And the prize is...lunch with the President of the United States
President Obama has lunch with supporters who won a campaign contest.
January 6th, 2012
03:59 PM ET

And the prize is...lunch with the President of the United States

It was a casual Friday lunch for a teacher, an Afghanistan war veteran, a postal worker and a fireman.  And their dining partner–none other than the President of the United States. 

The four won a contest sponsored by the president's re-election campaign designed to encourage grassroots contributions. 

The Scion restaurant in the trendy DC neighborhood of DuPont Circle was the location for the lunch and a quick photo-op.

According to the pool report, Mr. Obama, wearing no suit jacket and shirtsleeves rolled up, made small talk with the winners in the empty restaurant.

It turns out three of the lunch-goers are from key swing states in the 2012 election; Colorado, Nevada and North Carolina.  The fourth is from Georgia, which went for John McCain in the last election. 

The White House identified them as Kathie Toigo, an early-childhood special needs teacher fromYerington, Nevada, Bill Blackwelder, an Army Reservist who served in Afghanistan from Fayetteville, North Carolina, Val Grossmann a postal worker fromWestminster, Colorado and Scott Zoebisch, a firefighter from Atlanta,Georgia.

An Obama campaign official tells CNN this is the second "Dinner with Barack" contest they've run in this election cycle, similar to those held in 2008.

Highlighting examples of their grassroots efforts, the Obama campaign website shows 81% of donations have been for $50 or less, 98% were contributions of $250 or less.  Since the president announced this past spring his intention to run for re-election, nearly 983,000 individuals have made donations and for 258,000 of them, it was their first contribution.

The Democratic National Committee together with the Obama campaign has raised a combined $156 million through September of 2011.  Contributions from the last three months are not yet available from the Federal Election Commission. 

with additional reporting from Gabriella Schwarz


soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. jerry

    obama will do anything to get reelected... he has to resort to desperate behavior to get votes, his policies and record will not get him far... he is finished.

    January 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
    • S.Positive

      News Flash!!! President Obama WINS reelection. Sounds beautiful doesn't it Jerry?

      January 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
      • drb

        No doubt about it....Obama will be back for another term.... the majority of the US can't be so stupid that they would let the GOP destroy the gains that have been made by President Obama...
        Go Obama

        January 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
      • gavinsox

        Fed UP! NoBama in 2012!

        January 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
      • jerry

        wishfull thinking...and the gop will control the legislative branch too.. NObama NOvember 2012!

        January 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
      • Angy

        YES IT DOES!!!!!! OBAMA 2012!!!!

        January 7, 2012 at 9:33 am |
      • jean2009

        Sounds good to me....Obama-Biden 2012!

        January 7, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
      • jerry

        the voting last November just don't support an obama reelection. The tea party and demonstrations in the streets....don't supprt it. Unless Barry can convince most voters the congress and President Bush is the problem he is done...he will try. The big question is: He fooled you once...shame on him but the second time...are we REALLY that stupid? I hope not! If we are God help us.

        January 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Jasie

      He is toast.

      January 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
      • drb

        You are toast

        January 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
      • Scooby

        Nope; he is toast with Smucker's Jelly, ham, scrambled eggs, and grits!!! The real meal deal, baby!!!

        January 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
      • GrouchyKat

        Sounds like a heart attack on a plate then – but wait, I no longer have health care due to Obamacare. One and DONE baby!

        January 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • Jason

        I wish I could afford a nice breakfast like this. Obama didn't prevent illegals from taking over my job. They worked through a 3rd party guy who was legit, but Obama didn't pass a law that would have prevented these things.

        January 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • Cameron

      If only Obama WAS judged by the American people based on his policies and record... They would see what a wonderful job he's done, especially given the circumstances he's had to deal with during his first term.

      January 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      @jerry; in your RACIST delusional mind!
      Eat your RACIST heart out for lunch.
      Every US politician does that, it becomes unacceptable to you when it's Pres. Obama.
      FYI: I had lunch with Pres. Obama last year and all it cost me was a mere $5 bucks.

