Organizing for Action, formerly known as Obama for America and still located online at BarackObama.com, is a 501(c)4, which is allowed to do political advocacy but prohibited from supporting a specific candidate, has joined in the pre-State of the Union propaganda push. They want to know what you're most interested in hearing the president talk about. The OFA e-mail:
In a few short days, President Obama will lay out his plans for 2014, but before that, we want to know what you're most interested in hearing from him on Tuesday.
Take this quick, one-question survey and let OFA know:
The e-mail follows an official White House e-mail from Valerie Jarrett where she talked about how much work she's putting into an address that for nearly two more than one hundred years was merely sent as a letter to the Congress. It's a "hectic week," she wrote, with busy policy advisors and speech writers.
Joe Biden sent a White House e-mail, calling the Constitutionally-mandated update the President has to give Congress a "plan for the upcoming year of action," calling the State of the Union "part of a tradition that dates back to our founding fathers," without mentioning, naturally, that from the presidency of Thomas Jefferson all the way through Woodrow Wilson, presidents were able to meet their constitutional obligation without the pomp and circumstance introduced to it since Wilson brought back the live reading.
The State of the Union will be next Tuesday. You'll be able to watch it on any of the networks and most of the cable news channels, or follow along as we livetweet here at Hit & Run.