Beyoncé Joins Obama’s Strange Email Campaign

People part of the president's campaign email list received an invitation from the singer to spend an evening with her and the president—and to send in a campaign donation, natch. 
Fri September 14, 2012 11:55 pm
AP Photo | Elise Amendola

Beyoncé Knowles joined on to Obama campaign’s unorthodox email campaign Thursday, sending out an email blast with the subject line “I don’t usually e-mail you.” The email announced that anyone who donated $25 to the campaign through midnight would be entered in a contest to spend an evening with Bey and the president in New York. All expenses paid.

I usually don’t email you – but I have an amazing invitation I have to share.

Jay and I will be meeting up with President Obama for an evening in NYC sometime soon. And we want you to be there!

Until midnight tonight, if you pitch in $25 or whatever you can, you’ll be automatically entered to be flown out to join us.

I’ve had the honor of meeting President Obama and the First Lady a few times – and believe me – it’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

Don’t worry about the airfare and hotel, it’s taken care of. And you can bring a guest.

But the countdown is on – this opportunity ends at midnight:

https://donate.barackobama.com/Meet-Me-in-New-York

Can’t wait to meet you!

Love,

B

At the New York Times ’s Caucus Blog, Emma G. Fitzsimmons noted that both campaigns have gotten on the strange personal email wagon this election cycle. “Supporters have received a barrage of emails from the campaigns in recent months with subject lines ranging from the overly familiar ‘Dinner?’ and ‘Rain Check?’ (from President Obama) to the gloomy: ‘A laundry list of broken promises’ (from Mr. Romney). But a personal message from Beyoncé? Now that might get your attention,” she wrote.

That message, Fitzsimmons points out, was quickly followed up with an invitation from Mitt Romney invited supporters to fly with him on “Hair Force One,” the nickname Ann Romney has given his campaign plane.

The invitation is to a fundraiser that Beyoncé and Jay-Z are holding at at Jay-Z’s Chelsea nightclub, 40/40 Tuesday. The New York Daily News reported that those who don’t win the trip will have to pay $40,000 to attend the party. Attendance will be capped at one hundred.

Beyoncé, who is pictured above performing for the Obamas at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in D.C., has previously thrown her support behind the president, Erin Strecker pointed out at Entertainment Weekly . “Over the summer, Beyoncé filmed an ad for President Obama’s re-election campaign, reading a letter talking about how much she admired The First Lady. She also recorded a video for Mrs. Obama’s initiative, ‘Let’s Move.’”

Olivia Wilde summed up what many Americans felt when they saw Beyoncé’s e-mail pop up in their inbox.

And at Jezebel, Madeleine Davies penned a response to Bey:

Dear B (I’m so glad that we’re at the level where I can call you “B”),

Thanks so much for the invitation. To be honest, I’ve been worrying about how you haven’t invited me over once in the four years since you and Jay got married. I understand the excitement of being newlyweds, but that’s no excuse to forget your friends (or me, Friend, specifically). But never mind all that. You’re inviting me now and I guess that’s what matters.

No doy, I’d love to come to your party. I’ve never met the President or First Lady before and you know how I like to meet new people. I assume that you’ll seat me in between the two of them so that I can hear everything that they say to one another and feel like a member of the family. I’ve always wanted to feel like I was is the First Family. Remember that Mandy Moore movie Chasing Liberty? Hahaha, that was the best. I would also be okay sitting between you and Jay, but only if you call me Blue Ivy instead of Madeleine and treat me like a baby — I know I haven’t gotten to interact much with your child (call me to babysit!), but I feel safe in assuming that I can be a better more entertaining daughter. It wouldn’t have to be forever, just for the evening. It would make feel so much more comfortable and I know you want your guests to feel comfortable.

Speaking of which, thanks for agreeing to put me up in a hotel, but I really think it would be easier if I stayed at your house. Don’t worry. It would be no trouble for me and I would really love to spend more time with you. Where does Blue Ivy sleep? I could probably just sleep where she sleeps. Or I could just sleep on the floor next to your bed. I’m a grateful guest, too — I will monitor your breathing all night and make sure that you guys stay safe. Safe as mice. (Is “safe as mice” a thing? I don’t know — LOL!)

I noticed you said something about a donation? Cash is really tight right now, all tied up in some bonds and stocks and definitely in the jar of change that I hide in under my bathroom sink. Hopefully, it will be okay if I skip that part. If you want I can bring a bottle of wine or a dish to pass, though — you know what — you probably have a whole concept that I don’t want to mess up so maybe I won’t bring anything. Cool? Cool.

Lastly is it okay if, instead of one friend I bring, like, 3-4 friends? Thanks, B! You’re the Bey-est! (Like “best,” but with Beyonce added.)

LOVE,

Friend

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