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Jimmy Carter framed houses, Ronald Reagan built fences, and George H.W. Bush leapt from airplanes. Post Oval Office, President Obama will return to community organizing. It'll be a different sort politics and a more dangerous one for Republicans.
During his farewell address, an event not unlike the thousands of campaign speeches that defined his career, Obama told an adoring crowd that he's not going anywhere. One of three explicit promises, the outgoing executive pledged to be "right there with you."
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At the end of the 2008 election, Obama capped an improbably electoral comeback, declaring victory at Chicago's Grant Park pavilion. Last night, he signaled the beginning of a new endeavor, swapping a legacy speech for a call to action. Never lazy, the outgoing executive seems ready to answer his own invitation to forge "a new social compact."
For Obama, that means community organizing because he can't stop-won't stop. Democrats might have lost more than a thousand seats at the federal, state, and local levels. But that's not final. "If you're disappointed by your elected officials," Obama said more than two months after Election Day, "grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself." And he'll help even the score a bit.
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Obama said as much earlier this year. In March the president promised to "do some work" after taking a bit of time to get "a good chunk of sleep." After that, he's going to have "a busy agenda."
The gang's already getting together again. For months, former Eric Holder has been building the new National Democratic Redistricting Committee. At the helm of that political organ, Obama will stand alongside his old...
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