That Time You Should Have Sent President Obama Birthday Presents from SkyMall


SkyMall, the truly ridiculous inflight catalog company, has filed for bankruptcy. The only question is: What took so long? Did anyone anywhere ever buy anything from the purveyors of so much high-concept garbage (their big selling item, it turned out was the "Garden Sasquatch").

The market is a harsh mistress, I'll tell you what. You may recall that back in June 2012, the Obama campaign actually suggested that in lieu of giving gifts to your loved one's upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and what have you, you should consider giving CASH to…the Obama campaign. Yes, this from the re-election effort of the very guy who was just bitching and moaning about money in politics in his penultimate State of the Union Address:

Instead of another gift card you'll forget to use, ask your friends and family for something that will go a little further: a donation to Obama for America. Register your next celebration—whether it's a birthday, bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, or anniversary—with the Obama campaign. It's a great way to show your support for a cause that's important to you on your big day.

At the time, I suggested that instead of giving just another cash gift to a politician who set record upon record for campaign dollars, you might think instead of giving him a gift from SkyMall. Such as:

1. Skyrest Travel Pillow

As the 2012 Election season gets fully underway in the summer months, POTUS will be spending even more time than usual on airplanes, buses, low-speed trains, and stagecoaches as he tours the cities, towns and hamlets of this sweet land of liberty to meet and greet voters.

SkyMall's Skyrest Travel Pillow costs just $29.95 and when uninflated fits in even the smallest carry-on bag. You just blow it up, then pass out from hyperventilation, and then "simply lean forward and snooze, and the miles will fly by."

Will also work for Joe Biden, while running no accidental smothering risk.

Go here for 4 more great gift ideas.

Alas, the window on SkyMall has closed. But there's always As Seen On TV, now advertising "Dump Dinners" if you're thinking of a gift for your favorite president: