Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on February 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

So how is Barack Obama’s fundraising going these days? His super-PAC has been a super flop, raising only $59,000 in January, which is not much more than Buddy Roemer raised for his quixotic presidential campaign in the same month. That means that Obama needs to rely more on his own campaign and his own fundraisers, which has brought a return of the Dinner with the Obamas Sweepstakes. Last summer the ticket price started at $5 donations to buy a chance, but then Obama added Joe Biden as a sweetener — and shortly afterward, the price dropped to $3.  Yesterday I got an e-mail from the Obama campaign with a pitch from Obama himself cutting the price yet again:

Friend –

Tomorrow night, we’ll pick the first of four supporters who will sit down with me for dinner. I’m hoping you’ll take me up on the invitation. Donate $2 or whatever you can today to be automatically entered for the chance to be my first dinner guest.

These meals are one simple thing that sets this campaign apart. The seats at our table don’t belong to any Washington lobbyist or powerful interest. These seats are yours. Donate $2 or more today and be automatically entered to win:

https://donate.barackobama.com/The-First-Guest

Hope to see you,

Barack

Obama’s been marked down!  In the retail business, an item that has been marked down this often sits on the clearance table because no one is buying it. This recalls a great scene from Ruthless People, as Bette Midler’s character hears from her kidnappers that they have lowered the ransom price multiple times because her husband won’t pay:

What happens when the campaign can’t sell Obama at the $2 price, either? We’ll turn to another classic comedy for advice:

Perhaps the next fundraising attempt will ask people to go through their clothes and look for loose change. Since the economy has been mostly dead for the entirety of Obama’s presidency, that would probably be the correct valuation.

Update: We may already be at the “loose change” threshold, according to the Washington Examiner, which reports that the new offer is now just one dollar.

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I SWEAR someone wrote about a $1 ticket price yesterday! WhiteHousedossier maybe? I’ll go looking.

lizzieillinois on February 22, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I would rather set my hair on fire and put it out with a hammer.

kingsjester on February 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

It got marked down again to a $1 or are depending on your zip code are you being offered different prices?

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2012/02/21/obama-raffle-hits-rockbottom-entry-fee-1/

No Niks on February 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I want my two dollars – barky

Lost in Jersey on February 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

No Niks found whitehouse — Washington Times had it too: http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/discount-only-1-win-dinner-barack/386556

lizzieillinois on February 22, 2012 at 8:12 AM

it’s not the first time Obama’s been marked down

Gwillie on February 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

quick, Ma! Search them couch cushions and the ash trays!

ted c on February 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Have fun stormin the castle!

cmsinaz on February 22, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Not to worry.
He can print up a few million.

TimBuk3 on February 22, 2012 at 8:14 AM

50-Cent.

coldwarrior on February 22, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Classic lost in jersey :)

cmsinaz on February 22, 2012 at 8:17 AM

they’ll make up the difference on volume

ted c on February 22, 2012 at 8:17 AM

That’s change. – C.J. Jackson III

coldwarrior on February 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Priceless!

(as it were … chuckle)

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Money for Nothin’

/Dire Straits

ted c on February 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM

that’s the chaaange we need….

ted c on February 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM

hey Joe, hit me with that wealth spreader wouldya????

ted c on February 22, 2012 at 8:19 AM

baRack Sale

ted c on February 22, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Downgraded!

ted c on February 22, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Watch President Downgrade open up his campaign credit card restrictions in 5-4-3-2……..and the foreign/unregulated money will come flowing in by the millions.

Rovin on February 22, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Wow, would it not be great to sit and watch mooshell wuff down a couple double cheeseburgers without taking a breath? I would hope they have plenty of napkins to wipe the grease off your face from the wings too.

angrymike on February 22, 2012 at 8:21 AM

A penny for your thoughts dinner?

VibrioCocci on February 22, 2012 at 8:22 AM

pilfer all them dead voters in Chicago…they’re mostly dead too, they just wake up every november.

ted c on February 22, 2012 at 8:22 AM

this is just too rich, Ed. perfect clippage too.

ted c on February 22, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Missah Prezdit, I’d loves to come over and have lunch wit you…but I already spent my gubmint check hittin’ up that Whitney funeral in Jersey…maybe next time, yo?

coldwarrior on February 22, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Ted c
heard that last night great song!!!

angrymike on February 22, 2012 at 8:23 AM

All it takes is a dollar and a dream!

