LaborTalk for May 24, 2012

If I just spend $3 on a ticket,
I could have a private dinner
With President Obama.
Really? What are the odds?

By Harry Kelber

Jim Messina, President Obama's campaign director, is giving me a chance to have dinner with President Barack Obama. All I have to do is to plunk down $3, which is more than reasonable, because the price for the meal is cheaper than what it would cost me at McDonalds.

For the same price, Messina is throwing in President Bill Clinton (what a two-for-one inducement!). The dinner will take place on June 4, not at the White House, but in New York City.

The e-mail "invitation" sent me, says that for the $3, I will be automatically entered to join the two Presidents at dinner, and then Messina adds: "We'll cover getting you there and we'll put you up in a hotel, even if you're from New York City."

Messina whets our curiosity. "This promises to be one amazing evening, he says. "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."

Something is clearly missing. Jim forgot to mention the odds on getting a seat at the dinner table.

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