Bad news: The Obama bridal registry not as popular as you’d imagine

posted at 11:21 am on July 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It’s summer, so we’re right in the middle of wedding season, where brides schedule their big day when the weather will be most likely to cooperate.  There is so much to do — planning the food, the reception venue, how to keep fueding relations separated by the seating chart — that a whole industry has evolved to take some of the burden off of the happy harried couple.  A traditional industry helps to manage gifts; brides register at a particular outlet (or more than one these days) and compile a list of items that they want, in order to keep from having to answer the same question on 200 phone calls, and to keep from getting five toaster ovens.  (That’s a true story from my wedding, by the way, because our choice for bridal registry kept forgetting to take items off the list.)

Imagine, then, how happy brides must have been to have found yet another option to increase their convenience!  A month ago, the Barack Obama campaign offered to make it even easier for those heading to the altar by, er, just taking their gifts away from them:

Oddly, the New York Post reports today that brides and grooms haven’t exactly rushed to take advantage of this option:

President Obama’s bizarre marriage-theme fund-raising scheme — where he asks couples to request campaign donations from their guests in lieu of wedding gifts — has been a total flop.

The desperate initiative, dubbed “the Event Registry,” is being mocked by event planners and couples — and shows how desperate the Obama campaign is to keep up with GOP contender Mitt Romney’s fund-raising. …

So far, “the Event Registry” has been all but ignored on social-media sites — even though Facebook, Twitter and other networks have been a strong suit for the Obama campaign.

“The number of links and stories about the announcement is very low since the news went live on June 22,” said Meredith Klee, a spokeswoman for the social-media tracking firm Topsy.

Her site’s latest data show 1,137 posts on Twitter about the registry.

And only a few hundred links to the registry have been shared on Facebook — even though Obama has more than 27 million fans on the site, according to Topsy.

What a shock.  Who knew that young couples just starting out in life might really prefer to get gifts that help them put together a new household?  And who knew that most people getting married, regardless of age, want their special day to focus on their new relationship rather than act as a fundraiser for a politician?

It’s too bad that the campaign’s flop took place this late in the year.  They could have tried out grad-party donations, where high school and college students ask Grandma and Grandpa to drop $50 into Team Obama’s pockets rather than their own.  I’d bet that would be every bit as successful as the Obama Bridal Registry, especially considering the jobs prospects for these young men and women in the Obama economy.


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ATTAACCKKKK WAAAATTTTCCCCHHHH!!!

Washington Nearsider on July 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Moocher is as moocher does. Poorly.

Archivarix on July 16, 2012 at 11:25 AM

women are such selfish creatures not to give to barry’s campaign.

GhoulAid on July 16, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Can we once and for all please put and end to the mythology of Obama’s “brilliant campaign team”? This idea was just dumb and shows their utter arrogance that they thought this might actually work.

Next thing you know they will be auctioning off vials of his spit.

mitchellvii on July 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Wow, you would think he would at least pick up an extra blender or two.

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I don’t get all the falderol about Obama’s money troubles. Why can’t he just tap the undisclosed foreign donors like he did last time?

flyfisher on July 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Is it a gift or a tax?

tomg51 on July 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

No doubt Barry is expecting a better income stream from his overseas sales campaign.

Dusty on July 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Barack Obama = Jim Jones

He is so full of himself he cannot envision a life after being kicked out of office.

DO NOT ATTEND THE BHO GOING AWAY PARTY’S!

(especially if they are serving Kool-Ade)

BobMbx on July 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Well at least the King is asking for goodies..
For now..

Electrongod on July 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I have never been to a wedding as an adult so I didn’t know what a “registry” was. That makes it even funnier and creepier.

Mord on July 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM

“The number of links and stories about the announcement is very low since the news went live on June 22,” said Meredith Klee, a spokeswoman for the social-media tracking firm Topsy.

Her site’s latest data show 1,137 posts on Twitter about the registry.

I’m guessing most of those were of the “pointing and laughing” variety.

PerceptorII on July 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM

There’s plenty of money left in the slush fund for Barackabama.

SouthernGent on July 16, 2012 at 11:28 AM

If I received a wedding invitation asking for donations to Obama in lieu of gifts, I think I’d make a contribution to a mental health organization in the happy couple’s name instead — because clearly, better mental health is something they really need.

AZCoyote on July 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

These fundraising ideas they come up with are creepy. More fitting of Stalinist Russia.

Blake on July 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Complete flop.

