Barack Obama to Couples: Ask for Campaign Donations Instead of Wedding Gifts


Want to make that special day — your wedding — even more special?

Well, President Barack Obama has one idea: You can ask your guests to donate to his campaign “in lieu of a gift” with the Obama event registry.

For reals.

Campaign staffer Laura Wilson wrote on Obama’s fundraising blog: “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.”

News of this has apparently been circulating the conservative blogosphere and news media since Team Obama posted the notice Friday, but it was just brought to our attention via Slate.

Though this politicking is being derided as tacky (with good reason) another bit posted on the Obamablog rivals the registry’s cheesiness — Obama’s dating tips.

Yes, the leader of the free world is imploring young men to take their romantic interests on long walks, to museums, and to artsy movies: “Guys out there, art, it impresses people,” he said.

Michelle said that their first date — which included an art museum trip and a Spike Lee flick — “showed all his sides — he was hip, cutting edge, cultural, sensitive…”


We’re still checking into this, but we are not yet aware of a similar Mitt Romney wedding/event registry, so if you happen to know of one, let us know.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 25, 2012

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