Invitation from Beyonce and the Obamas has an asterisk
BY ALEJANDRO ESCALONA firstname.lastname@example.org September 19, 2012 4:16PM
Beyonce, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama
Updated: October 21, 2012 2:42PM
I must admit I got a jolt seeing your email drop in my inbox.
I usually receive emails from local politicos and community organizers as well as a couple of readers who call me nasty things. Once in a while I get an urgent email from a businessman in a remote African town informing me about the millions I inherited from a deceased individual I never met.
Your email begins in a most memorable way: “I usually don’t email you, but I have an amazing invitation I have to share.”
I almost fell off my chair.
Then you go on to tell me that you had the honor of meeting President Barack Obama and the first lady a few times. And that you and Jay — no last name needed, as in your case— will meet the Obamas again for an evening in New York City soon.
And then you add a line that made my heart skip a beat:
“And I want you to be there!”
As if it were not shocking enough, you politely mention that I should not worry about airfare and hotel since everything is taken care of. And I can bring a guest.
I thought how excited my wife would be when I surprised her with such great news.
For a moment, I saw us sipping fancy drinks on a cool early fall evening on a patio somewhere in New York City, shooting the breeze with the Obamas, Jay-Z and, of course, you, Beyonce.
Your excitement was contagious:
“Can’t wait to meet you!”
And you couldn’t have chosen to close your note more distinctly:
I was impressed with your signature. I bet very few people in the world can get away with signing an email just with the capital letter of their name.
I was so excited that I missed the paragraph in bold face that mentions a deadline: “Until midnight tonight, if you pitch in $25 or whatever you can you automatically enter to be flown out to join us.”
Well, I understand that your email turned out to be a money pitch for President Obama. Both campaigns need imaginative ways to reach out to supporters. Chances are you didn’t even write the email.
The Obama and Romney campaigns are outdoing each other in search of cash. Supporters are getting hundreds of emails with creative pitches — anything from winning a plane ride with Romney to joining the Obamas for dinner. The Democrats raised $114 million in August, while the Republicans came up just a bit short with $111 million.
I must tell you that your email was as exciting as the one I recently got from Michelle Obama telling me in the subject line: “Alejandro — you’re amazing.”
“Thank you for an amazing week,” wrote the first lady referring to the Democratic National Convention. “Barack and I felt your energy up there.”
I posted Michelle’s message on Facebook and the reaction was overwhelming. People wrote back: “I got it, too!”
I missed the deadline for the opportunity of winning an unforgettable evening with you, Jay-Z and the Obamas. Hope you all had a good time.
With your busy schedule, I’d understand if you don’t have the time to drop me a line again. Wish you the best, and say hi to Jay-Z!