we don’t have folks on the ground who are speaking out on behalf of these issues and these values… [but OFA members can] reach people where they live — at the kitchen table and at the water cooler at work,” he told his followers, during a 7:20 p.m. dinner speech at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington D.C.
The complaints matched comments he made in an earlier 6:18 p.m. speech to OFA volunteers at the hotel.
When pitching Obamacare, “you’re able to say, hey, here check it out, take a look on the website — if you reach out to your Republican friend who can’t stand Obama, but is basically a nice person… but they watch the wrong newscast,” Obama said in his pep talk to the volunteers.