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Obama Using Veterans to Build his Campaign

The Obama campaign is using veterans to grow its email list, placing on its website an offer to let people thank veterans for their service as long as they enter their name, email address, and zip code.

The campaign employs its email list to contact supporters and potential supporters and marshal them in various campaign efforts. Getting the zip code is also important because the efforts, including door to door canvassing, are highly localized.

From the website:

HONOR OUR VETS

This Veterans Day, we’re honoring our nation’s veterans and military families for their service. Leave a personal note of thanks or share your reason for celebrating our men and women in uniform.

The note abuts a form into which you can place your “personal note of thanks.” The note is not a required field, but the email address, first and last name, and zip code are.

The note is accessed by a link included in a message from Obama 2012 Campaign Manager David Messina touting Senate passage of an Obama-backed proposal to provide tax credits to businesses that hire veterans. The Messina message is on the website and was also sent to those on the email list itself.

About the Senate action, Messina chest thumps:

This wouldn’t have happened without your persistence and the President’s refusal to take no for an answer.

A political campaign exists for one reason only – to elect a politician. Everything it does, by definition, is political. The Obama campaign ought to keep our veterans out of its reelection effort, particularly on Veterans Day.

Saluting the veterans is fine – campaign operatives are people too. Using them to build your campaign is disgraceful.

To their credit, each of the leading Republican candidates – Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry – has a tribute on their websites to our veterans. None of them asks for your email address as part of the tribute.

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18 Responses to Obama Using Veterans to Build his Campaign

  1. Veteran’s Day is a time to remember and honor those men and women who have served this country. It is not a time to campaign, pontificate, or solicit donations and volunteers.

    I wrote this piece this morning on my blog, and Keith, I hope you don’t mind me posting the link – http://throughthenet.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/thank-you-to-our-veterans-on-this-veterans-day/

    The way this WH has politicized seemingly everyday of the year is getting me to the point that by the election I will be bald from pulling out what little hair I have.

    God bless our troops with fair winds and following seas!

  2. Obama isn’t fit to hold a Vet’s jock strap!!!

    Thank you and God Bless all of America’s Veterans–past and present–We appreciate your service and sacrifice!

    • I agree, Lindy. Unfortunately, they’re incapable; they’re shameless. What with Solyndra and countless other issues of doubtful legality (at best), this POTUS should be impeached. Oh, boy – then we’d get to deal with brain-dead Biden for awhile. Ugh – maybe we could manage to try them both at once. I’m not exactly a big fan of Boehner’s, but he’d be an immeasurable improvement over either of the others.

  3. These people are shameless, using Veteran’s Day for campaign trickery. Up next Operation Welcome Home for the Holidays, bet on it, the new slogan coming your way.

  4. Sickening…now he is on his way to a BB game, ESPN interview, Hawaii, and Bali and who know where.
    Could not believe (and I should have known) that he would politicize an event ordering our Veterans…he has no shame.
    And to top it off:
    A major grammatical errror…”theirselves” is an unacceptable word used by the ungrammatical (?Harvard educated?) as a replacement pronoun for themselves.
    Maybe Handbooks on Grammar have been changed since I retired from teaching?
    No…not for the so-called educated.

  5. A new low to hijack Veteran’s Day to pander for votes. And real American’s already know how to thank our vets we do it all the time not when it would benefit us for votes. We know both Obama’s have little use for the military unles it makes for a good picture. But to almost walk on the graves of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice is deplorable. Never in my life did I expect to
    see a man send soldiers in harms way and turn around and use them for votes. Yesterday was a dark day for America to have a President do such a thing.

  6. As a Marine Veteran (and Tea Party participant), I pretty much quit listening when: WASHINGTON (CNN) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance. March 2009.