It reminds me of that program in Obamacare in which they expected people to sign up in droves, and very few did. The numbers were so small, they quietly announced that they wouldn’t fund the program.

But hey, young people, pull the lever for this clown–he’s tanking the economy, but he’s for same-sex marriage.

BuckeyeSam on July 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

For an extra $50 Biden will give your daughter a drunken toast.

Chuck Schick on July 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

How about little Bammie’s campaign guidance on Last Wills? They are showing supporters how to insert the right language into wills so that if the person dies before the election, a portion of the estate can go to little Bammie’s campaign.

slickwillie2001 on July 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Everybody’s special day is really all about Him.

JimK on July 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Unrequited love???

heh

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

What a shock. Who knew that young couples just starting out in life might really prefer to get gifts that help them put together a new household? And who knew that most people getting married, regardless of age, want their special day to focus on their new relationship rather than act as a fundraiser for a politician?

LOL – exquisitely written, Ed!

Eren on July 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I think I’ll donate my old lawnmower to the Registry…

PatriotRider on July 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Does this mean they’re not going to go ahead with the mortuary plan, where you dump the body in a trash bin and send Obama the money you planned to use for a coffin and burial?

The Rogue Tomato on July 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Let us eat your cake!
/The Obamas

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Ok, the article covers the # of referrals via social media, but how do we find out how many idiots actually USED this registry ?
Sure don’t want to click on that, if that’s the only way to find those details.
Anybody know ?

pambi on July 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I have a couple of old fry pans too…

PatriotRider on July 16, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Unrequited love???

heh

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

First is was LGBT marriage, now its threesomes with Obama.
Its a slippery slope.

tomg51 on July 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM

The buck stops with you, newlyweds!

VibrioCocci on July 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM

For an extra $50 Biden will give your daughter a drunken toast.

Chuck Schick on July 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

That he plagiarized from somebody else.

AZCoyote on July 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM

This is something that could have actually worked had they done it back in 2008. The folks running the Obama campaign still don’t seem to get that this isn’t 2008. Just about every dumb idea they’ve tried over the last year can be traced back to the fact that they’re over estimating how much excitement and support the president has this time around.

Mahna Mahna on July 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Obama is claiming executive privilege. In this context, the executive gets the first dibs on consumation of the marriage before the groom gets his.

/privilege.

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

This is the only way that Obama can get him some sons that look like him.

/chances.

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I love that picture of the boy king. I pray we see another one just like it plastering the front page of every newspaper in the country on November 7 – right underneath a picture of the newly elected President Romney.

Although I would like the new boy king picture to show tears streaming down his cheeks and snot bubbles from his nose.

Flora Duh on July 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

But wedding industry pros called the ploy tasteless and divisive.

“This is absurd. Republican or Democrat, you shouldn’t bring politics into a wedding,” said Kristin Koch, a senior editor with weddingchannel.com. “We found that nearly everyone found this to be a bad idea.”

Brides-to-be commenting on her site’s message board called the initiative “gross!” and “tacky” — with one writing, “Hell no!”

“Politics and my personal celebrations should not be mixed,” another bride wrote.

Blake on July 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I can’t think of anything Obama has done which has more starkly exposed him as a totally self-absorbed Narcissist who thinks that he should be uppermost in everyone’s mind…even on the most important day in a young couples’ life.

The attempted hijacking of wedding gifts has got to be a historical new and shameful low in political fund raising.

landlines on July 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

This is pathetic.

Good Lt on July 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

First Night ? ;-)
You’re en feugo today !

pambi on July 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Chin up, champ. Maybe you can slide on into some Black Friday deals in November….. because, all anybody is going to want for Christmas is some more Obama. er, wait…..you’ll be packin’ boxes that weekend./

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

That White House team, man what a bunch of boobs. How clueless are they to come up with this shiite and actually believe it will be a success.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

..then it must’ve been really pisss poor because I imagined it to be a monumental flop.

The War Planner on July 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

“There are a lot of engaged Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been in a relationship, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so attractive. There are a lot of attractive people out there. It must be because I worked harder at my relationship than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

“If you are engaged, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great former girlfriend or boyfriend somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system of marriage that we have that allowed you to get engaged. Somebody invested in homes and families. If you’ve got a fiancee — you didn’t do that on your own. Somebody else made that happen.”

– Obama

beatcanvas on July 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Obama should include this on his registry: “If you’ve got a marriage, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. So as a way of thanking me for making that happen send me some love.”

tims472 on July 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

About as popular an idea as Obama coming up with his own version of “Das Herrenrecht” or “Droit du seigneur.”

