March 8th, 2012
07:38 PM ET
Maybe it's not winning the Powerball lottery but dinner and some serious conversation with the leader of the free world does rank up there. Three lucky supporters and their guests dined with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at a small Washington DC restaurant Thursday night.
It's all part of the campaign's effort to attract grassroots supporters' donations.The president has spent many evenings in the past months rubbing elbows with high dollar donors who pay as much as $35,000 for a chance to have dinner with him.
But the concept of "Dinner with Barack" and tonight's "Dinner with Barack and Michelle" is for the president to be able to talk "with a few of the people who have taken ownership of this campaign," according to a Democratic campaign official.
Tonight's winners included a non-profit executive from Nashville, Tennessee, ReGina Newkirk, a former social worker from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Cathleen Loringer, and a retired school administrator from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Judy Glassman. Each was allowed to bring one guest.