Monday, July 16, 2012
Obama's Ploy To Have People Donate To Him Instead Of Buying Wedding Gifts A Failure
You might remember that the Obama campaign hit a new low about a month ago, with their website urging people to to donate the price of the wedding gifts they would have given to the Obama campaign. They even set it up so couples could 'register' with the campaign.
Apparently, this was not exactly a roaring success:
President Obama’s bizarre marriage-theme fund-raising scheme — where he asks couples to request campaign donations from their guests in lieu of wedding gifts — has been a total flop
So far, “the Event Registry” has been all but ignored on social-media sites — even though Facebook, Twitter and other networks have been a strong suit for the Obama campaign.
“The number of links and stories about the announcement is very low since the news went live on June 22,” said Meredith Klee, a spokeswoman for the social-media tracking firm Topsy.
Her site’s latest data show 1,137 posts on Twitter about the registry.
And only a few hundred links to the registry have been shared on Facebook — even though Obama has more than 27 million fans on the site, according to Topsy.
“It’s a gift that we can all appreciate — and goes a lot further than a gravy bowl,” said campaign staffer Laura Wilson while announcing the initiative.
The Obama campaign didn’t return requests for comment.
But wedding industry pros called the ploy tasteless and divisive.
“This is absurd. Republican or Democrat, you shouldn’t bring politics into a wedding,” said Kristin Koch, a senior editor with weddingchannel.com. “We found that nearly everyone found this to be a bad idea.”
Brides-to-be commenting on her site’s message board called the initiative “gross!” and “tacky” — with one writing, “Hell no!”
“Politics and my personal celebrations should not be mixed,” another bride wrote.
The obscene arrogance of the tawdry, grasping effort to get Barack Obama re-elected is beyond belief.