by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
I ain’t lyin’! Yes, President Barack Obama wants you and three other people to join him for dinner. Obama and his team are sending out emails to people across the country letting them know that if they make a monetary donation to the Obama campaign, they will be entered in a drawing to dine with Mr. President himself . If you — like myself — made a donation to his campaign during the last presidential elections, you probably have this message sitting in your email inbox. According to reports, requested donation amounts may vary. Check out Mr. President’s message to me below:
I’ve set aside time for four supporters like you to join me for dinner. Most campaigns fill their dinner guest lists primarily with Washington lobbyists and special interests. We didn’t get here doing that, and we’re not going to start now. We’re running a different kind of campaign. We don’t take money from Washington lobbyists or special-interest PACs — we never have, and we never will.
We rely on everyday Americans giving whatever they can afford — and I want to spend time with a few of you. So if you make a donation today, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to be one of the four supporters to sit down with me for dinner. Please donate $5 or more today [by visiting] https://donate.barackobama.com/Dinner-with-Barack. We’ll pay for your flight and the dinner — all you need to bring is your story and your ideas about how we can continue to make this a better country for all Americans. This won’t be a formal affair. It’s the kind of casual meal among friends that I don’t get to have as often as I’d like anymore, so I hope you’ll consider joining me.
But I’m not asking you to donate today just so you’ll be entered for a chance to meet me. I’m asking you to say you believe in the kind of politics that gives people like you a seat at the table — whether it’s the dinner table with me or the table where decisions are made about what kind of country we want to be. It starts with a gift of whatever you can afford. Please make a donation of $5 or more today, and we’ll throw your name in the hat for the upcoming dinner. I’ve said before that I want people like you to shape this campaign from the very beginning — and this is a chance for four people to share their ideas directly with me.
Hope to see you soon,
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.