Full weight of the grass roots.

January 13, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Miscellany | Leave a comment
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Obama campaign manager David Plouffe speaks to the media in the spin room after the vice presidential debate at the Field House of Washington Universitys Athletic Complex on October 2, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe speaks to the media in the spin room after the vice presidential debate at the Field House of Washington University's Athletic Complex on October 2, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America)

David Plouffe, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign manager, “will oversee Obama’s sprawling grass-roots political operation, which boasts 13 million e-mail addresses, 4 million cellphone contacts and 2 million active volunteers.”

Asked what he will be doing with “the vast grass-roots network” he developed, he said, “It is going to be a challenge, because it is much different than a political campaign. . . . For those people that want to get involved on issues out in their community, we want to try to figure out the best way to try and help facilitate that. Now, the great thing about people these days is they don’t really wait for your lead, they’ll go out there and do it on their own. We’ll have to determine which legislative initiatives are going to require the full weight of the grass roots.”

Listen to the interview here.

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