Dinner with the President

Barack Obama has certainly made being president look cool. So much so in fact, that the Romney campaign is trying to use the president’s coolness as a strike against him.

Politics aside, I enjoy seeing President Obama interacting with popular culture. Seeing him joke around with Ellen or play basketball with NCAA women’s champs makes me feel like he’s a real person. I like him. I want to have dinner with this guy — and his family.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza

I’m not alone. A lot of people, from regular folks to heads of state, have eagerly accepted invitations to hang out with the president. Earlier this month, President Obama had breakfast with a group of “Young Hollywood” stars, including one of our favorite Glee women Dianna Agron.

Photo courtesy of @PanteraSarah

BTW, this took place in LA the same week that Dorothy Snarker interviewed Agron, so in my scenario she’s telling the president all about her new crush.

Monday, he had Betty White over — it is the White House, after all — to chat.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza

Not surprisingly, she wanted her picture taken with Bo, too.

Photo courtesy CBS News

Obama is not the first president to have celebrity guests, of course, but he seems to be having more fun with it than his predecessors. He has used his cool factor to raise money for his campaign, offering a chance to bring a friend for dinner in exchange for a donation. This year, the campaign has added a twist.

For a suggested $3 contribution (not required, of course), you can bring a guest to Dinner with Barack — and choose a celebrity that you think should join the party. I suppose the Obama/Biden campaign can’t guarantee that the person you choose will be there, but an invitation to dinner with the president would be a little awkward to refuse.

My first choice is a no-brainer: Hillary Clinton. Preferably wearing the ponytail of justice.

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Granted, I would probably be so intimidated in her presence that I would be a blubbering mess, but I’d be sure to take a friend who could stay coherent.

I’d also love to dine with Obama and Rachel Maddow, with the caveat that all conversation is off the record. How cool would having an informal dinner with those two be? I wouldn’t have to say a word.

If I chose a Hollywood type celeb, I’d go with Meryl Streep. Crush aside, Streep is one of the funniest, most intelligent women I know of. I have a feeling she’s something of an introvert like I am, but she’s able to have a smart conversation regardless.

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Come to think of it, I might even see if Robin Roberts would be my date. She’s a professional conversation starter, after all. The fact that I’ve crushed on her since the first time I saw her on a women’s basketball broadcast is strictly coincidence. (Get well fast, Robin, so you can play some one-on-one with the prez while we’re there.)

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Excuse me while I stare at those arms for a while.

In case you want to put your name in the presidential hat for a seat at the table, visit the Obama Campaign website for details. But regardless, tell us all about your dream guest.

Who would you choose to be President Obama’s guest at a dinner with you and a friend? Why? What would you talk about?