Obama's Plea to Donate Birthday and Wedding Gifts Draws Fire from Conservatives
Laura Wilson from the Obama camp posted a blog on the president’s campaign website late last week unveiling the “Obama Event Registry.”
“Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up?” Wilson wrote. “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."
Republicans and conservatives responded to the idea by mocking it.
Conservative leader Gary Bauer, best known for leading the Family Research Council (FRC) during the 1990s and his bid for the Republican presidential nomination during the 2000 election cycle, took aim at the idea on Tuesday.
“Just when you think you've heard everything … Obama is asking his liberal supporters to give up their wedding and birthday gifts,” Bauer, who is now with the Campaign for Working Families PAC, insisted. “Instead of folks celebrating their special day, they're supposed to think of Obama first by donating to his re-election campaign! How arrogant can this man be? I don't want to spend the next four years finding out!”