When I first heard about the the Obama campaign asking wedding guests to forgo giving gifts to the bride and groom, but rather to make a donation to his reelection campaign I was both shocked and mystified. I have heard of creative campaigning, but isn't this going a bit too far?
Cassandra Garrison wrote on metro.us.com "That's right, if you don't want your guests spending money of you for your upcoming wedding, President Obama encourages you to ask them to spend it on him instead. His official website BarackObama.com has rolled out the "Obama Event Registry":
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.
Exactly. Support the President on your big day. It's about him, not you guys. Don't be selfish.
Critics took to the comment forum to voice their displeasure at the President's registry proposal, though many comments have been deleted.
"Is this what the office of the President of the United States has come to? Pandering for wedding and birthday money?" one person asked.
"Wont be long before we start seeing "IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, DONATIONS CAN BE MADE TO BO's RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN OR ANOTHER PARTY WITH THE HOLLYWOOD ELITE FOR OUR CELEBRITY-IN-CHIEF AND HIS FAMILY," another person added.
If it's not outrageous, it cdertainly is a first!