      January 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
      • jerry

        I'm racist eh? How do you know what race I am? I'm racist to you because I dont support this phoney..obama..O'Barry or who ever he is?

        January 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Erica

      Yeh, it's totally desperate to sit down with average Americans and listen to their concerns for a few minutes. He should just hang out with super PACs all day and forget middle class America.

      January 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Adam

      Actually meeting with normal people for lunch is desperate measures?

      January 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Olaf Big

      Why so angry, folks? It is a nice touch, and the "Dinner with Barack" lottery does help with fundraising. Obama has very smart campaign sfaff.

      January 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Jeff--Tacoma Wa

      He has nearly 1 million people donating to his campaign...you're probably right though, he probably won't get many votes, so you Republicans can send the most conservative guy you can find...no body is going to vote for Obama. So send Newt or Santorum, now is your chance grab that ring.

      January 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
      • S.positive

        Problem is, no matter what you say or wish, President Obama is being reelected in Nov 2012. Just preparing you for it... You know it and I know it

        January 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Busted

      This comment is full of contradiction and full of republican stench. Lets be clear, if his record speaks for itself then he will be reelected by the citizens of the US. Sadly, the best you (and the majority of republicans) can do is just repeat what Fox News has presented to you (them). For republicans, if records spoke for themselves then Huntsman should be leading Mitt, based purely on records as governors of their respective states. But the RomneyCare politician is leading the republican party, because as numb nuts incorrectly points out, when it comes to republicans records don't speak for themselves nor do they matter... records are too closely aligned to facts and reality for any republican to honestly consider them. Obama's record as President has been fantastic for this nation, he defeated deflation, changed a trend from unemployment to employment, helped spread democracy in northern africa (w/out killing a single American the score is dems 0, republicans 4,000+ americans killed), killed Bin Hiden, watched our nation go from an oil and gas importer to an oil and gas exporter, improved the strength of our manufacturing industry, watched household savings rates normalize (these rates went to negative in 2005 thanks to republican economic policy), got us out of Iraq, and did this while fighting two entities bent on destroying America: Al Quaeda and the republican party. The dude is impressive and deserves all the credit in the world.

      January 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • SUNNY

      You couldn't pay me to have lunch with him. I am against everything he is doing to destroy America.

      January 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
      • iris651

        Sunny, you've been drinking the kool aid too long. Come over to the light and stop listening to the ranters on FOX news!

        January 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
      • S.positive

        You did not win the lunch and I bet you are pretty upset about that

        January 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
      • Angela Calabrese

        You are operating under a delusion. He's done a terrific job considering the pile of garbage he was left in 2009. He's been a bigger job creator than Romney, saved the American auto industry, got Bin Laden and 23 other terrorists, and made good on his promise to get us out of Iraq. The stock market is overall up. What lies from Fox News are you people listening to??? Watch something else, and start reading something other than O'Reilly's books.

        January 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
      • cigarman

        I dont blame you for being against what Obama has been doing. He continues to let George Bush`s legacy to live on. He continues Grorges tax breaks for the rich. He continues Georges war in Afghanistan. He continues the RX plan Bush okayed. You are correct, he should have stopped all of these things the day after his Innaugeration. Vote Obama in 2012

        January 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
      • george

        Let me help you out Sunny before you make a total fool of yourself, America was already destroyed by you know that chimp who got us into two wars not to mention that dumb one in Iraq. The chimp also squandered a surplus working capital he inherited from Clinton and with a tanking economy as he left office Obama had to come it to save the day. Remember how we were losing 700,000 jobs a month at the time? Trillions of dollars have been so far been spent to clean up the mess, YES TRILLION OF DOLLARS WORTH OF DAMAGE IN THOSE EIGHT YEARS!! Are we learning now sunny?

        January 8, 2012 at 9:04 am |
      • max

        i bet i could say something SUNNY will agree with

        Glenn Beck for President

        January 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Scooby

      You call a meal "desperate"?

