Candidate Obama Hits the Trail

By Nitya

Mar 18, 2009 9:36am

Air Force One flies President Obama to California today for two town hall meetings where the president will sell his economic policies and express outrage about the AIG retention bonuses.

Additionally, in an e-mail to his 13-million-plus supporters, President Obama today pitched his budget in a Web video.

"The budget President Obama has proposed isn’t the same old document Washington has come to expect year after year," writes former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe in the e-mail. "Right now, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to finally confront the systemic problems that have held America back for far too long in energy, health care and education.

"But it’s up to you to get involved and make it happen," Plouffe continues. "Join a canvass this weekend and talk with everyone you know about the president’s plan to secure long-term prosperity for our families. After watching the president’s video, you can also look up your elected representatives and let them know you support this new foundation for economic growth."

It’s yet another indication — along with the town meetings in California, an appearance on "Jay Leno" tomorrow and "60 Minutes" on Sunday– of how Mr Obama is returning to campaign mode to sell his policies.

The town halls will be at the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif., at 4 pm PDT today, and at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex in Los Angeles at 1:10 pm PDT Thursday.

- jpt

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