Obama 2012 has officially started here. We got the initial contact and introduction from the person running the Ohio campaign here locally and we had an Ohio conference call with Michelle Obama. I just listened in on the call. I weigh in so often here that when I engage in actual politics I have nothing controversial or combative left to say. It’s good. I can listen to people because I’m not composing my stinging rebuttal or next question in my head while the person I’m listening to speaks. We heard from two volunteers, one in the Toledo area and one out of Cincinnati.
There were three hundred at the Dayton office opening. I was alone in my office, here in the boonies. If any of you were on the call too I’d love to hear what you thought.
The Republicans have not picked a presidential nominee yet, but President Barack Obama’s Ohio team opened its Dayton headquarters Thursday night looking ahead to the November election.
The headquarters, at 411 E. Fifth Street in the Historic Oregon District, is the third office the Obama campaign has opened in Ohio. The other offices are in Chillicothe and Shaker Heights near Cleveland.
During the grand opening, first lady Michelle Obama spoke by phone to a room full of volunteers and supporters.
“We’re going to finish what we started,” Obama told the crowd. “We got our work cut out for us. Obama told the audience she was coming to Ohio on Feb. 23. She will be holding a fundraiser at the Westin Hotel in downtown Cincinnati.
Republican presidential candidates are also preparing to campaign in Ohio during the next month ahead of the March 6 primary.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has events planned for Akron and Columbus on Feb. 18. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will headline the Cuyahoga County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day dinner on Feb. 16 in Mayfield Heights near Cleveland.
None of the GOP candidates have opened field offices in the Dayton area.
Jessica Kershaw, press secretary for Obama for America Ohio, said the Dayton office will be used for phone banks, canvassing kickoffs and other events.
“We need to organize everywhere,” she said. “Dayton is an important city for us.
Ah, memories. From February 19, 2008:
The two Democratic presidential contenders have set up shop in the Miami Valley – one in Dayton, the other in Kettering.
The Dayton Barack Obama headquarters is having its ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 5:30 p.m. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Obama headquarters is on the first floor of the Kettering Tower at Second and Jefferson streets in downtown Dayton.
The Hillary Clinton campaign opened its local office on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 3854 Wilmington Pike in Kettering. The chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Terry McAuliffe, made a quick stop Tuesday night to officially open the office.