      January 6, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
      • Angela

        It's a clever way to raise funds for the campaign. It's called creativity

        January 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • SherwoodOR

      He will not have to do anything this time. He will be re-elected, not because the deserves it but because the GOP has utterly failed to produce a viable candidate.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Cheerleader for the President

      President Obama will get my vote again.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • Dawn

      And so if his record is...improving economy, lower unemployment...actually caring about his fellow americans, all of them, not just the ones making millions....hmm that may get lots of votes. especially with the choice of Romney (willing to put millions of autoworkers/suppliers, americans on the street) or Obama (helped save millions of jobs and the "American" car industry)

      January 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Chris

      Jerry,

      Please tell me what you didn't like about President Obama capturing Osama Bin Laden, giving millions more people the same healthcare that Mitt Romney gave his constituents in Massachusetts (the same as Canada and Europe), ending the war in Iraq, allowing ALL patriotic Americans to serve in the military by ending don't ask don't tell, and there are several others....funny thing is, I can tell you don't like President Obama personally because you're saying he is going to lose...against who? And please tell me why the Republicans are taking a stand against the same policies they tried to enact under the greatest President of all time, the one and only George W. Bush. – Signed by a former Republican conservative who has been so ashamed of the Republican party that I had no choice but to switch parties.

      January 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • george

      No need to fret with envy Jerry. I understand why you are a distance from the gop circus jumboree going about the country and is instead around here. Despite your foul breath each time you open your mouth, you may stay and muse with envy at this President, a peoples President. What better way to get close to the people than over quality time over dinner!! A VOTE TRULY EARNED!! OBAMA 2012!

      January 8, 2012 at 12:26 am |
    • max

      jerry – you highlight the problem with american politics. eating lunch with you constituents in considered desperate....

      January 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Nick

      ...dumbest...comment....of....the.....day. Obama WILL be re-elected. First of all, he owns the minority vote and the GOP will never come as close to that as he can. 2nd, his campaign is an absolute beast. He raises way more money than others, and his use of technology is impressive; not to mention the fact he is an incumbent. Who does the GOP have that stands a chance against him in a one-on-one debate? -Newt. You better vote for Newt, buddy. He is the only one who can hang with Obama and not embarrass the nation.

      January 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  2. JOHN

    Jerry is jealous! Its an awesome feeling when you can sit down and have lunch with the President Obama

    January 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • SUNNY

      It would be wonderful but not with Obama. I don't associate myself with devils.

      January 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
      • S.positive

        Get used to another 4 more YEARS of President Obama. The gop's choice is too weak to win. Do you really truthfully think anyone of them including Romney is up to it? Be honest...

        January 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
      • Chris

        Are you upset that he captured Osama Bin Laden or that he ended the war in Iraq....wait or is it that he allowed ALL patriotic Americans to serve in the military by ending don't ask don't tell...sounds like someone who is following his campaign promises if you ask me and anyone other than a republican.

        January 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
      • max

        but you are a conservative christian that hangs out with other fox-fans? you have met the devil and it is you😉

        January 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Scooby

      True dat!

      January 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  3. Timmy

    I find it awful suspicious these winners are all supported by the government incomes. This is a picture perfect cross section.

    January 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  4. Steven

    Obama is the man! He'll take the election for sure.

    January 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • SherwoodOR

      He will be re-elected, yes. But not because "he's the man," but because the GOP has failed to produce a viable candidate.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • Jason

      Give me 3 things that your dear leader has done that are not only wonderful, but strictly adhere to the constitution. I'll be waiting.

      January 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  5. Ben

    And Michelle told them all what to eat and stood over them to make sure...

    January 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      It great to be this stupid. Whew do you even have a brain?

      January 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  6. Larry

    What was second prize-2 weeks in Philadelphia?

    January 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  7. Franny

    President Obama will get my vote again in 2012!

    January 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • AMP

      He gets my vote too. Unemployment 8.5% and dropping. Oh yea, troops out of Iraq before xmas!

      January 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
      • RIcky Bobby

        With the withdrawal of all those troops, unemployment will skyrocket! While I'm glad to hear about the withdrawal of troops, all these folks are gonna be looking for work in the U.S. Also, with the election coming up, this decision could not have been more timely! Is it just me, or has Obama seemed especially active as president lately? Moreso than in the previous....3 years.

