Now Vice President Joe Biden is pushing Obama donors to pony up $5 or more at a chance of having dinner with President Obama. "The president and I have a routine—we get lunch together almost every Friday," Biden wrote to those on the Obama campaign email list. "But all I get is lunch. You could be one of four supporters to have dinner with him soon. Donate $5 or more today to have your name automatically thrown in the hat here."
Biden says breaking bread with the president is worth it. "I'm reminded every week that sitting down for a meal with the President of the United States—without TV cameras or a big crowd—is something only a few people will ever get to do. You're not going to want to miss this chance. I wish you luck, Joe."
Actually, while Biden doesn't suggest what dinner with the president is worth, the fine print in the offer does: $1,075. Under the deal, the campaign will pay airfare and hotel for the four winners. The campaign ads that "contributing will not improve your chances of winning."
If you want the full fine print, here it is:
"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 11:59 p.m. on 6/30/11. You may enter by contributing to Sponsor here. Alternatively, click here to enter without contributing. Four winners will each receive the following prize package: one round-trip ticket within the continental U.S. to a destination to be determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion; hotel accommodations for one; and dinner with President Obama on a date to be determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion (approximate combined retail value of all prizes $1,075). Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Promotion open only to U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of 50 United States and District of Columbia and 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law). Promotion subject to Official Rules and additional restrictions on eligibility. Click here for full details, restrictions, and Official Rules. Sponsor: Obama for America, 130 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601. Contributions or gifts to Obama for America are not tax deductible."