Is it appropriate to ask wedding guests to donate to the Obama Event Registry?
Obama wants supporters to give him cash in place of wedding gifts on their big day. Too tacky? One NY wedding planner says "no," but a Queens bride disagrees.
Who needs a new set of crystal wine glasses? Instead of Pottery Barn, President Barack Obama wants engaged couples to register for donations toward his fall re-election campaign.
Word is quickly spreading of the Obama Event Registry — the President’s newest fundraising initiative that asks supporters to collect campaign contributions to help keep him in office in lieu of birthday, anniversary or wedding gifts.
"It’s a great way to support the President on your big day," the announcement reads on BarackObama.com. "Plus, it’s a gift that we can all appreciate — and goes a lot further than a gravy bowl."
The unconventional tactic has both political pundits and brides-to-be buzzing, with many wondering if such a wedding-day request is appropriate.
"I wouldn't consider it, and I'm a Democrat who supports Obama," Queens bride Angelina Tatara told Metro. "Not only would the request potentially offend people, I don't believe politics belong at a wedding."
"For all I know, my wedding gifts could be going towards free bumper stickers and address labels for strangers," she added.
But New York City-based wedding planner and owner of Brilliant Event Planning Sarah Pease disagrees. While this is the first time she has seen a politician make such a request, it's not necessarily in poor taste for a couple to make the request of their guests, she said.
"I don’t know many couples who have a desperate need for gravy boats, so if what they do feel passionate about is a political cause, that’s a sign of the times," Pease said.
She did recommend that couples who decide to use the Obama Event Registry also give their friends and family other options for giving gifts — or be prepared to accept no gift at all from some guests.
Obama claimed he will soon be outspent by Republican opponent Mitt Romney and pleaded for as little as $3 donations.
While conservative super PACs are expected to bring in more money than liberal super PACs by November, Obama is significantly in the lead with tracked donations so far: $255.2 million compared to Romney's $120.6 million, according to Federal Election Commission figures from May 2012.