Register with Obama?

Obama Event Registry

The Barack Obama re-election campaign is now giving couples (or, I guess, anyone that wants gifts) the chance to register with the Obama campaign:

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.

Like the constant emails and advertisements for dinners with Sarah Jessica Parker and George Clooney, this move seems amusing at first and horribly desperate and sad upon further contemplation. Is this the new norm for a post-Citizens United world? I applaud the Obama campaign’s ingenuity but feel genuine concern for the state of our democracy if that is indeed the case.

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6 thoughts on “Register with Obama?

  1. I feel this same concern/sadness every day of the week, speaking honestly. But the unfortunate reality is that we are just being outspent in every direction, so we have to do this gimmicky things to get money where we can. The anxiety I feel by associating POTUS with these gimmicks is somewhat placated by the fact that we, plain and simple, need to raise way more money to compete for the presidency than ever before. None the less, I completely understand and feel your sense of concern. I wish it would raise the ire of the public instead of resulting in the complacency that I’ve been feeling around my peer group.

  2. I don’t know, it seems like a natural piece of the move away from traditional event gift registries. As couples live together outside of wedlock more often and for longer periods of time, they tend to accumulate waffle irons, panini presses, and fondue pots on their own dime. I’ve noticed more and more that couples have asked for charitable donations made in their names. My concern is less about how this affects our politics and more about how it affects the wedding. Almost all creditable research suggests that money in itself doesn’t have a tremendous impact on who gets elected or the policies they enact; and especially given that the chief benefits of money for a candidate relate to name recognition, I wouldn’t worry too much about an incumbent President’s fund-raising capabilities. But back to the wedding. First, I hope that anyone doing this gives alternative charitable giving options, lest they coerce their friends and family into a political act against their preferences. Second, what happens when the candidate loses? Imagine the happy couple 20some years on with their wedding plaque commemorating the Dukakis campaign.

    PS – if you didn’t notice, you got a Sullivan link.

  3. I did notice…interesting to see that the Romney emails are as bad if not worse. And for the record, a Dukakis plaque would be a very cool collectible right about now.

    And Samarth, I don’t blame the President at all. Like you say, this just seems to be how campaigns will be like from now on.

  4. Pingback: Please, Preisdent Obama, stop inviting us to dinner! | Saint Petersblog

  5. the registry is just the obama camp having a little fun – they’re doing it just to give limbaugh & similar sillies something to be outrageously-outraged about, proving how easily they can be outrageously-outraged about silly stuff.

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