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.
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 26, 2012. You may enter by contributing to Obama Victory Fund 2012 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 age 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.