Meet Barack's Dinner Guests
The table has been set for the second Dinner with Barack.
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Every supporter who made a donation of $5 or more between July 26th and July 31st took part in our second Dinner with Barack campaign.
On Labor Day, September 3rd, four lucky supporters from all over the country will join Barack for an evening of good food and good conversation.
Read about Barack’s guests and submit a question you'd like them to ask:
While a typical political dinner these days consists of officials being wined and dined by Washington lobbyists and bigwigs from special interest PACs, Barack will be sitting down with four regular people from across the country who will share their stories and discuss the issues that matter most to them.
Gabrielle Grossman of Exeter, New Hampshire
Gabrielle worked as a 7th grade teacher but recently became a stay-at-home mom. She’s been volunteering for more than a month with the campaign. The day she signed up to volunteer, she found out some tough news: her 2-year-old son was diagnosed with autism.
In her letter to Dinner with Barack, Gabrielle said, "There is not enough funding to get kids the services they need. So many kids are getting diagnosed, and there just aren't enough resources out there for kids. That's a huge issue for me personally."
The campaign has kept her motivated and energized throughout this tough time in her life. She adds, "At a time when you don't feel like you have a lot of hope, it's done the total opposite, the campaign has got us involved and given me more hope than ever.”
Brittany Washington of Los Angeles, California
Brittany is a Howard University student who wants to join Teach for America, get her doctorate in education and public policy, and possibly open her own charter school. She currently volunteers in Washington, D.C.'s public school system and says, "The windows are broken out, and there are never enough chairs or lights. It's just ridiculous. And we expect these kids to compete with other kids who have chairs and windows."
Brittany's mother, who used California's welfare medical coverage, recently passed away at the age of 38. Despite Brittany's repeated pleas for a cancer specialist, she was told doctors wouldn't look at her mother because she didn't have the right kind of insurance.
She says she admires Barack's style of politics because "it's honest and realistic.” As a political science major, she wants to ask him how he's able to work in politics and stay true to his beliefs.
Michael Wilson of Cocoa Beach, Florida
Mike is an Air Force veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who disagreed with why we went to Iraq. He plans to talk to Barack about some of the people he met in Iraq -- for example, an Iraqi physician who invited him into his home and wanted to talk about anything except war and politics, and a young Iraqi who dreamed about coming to America.
Although Mike is a registered Republican, he believes Barack reflects "what America is and what America needs." And that, he explains, is the place where "people look for freedom and hope. It's not imperialistic; it offers a light." He hopes that Barack will position the country to be that light again.
Dorothy Unruh of Lakewood, Colorado
Dorothy is a senior citizen who is fed up with the current state of our government. As she said in her letter, “I'm sad that our great nation has lost its stature in the eyes of the rest of the world. I have been a registered Republican for years, but recently officially changed parties so I can attend the Democratic caucus and help elect Senator Obama. He is like a breath of fresh air to my husband and me.”
Dorothy has never taken part in a political campaign before, but she and millions of other voters who want change are going to be the key to Democratic victories up and down the ballot next year.