It isn’t news that the Obama campaign never got the message that the election is over, and they’re still out there fundraising and campaigning. But to have two “donate” buttons on the page dedicated to the victims in Newtown, CT (or rather, President Obama’s speech, that his team was sure to remind us that he wrote himself, because everything is about him) is beyond disgusting. It’s contemptible.
Here’s a screenshot, in case they change it.
A link to this page was sent out in an email by campaign adviser David Axelrod.
While he links to the donation pages in his email, Axelrod did not mention donations with his words. Instead, he expresses the horror the nation feels about the shootings. “Our hearts broke on Friday as we learned of the tragic and senseless deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut,” he wrote. “As we reflect on the lives lost last week, we must also, as the president urged, consider how each of us can play a part in making our country worthy of the memory of those little children.”
But above and below a picture of Obama giving his speech are two links to the donation and video player page. One reads, “Watch this speech.” The other reads “http://my.barackobama.com/Newton“. Clicking the picture also directs supporters to the video player and donation page.
The article above links to a post by Jeryl Bier who noted that there is no button to donate to any charities or victim memorial funds. He also noted that the Obama people are meticulous about the emails they send out.
Although I am not feeling very charitable towards Obama for America at the moment, I should note in fairness that Axelrod might not have intentionally connected his email with the “Donate” buttons that are ever-present on the BarackObama.com website. But if/when someone realizes the crassness of the current setup, perhaps a link to the Newtown memorials will be forthcoming. I will update if that happens.
Update: If anyone thinks I am being too hard on Team Obama, read this article (that I wrote about here) that documents how carefully the emails from the Obama campaign are crafted. (Read More)
Bier also linked to an article with a list of charities chosen by the families of Newtown’s Sandy Hook victims. It doesn’t look like Bier had any trouble finding it, but somehow it was overlooked by Team Obama.