President Barack Obama has been sent into space -- or at least a bobbleheaded representative of him has.
In this quirky YouTube video created by the masterminds behind the grassroots fundraising campaign Yard Sale for Obama, an Obama bobblehead floats over San Francisco in a hot air balloon before drifting into space.
We released our balloon near the Golden Gate bridge and it made it to about 100,000 feet. It was a scary ride to the top and a dramatic decent. We are a bunch of friends from San Francisco who are getting together to sell some things for the President. Maybe you have something you can sell and get your friends together.
Scheduled to "take place online and in yards across this country" this weekend, Yard Sale for Obama is a fundraising effort that hopes to "bring together supporters who want to further contribute to Obama's re-election campaign by donating what they make from the sale of things they no longer need."
"We talked to young people we knew. They'd already donated dollars and time to the campaign, but still wanted to give more," said Sean Dabel, the creator of the event, according to a press release.
"None of our friends could themselves write a million dollar check, but we thought -- wait, I have stuff sitting around that I'm not using and could do with getting rid of -- what if we sold it and had extra dollars to donate to Obama's re-election?," he added.
And the bobblehead?
"Sending a bobblehead of President Obama 100,000 feet into space was totally needed," said Dabel, adding that grassroots campaign fundraising now usually involves some combination of unique marketing strategies and social media outreach.
But according to the Yard Sale for Obama website, supporters don't necessarily have to hold yard sales to raise the funds. The site notes users can sell items on Craigslist and eBay.
To learn more about the campaign, visit the Yard Sale for Obama website here.
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