Naturally Curly on February 22, 2012 at 8:24 AM

But wait, there’s more!!!

coldwarrior on February 22, 2012 at 8:25 AM

So, for a $1.00 you get flown in for dinner, or do you have to pay your own way? Does Air Force One come to get you on the taxpayer dime?

Night Owl on February 22, 2012 at 8:25 AM

The blue light special

Heh

cmsinaz on February 22, 2012 at 8:26 AM

I got that email too, but I didn’t open it. Kind of funny to read it on Hot Gas first.

22044 on February 22, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Cheap at half the price!

OldEnglish on February 22, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Obammy, the blue light special! !!!!!!!!!

angrymike on February 22, 2012 at 8:29 AM

for as little as $2 a month, I could sponsor a child in Africa……and, now that I mention it, so could Obama…..but he don’t

brother’s keepers or something

ted c on February 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Can we just send Obama a dollar not to run in 2012?

It’d be a bargain.

coldwarrior on February 22, 2012 at 8:31 AM

If it was me, I would quietly quit talking about this and let it die with what little dignity I still had, but that’s just me.

Night Owl on February 22, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Obama, the affordable president.

OldEnglish on February 22, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Cmsinaz
great minds must think alike!

angrymike on February 22, 2012 at 8:33 AM

“You drag a dollar through a trailer park…”

Rational Thought on February 22, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Yes indeedy angrymike :)

cmsinaz on February 22, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Night Owl on February 22, 2012 at 8:31 AM

If, and I emphasize “if,” Obama had any dignity at all, he’d quietly resign and walk into oblivion all by himself…

Have you seen the banners and ads touting Obama, Michele and the Obama kids…something about “help us help America” Obama-2012?

No dignity at all.

coldwarrior on February 22, 2012 at 8:36 AM

“When my supporters refuse to act, Joe and I will act.”

Fallon on February 22, 2012 at 8:37 AM

DHChron
where the hell are ya, you’d be a hoot on this one. What Texans sleep late?

angrymike on February 22, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I just feel sorry for the poor sucker who jumped at the $5 price thinking that was a bargain.

OK, you’ve got me. I don’t. Actually, I kind of think it’s hilarious.

crazy_legs on February 22, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Sally Struthers issues her request…..

ted c on February 22, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Maybe someone should clue Captain Doofus should get a clue, and realize the going trend in business if moving to the one low price model. Because someone, somewhere, is going to be pissed off that they paid the full retail of $3.

MNHawk on February 22, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Smells like Desperation.

coldwarrior on February 22, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Oh sure, it’s $1 to get in the door, just watch out for the catch.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0709/25627.html

Trafalgar on February 22, 2012 at 8:48 AM

It got marked down again to a $1 or are depending on your zip code are you being offered different prices?

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2012/02/21/obama-raffle-hits-rockbottom-entry-fee-1/

No Niks on February 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Perhaps it should be $0.99 for the other 99%ers!

herm2416 on February 22, 2012 at 8:48 AM

This week only, you, yes you, can win dinner with the PRESIDENT. Just donate 2,yes 2 dollars to the destroy the united states fund. You can tell all your friends that you, a simple peasant ate with the King and queen. Just donate 2 dollars today
paid for by the destroy the America federation.

angrymike on February 22, 2012 at 8:49 AM

C’mon guys, anybody for Pesos? Please . .anybody..one last chance.

Sticky Wicket on February 22, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I liked all of these:

an item that has been marked down this often sits on the clearance table because no one is buying it.

I want my two dollars – barky

Lost in Jersey on February 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

50-Cent.

coldwarrior on February 22, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Which made me think: “Brother, can you spare a dime?”

But then I saw that someone had it marked down even more:

A penny for your thoughts dinner?

VibrioCocci on February 22, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Now how much would you pay? Don’t answer yet, look what else you get! A set of Ginsu knives!”

ITguy on February 22, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Isn’t this following the pattern of the Debbie Wasserman-Shultz kissing booth at the last Dem Convention in Denver???