        January 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
      • peoplearenaive

        Unemployment is well over 15%, 8.5% is just the number on paper. We still have 100,000 troops in Afghanistan alone. Trust me our country is not doing as well as some would lead you to believe.

        January 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • SUNNY

      This shows how stupid some Americans are.

      January 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
      • S.positive

        They are not stupid, just smart as they have figured out that Romney and the lot are not a better choice. If you are objective, you'll probably be as smart as AMP and Franny. Not difficult if you are honest to yourself...

        January 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
      • Ken in MO

        Sunny you seem like a very bitter and angry person. You can dislike Obama for a lot of things but saying he destroyed America is insane. He did not go to war under false pretences. He did not hold people captive without trail or council...and yes Bush did that to Americans too. He did not torture people....Bush did that too. He did not illegally wire tap people....Bush did that too. You have your moral compass so mixed up. I will pray for you...you need it!!!

        January 6, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
      • Dawn

        People that can only demagogue, do so because the facts don't support their views.

        January 6, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
      • peoplearenaive

        Ron Paul is the only candidate with any fiber of intelligence between all the rivals including Obama.

        January 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • george

      Hej me tooo iam voting Obama by all means!!

      January 8, 2012 at 12:28 am |
  8. Matt

    What, the Lincoln Bedroom isn't for sale any more?

    January 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  9. Stacy

    obama is a beautiful baby goddess draped in the finest silk garbs~

    January 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  10. Heinrich

    barack "hussein" obama is a beautiful boy, a beautiful baby boy

    January 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  11. kristyc3

    This must be the booby prize....why would someone want to have lunch with Pbo? I would have taken my chances for the mystery prize behind door # 3.

    January 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  12. B.O. has gotta go.

    His policies just stink!!!

    January 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  13. sirock

    How is this a prize? It seems like punishment to me

    January 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  14. noah

    Life is good here! I can't find anything fundamentally wrong with President Obama. I'm convinced some people are just never happy. The grass is always greener on the other side of fence, to some people, until they get there. Obama 2012!

    January 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  15. lolo

    The rethugs just cannot stand it. See President Obama has his head together, not like the clowns running for the republican't nomination. If you guys were not such big liars, haters and bigots you may have had a chance this year. Everyone knows that the only agenda of the republican party is to get rid of President Obama only because of his skin color,ask McConnell, Boehner, Cantor and the rest of the good old boys of the rethug party. There is no other reason why they could not work with the President. The KKK has really rolled the dice. It is nice to see the President mingle with normal down to earth real Americans with serious concerns about our future, unlike the republican/tea partiers who say no for no legitimate reason and only want to hang with the rich guys to line their own pockets by making back room deals and making up phony excuses. The republican party should be fined and banned from politics for the next four years for treason on the USA.

    January 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Emperor Norton

      It's not his skin color. It's that he's a centrist Democrat. If Obama had run for office as a conservative Republican, the people who're obstructing him now would be lauding him as the second coming.

      January 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
      • jw

        nope its because he's black too! got a lot to do with it wether the repubs will admit it or not...

        January 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • Bob E

      I need meds also.. don't feel bad

      January 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • Busted

      There is no doubt racism is prevelent in certain parts of the republcan party, I mean just look at the nasty attacks they've made against Michelle, the latest one w/a high up state rep calling her Miss. YoMama. There are republicans who hate having a black president, but I do believe it is isolated and not indicative of most of the people in the republican party. Most of the criticism against Obama is from the Walden family and the Koch brothers, people are scared Obama is going to make them pay their fair share of taxes, and that's what the real republicans are afraid of the most: paying their dues. Why do you think the eager beaver Romney family want to keep other people's children in Iraq? Because they are a typical republican Koch type of family, they don't want to pay their dues.

      January 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • Really

      It must be great to live with you. My condolences to your family.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  16. maaz

    In spite of all of the phony so called patriots this President found Bin Laden, is bringing our troops home and had the spine to challenge the health insurance companies and all done in a failing George Bush economy that brought the world to its knees. Of course he deserves to be re elected!

    January 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  17. Bob E

    Free lunch.... I want MY free lunch...

