Will you wish Barack a happy Father’s Day?
from: Michelle Obama email@example.com
to: Peter Bella firstname.lastname@example.org (Redacted)
date: Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM
subject: Will you wish Barack a happy Father’s Day?
12:24 PM (1 hour ago)
From coaching basketball to knowing how many Jonas brothers there are, Barack is a pretty cool dad.
But more importantly, Barack is a wonderful father and partner. No matter what’s on his plate, he puts the kids first, and they know how much he loves them.
This Father’s Day, I want Barack to know how much we love and appreciate him, so I hope you’ll join me in wishing him a happy Father’s Day:
Thanks for all your hard work, and happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there.
CHICAGO, June 15, 2012—
Here we go again. Another pathetic attempt to use a special day for purely campaign and fund raising purposes. Back in May, Barack wrote me a similar pitiful email asking to wish you a happy Mother’s Day.
Since you are not my mother or the Mother of the Nation I declined.
I will not wish Barack happy Father’s Day. Barack is not my father. He is not the Father of the Nation. No president ever sent my dad a letter wishing him happy Fathers Day. No president ever personally sent me a happy Fathers Day message either. I treat people as they treat me. You know the Golden Rule and all that. It is only fair. I do believe Barack has used the word fair over and over and over again.
Barack is the father of your children. If their wishing him a happy Father’s Day is not sufficient, I truly feel sorry for the guy.
I could care less if Barack coaches basketball, soccer, glee club, or spelling bees. How does he find time to coach while campaigning full time to get reelected and his part time job as president?
I do not care how many stupid celebrities he knows about. I do not give a rat’s rear end how pretty, cool, or pretty cool he is. His being a wonderful father and “partner” is between you and him. It is not my business.
By the way I noticed you used the term “partner” referring to Barack. Are husband or spouse politically incorrect and culturally insensitive? Is “partner” the new palatable and acceptable word for married couples? By the way what sensitive and acceptable words are now used to replace marriage and married?
It is really unseemly, sordid, and low for you and Barack to troll for felicitations. It does not say much about your familial situation if you need more than your own children will give you. Oh my, I do hope you refer to them as children. If that term is incorrect, unpalatable, offensive, or culturally insensitive I apologize.
These emails are pathetic and reprehensible. They are nothing but a sham to garner donations. You could care less about Mothers or Fathers Day, or mothers and fathers for that matter. Please let me know the more culturally sensitive terms for mother, father, or parent if there are any. I am really trying not to offend and learning how to be a modern, palatable, and culturally sensitive guy.
All you and Barack care about is garnering more email addresses and raising campaign cash. His job security is job one.
Please spare me all the gooey treacle about your family. Is family the correct term or is there a more politically palatable or culturally sensitive term I should be using? Please let me know.
Get this straight. I only give felicitations to people I know and respect. I do not make a habit of wishing total strangers happy or merry anything. Talking or relating to strangers is dangerous.
Please refrain from sending me dishonest, disingenuous, lamentable, phony emails. If you want the kachingos just come right out and ask for them. You do not have to gild the lily with trifling requests for felicitations.
By the way, what hard work are you thanking me for? I do not work for you or Barack.
You and your “partner” Barack must really be desperate to stay in the White House. Between lotteries for dinner with Barack, constantly asking for three bucks, and these beggarly emails asking for felicitations, it appears Barack is worried about being unemployed, unemployable, and unloved. Not my problem.
But I do not think you or Barack will suffer if he does not get reelected. Between the pension, books, speaking deals, and perks former presidents get, you will be just fine. Heck, you will even be able to take your “partner” on some of those expensive vacations you enjoy.
By the way Michelle, did you really write or approve this tripe or did some campaign flack or political hack write it?
Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance journalist and photojournalist, cook, and raconteur. He likes to be the irreverent sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys. His opinions are his and his alone. Mr. Bella is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.
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