â€œHey young couples just starting out, instead of creating a nest egg, saving for a down-payment for a house or simply paying for your wedding and reception, give your money to the President!â€
Can you believe a President of the United States, or even a candidate for dog catcher, would think that is a good idea?
Thereâ€™s desperation. Then thereâ€™s the Obama-Biden re-election campaignâ€™s fund-raising operation.
ALL you people without jobs - GIVE GIVE GIVE!
ALL you people who's retirement disappeared in the market, and who now must live on Social Security - GIVE GIVE GIVE!
No money? Borrow and GIVE GIVE GIVE!Â
Fortunate enough to STILL own your own home?Â Do a reverse mortgage or a second loan on your home and GIVE GIVE GIVE!
Medical issues?Â Forget them, just suffer, and GIVE GIVE GIVE!
Don't know about you-all, but certainly causes my stomach to churn...
Thereâ€™s desperation. Then thereâ€™s the Obama-Biden re-election campaignâ€™s fundraising operation.
Remember that Seinfeld episode where George Costanza, because heâ€™s cheap and didnâ€™t want to buy co-workers anything for Christmas, gave everyone a card saying a gift had been made in their name to the â€œHuman Fundâ€? The Human Fund didnâ€™t exist. George made it up because he was just that cheap.
But those â€œI gave your gift to someone elseâ€ charitable donations do exist. I get a few of them every year from people who shouldnâ€™t be giving me gifts in the first place. It never occurred to me to check and see if the charity actually exists.
Iâ€™ve worked at a few non-profits, organizations whose existence is based upon the donations of others. I was in policy and thankfully never had to ask anyone for a donation, but I was in the room a lot when those asks happened. I could never, ever do it, but Iâ€™m thankful people who can are out there.
So Iâ€™m not unfamiliar with the concept of asking for donations. But those donations are never requested of people without jobs or who donâ€™t have the money to donate. The potential donors knew what was coming precisely because they could afford it.
Thatâ€™s what makes the latest tactic from the Obama-Biden re-election campaign so weird.
The â€œObama event registryâ€ is something new in politics â€“ an ask that couples who are getting married forego gifts and money to help the president. And itâ€™s not just limited to weddings. They want birthday and anniversary money, too.