When it comes to the 2012 campaign, team Obama has made more than their fair share of embarrassing gaffes. Chronicling them would take thousands of words, though certainly such hits as Attack Watch and the Life of Julia stand out. However, those gaffes, idiotic though they may have been, at least had a rationale behind them that was discernible, if stupid.
This is most unequivocally not the case when it comes to the Obama team's most recent fundraising initiative. It is impossible to dream up a rationale for it without sounding silly. It can't really be set up in any way that softens the incredulity you'll feel looking at it. So we'll just repost an image below and let you see:
So many questions abound after reading this short message, "Why" being chief among them. Why should a wedding correlate with donating to the President? Along with "saving jobs," is the President now claiming credit for every wedding officiated on his watch? How does he statistically measure "wedding creation" if he is? If you divorce, does that mean you can ask for your money back? Why do anniversaries correlate to donating? Why do birthdays? Why, why, why?
Oh, and did you notice that creepy "It's a gift we can all enjoy" part, as though by giving money to the President, you're giving a gift to the entire country? Talk about a sinister idea. No matter how much of a patriot you are, we doubt you want the entire country crashing your wedding party, asking for a gift they can "all enjoy." It's your anniversary/wedding/birthday, after all, not theirs. If you want a gravy bowl instead of four more years of gravy for lobbyists, that's your right.
But wait, there's more. National Review's Daniel Foster links to this fundraising email that attempts to fundraise off of (of all things) Obama's happy marriage:
For the first 10 years of our marriage, Barack and I lived in an apartment in my hometown of Chicago.
The winters there can be pretty harsh, but no matter how snowy or icy it got, Barack would head out into the cold -- shovel in hand -- to dig my car out before I went to work.
In all our years of marriage, he's always looked out for me. Now, I see that same commitment every day to you and to this country.
The only way we'll win this election is if we can rely on one another like that, all the way to November 6th.
You should know that your recent donation means a lot to both of us.
Again, the big question is, why? Why does Obama shoveling snow years and years ago make him a good President now? What does this have to do with his record at all? If it doesn't have anything to do with his record, why bring it up? Why?
We wish we had an answer. Unfortunately, dreaming one up is proving prohibitively difficult.