The Obama Presidency. Now With More Clooney!

I get a daily email from the Obama campaign wheedling me to donate. The pleas seem a little smarmy to me -- and often there's a lie in the first sentence, as in this one from March 1st. But read on for the Clooney.
If you're a woman, who do you think should have control over your choice to use contraception: You or your employer?
Mitt Romney and Republicans will personally yank the pill right from your hands if you buy it at Target, so donate! They offer me "Dinner with Barack."
You probably don't know Janet from Accokeek, Maryland.
But you two could be having dinner with President Obama together sometime soon.
Janet was the first guest selected for the next Dinner with Barack. And we're counting down the hours until we draw the next name.
The second seat could be yours -- you'll be automatically entered when you donate $3 or whatever you can today.
Janet told us that when she donated $25 last week she was just trying to show her support for the President.
No one ever thinks they'll be picked until they are.
When I didn't send my $3 I got another notice and when I still didn't respond I got a note from "Janet" herself telling me about a conversation that certainly never occurred:
What a blessing. Two days ago I learned I'm going to have dinner with President Obama. I guess I should finally start listening to my father, Milton (he's 86 years old). He always taught me that when you give, you receive. "Janet," my dad said, "You gotta start supporting President Obama. Support your politicians. Support the President, so that your voice can be heard." "I do support the President," I told him. "Prove it." Well, here I am.

I'm telling you this because the campaign is picking the next guest in a few hours -- and I hope my story inspires you to add your name to mine.

Join me by donating $3 or whatever you can to help the campaign and be automatically entered to win Dinner with Barack.

The truth is, I don't usually enter these kinds of things. I gave $25 last week in response to an email from the campaign, but not for one second did I think my name would be drawn. I donated because I want a president who cares enough about his supporters to sit down for a meal, just like we do in our own families.

And because I was anxious to support the President's campaign. It was my time to give.
Then I was offered a free bumper sticker, which as someone has pointed out, is printed over the Dutch flag, not our own

Then Joe Biden started writing me. Then Michelle did.
Every night in the White House, I see Barack up late poring over briefings, reading your letters, and writing notes to people he's met.

He's doing that for you -- working hard every day to make sure we can finish what we all started together.

This week, I need you to have his back.

Will you donate $3 or more to support Barack before Saturday's critical fundraising deadline?
Then the President himself honored me with a short note in my inbox:
I need you with me on this one. Tonight's deadline is our biggest yet, and I need everyone pitching in.
Give $3 or whatever you can:
Let's go,
Then Rufus from the campaign wrote that he'd tried to extend the deadline for me but he just couldn't
Sorry to bug you on a Saturday. The FEC wouldn't let us push back their big March 31st deadline. (I tried.)
Just hours to go -- please chip in $3 or more.

All of this is punctuated with anti-Republican hate. They'll spend anything. They'll do anything. Those jerks are calling health care Obamacare, which is disrespectful, except, wait, we're proud! Now comes the piece de la resistance: Dinner with George Clooney (and Barack)!
Want to meet George Clooney and Barack Obama -- at Clooney's house?

He's hosting supporters at his home next month to help build support for this campaign and elect President Obama in November. And he's saving seats for two grassroots supporters like you and their guests. It's just not a chance most people get -- well, ever.

For a chance to hang out with President Obama at George Clooney's house, donate $3 or whatever you can to be automatically entered to win.

George Clooney is doing his part to help re-elect the President, but he also knows that it's folks like you who will decide this election. That's why we're reserving a few spots for grassroots supporters.
What kind of rubes do they take us for? And doesn't this smack of desperation -- as if the President himself isn't much of a draw?

Update: P.S. After the Clooney mailing, I received a follow-up assuring me they'd pay my way to Clooney's house if I win.