Michelle Obama (AP/USA Today)
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's campaign is raffling off a really good seat at next month's Democratic convention -- right next to first lady Michelle Obama during the president's acceptance speech.
"The campaign will fly you and a guest to Charlotte and cover your hotel for the three nights you're there," Mrs. Obama said in an e-mail to supporters. "And each night, you'll get some of the best seats in the house to watch the big speeches."
She added: "You'll meet Barack, and during his speech on Thursday night, I'd like you to sit with me."
The campaign has held numerous raffles during his presidential runs, usually involving dinner or some kind of private meeting.
In her e-mail, Mrs. Obama wrote:
Four years ago, Barack stood on a stage at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. He accepted our party's nomination, and then told our country what he intended to do as President.
Let's think for a second about what's happened since then.
Our businesses have added 4.5 million jobs in the last 29 months. The typical middle-class family has saved $3,600 in tax cuts over his first term. We passed historic health care reform. The war in Iraq has ended. It's now easier for women to fight for equal pay for equal work. And gay and lesbian service members can no longer be denied a place in our nation's military because of who they are or who they love.
But we've got to finish what we started. Soon we're gathering for our convention in Charlotte -- and Barack and I would like to meet a few of you there.