Two for Price of One: $5 Raffle Ticket Now Buys Dinner With Biden, Too

By Matt Cover | June 27, 2011 | 2:35 PM EDT

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

( - The Obama reelection campaign's $5-per-chance dinner-with-the-president raffle is now a two-for-the-price-of-one deal.

The winners will not only get dinner with President Barack Obama but with Vice President Joe Biden, too.

In an email sent out June 15, President Barack Obama's reelection campaign announced that in return for a $5 donation the president was offering supporters a chance to participate in a raffle to win a “casual” dinner with him at an unstated location. Four lucky contributors would win this prize.

In a follow-up email sent out yesterday, the president's reelection campaign announced that Joe Biden will be joining the four lucky winners for their dinner with Obama.

The email features a video of President Obama personally announcing the Biden bonus.

“I’ve got a pretty big announcement about that contest the campaign is running where you can join me for dinner,” Obama says in the video. “We’re setting another place at the table for Joe Biden.”

In order to comply with federal law, no donation is actually required to participate in the president's campaign dinner raffle. While the e-mail prominently displays a donation form, a separate link to register for the contest without making a donation to the campaign is included in the email's fine print.

In the video accompanying the email, President Obama alludes to Biden famous off-the-cuff remark that the passage of ObamaCare was a “big f***ing deal.”

“To use one of his favorite expressions, that’s a big deal,” Obama says of the raffle dinner.