    Thanx for the food stamps, the free lunches and dinners for the kids, the free health care, the free section 8, thanx for the free tax refund, I love it when the Government gives me thousands of dollars.... thanx for the free car and house, thanx for making sure you took money from the evil business man, what does he have any right with money he earned, It is MINE !

    Thanx for free and thanx for not making me work

    January 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  18. Charles

    Oh Puke

    January 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
  19. Dexter Martin

    What happened to Mrs. Obama? She was suppose to attend and it was billled as a dinner with President and Mrs. Obama. Lunch without Michelle?

    January 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Caspar

      Despite the cptelome lack of a single demonstrable example of a sustained success of the Marxist / Keynesian / Alinsky philosophy, they still believe and it appears that virtually nothing anyone in the red corner can say can change their minds.The thesis is that 40% of the country is out of its mind. There's a huge difference between liberalism and Marxism. Blurring the distinction may allow you to turn someone with honest differences of opinion into an enemy of the state, but it's destructive to the country. The above quote is a Straw Man. I'm a liberal by F/A standards, but I certainly don't adhere to either Marxist or Alinsky philosophies. Republicans have been every bit as Keynesian over the past 30 years as Democrats. Borrowing money to finance tax cuts to increase the money supply is no different than borrowing money to finance spending to increase the money supply. You delude yourselves by believing that these tax cuts pay for themselves no, they don't. Not even close. And they are an important part of the deficit problem. Cutting spending first and then cutting taxes by a commensurate amount is what a true conservative would do. Cutting taxes in an environment where spending keeps increasing is what a Keynesian would do and it's what the GOP has done, beginning with Reagan.Policies espoused by Obama are to the Right of policies in place in Germany, which is, by any measure, a sustained economic success. Europe, Canada, Australia, and everywhere else have problems, but, with few exceptions, nations far more socialistic that anything contemplated by Obama have been more than able to surmount all of the challenges of the rapidly changing world to provide their citizens with prosperity and happiness.There is vastly more which unites Americans than which divides us. We should focus more on our common values and respect the concept of the honest difference of opinion, with regard to political issues. Work for our candidates. Vote. Then try to work together to make the country work.Larry Weisenthal/Huntington Beach CAReply

      March 2, 2012 at 3:01 am |
  20. VJ, Hayward,CA

    Mr. Obama is the best president. He is doing the clean up what Bush and his republican cronies did to this country. Now they are accusing him. American people are not dummies and they know it.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  21. twh

    Ron Paul 2012. The only chance we have to save our Constitution.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
  22. The Truth

    The absolute truth is this "President" has done more to trample the Constitution, destroy the rights of citizens, take away more jobs, and send a bill that can never be paid to our children's children, all the while he tells our kids they inspired him to run. He's the ultimate conman who continues to tell us how much he's helped us. And yet his loyal supporters STILL can not see the truth through their rose-colored glasses. He can not possibly deliver on his over-promises. Read the book The Road To Serfdom by F. A. Hayek, and Jack Cashill's Deconstructing Obama. You will find history repeats itself, and you will find a president who merely represents an extreme socialist movement hoping to change the country to our detriment.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  23. The Truth

    It's sad that the majority of Americans are not smart enough to see beyond the MSM, and Hollywood, or the indoctrination we call American education. Hopefully enough are waking up.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  24. RIcky Bobby

    Obama has done great in securing our borders! Illegal immigration from our neighbors to the south is at an all time low! Oh yeah...that's because there is no incentive to leave bad for worse. All things considered, I'd probably still vote Obama unless Romney, Paul, or Huntsman get the nomination.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  25. rdg18

    I would rather have lunch with GWB than obama.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  26. loklo

    There is no other reason why the Obama doesn't want to work with them other then to blame somebody for his failures.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  27. loklo

    The people that like Obama are just sheep that buy all his bull and can't think that maybe he no better then the people he criticizes.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  28. SRW

    GEE I WONDER HOW MANY HUNDREDS OF THOUSAND $3 CHANCES OUR UNIONS FRIENDS CAN FUNNEL TO THE DEMS... GEORGE SOROS IS A BUSY BEE

    January 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  29. loklo

    Another 4 more YEARS of President Obama would be very bad for the county and all.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  30. JVL

    OBAMA ALL THE WAY. It's a no brainer!