Can’t even pay folks to partake?

coldwarrior on February 22, 2012 at 8:51 AM

This week only, you, yes you, can win dinner with the PRESIDENT. Just donate 2,yes 2 dollars to the destroy the united states fund. You can tell all your friends that you, a simple peasant ate with the King and queen. Just donate 2 dollars today
paid for by the destroy the America federation.

angrymike on February 22, 2012 at 8:49 AM

But my journey is part of a larger journey – one shared by all who’ve ever sought to apply the values of their faith to our society. It’s a journey that takes us back to our nation’s founding, when none other than a UCC church inspired the Boston Tea Party and helped bring an Empire to its knees.

Barack Hussein Obama

ITguy on February 22, 2012 at 8:53 AM

baRack Sale

ted c on February 22, 2012 at 8:19 AM

That’s good!

ITguy on February 22, 2012 at 8:54 AM

But wait, there’s more!!!

coldwarrior on February 22, 2012 at 8:25 AM

What they really need is the guy from Ronco to do a whole infomercial for them. “And if you pay the seperate processing charge, we’ll throw in not one, not two, but three pant suits worn by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. And as an extra special gift we’ll thrown in an Eric Holder bobble head absolutely free, just pay the seperate processing and handling charges.”

Frank Drebin on February 22, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Requests for tickets are flooding in from the Middle East and South America!

KOOLAID2 on February 22, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I think I will donate for this! If I win, I could cause so much trouble at the table! I’d go in with conservative talking points, I’d be honest that I hadn’t voted for a Democrat ever, and I hope I could start a food fight!
.
I could address Ø as Your Excellency Le President Rétrogradé or El Presdenté Degradar. I probably wouldn’t last 5 minutes before being thrown out but what the hell!? It’s only a dollar!

ExpressoBold on February 22, 2012 at 8:55 AM

You know, all these “donate to have dinner with me” things also have a “no purchase necessary” method of entry to meet the legal requirements that they not be some sort of paid gambling. So I’d like to use the free method of entry and then get to tell him “no, I didn’t actually donate, and mostly I just wanted to sit down to tell you how awful a president you are.”

Shump on February 22, 2012 at 8:57 AM

An evening with a bottle of “two buck chuck” would be money better spent.

lynncgb on February 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM

It is all probably a Ponzi…your dollar only gets you on the list to get in the door; then you have to get on the list of donors who have to cough up a whole lot more to actually get inside the dining room. But it’ll cost ya $5 to get back out the front door…should you decide not to donate more to get a chance at a dinner lottery ticket.

coldwarrior on February 22, 2012 at 9:02 AM

This is truly embarrassing for the dims. Of course, dims have no shame, so it’s lost on them–but “independents” should take notice.

MisterElephant on February 22, 2012 at 9:03 AM

BaRoke Special.

hillsoftx on February 22, 2012 at 9:05 AM

ITguy
and he’s doing a heck of a job!!!!!

angrymike on February 22, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I wonder if its BYOB
What’s the cost of maddog these days?

angrymike on February 22, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Same thing happened to Kathleen Blanco when she was Governor of Louisiana (post Katrina). The big fundraiser of dinner with the Governor failed to garner any interest whatsoever. This failure, IMO, was the big reason why the idiot decided that she wanted to “spend more time with the family.”

As to Obama, I’ve got to wonder just how much taxpayer money his racist wife spent on vacation this past weekend as she and the brats headed out for a ski trip. It is one thing to pay for the trips taken by the jug-eared dictator but do we really have to pay for the family to take off whenever Michelle gets bored with DC? Isn’t that why we provide them with Camp David?

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2012 at 9:16 AM

This is a fun thread, but keep in mind that his own campaign raised $76 million in January. He’s actually not lacking for money.

22044 on February 22, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Ed, Thought I would add this one for after November when 0 has lost. Of course it might also work if Mitt isn’t the nom. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grbSQ6O6kbs

Bmore on February 22, 2012 at 9:17 AM

and he’s doing a heck of a job!!!!!

angrymike on February 22, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Just ask him. One of the four best Presidents ever. And you can break bread with him for just $2.00! A bargain at twice the price to be in the same room with such greatness.

Happy Nomad on February 22, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Rahroh
one of my comments disappeared, hope I’m not in trouble.

angrymike on February 22, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Oh it showed, “wipes sweat off head” cool.

angrymike on February 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

How many empties do I need to turn in to add up to two bucks?

New campaign slogan –

Recycle Obama/Biden 2012

JoeHanson on February 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM

JoeHanson on February 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM

That’s a lot of King Cobra or Old English 800.

