"Almost ridiculously cool," says Messina...
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Two lucky contest winners and their guests will get to join President Obama and former President Bill Clinton at a Gala Fundraising Dinner on June 4th, the Obama campaign announced on Monday. In an e-mail sent to supporters, Campaign Manager Jim Messina called the opportunity to meet 44 and 42 during "An evening with two Presidents" at New York's The Waldorf Astoria hotel "almost ridiculously cool" as he asked for a $3 donation. Silk-pocketed donors are paying $35,800 each to attend the dinner. The contest opens today and closes at 11:59 PM on May 29.
"Meeting two presidents at the same time? Now, that's almost ridiculously cool," Messina wrote. "Imagine how great it would be to be a fly on the wall when Presidents Obama and Clinton get together. Now imagine getting to be part of the conversation."
Rock legend Jon Bon Jovi will give a command performance at the event, which begins at 6:00 PM. As with the other dinner sweepstakes offered by OFA, coach-class airfare and a one-night hotel stay are included in the prize package. The assigned retail value is $1,650.00, and it is taxable to the winners, who will also have to pass security screenings and agree to be used in campaign promotional materials.
The two presidents have two other fundraisers in New York on the same day: One is at the New Amsterdam Theater on West 42nd Street. Dubbed 'Barack on Broadway,' it officially kicks off at 7:00 PM. The third will be at hedge-fund manager Mark Lasry's home, with tickets at $40,000 each.
The dinner contest is just like the Obama, Clooney & You sweepstakes, which offered two donors and their guests dinner with the President at George Clooney's California home on May 10th. It helped raise about $8 million in online donations for a total haul of close to $15 million. There's also a contest underway for two winners to attend a June 14 fundraiser in New York, hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker at her home. Pop diva Mariah Carey is attached to that event. A separate and fifth 'Dinner with Barack' contest is currently accepting entries. (Above: The President, Clooney, and winners)
Clinton has signed on for a series of fundraisers with President Obama. Their first was a dinner and reception on April 29th at the Virginia home of former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe.
Messina's e-mail had the subject line "Two tickets to meet President Obama and Clinton in New York." (Above: The invite to the affair)
Meeting the President of the United States is an incredible thing.
Meeting two presidents at the same time? Now, that's almost ridiculously cool.
If you pitch in $3 or whatever you can today, you'll be automatically entered to join President Obama and former President Clinton in New York City on June 4th -- airfare and hotel taken care of.
These two presidents know better than anyone in the world that grassroots supporters are how you win elections.
That's why President Obama always wants to be able to meet you at events like this, and why President Clinton jumped at the chance.
This promises to be one amazing evening. Imagine how great it would be to be a fly on the wall when Presidents Obama and Clinton get together. Now imagine getting to be part of the conversation.
Enter today and you could win two tickets to New York to be there with them:
Seriously, good luck.
Obama for America
*Clooney photo by ABImages for Obama for America