No "Dear" again. Starting to piss me off.
I come into this election with clear eyes.
I am proud of all we have achieved together, but I am mindful of all that remains to be done.
"Mindful." Another word I hate.
I know some out there are frustrated by the pace of our progress.
Yeah, that's what the frustration is about.
I want you to know I'm frustrated, too. . . .
Contributing frustration: no more handjobs from the Wookie.
Neither one of us is here because we thought it would be easy. Making change is hard. . . .
As one who, like you, almost flunked Consumer Math, I agree.
The very special interests who have stood in the way of change at every turn . . .Very special interests?
Are you calling them 'tards?
. . . want to put their conservative allies in control of Congress. And they're doing it with the help of billionaires and corporate special interests underwriting shadowy campaign ads. . . .
There is no better time for you to start fighting back -- a fellow grassroots supporter has promised to match, dollar for dollar, whatever you can chip in today.
Please donate $3 -- and see who wants you to re-commit to this movement.
Three bucks? That's it? Hell, I can do th--oops, tapped out. Just gave my last buck to another bu--homeless person. Get a job, sir. I love this part:
I know that sometimes it feels like we've come a long way from the hope and excitement of the inauguration, with its "Hope" posters and historic crowds on the National Mall.
Yes, a loooooooonnng way. All down. "Hope" posters and historic crowds. Gad.
I will never forget it. But it was never why we picked up this fight.
I didn't run for president because I wanted to do what would make me popular. . . .
Working better than you thought, ain't it?
You and I are in this because we believe in a simple idea -- that each and every one of us, working together, has the power to move this country forward. We believed that this was the moment to solve the challenges that the country had ignored for far too long.
That change happens only from the bottom up. That change happens only because of you.
From the bottom up. Hahahahahahahah--oops, my colon just prolapsed.
So I need you to fight for it over the next 26 days. I need your time. I need your commitment. And I need your help to get your friends and neighbors involved.
Not looking to get shot, pal. But look how the buy-in has gone down. Used to be, "Donate $25, $50, $100, whatever you can afford." Now:
If you bring in a new donor today, your $3 donation will become $6. And our Vote 2010campaign will have twice the resources to make important investments like putting staff on the ground, providing materials for volunteers, and turning out millions of voters come Election Day.
Please donate $3 -- and renew your commitment today:
If we meet this test -- if you, like me, believe that change is not a spectator sport -- we will not just win this election. In the years that come, we can realize the change we are seeking -- and reclaim the American dream for this generation.
Thank you for being a part of it,
As usual, you're welcome.
President Barack Obama
"I" count: roughly 15, in what, 300 words?