So by now you likely know that President Barack Obama is coming to town Friday to rake in some coin for his presidential re-election bid and rally his Democratic base.
But did you know Slick Willie Shaw was going to be in Burlington too?
Slick Willie and his fellow Harlem Globetrotters are among those riding the president’s coattails to get a little publicity for their event.
“On the same day as President Obama’s anticipated visit, Harlem Globetrotter Slick Willie Shaw will add to the patriotic feel in Burlington, VT,” reads the news release.
A bit of a stretch, but OK.
Slick Willie and pals will be at the Boys & Girls Club in Burlington and will also stop at a school in Colchester.
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s, will also team up with a group that’s pushing for a constitutional amendment to neutralize the Citizens United ruling to bring attention to their cause ahead of Obama’s visit.
Advocates for campaign finance reform on Thursday plan to prepare a 65-scoop “Taste of Democracy Sundae” in order “to show President Obama on his visit the following day that Vermonters do not want corporate money in America’s elections,” according to a news release from the group Public Citizen.
Corporate money in elections? Bad. Corporate ice cream? Delicious.
“The event will celebrate the Vermonters who worked hard to pass 65 Town Hall resolutions calling for a Constitutional Amendment overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling,” the group said.
Ben & Jerry’s is hosting the event as a part of its “Get the Dough Out of Politics” campaign, an attempt to build a popular movement to make politics more accountable to average Americans, according to Public Citizen.
The “Taste of Democracy Sundae” event is being held today at 4 p.m. at 36 Church Street in Burlington.