Sunday, November 6, 2011

Need A Dinner Speaker? Call The White House...

Wednesday: President will make fifth dinner address to key constituency in less than two months...
As the 2012 election race heats up, President Obama has amped up his attendance at gala dinners in Washington, DC. On Wednesday, he will make his fifth appearance at an awards dinner hosted by a group that is a key constituency for his re-election. The President will deliver the keynote address at the National Women’s Law Center’s Annual Awards dinner, held at the Washington Hilton. (Above: A screenshot of NWLC's Presidential announcement on its website)

Since Sept. 14, the President has spoken at gala awards dinners for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Foundation, for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT advocacy group, and most recently, at a dinner for the National Italian American Foundation. Each dinner had between 2,000 and 3,000 guests. Wednesday's dinner, as the photo logo above notes, is sold out, and that's been the case with all of the other dinners, too. More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend the NWLC dinner.

The President typically arrives at the dinners just in time to speak, and then leaves immediately after without dining. His remarks at each dinner have been tweaked to fit the particular audience, but all focused heavily on the importance of getting him re-elected to continue the work he's started during his first term in the White House.

First Lady Obama accompanied the President to the two Caucus dinners, but did not accompany him to his two other Fall dinner speeches. The NWLC dinner is not currently listed on Mrs. Obama's schedule for this week; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton keynoted the 2010 dinner. The President spoke at both Caucus dinners in 2010, and spoke at the Human Rights Campaign dinner in 2009, but skipped it in 2010.

Co-chair sponsors for the NWLC dinner are executives from JP Morgan Chase & Co and American Express. Click here for the full sponsor list.

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