The Obama Event Registry a new low in trolling for cash

Team Obama wants your kids' birthday and Christmas gifts. They'll take your anniversary gifts while they're at it. Photo: Screenshot/barackobama.com

CHICAGO, June 23, 2012 — From the realm of you just can’t make this stuff up. 

OBAMA EVENT REGISTRY

Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up? 

Let your friends know how important this election is to you—register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift. It’s a great way to support the President on your big day. Plus, it’s a gift that we can all appreciate—and goes a lot further than a gravy bowl. 

Register with Obama 2012

Got a special milestone or event coming up? 

Instead of another gift card you’ll forget to use, ask your friends and family for something that will go a little further: a donation to Obama for America. Register your next celebration—whether it’s a birthday, bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, or anniversary—with the Obama campaign. It’s a great way to show your support for a cause that’s important to you on your big day. (barackobama.com) 

It isn’t enough that this president holds continual donation lotteries to have lunch or dinner with him and Michelle. 

It’s not enough that he trolls for Mothers Day felicitations for Michelle and Michelle trolls for Fathers Day felicitations for the president to get donations and your email address. It isn’t even enough that they get Caroline Kennedy involved in their felicitation-trolling-for-cash. 

The Obama campaign just keeps dropping lower and lower.

In a recent campaign email, the First Lady touted Obama’s heroism because he used to dig her car out of the snow when they lived in Chicago. Of course, if you send in your donation to the Husband of the Nation, you will be entered into the ubiquitous dinner lottery: 

“Will you make a donation today to build this campaign? When you do, you’ll be automatically entered to join Barack and me for a casual dinner:

https://donate.barackobama.com/Barack-and-Me

Your flight, your meal, your accommodations — that’s all taken care of. Just bring yourself and a guest, and get ready to enjoy a good meal together.

We’re so grateful that you’re out there, ready to keep fighting alongside us from now to November.

Thanks,

Michelle” 

Anna Wintour gathered designers to come up with a tasteless, kitshy, Obama-themed collection called “Runway to Win.” It is sold on the Obama campaign website and includes cheap-looking tee shirts ($40-$55), a $95 dollar scarf, and all kinds of gaudy garbage priced in between. 

In what has to be a new low in cadging for kachingos, Team Obama dreamed up the Obama Event Registry. Now you can register with the Obama campaign, just like you can at Target, Tiffanys, Martha Stewart, or Wal Mart. 

You sign up at the registry and let all your friends and family know. Instead of buying you gifts for your wedding, baby shower, birthday, anniversary, bar mitzvah, first communion, graduation, or other special occasion, your friends can give cash to the president. You get a card with a receipt, a nice tingle up your leg, and an attaboy/girl/whatever. 

Imagine this. Couples register at the Obama Event Registry. Women tell their beaus they would prefer they give the cost of that silly engagement ring to the Obama campaign. Instead of buying loved ones sets of china, silverware, salad bowls, electric knives, power tools and lubricants, and all those other gifts that will not be used, returned, or regifted, people can donate to President Obama. 

Instead of those cash and check filled envelopes at the wedding, folks can just give the dough to you-know-who. It will be a wedding to remember. 

How about this? “Merry Christmas kids. Hey, look want Santa left you. Thank you cards from President Obama.” 

Even those funny folks at the Onion couldn’t dream this up. They are probably kicking themselves, too. It makes one wonder if clowns are in charge of the Obama campaign. It really is a comedy circus; Cirque Comédie du Barack

This is not just tacky. It’s wacky. Just when you thought the Obama campaign could not sink any lower they prove you wrong. 

The comments left on the site are not exactly complimentary: 

“Is this what the office of the President of the United States has come to? Pandering for wedding and birthday money?” 

“This is sad, sad, sad. My heart is seriously crying here.” 

“My six-year-old just lost a lower incisor. He’s going to be SO excited when the tooth fairy leaves him an Obama-Biden donation receipt in his name!” 

What will those cool kids in the Prudential Building in Chicago come up with next? 

  • Instead of paying you for items sold on Ebay people donate directly to the president through a special link.
  • Tithing for the true believers.
  • Obama rummage, yard, and garage sales
  • Obama boxes placed in strategic public places where you donate your old clothing so it can be sold for cash.
  • Obama Army Stores where people donate their junk to be sold.
  • Obama Cookies.
  • People standing in intersections, with or without squeegees, asking drivers for donations.
  • People with cardboard signs on street corners- “Homeless, hungry, unemployed, raising money for Obama”.
  • Street corner musicians and entertainers playing for donations.
  • People selling Obamawise*, a publication devoted to all things Obama.
  • An Obama telethon. 

If ever there was a presidential campaign that invited scorn and ridicule, it is the Obama campaign. The 2012 presidential campaign will go down as the goofiest campaign in history. 

One would think that all those educated, creative young people who work for him could come up with less tawdry methods of raising cash for the president. 

Note to President Obama. The President of the United States is not supposed to look tacky, wacky, cheesy, or goofy. 

*Obamawise - derived from Streetwise. Streetwise is a Chicago publication sold on street corners by the homeless. It is a worthy cause helping the homeless help themselves. The Streetwise organization also provides a plethora of social services. You can donate here. Better than giving money to Team Obama’s comedy of errors. 

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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