Irony alert: Obama seeking donations to combat cynicism
For connoisseurs of irony, there’s a new treat today. Barack Obama’s permanent campaign organization OFA (
Obama for America wait! now it’s Organizing for America) is addressing the twin evils of cynicism and money in politics by asking for donations. It kind of reminds me of the satirical public service campaign run by the Armstrong & Getty syndicated (in the Western US) talk show, named “Punch violence in the face.”
Andrew Malcolm of Investor’s Business Daily brings an appropriately cybical view to the OFA campaign:
The fact that Barack Obama is still fundraising at a record pace nearly two years after his final legal election isn't surprising. Nor that his people are doing it while the boss traveled abroad dominating TV news through predictable photo-ops with other NATO leaders. All while ISIS continues its appalling slaughter in Iraq and Syria and Russia's Putin prolongs his armed absorption of Ukraine.
After all, no Democrat candidate in their left mind who's interested in actually competing come Nov. 4 wants to be seen anywhere near the guy whose job approval numbers have crumbled almost in half during the interminable 2,962,080 minutes of his reign.
So, Obama's self-assigned job these past two years is raising campaign money. It's much more fun and easier than working in the Oval Office.
Truth is, he really relishes the attention and applause from dwindling gullible couples still willing to fork over a year's middle-class salary to hear 15 minutes of stale recounting of distorted "achievements" and blaming Congress for pretty much everything that hasn't gotten done.
But Obama's been abroad again. So, Democrats were reduced to email fundraising appeals. The national party is currently running a "contest" for donors to vote on their favorite new campaign car magnet. (Ours is the photo of The Brave Leader with the almost apologetic phrase "I'M (still) IN."
Now, Obama's Organizing for America seeks money from you to combat cynicism, which Obama complains has somehow infected Washington since, oh, sometime around Jan. 20, 2009. "You don't have time to be cynical," it quotes Obama, harkening back to his rosy early days. "Hope is the better choice."
If you’re not cynical, you’re just not paying attention.