Behold the return of the "sympathy violin" tag, which in this case is linked inextricably with the "Schadenfreude" tag as if they were BFFs. As the Transterrestrial blog did say, "You’d have to have a heart of stone to read this story and not laugh out loud."
I laughed. And laughed. And laughed. Awwwww. Poor baby! Boo freaking hoo! Apparently the heady days of HopeyChangey 2008 are long gone and now replaced by the hand-wringing whinging and near-panic of 2012.
You really can't read the story and not connect it with another recent instance of fundraising in sheer laughable bad taste and unwittingly contemptible venality. Oh, sure, some people are offended, but the rest of us are busy guffawing and tweeting our derision. Come on, man. The president of the United States of America is hankering for your birthday money and wedding gifts, citizens! What, stooping to this? Are you freaking kidding me? Apparently it's so ridiculous an idea that people have gone to Snopes to see if it can be debunked ... but it can't, because it's actually true. Here's the thing in all its garishly undignified and utterly blind stupidity, straight from the official Obama-Biden website.
Oh, FYI to my posse: If any of you tries to tell me that you didn't give me a birthday present in order to make a political donation instead, I will curl up my perfectly manicured fingers and proceed to punch you in the face, OK? I'm glad we got that all straightened out.
You know, I've never donated a single red cent to any political campaign in my whole entire life. I have to say, though, this one-two punch of fundraising bullcrappery from the Left makes me want to give my lunch money to that human Valium Mitt Romney - not so much as a donation for Romney as much as one against the clowns on the other side. In fact, it's enough to make one wonder if there's some GOP operative buried deep undercover in the Obama campaign who suggested this entire "in lieu of gifts" idea in the first place. Alas, I think in this case that simple overt foolishness is at play instead of glorious subversive cunning.