These dinners are Barack's chance to say thanks.
From: Michelle Obama <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: March 16, 2012
Every morning I watch Barack go to work for people like the folks we met last week.
That's why we were both grateful for the opportunity to meet Judy, Cathleen, and ReGina at "Dinner with Barack."
We know we wouldn't be here without them. These dinners are Barack's chance to say thanks.
There's another one coming up, and I know he's already looking forward to it.
It's not easy finding a time to connect one on one, but Barack's days begin and end with people like you in mind -- staying up later to read letters, making another phone call.
That's what these dinners are about -- making sure those who represent this movement get a seat at the table.
People like Cathleen, whose 6-year-old son needed surgery for a brain tumor just as her husband was transitioning to a new job. She told Barack that if it weren't for the Affordable Care Act, their son would have carried a pre-existing condition with him for the rest of his life. They wouldn't have been able to afford his care. Cathleen's story is exactly why the fight for health reform was worth every ounce of energy my husband put into it.
We met Bob, a 70-year-old biology professor, who grew up in the segregated South and never thought he'd see someone who looked like him in the White House.
And we met Judy and Mitch from Massachusetts, who instilled in their sons the belief that we are our brothers' and our sisters' keepers. They donate because they know what's at stake in this election.
I want you to know that Barack and I appreciate everyone who contributes to this campaign -- whether you're volunteering some of your time or chipping in a few dollars.
Barack is only here because millions of people like you decided it was worth it to own a piece of this campaign and be a part of the change they wanted to see.
That's what "Dinner with Barack" is about for me.
Today, I hope you'll consider being part of it, too:
Thanks again for your support.
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