"I'd love for you to be one of my guests," President writes, and asks for $3 donation...
President Obama on Wednesday sent his first e-mail about the 'Barack's Birthday' fundraiser that will be held on August 12 in the backyard of his Chicago home. He waxed poetic about the Windy City as he asked supporters to donate $3 for a chance to attend: "Chicago is where I fell in love with my wife and where our daughters were born. It's where decades ago I first started as a community organizer and where, six years ago, I first talked with Michelle about the possibility of running for president." (Above: A Screenshot of the donation page at BarackObama.com)
"I'd love for you to be one of my guests," President Obama wrote, adding "Should be fun."
First Lady Michelle Obama announced the contest via-email on Monday. But--Isn't it impolite to talk about parties in front of people who *won't* actually be on the guest list?
The President turns 51 on August 4. He celebrated his landmark 50th birthday last year with a lavish shindig at the White House.
For the fundraiser, the campaign will fly two winners to Chicago and put them up in a hotel for one night as part of the prize package, which has an assigned retail value of $1,600, taxable to each winner. The contest closes on July 26th at midnight. As with all Obama for America contests, there's a required page where hopefuls can enter the contest for free--but don't hold your breath. The donation page on BarackObama.com.
The President's e-mail had the subject line "Gray Hairs."
When I decided to run for president, I had significantly fewer gray hairs than I do today.
Michelle says I've earned them, which is the nicest possible way to say I'm getting older.
In fact, I'm turning 51 in a couple weeks, and to celebrate I'm heading home to Chicago for a get-together at my house.
I'd love for you to be one of my guests.
Donate $3 or whatever you can to support the campaign, and you'll be automatically entered to join me at home in Chicago -- flight and hotel covered for you and a guest of your choice.
Chicago is where I fell in love with my wife and where our daughters were born. It's where decades ago I first started as a community organizer and where, six years ago, I first talked with Michelle about the possibility of running for president.
I'm looking forward to spending a few hours celebrating there before it's all systems go for the final weeks of the election.
Should be fun.
Thanks for all your support so far. If you can, enter today for a chance to join me and some friends at my house in Chicago, and I can thank you in person:
Hope to see you soon,