Hard on the heels of the wildly successful online lotteries that allowed ordinary Obama backers to win the opportunity to dine with the chief executive and George Clooney at his Laurel Canyon pad orSarah Jessica Parker and Vogue’s Anna Wintour at the actress’ Manhattan home, the fundraisers have added a new twist to the “Dinner With Barack” series.
This time around, a suggested donation of $3 not only gives you a chance to bring a guest of your choice to dinner with Obama, but also the opportunity to “weigh in on who you think should join President Obama.” (The date and place for the dinner have yet to be determined.)
As the Obama-Biden re-election campaign’s announcement of the competition says: “You not only have the chance to sit down for a meal with the president and a guest of your choice. You also get to help pick the president’s guest … And he’s had some pretty amazing dinner guests lately: George Clooney, Sarah Jessica Parker and, of course, President Bill Clinton. So tell us, who’s next?”
No word from the campaign on how they’ll handle requests for people like the Dalai Lama, Fidel Castro or even Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. As for celebrities, that presents another set of challenges. Would Obama — already under criticism for spending too much time Hollywood liberals — really want to be photographed deep in conversation with Sean Penn?
“Dinner With Barack”
No purchase, payment, or contribution necessary to enter or win. Contributing will not improve chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by June 30, 2012. You may enter by contributing to Sponsor here or click here to enter without contributing. Three winners will each receive the following prize package: round-trip tickets for winner and a guest from within the fifty U.S. States, DC, or Puerto Rico to a destination to be determined by the Sponsor; hotel accommodations; and dinner with President Obama on a date to be determined by the Sponsor (approximate retail value of all prizes $4,800). Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Promotion open only to U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of 50 United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law). Promotion subject to Official Rules and additional restrictions on eligibility. Sponsor: Obama for America, 130 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601.