Want your bride to always remember her wedding night…send in a donation of $5k-$10k or more and Barack Himself, The One, The Saviour, and Legend of the South Side, winner of the Leroy Brown Trophy, will consummate your marriage for you.

Probably would be a few more takers on this one than the present stale wedding gift idea, though.

On that note,

For an extra $50 Biden will give your daughter a drunken toast.

Chuck Schick on July 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

For a few hundred more, Biden will giver her a social disease.

coldwarrior on July 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Next thing you know they will be auctioning off vials of his spit.

mitchellvii on July 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Now that might work but he would run the risk of someone running a DNA test and identifying his real daddy.

Alabama Infidel on July 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

beatcanvas on July 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Shoot. Great minds think alike and you beat me to it, but yours is better. Congrats!

tims472 on July 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

It’s just not FAIR! These people are getting all kinds of neat gifts and Barry gets NOTHING! The poor millionaire is STARVING! Can’t anyone help?

GarandFan on July 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

President Obama’s bizarre marriage-theme fund-raising scheme — where he asks couples to request campaign donations from their guests in lieu of wedding gifts

Yeah, because nothing says “Congratulations, Jim and Lisa” like a…..donation to Obama??? W. T. F.???

/real advertising campaigns of genius.

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Watch out for this sign coming soon to the dairy section in your local supermarket ……………….

“Do your kids really need milk, why not donate to the Obama campaign instead?”

fogw on July 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Instead of having a baby shower to celebrate a new burden life brought into the world, why not instead hold a campaign fundraiser on behalf of President Bark.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

A kitchen aid mixer would have been nice.

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM

So, no treasure bath?

wytshus on July 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Maybe they’re counting on Julia getting married.

TXUS on July 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

tims472 on July 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

We’re both tired of this absolute putz at the helm of our great country.

beatcanvas on July 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

beatcanvas on July 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

“you didn’t build that”

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Obama is claiming executive privilege. In this context, the executive gets the first dibs on consummation of the marriage before the groom gets his.

/privilege.

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

..you’ve been reading far too much Seutonius, Ted.

The War Planner on July 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

BA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

BKennedy on July 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Maybe a toaster or two.

Bmore on July 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM

this ranks up there with the “Julia Fiasco”….

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM

C’mon, trolls, defend your boy king on this!

CurtZHP on July 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Is Obama writing thank-you notes?

“Thank you for your generous gift on our day of threesome marriage. We expect to use this money to leverage 3x’s more debt than the amount of your donation while spending it on a losing green gamble that benefits Friends of Obama.”

tomg51 on July 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM

They should all send him podcast of their ceremonies.

SouthernGent on July 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Is this a new mandate?

Oil Can on July 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Obama really does think the world revolves around him. His main appeal is that he promises free stuff, but he really thinks people love him simply for existing.

zmdavid on July 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I think I’ll donate some bath salts to the registry…

PatriotRider on July 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Looks like the Obama Wedding Registry could have used a better story.

Telling stories is hard.

Curtiss on July 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Did Barry get better result from the “Donate Your Bong Money” campaign?

bayview on July 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Remind me— hey, when did Julia ever get married and tithe her wedding gifts back to the state before she had her lil’ junior who she failed to abort????

/questions.

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Democrat Birth tax: ObamaCare (all living people in the US not on welfare must pay this tax)

Democrat Wedding “Gift”: Donate to The One!

Democrat Death tax: the wildly immoral Estate tax

—-

They’ve left a lot of ground uncovered… What about Democrat Bar Mitzvah “Gifts,” Democrat Sweet 16 “Gifts,” Democrat Mid-Life Crisis tax, Democrat Quinceañera “Gifts,” etc.

visions on July 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

They said it goes a lot further than a gravy bowl…I disagree. I think a gravy bowl would make a better president than this clown.

bluesman on July 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

To paraphrase a caricature (Forest Gump) in a movie, “Stupid is as Stupid does”…

fistbump on July 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM

It was a response to stories about the last wishes of dying people to donate to unseat Obama in lieu of flowers.

Ben Hur on July 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Although I would like the new boy king picture to show tears streaming down his cheeks and snot bubbles from his nose.

Flora Duh on July 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Lol….. You’re almost as mean as me!

I’m waiting for this to occur prior to the election as his chances slip away. He’s a weak person, and I doubt he can maintain much of a facade when things turn against him.

Cody1991 on July 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

..you’ve been reading far too much Seutonius, Ted.

