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February 06, 2013

Obama group sets up watch parties for State of the Union

Fire up the nachos and chill the beer: The White House's outside political arm is encouraging supporters to host State of the Union watch parties next week.

"Take out your calendar and draw a big circle around Tuesday, February 12th," the email notes. "That's the day President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address. In all corners of the country, members of this grassroots organization are going to get together to watch the President present his plan for the upcoming year, discuss how we can mobilize in our communities, and of course, enjoy each other's company."

The email says the parties will help the group, Organizing for Action, "off to a strong start by bringing new folks and long-time volunteers into the fold. The discussion you have will help identify the best ways we can organize ourselves around issues of national importance as well as ones critical to our communities."

After the election, Obama's campaign -- Obama for America -- became Organizing for Action, a non-profit, tax-exempt political group that the White House hopes will mobilize support for Obama's priorities, including gun control and immigration.


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