August 19, 2004
Greetings From George
There are only two days before I'm scheduled to be in Milwaukee volunteering for the Kerry campaign and what should arrive in the mail but this greeting from a couple in Washington, D.C.:
I'm left-of-center politically, but even I have to admit it was pretty cool to get a letter addressed from the White House. Thanks, George and Laura! (Then again, Wisconsin is a swing state, so perhaps the re-election team wants to get on my good side before I leave.)
Although L and I never got around to inviting our favorite Law & Order actor, S. Epatha Merkerson, we did send a save-the-date card to the White House greetings office months ago. I give a lot of credit to the person who keeps track of what must be thousands of invites sent each year.
At a risk of offending my readers, however, allow me to describe something I was thinking after I read the card. Would the White House send greetings to gay and lesbian couples? If I have any readers in same-sex relationships who are engaged to be married - or whatever your home state will allow you to call it - before November, I'd love it if you could do a little experiment for me. Send your invitation to the White House and see if you get a response. I see no reason why wishes of congratulations and statements that a marriage celebrates "your love and commitment to each other" should be limited to heterosexual relationships.
Anyway, there was one other interesting thing about the envelope.
Notice the cancellation stamp. Why is White House mail cancelled with an image of Shrek? Remember, if the White House doesn't inadvertently shill for commercial movies then the terrorists have already won.
Posted by The Groom at August 19, 2004 12:43 PM
Let's just say, for a moment, that the Bushes happened to find themselves in Wisconsin next weekend...passing through on a swing-state campaign stop...and had some time on their hands. It's outrageously far-fetched, but what would you have done if the Bushes actually came to the wedding?! Would you warmly invite them in to take part in the festivities, or would you use the opportunity to pull Dubya aside and get some things off your chest? I'd vote for the latter.
Actually, I'd probably be respectful in such a hypothetical context. There's a time and a place for everything, so as long as George and Laura want to come and have a good time, they are welcome to dance the afternoon away in Wisconsin. And since we have guests from Missouri, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Oregon, we'll have a fair number of swing voters for him to chat up over salmon and wedding cake.
Then again, L's mom might not want to have to make last minute arrangements with the caterer. All those secret service agents would mean a lot of extra food.
I love the idea of inviting the Bushes to our same-sex ceremony. Our event was in June but I am going to drop an invite in the mail just to see what happens. I will let you know. I hope they get us the punch bowl (last thing left on registry)
Great idea!!! My partner and I are getting married in October so we'll send our invitation to the White House!
Groom, I love your sense of fairness and rightness in the world. Shrek is a good catch too. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy each other for the rest of your lives.
I thought it would be cool to get a letter from the prez....but i cannot stomach bush. So i sent an invite to Senator Kerry. The wedding was in Mass (8/8/04), so i thought that if he was around....
alas he did not make it, but i am still holding out for a letter.
as an aside, in lieu of a favor we donated to the HRC, so that ALL couples can enjoy the joys of marriage.
Honestly, every peice of mail I've recieved lately (that isn't a pre-sorted mass mailing or bill) has had the Shrek cancellation on it. What is interesting, however, is that White House mail is apparently send from the MD side of DC. I wonder if that's always the case, or if other couples will get a VA stamp.
amazing idea and i'll forward this around to people!