The War Planner on July 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

..actually, that might be a good title for this arrogant, self-centered schmuck: The Thirteenth Caesar.

(Disambiguation: Obama, not ted c, of course!)

The War Planner on July 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM

it’s a wedding not a memorial service:

“In lieu of flowers, guests are encouraged to make donations to the Make a Wish Foundation Reelect the Unicorn Prince Foundation.”

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Darned – I was really hoping that his campaign would have gotten swamped with hundreds of unreturnable Corning Ware casserole sets . . .

natasha333 on July 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Because nothing says “Congratulations and best wishes in your marriage” than four more years of failure.

arik1969 on July 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

First Night ? ;-)

So….Does that mean Mooochelle will ‘get busy’ with the groom?

“Shudder”…

Markvike on July 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM

So, no treasure bath?

wytshus on July 16, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I sent him some bath salts.

VegasRick on July 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Welcome to NPD World-population : One (aka Barry).

Obama is claiming executive privilege. In this context, the executive gets the first dibs on consumation of the marriage before the groom bride gets hishers.

/privilege.

ted c

mittens on July 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

He can have the juicer we got for our wedding, it’s still in the original box, unopened and covered with dust up in the attic.

Bishop on July 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

We’re going to be filing our divorce papers the first Tuesday in November.

You’ll sign them champ.

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

When your Presidency is toast… ask for toasters.

faraway on July 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Up next:

Will your terminal illness prevent you from voting in this fall’s election? Unless you live in Illinois, death likely will prevent you from exercising your right to vote. However, there is one way you can keep America moving forward after you are gone. Put President Obama in your will. Statistics in Chicago and elsewhere show that people who have voted Republican all their life switch parties after death. So if your state denies you the right to vote after death leave your estate to President Obama who will do for your heirs what your will can’t.

cartooner on July 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

You never close your eyes anymore
when I kiss…your lips….

Therre’s no tenderness like before
in your fingertiiiips…..

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

On the other thread, polls are saying that married people favor Romney over Obama. Why would a couple about to be married want to forgo wedding gifts to give to a candidate they’ll vote against?

“It’s a gift we can all appreciate, and goes a lot further than a gravy bowl”

If Obama gets re-elected, there won’t be any gravy in the bowl!

Steve Z on July 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Will Biden catch the bouquet for an extra $50?

maubman on July 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

When your Presidency is toast… ask for toasters.

faraway on July 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

++

nice take on the “when life hands you lemons–make lemonade” ol’ sage advice.

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Racist Newlyweds

LeftCoastRight on July 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Ed,

Fueding?

Like the Hatfields and the McCoys?? I’m assuming that would be feuding? :-)

HarryStar on July 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM

After all, it’s not like you bought these gifts yourself.

Other people bought them for you.

You should be willing to sacrifice for the collective.

kbTexan on July 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM

does the bride and groom get to ride in the limo and an all expense paid vacation ????

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Next up? Will the campaign start asking pastors/priests to pass around a second plate during church services???

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

If you like your wedding gift you can pay your fair share and have it’s value donated. Under my plan your sacrifice will be rewarded with fewer jobs and higher taxation.

antipc on July 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Grounds for annulment?

DarthBrooks on July 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

what next, jus primae noctis ?

or would Michelle hit him with a frying pan for that?

Wallythedog on July 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Thank you for your gift to the Obama Campaign given to us on your Special Day. As a token of appreciation, please find the attached voucher for a complimentary fetus removal, courtesy of Planned Parenthood, to help eliminate any potential burdens in your future life together.

Happy Skittles!!!

- The Obama Registry

Win-Win in libland

NapaConservative on July 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Next up? Will the campaign start asking pastors/priests to pass around a second plate during church services???

ted c on July 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

No way! Obama comes first.

zmdavid on July 16, 2012 at 11:55 AM

what next, jus primae noctis ?

or would Michelle hit him with a frying pan for that?

Wallythedog on July 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Depends on whether he’s screwing the bride or the groom or both.

kbTexan on July 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

President Obama’s bizarre marriage-theme fund-raising scheme — where he asks couples to request campaign donations from their guests in lieu of wedding gifts — has been a total flop.

Evidently the Obama Campaign’s think tank medical plan covers free LSD in addition to free contraceptives.

It’s the only possible explanation.

MessesWithTexas on July 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

How about a tax on those who don’t give up the loot? Or a penalty. Either way.

kbTexan on July 16, 2012 at 11:57 AM

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