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Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 05/31/2012

Hey, an email from Barack

I just got an email today addressed to my husband with the subject:
US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event in Denver, Colorado, on May 23, 2012. (JEWEL SAMAD - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Hey!” from, of all busy people, Barack Obama.  

I know I shouldn’t open email addressed to a family member, especially those with personal seeming subject lines, but I couldn’t resist seeing how they came to be “hey” buds. 

James,”  the President wrote, “I need your help today. “Tonight is the May fundraising deadline, and it matters. Please donate $5 or more before midnight.”  With that efficient message, the leader of the free world included a link and signed off. “Thank you, Barack.” 

As disappointing it was to confirm that my husband and Mr. Obama are not “hey” pals, and we wouldn't soon be having movie dates with him and Michelle, I was relieved to see our commander-in-chief was not directly involved in the fundraising solicitation (which properly disclosed the requisite, ”Paid for by Obama for America” and added “Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible”) from his reelection campaign. 

Even if Barack and my hubby were best dudes though, a note saying basically, ‘Buddy, can you spare a 5-spot before tomorrow?’ would kind of make me want to widen our circle.  And if we were donating to help reelect the president, we’d want his campaign team to allocate their resources more carefully. 

(Of course, if the real Barack hit me up in a –bo tweet, I’d totally Paypal him $5.)

Follow Bonnie Goldstein on Twitter @KickedByAnAngel.

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Tags:  fundraising, obama campaign, Barack Obama, election 2012

 
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