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Opening Arguments

No way to start a honeymoon

This was the silliest story I saw while catching up on my news reading at the end of vacation:

You've dreamed of this day. Your life partner is there, your family and friends have gathered from far and wide, and all that's left to do before you share that first married kiss is say: I do(nate).

The Obama campaign, which has made political fundraising into an art form, rolled out yet another option on Friday for Americans who want to help give Barack Obama another four years in the White House: the Obama event registry.


"Got a birthday, anniversary, or wedding coming up?" the campaign asks on its official Web site. "Let your friends know how important this election is to you—register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift. It's a great way to support the President on your big day. Plus, it's a gift that we can all appreciate—and goes a lot further than a gravy bowl."

And the sad aspect of that silly story is that thousands of getting-married couples will actually participate in this grotesquery. But come on, people. A good toaster or blender will last you a couple of decades, and the warranty on Obama has already expired. What's next, sending a donation to Obama instead of flowers to the funeral?