This is not a joke:
While aides plan a glitzy Aug. 3 fundraiser-bash for Obama at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, organizers are encouraging thousands of supporters who can’t attend to plan and host house parties of their own.
The campaign has rolled out a website dedicated to promoting the parties—and a glossy 4-page, step-by-step guide that instructs would-be hosts on everything from “recruiting” attendees to electronically relaying participants’ personal information back to headquarters.
Friends don’t relay friends’ personal info back to HQ. But we’re talking about Obama drones here.
Who should be invited? “At least 50” friends and neighbors.
Good luck with that. 2008 is over.
Where should it be held? “A quiet and focused place to talk and organize.”
Par-tay! But the best is yet to come:
Aides say Obama will deliver a 50-minute video message to house party attendees that will stream over the internet on hosts’ computers once the events are underway.
Fifty minutes? The guy’s a wet blanket in more ways than one.
For a mere $150:
They’re also offering help with decorations, selling special “host packs” of birthday hats, buttons, balloons, stickers and signs, all emblazoned with a giant 5-0, “Happy Birthday,” and the campaign’s official logo.
And, don’t forget to snap a picture, they say. “We’re collecting hundreds of photos from house parties across the country and will display them for President Obama at his house party in Chicago.”
And you were worried Obama would suspend his campaign because of the debt crisis. Never.
Here’s the site. I predict this idea will go over like a lead Obama balloon.
A Commenter at Political Punch:
really? We’re in a budget crisis, an unemployment crisis, and a foreclosure crisis. Do people bring food to these parties or just tin cups?
Bonus: Remember this monstrosity from two years ago?
UPDATE (JM): Lovely.