    January 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  31. Ken in MO

    I will say that I am no fan of Gingrich, Santorum or Romney but I would not go so far as to say they are "manchurian candidates" or destroying America. I just think they are wrong and misguided. Simple as that. I do however believe that "W" did a LOT OF DAMAGE to the US. Not just economically but morally. He completely disavowed everything the US stands for. Sad Sad Sad

    January 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • Really

      You can, of course, list a few of Bush's immoral position, can't you? Clinton bombed Iraq in 1998 over WMDs with full support of Democrats, so shove that one.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
      • Dawn

        Really? You're comparing 4 days of bombing to 10 years and how many american lives. Ken at least has some facts to back up his views.

        January 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
      • steveo

        Sorry Dawn! Ken has presented only opinion, not facts. Facts would mention the culpablity of BOTH parties

        January 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • jerry

      oh really and what did pelosi, reid, and that idiot frank....the collapse of the american and world economy caused by those liberal mortgage loans...and see where their political contributions came from...these people have done much to morally degrade America ..or trie to.

      What about obama killing the libyan leader...in cold blood? I guess that was a wonderful thing to do...at least was supported by the legislative branches and most Americans.

      The danger America faces today is obama and leaders like him...just study him a bit and you will soon learn this...if you have the ability to do this.

      January 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
      • jerry

        typo at least President Bush'es actions were supported by the legislative branches and most Americans...following the killing of over three thousand innocent Americans (an act of war indeed, if there ever was one). You believed the obama machine who vilified President Bush and ran against him (no McCain) to usurp the Presidency through manipulation and lies.

        January 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
      • jean2009

        @geraldine As I have said before the reason for the mortgage meltdown was due to Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and those three were Repukes. Look up the GLB Act.
        http://rayuhric.blogspot.com/p/new-who-caused-mortgage-meltdown.html

        January 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
      • george

        Are you trying to justify the wastefull way in which our sevicemen have had their lives wasted in some dumb Iraq war? Have you any idea how many American families have been robbed off a loved one because of this war. Talk about the Libyan leader who masterminded the lockerbie disasater killing innocent civilians and here you are spewing filth as usual siding with terrorists! Have you had a chance to follow the lockerbie disasater families? You Jerry is the optimal point of feces. You probabaly think that the Iraq war and the trillions poured into it help caused jobs in the US.

        January 9, 2012 at 7:54 am |
      • steveo

        Jean2009,

        You keep mentioning the GLB Act but you NEVER mention it was a Dem President (Clinton) who signed the Act into law and you ALWAYS fail to mention the 38 Dem Senators (to include Joe Biden) who voted for this act! I addressed this last week yet you NEVER responded! Dems are also cupable! To think otherwise is laughable!

        At the same time you guys ALWAYs mention Bush's 2 wars. Again, you ALWAYS fail to mention how Dems (Clinton, Kerry, Edwards) voted for the war and Dems also voted to fund the wars! Funny how some Dems wanted a do-over! Most everybody who posts here knows there is more than enough blame to go around and that would include blame for the DEMS! I'm just honest enough to say it!

        January 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • steveo

      Sorry Dawn! Ken has presented only opinion, not facts. Facts would mention the culpablity of BOTH parties!

      January 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  32. KeithinAustin

    Barry has been handing tax paying Americans their lunch for 3 years now. No thanks for the Free Lunch! Half the Country already gets them way too much!

    January 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  33. Really

    And the second prize is.. Two lunches with President Obama!

    January 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • SherwoodOR

      Actually, it was lunch with Joe Biden. It didn't make the news.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  34. Travis

    Ohh wow. Saying that Obama is destroying America is a pretty ignorant statement. Also, lets be honest here. Atleast he didn't buy the spot behind the new years ball as it dropped. Just saying only someone who is really desprite would do something like that.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  35. GeeEmCee

    First, I would ask him to lean back.
    Second, hopefully this would be a homeless citizen that was in need of nutrition to make the meal very worthwhile.
    Third, I would inquire, "Who is paying for the lunch Mr. Obama?"
    Fourth, I would probably cancel.

