First of all, what a classless, ham-handed thing to do: turning what should be a very sober address to the American people into a campaign fundraiser. I wish this president had a modicum of the respect Reagan had for the office he holds.
Here's the e-mail:
I'm about to head to the Capitol to ask Congress to act on my plan to put Americans back to work.
Before I do, I wanted to write you directly to remind you that the fight to create jobs -- and provide the kind of economic security for middle-class families that's been slipping away over the last decade -- won't begin or end with the speech I give tonight.
What happens will be up to you. In the coming days and weeks, it will be up to you to pressure Congress to act -- or hold them accountable if they do not.
If you're with me, let me know. And the campaign will make sure you are looped into our efforts to support this plan.
Talk to you soon,
This campaign isn't funded by Washington lobbyists or corporate interests. It relies on donations from people like you. You should donate today.
I didn't add the two links included in the e-mail that direct you to pages where you can donate to Obama's re-election campaign. But they were in the original e-mail.
I am really surprised to find out that I'm on a first-name basis with the President of the United States. But maybe it's fitting to address him by his first name because, in my opinion, he doesn't deserve the above-mentioned title.
I wonder if he'll tell the American people to "pressure" Congress, or is that kind of talk reserved for those of us lucky enough to be e-mail buddies with him? I also wonder if he'll mention that in order to be kept in the "loop" about his job creation ideas, you must first donate to his campaign?
So, it will be interesting to watch Barack's speech tonight. Do you think they'll have a crawl at the bottom of the screen directing you to places to make campaign donations? Or maybe he'll just ask for money at the end of his speech.
Even if he doesn't go that far, I think this incredibly tacky e-mail crossed the line between his being President Obama and Candidate "Barack."