Exciting news: You won't be the only one bringing a guest to the next Dinner with Barack.
The President has decided to bring a date: First Lady Michelle Obama.
It should be a great night.
The campaign will cover your airfare and accommodations—just pitch in $3 or whatever you can today and you'll be automatically entered for a chance to be there.
Good luck! And if you can't decide who to bring as your plus one, I think I can rearrange my schedule …
The Monday after her meal with President Obama, Wyndi was still reeling.
"My feet haven't even hit the ground yet," she said. "It was unbelievable. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, just like I anticipated it would be."
"All the advice I'd gotten from family and friends was to live in the moment," she added. "That was the best advice anyone could have given me: just take all of it in so you don't forget it. In some ways it felt like it went really fast, and in other ways it just flowed perfectly."
Wyndi admitted she was nervous heading into the restaurant—especially after a late-breaking announcement:
"There was a team there documenting the experience and helping out. They came up to my room as I was putting on the finishing touches, and just as we were wrapping up, they said, 'Okay, the big news of the day is that you have been placed next to the President.' My heart just stopped. I was so excited and nervous, I thought it was just really cool. It hit me again once we saw the table.
"But once the President walked through the door though, and he introduced himself to each of us and sat down, it was so comfortable and relaxed. That was all due to him—he really puts everyone at ease. It just felt like a candid conversation among friends. At some points I even forgot who I was sitting next to because he was just that personable.
"He was so gracious, the way he kept the conversation going and asked each of us questions, giving us ample time to answer. We all genuinely had just a really good time. Everyone made sure each of us was involved, I guess you could say it was very fair for everybody. And it was fun learning about the backgrounds of the other winners, getting to know each of them: all the areas of the country where they come from, their work history, their families. And the President really wanted to know, too, you could tell."
One of Wyndi's favorite parts of the experience, she said, was learning more about the President's role as a parent.
"I didn't know whether he would want to talk about his children, and none of us wanted to invade their privacy, but once he brought them into the mix, it seemed like we were all just talking about our children the way you would with friends around the dinner table."
Of course there were some differences:
"It was certainly entertaining hearing about his personal stories, and one thing that surprised me was when he told us the one thing he misses most is driving. I was joking with him, and I suggested he could do that with a disguise. He gave me this big smile and said, 'Oh, I've thought of that.' Of course he's not going to do a disguise, but it was so cool of him to share that with us.
"In the end, that's what I'm going to remember: He's just like us. He's a father, he's a husband, and he's a man with responsibilities outside of his job."
Paula, Wyndi, Jim, and Janet, the winners of the previous Dinner with Barack, sat down for a meal with President Obama on Friday. Check out the photos of all five enjoying iced tea, sandwiches, and good company—then throw your name in the hat for a chance to be at the table next time.Read More…
Paula, a retired GM autoworker and third-generation Michigander, says she’s not a “jump-up-and-down person”—but that doesn’t mean she reacted calmly when she found out she had won the last round of Dinner with Barack:
“Oh my goodness. Oh wow. I'm really surprised. I'm honored. I’m taking this all in.”
Paula says she donated to the campaign because she cares about our country’s public schools and the strength of the middle class. She says she “knew this election was going to be close,” and wants the President to have the opportunity to serve another term.
Having the chance to sit down for dinner with President Obama "will be exciting," Paula says. “The thought of asking the President even one question is something I’ll really have to think about."
"Even more than that, I'm feeling this bigger picture—for the President to be available for something like this just for citizens, to sit down with just four people, that speaks volumes for me. There's so much more to this than just my getting to meet him and ask him a question.
“It’s about deeper principles and more important issues—and supporting the campaign with a few dollars, even if you don’t win, makes a difference. That’s the kind of energy that drives our side: we all really matter.”
She offers this advice to anyone thinking of putting their name in for the next Dinner with Barack:
“Definitely enter. Anything is possible—especially in this election and especially with this president.”
