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When Dinner With The President Isn't Enough

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | May 21, 2012 | 2:23 PM EDT

Liberal media are fretting that Mitt Romney might out-fundraise Pres. Obama. But, Obama’s got a plan to boost donations: bump Biden, add Bill Clinton.

Pres. Obama has been raffling himself off to donors, lately. Donate $5, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to share a meal with him.

Next, the Obama raffle added Vice President Biden to the menu, offering up a two-for-the-price-of-one deal. Donate $5, and you can dine with the president AND the vice president.

But, now, Biden’s been bumped for Pres. Bill Clinton – and the asking price has been dropped to $3.

Apparently, the dinner-with-Barack raffle hasn’t been meeting fundraising expectations. As Washington Post columnist Chris Cillizz frets, Romney could out-fundraise Obama:

“Here’s a scary thought for Democrats: It’s entirely possible that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee will outraise President Obama and the Democratic National Committee in the seven-month sprint to the general election.”

So, today, Obama for America Campaign Manager Jim Messina sent out an e-mail via BarackObama.com announcing that lucky raffle winners will meet not one, but two, presidents:

“Meeting the President of the United States is an incredible thing. Meeting two presidents at the same time? Now, that's almost ridiculously cool.

If you pitch in $3 or whatever you can today, you'll be automatically entered to join President Obama and former President Clinton in New York City on June 4th -- airfare and hotel taken care of.”

The winners will get to be “a fly” on Obama and Clinton’s wall, and even join in on their discussion:

“This promises to be one amazing evening. Imagine how great it would be to be a fly on the wall when Presidents Obama and Clinton get together. Now imagine getting to be part of the conversation.”

So, the Obama campaign has, apparently, decided it needs to sweeten the deal with Bill Clinton in order to raise the donations it needs to get Barack Obama reelected.

If that doesn't work, what's next? Dinner with THREE presidents: Obama, Clinton...and Carter?

Probably not. Sometimes, less really is more.

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