Best to have somebody else drink them…but you get more recycle weight out of fewer actual beers that way.

coldwarrior on February 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Oblame-o couldn’t pay me enough to be willing to sit through dinner with him! I’d have to tell him to quit now while he’s got the country totally in the tubes!

Vntnrse on February 22, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Donate $1 or whatever you can today to be automatically entered for the chance to be my first dinner guest.

This comes out of the Washington Examiner piece that shows barack’s invitation.

The “whatever you can” is pretty much like when someone is selling a car and says, “I’ll take $2,000 or best offer.” They know that no one in their right mind would pay the $2,000, but it is a starting point for negotiations.

barack is starting his negotiating a one buck. He is a laughable clown.

DuctTapeMyBrain on February 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM

I have some used underwear. Will the 0bama regime accept that has an entry fee?

jukin3 on February 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM

jukin3 on February 22, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Depends.

coldwarrior on February 22, 2012 at 10:10 AM

President Downgrade strikes again…

affenhauer on February 22, 2012 at 10:15 AM

You all better stop laughing and making fun. First, there’s attttackkkkkkkkk watch. Next, you must count yourself lucky that Obama hasn’t ordered you to contribute.

“When Congress the individual refuses to act, Joe and I are going to act,” Obama said on Tuesday, with Vice President Joe Biden at his side.

katablog.com on February 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Vntnrse on February 22, 2012 at 9:32 AM

That’s what is going to happen next, the winner will refuse to come!

katablog.com on February 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM

It’s only a dollar!

ExpressoBold on February 22, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I’m sure you have to pay your own airfare, cab fare, etc. And don’t be surprised if the “winner” is hit up for another donation at each course.

katablog.com on February 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Buddy, you got a dollar?

tinkerthinker on February 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Everything must go!!!!

talkingpoints on February 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Will they be serving peas?

askwhatif on February 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

We may already be at the “loose change” threshold, according to the Washington Examiner, which reports that the new offer is now just one dollar.

New price list:

Check out Obama’s pants crease $0.50
Play rock/paper/scissors with Biden $0.25
Watch Mochelle eat a Lobster and French Fries $0.25
Receive an MP3 of Obama speeches (Queen Edition) $0.10

Tim_CA on February 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Great comments! There’s at least a half-dozen possible comedy routines in here.

stillings on February 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

It still sounds pretty steep to me:

Two bucks to give him your 2 cents?

EconomicNeocon on February 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Donate $1 or whatever you can today to be automatically entered for the chance to be my first dinner guest.

Gotta admit, he knows his audience.
‘OR WHATEVER YOU CAN’ ???
Meaning’ the unemployed might be able to afford a quarter, and would SURELY be entered into the drawing ???
He can be just SOOO funny !!

pambi on February 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

50-Cent.

coldwarrior on February 22, 2012 at 8:16 AM

It’s pronounced Fitty. Rhymes with sh…well you know.

Nutstuyu on February 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I’m sure you have to pay your own airfare, cab fare, etc. And don’t be surprised if the “winner” is hit up for another donation at each course.

katablog.com on February 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Not to mention, pay taxes on the value of the dinner.

Ditkaca on February 22, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Tyrannical “green” policies…billions of dollars

Crony bailouts…billions of dollars

Dinner with the First Fool…$1

Funding a campaign by lottery…inconceivable

What, you expected “priceless” with a Princess Bride reference hanging?

Freelancer on February 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

OBAMA MARKDOWN!!!

EVERY OBAMA MUST GO…REGARDLESS OF PRICE!!!


LMAO!

landlines on February 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM

You have to wonder how many getting these emails are actual supporters. I’ve been asked to host an Women for Obama evening in my neighborhood, lol.

ctmom on February 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I would enter if I could bring Ed as my dinner date.

kmid219 on February 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

I would rather set my hair on fire and put it out with a hammer.

kingsjester on February 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Okay mister, I’m stealing that one. tooooo funny.

elm on February 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Obama “gets it”! He knows that to raise revenue, you cut the cost. Just like taxes!

liberty0 on February 22, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Should drop the price to a quarter in honor of his two-bit presidency.

BigOil on February 22, 2012 at 4:55 PM

EconomicNeocon on February 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM

And since the Fed has been doing its best to devaluate the dollar…giving BO your two cents worth is closer to correct.

chickasaw42 on February 22, 2012 at 4:56 PM