The campaign just launched a new round of Dinner with Barack—and this time, anyone who donates may nominate their favorite Obama supporter to be the President’s guest.
Rachel Klick recently won the chance to meet President Obama and another special guest at a fundraiser in New York City: President Bill Clinton.
“I gave online and kind of forgot about it, so it was pretty shocking when I found out! I hadn’t really thought about it—I didn’t donate and cross my fingers or anything. It all happened so quickly, so that was part of the excitement.”
Rachel and her boyfriend Jonathan hopped on a plane from Virginia a couple days later. Jonathan, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, said there was only one thing that could make the opportunity to meet two presidents even more exciting:
“When we were on the plane, he said it would be so cool to get a Presidential Coin. In the military, receiving a Presidential Coin is a huge deal.”
Once they arrived, they waited nervously with the other winners.
“There was a lot of anticipation about what to do or say. We had a good time together, but of course it’s like Christmas Eve—you know what’s coming, but at the same time you have no idea.
“We lined up, and presidents Obama and Clinton called us in—they seemed so happy to meet us! I thought, ‘I’m just me!’ but in that moment, it felt like meeting us was really important to them. I wanted to talk about my grandmother—she’s a lifelong Texas Democrat. She had such an influence in my life. I did tell President Clinton that I shook his hand at a rally when I was nine. Really I can’t even remember half of it! It flew by.
“When we were wrapping up, President Obama called Jonathan’s name, and a second later, I felt it—I knew he was about to give him a Presidential Coin. They walked over and President Obama handed it to him, thanking him for his service. Jonathan is very outgoing, but it was the first time I’ve ever seen him speechless. That was the highlight of the whole night for me, because I knew what that meant to him.
“Both Jonathan and I are in our late twenties, so we only really remember four presidents. Now, we’ve had conversations with two of them. Very few people can say that. That’s what is so great about this campaign—it’s giving average people the chance to hang out with the President.”
Whatever your reason for supporting this campaign, now’s a great time to make a donation—you’ll be automatically entered to win the next Dinner with Barack.
We're adding a twist to the upcoming Dinner with Barack: 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.
Pitch in $3 or whatever you can to be automatically entered to win a seat at the table, and then make sure to weigh in on who you think should join President Obama.
Three supporters like you will get to bring a guest, so why shouldn't the President? It's only fair.
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?
Make sure your name is in the running to be at the Dinner with Barack happening soon, and while you're at it, let us know who you think President Obama should bring.
Bonus points if you vote for me. (Just kidding.)
President Obama sent this message to supporters today:
We're organizing another dinner with folks like you, and I hope you'll take me up on the offer.
These dinners mean something more than just a meal among friends.
They represent the kind of politics we believe in. It's a simple but powerful idea: Everyone should have a seat at the table, no matter where you come from or how much you can afford to give.
The other side has special-interest allies lining up to tear us down.
I've got you.
Thanks for all you've done to support the campaign so far. These dinners are a small way for me to show my appreciation, so I'm saving you a seat.
Chip in what you can today and you'll be automatically entered to be there.
Thanks, for everything.
Wyndi from Gilbert, Arizona got the call last night—the third seat at Dinner with Barack is hers.
The first thing she said:
Once it started to sink in (and as her daughter was "jumping around the room"), Wyndi elaborated:
"Never in a million years did I think I would be having this conversation. All I did was give a couple bucks—but here I am. It's incredible to have the chance to do something like this, especially in such a personal setting. I come from a politically divided family—one side is staunch Wyoming Republican—but I'm sure we'd all agree how amazing it is to get to meet the President."
There's one more seat left—donate before midnight tomorrow for your chance to join Janet, Jim, Wyndi, and President Obama for dinner.
Catch up with President Obama and the First Lady at Dinner with Barack and Michelle to learn about everything from their first date to their experiences in the White House—and hear the story that made the President's day. Then enter by midnight on Saturday for your chance to share a meal with the President.