    January 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  36. doubt

    You so certain obama is going to win the reelection? No president since FDR has won an election with unemployment over 7.2%

    January 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  37. Michael

    To all the conservatives posting here saying Obama won't win 2012: on what basis do you make that assumption? Everyone says that Democrats are dumb for wanting to re-elect him, but the Republicans have been running a circus. Virtually every major candidate has been considered the front-runner at some point, despite their major flaws, while Jon Huntsman, who is by far the most reasonable, intelligent, and consistent Republican candidate has been marginalized. Mitt Romney may have a very slim slot at re-election, but Huntsman could actually contest Obama and have a reasonable chance at winning. I haven't seen a single reason demonstrating why he shouldn't be ahead of the rest of the show, but what Republicans don't seem to understand is that nobody – especially independents, but also their own party – wants a President from the possibilities they've chosen. After they lose in 2012 (and I'm predicting a landslide defeat), hopefully they'll come to their senses, but right now the biggest problem with the U.S. is them.

    TL;DR: Republicans are stupid for ignoring their best candidate and running a freakshow instead. I can respect conservative principles, but none of their current candidates demonstrate them.

    January 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  38. george washington

    bring your CHECKBOOK!! the Total BILL is $14 TRILLION (and counting)

    January 6, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  39. poopmeister

    Democrat or Republican...does it really matter. If you were to line up President Obama and all of the Republican candidates and simply listen to how they speak, I would think that the President will always come across more educated and refined. I never got the appeal of George W? Middle America confuses me, why does everything said about President Obama refer to statements like "devil" and "destroying america"? I at least hoped, at the time, that President Bush would succeed and the country would not fall apart but it wasn't until he got re-elected that I said to myself "what the hell is wrong with this country". At least wait until President Obama serves his second term before bashing him.....no patience exists in this country anymore.

    January 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  40. tracy

    Love you Mr.President. And yes, I donated hoping to be chosen for the dinner, and I will donate my lil $5 every single month til 11/4, or whenever the election is. Because I love my president and his family.

    January 6, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  41. tracy

    And by the way Jerry, jealousy is hillarious.

    January 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  42. No-free-lunches

    A lunch with Obama would be like a sentence to death row the only thing is that the effects of death row will not be felt for long.

    January 7, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  43. Jason

    This prize is like winning a membership to the jelly of the month club. Undesired and fruity.

    January 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • george

      Eat your heart out Jason, the best you gop guys will ever get is a handshake if you are lucky and that is before the elections. The rest of the gop politicians dinner times are spent with lobyists while the likes of jerry crawl under the table hoping that some crumbs do fall on their hands!

      January 8, 2012 at 12:33 am |
      • Jason

        Eat my heart out? This sounds like something my father would say. You weren't by chance seduced by pretend money and pretend freedom, were you?

        January 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
      • george

        Poor Jason no handshake or bread crumbs falling down your way! You see Jason your gop politicians have no time for creps like you. You are not even worth the morsel at their dinner tables with the lobbyist. The sooner you realize that the better you will be able to avoid further frustrations, all indications point that frustration is slowly eating up onto you that would leave you in a desperate situation. Don't say that I didn't warn you! A slow death from jealousy is equally painful!

        January 9, 2012 at 7:09 am |
    • Lediiez

      #63 We agree on one thing: There soluhd be term limits.I don't belong to either party because when one party defeats the other party the machinery just switches gears. The ones who just took control still have to vote for whatever the ones who donated to them want or they won't get the money again. This is one reason why an HONEST politician can go bad. If they stick with their values, they don't get the big bucks donations from the ones who have the money earlier.I call today's republicans republicrats because they have taken on a lot of the democrat's agenda. I don't capitalize democrat, republican, or congress any more because I find it hard to capitalize something I don't respect any more and they have lost my respect.I can't put the word Obama and the word president together because the title soluhd be earned and not bought. It has been proven many times to any OPEN MINDED person that Obama let anybody in the world give any amount they wanted.This election we need to put republicans in office, but the next election we need to throw the entire congress out and start over. I can't be any worse than it is now.Reply

      March 2, 2012 at 2:20 am |
  44. Jerad

    GOBAMA! You definitely have my support!

