The messages most often come in the name of Jim Messina, the Boise High grad who is Obama's campaign manager. Michelle Obama writes a lot, too. Less frequently -- I guess when they want to really pull out the stops -- the notes come signed "Barack," an informality I find off-putting.
Today's email from the president is flat-out rude.
The subject line is "Hey," a greeting my 8th-grade English teacher drilled out of me as simply impolite. "Hay is for horses," she'd say. I've tried to teach my kids not to use "hey," outside of clearly informal settings. For a president to greet anyone he doesn't know with "Hey," isn't OK, in my view, especially given his aim -- he wants money. If you give by midnight tonight, you'll be entered in a drawing to celebrate with the president. I suppose the campaign thinks that justifies such chumminess.
My guess is most of the recipients have never met the president. And I can't imagine the winner of the birthday invite greeting Obama with "Hey" at the party.
I understand Obama wants people to consider him a buddy, but such sloppiness with the English language is beneath the office and sets a bad example. End of rant.
I'd appreciate hearing what readers think. Here's the text of the email, absent the "Hey":
My upcoming birthday next week could be the last one I celebrate as President of the United States, but that's not up to me -- it's up to you.
This July deadline is our most urgent yet, coming after two consecutive months of being significantly outraised by Romney and the Republicans.
And if you pitch in $3 or whatever you can before midnight tonight, you and a guest will be automatically entered to join me at my birthday get-together next month:
Thanks. Hope I'll see you soon.
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