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President Obama Sends Me E-Mail

Posted on | November 22, 2011 | 16 Comments

Maybe it’s because I’m so influential in the blogosphere (no matter what Tabitha Hale says). Or maybe it’s because I signed up for an e-mail news alert while I was covering the 2008 campaign. Either way, I think you’ll agree that it’s pretty nice of President Obama to take time from his busy schedule to send me this e-mail personally inviting me to dinner:

Robert —
A few Thursdays ago, I had dinner with four Americans named Ken, Casey, Juanita, and Wendi — the winners of the campaign’s first Dinner with Barack contest.
I loved getting to know each of them.
We’re taking names for the next dinner starting now, and this time I want to add a new feature: If you win, you can bring a guest.
Chip in $3 or more today to be automatically entered to win a spot for you and a guest at the next dinner.
The folks who this election is all about tend to fall under the radar of the D.C. pundits and traditional news media.
They’re people like Juanita, who helped put her three sons through college on a teacher’s salary while saving what she could for retirement.
Like Ken, a single dad who stood by his mother as she fought insurance companies while battling two forms of cancer.
They’re like Casey, whose three young kids may not yet appreciate what courage it took for their dad to take a chance and start his own business.
And Wendi, an artist and third-generation teacher who canvassed, marched, and phone banked in Indiana in 2008, the year her home state defied the traditional electoral map.
These people weren’t just there for themselves — they were representing you, this movement, and the folks I go to work for every day as president.
These dinners are important to me because I want to spend time whenever I can with the people who sent me here. They’re proving wrong the conventional wisdom that says campaigns should cater to Washington lobbyists and powerful interests. And they’re an important reminder that this movement — and my presidency — have never just been about me.
I’m proud that we’re choosing to run the kind of campaign where a dinner like this isn’t just possible, it’s a regular thing. And next time, I don’t just want to meet you — I want to meet someone else in your life.
Donate $3 or more, and start thinking about who you’ll invite to dinner:

Thanks for being part of this,


Isn’t that special? Unfortunately, I don’t have $3 to spare today, but if readers will hit my tip jar, I promise not to donate it to Obama. Because I wouldn’t want to end up like some other Obama donors:

Former Obama fundraiser sentenced

Yeah  Bad things happen in proximity to political disaster. As opposed to the good things that happen to people who hit my tip jar or shop our special Amazon “Black Friday Deals Week” sale: You get amazing bargains, I get a commission on each sale, and none of us gives a dime to Obama. What a deal!


UPDATE: A genuinely troubling thought:

In honor of today’s date and his new novel “11/22/63”, we turn our attention herein to a particularly disturbing case in point — Stephen King. Disturbing because in recent years, King has regressed from being a respectful liberal — to the extent that’s not an oxymoron — to a leading purveyor of the tin foil hat brigade.
His latest spate of books features an army of right-wing caricatures so over the top, they could have been penned by Howard Dean. YEARRGH!! In interviews for 11/22/63, King draws parallels between conservative “real hate and obstructionism” of President Obama and the assassination of JFK. Which sounds almost plausible … well, until you consider that Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist sympathizing leftist. But putting that aside, it’s like the same thing, right?

I’m thinking about publishing an open letter to the National Association of Rifle-Wielding Psychotic Extremists, urging them to save their ammo. The last thing we need is Chris Matthews tearfully re-living his leg tingles as he gushes with “Camelot” comparisons. Please, kooks and crackpots, I beg you to spare us such a calamity.


16 Responses to “President Obama Sends Me E-Mail”

  1. Anonymous
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    What a lame letter – they can’t do better than than mealy mouthed tripe?  Maybe they ought to enlist the left’s favorite author to help them out, his latest ravings would certainly qualify him for the post …

  2. Anonymous
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    Apropos of nothing, Cain seems to be rising in the polls, again.

    (link goes to FreeRepublic)

    Right now, Stacy, my PayPal account is broken.  They keep wanting me to provide info I refuse to provide, so I guess it’ll stay broken.  Something must have changed in the TOS. Freaking regulations, I’d guess.  Either that, or they suddenly realized PayPal is a Bank.

    Wonder how the OWS crowd buys online?

  3. Anonymous
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    “Donate $3 or more, and start thinking about who you’ll invite to dinner”

    Oh I hope someone invites Paul Ryan. Please, please, please, please, please!

  4. Anonymous
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    Some how I doubt that even if you were “lucky” enough to be selected, Obama holds your “worth” as a blogger or a journalist in as high esteem as Tabitha does.

  5. JeffS
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    Stephen King is a prime example of an artist who passed his peak long ago, but will do anything to maintain his “celebrity status”. 

    Technically, that makes King an “attention whore”, but people like hm take it to extremes by doing anythingfor a few seconds more on the Celebrity Clock. 

    Thus, Stephen King has lowered himself to the level of Ted Rall, Cindy Sheehan, and similar Losers Of Leftie Land.

  6. Anonymous
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    They’re like Casey, whose three young kids President may not yet appreciate what courage it took for their dad to take a chance and start his own business.


  7. Anonymous
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    “And they’re an important reminder that this movement — and my presidency — have never just been about me.”

    Does the rejoinder, “I won,” have any significance to you, President Narcissist’s Communication Team?

  8. AMartel
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 4:36 pm

    Apparently, Dinner with Barack participants are so poor and oppressed that they can’t afford last names.  I’m wondering who “Juanita” helped to put the kids through college on her supposedly pathetic teacher’s salary (and have those loans been repaid), what was the real deal with the mean insurance companies that “Ken” battled, what’s this business that “Casey” started (and does it involve intimate massages), and is “Wendi” part of OWS. 
    Just wondering.  Maybe the most transparent administration ever could advise you in the next newsletter.

    Stephen King is a frightened and stupid little man.  Looks like the talent done dried up and blew away.

  9. Bob Belvedere
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

    I’m sorry, but King was never much of a writer.  His prose is Creative Writing 101 at best.

  10. AMartel
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    True, the prose was turgid, but he did have a way with story and character.  Credit where credit is due, people chose to buy his product by the ton load, and it wasn’t just because of the marketing.  Personally, many a long plane ride made bearable due to skimming through on of his small-town Americreepy efforts.  At some point, subject to debate, he started coasting on his past achievements and the quality fell off.  Steeply. Now it’s all gone for good and all that’s left is the sound of lefty screeching.  The descent into madness in search of lost meaning and mattering.  Kingish.

  11. ktekinay
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

    Please reply back to the campaign, get contact information for these troopers and interview them. I’ll bet you find out that they don’t really exist.

  12. Anonymous
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

    Stephen King’s book sounds like Frank Rich’s latest column? Wonder who plagiarized who? Or is it Small Minds thinking alike?

  13. Anonymous
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    I’ve never actually read any of his books, but Haven on SyFy is based on King’s The Colorado Kid.  He’s got writing credits on most (all?) of the episodes, in addition to the original novel.

    It’s a very good series.

  14. Bob Belvedere
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    Good point. 

  15. William_Teach
    November 22nd, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

    Obama was nice enough to send that missive at three different email addresses. Strangely, I get them on my Gmail account, despite using it to sign up for the official POTUS project where they would solicit ideas and vote on them, which was supposed to be non-partisan and not data mining for Barry’s reelection.

  16. Bob Belvedere
    November 23rd, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    The man can certainly create interesting plots, but he should never be taught in an English or literature class.