Sunday, June 3, 2012

Obama's Zombie Campaign

Must-watch TV, well actually must-watch YouTube:

That bit is from a 1940 movie, The Ghost Breakers, starring Bob Hope of course (yes, before there were ghost busters, there were ghost breakers). In it, he travels to Havana with a friend, Mary Carter (played by Paulette Goddard), to see a plantation she has inherited. They run into what they think is a Zombie and Larry (Hope's character) asks Dr. Montgomery (played by Richard Carlson) about such things in the above clip:
Larry: "Then maybe you know what a Zombie is." 
Montgomery: "When a person dies and is buried, it seems a certain voodoo priest will have the power to bring him back to life." 
Mary: "That's horrible!" 
Montgomery: "It's worse than horrible because a zombie has no will of his own. You see them sometimes walking around blindly with dead eyes, following orders, not knowing what they do, not caring." 
Larry: "You mean like Democrats?"
The clip has been circling the internet for a while now. It's such a great bit that some actually questioned its authenticity, leading to actually take the time to verify it. That was back in 2008. And to be fair, there have been moments where it might apply equally well to Republicans. But as the economy continues to fare poorly and the President slowly (and finally) accrues blame for the failure of his policies, as the November Election creeps closer, Obama defenders are becoming more and more "zombiefied."

Witness this viral photograph making its way through Facebook and e-mail:

It's a nice picture, no doubt. But the commentary on it--from Obama supporters--is a little bit scary. People talk about how much they love the family, how--based on this picture--wonderful, even perfect, they are. People actually imagine a personal relationship with Obama and/or his family. Talk about your cult of personality. Of course, it's not a new thing. During election season, I remember an actual published article wherein the author talked about how she dreamed Michelle Obama was her best friend, her "bestie." And who can forget the "mmm, mmm, Obama" clip?

One might say that Obama has no control over such people, over the promulgation of this cult-like support. But then there's this, from the Obama Campaign, a contest to have dinner with the President. The specifics:
No purchase, payment, or contribution necessary to enter or win. Contributing will not improve chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by June 30, 2012. You may enter by contributing to Sponsor here or click here to enter without contributing. Three winners will each receive the following prize package: round-trip tickets for winner and a guest from within the fifty U.S. States, DC, or Puerto Rico to a destination to be determined by the Sponsor; hotel accommodations; and dinner with President Obama on a date to be determined by the Sponsor (approximate retail value of all prizes $4,800).
Obviously, the point is to solicit donations. But come one! "Enter for a chance to win a dinner with Obama"? How unseemly is this for a President? He's actually holding a contest for a chance to meet his holiness? And I have little doubt the contest will be successful. Even now, I can hear the Obama zombies salivating at the prospect of winning the grand prize (second prize is probably having a beer with Biden). Yet, it's just so low rent, so commercial, it saddens me greatly to think of how many of my fellow citizens will fall for this. After all the hubbub over the Citizens United decision and the complaints about money in elections, we have a sitting President publicly pimping himself out for cash.

That said, round trip tickets and a hotel stay sound good to me. I'll enter--but not donate--and if I win, maybe I'll skip the dinner and just enjoy a little vacation.

Cheers, all.

Update: I tried to enter the contest without contributing, but it won't let me.


  1. No donation to the Obama campaign: $0

    Standing up the President's dinner invitation: Priceless!

  2. You gonna enter too, Don? Maybe we'll both win and--if its in DC--we can call up Rand or Ron and see of they'll have dinner with us instead...

  3. But if you skip the dinner you'll miss the strip search.

  4. Well, it may all be for naught. When I fill out the form to enter without donating, it takes me to a donation page, and there doesn't seem to be a way to go forward without selecting a donation amount...and providing a credit card number.

  5. When you try to enter $0.00, it gives you a message that you must enter a number between $2.00 and $5,000.00. More false advertising from the President.