    January 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  45. Dixie Independent voter

    You that support the GOP are free to say what you please, but secretly you must be somewhat ashamed by the Republican candidates. The poorest group ever put forth by the Republican party. Not one has a new idea, or knows how to fix our problems. Maybe we can agree on a balanced budget, huh?

    January 7, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
  46. george

    I can understand why some are going up the wall with envy. The best the gop voters would get is a handshake and any quality dinner time that a gop politician would spent is with lobyist meanwhile you would see all that scrumble of gop voters to secure a place under the table with the hope of somehow getting a hold of a morsel or crumbs that may fall off the table thereof!

    January 8, 2012 at 12:53 am |
    • Jason

      But what do you stand for?

      January 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
      • george

        Is it not yet obvious to you yet Jason?

        January 9, 2012 at 7:35 am |
  47. Dontbow

    Yea you better get a free lunch while you can because if obamya wins we will all be scrapping for food.

    January 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • george

      Come on dont be alarmed you gop lot that have been used to waiting for crumbs under the table as your gop legislators gobble away dainties. See we Democrats are kind of civil and invite all and sundry for a worthwhile dinner. We value our voters, take a cue from this article. Don't be alarmed my dear gop Dontbow. scraping of food is an experience only confined in the gop pecinct! You ever wondered why your legislatures fight tooth and nail for the rich and not on your account?

      January 9, 2012 at 7:21 am |
  48. Jason

    Newton will send your children to war in the same fashion that he orders a triple whopper and milkshake for lunch everyday; without thinking twice. However, Romney knows what it takes to get the economy going: Slaves and more slaves. Seriously, though.. Santorum will put gay people, wild young men, and Muslims in prison camps. I'd like to close with saying that living in Obama's kingdom has it's perks. Being unemployed eventually causes you to support the Dear Leader.

    Ron Paul 2012

    January 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • george

      Not a very catchy fiction Jason, but nice try this time around. Give it an Obama/Biden 2012 and we would be doing a lot of good for this country. Trust me all wise men are on my side on this!!

      January 9, 2012 at 7:30 am |
      • jerry

        a lot of good? How, in light of their record? Or is the countrys ills still George Bushes fault? You do know the wars cost us about a half a trillion...of the 15 trillion of debt? You do know every intel agency on earth (except about two) agreed Irag had WMDs don't you? You do know our legislative branches all supported the wars in President Bushes presidency...unlike the Libyia war crime and murder of that countrys leaders..don't you? Do you know obama ran aagainst President Bush..not Senator McCain for the White House, and you were dubed into thinking otherwise? Do you really know anything but the far left line of thinking? Huh?

        January 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  49. james

    Glad it was them and not me at the luncheon–

    January 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • george

      Brave statement from a guy on hungry belly in any case you are used to watching from under the table as your legislatures gobble away with lobbyist. Must be a hard life, poor you!!

      January 9, 2012 at 7:24 am |
  50. Peg - Az

    Obama seems like such a nice personable guy, confident, comfortable with people, and really extraordinarily smart, yet he never ever seems to consider himself superior to anyone. I like that. He makes me wish I wasn't such an introvert. I wish I could be even just a little bit more like him or Michelle. They are truly extraordinary people

    January 9, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  51. jerry

    I don't see any food on the table...could this be another photo opportunity? Gosh, remember when he flew all over the country in his AirFarce look-a-like plane with his obama logo on the tail? This guy is slick..he really knows how to play the American voter...problem is he just has no record to run on..(like he had one when he was elected in the first place)...so he needs to find a villian to run against..pelosi said on friday he should run against congress...now there is an idea. I remember a slick politician who in Germany villified the jews and used the media and logos very well...another narcissist with a shady back ground....and you know, people actiually bought it..and paid dearly for it...the whole world did. You who vote had better learn to separte the wheat from the chaff...while you can.

    January 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm |