Dinner with Donald Trump and Mitt Romney: heaven or heartburn?

For a mere $3 you can break bread with two millionaires and be one of the boys. Photo: Mitt Romney parked his jet next to Donald Trump's jet AP

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2012 — How hungry are you? Could you stomach a meal with Donald Trump? Would having Mitt Romney there make it more edible?

That’s the question supporters of Mitt Romney have to ask themselves before plunking down $3 to buy a chance to have dinner with Mitt and The Donald.

It is all part of a mega fundraiser to rival President Obama’s bash at George Clooney’s California home on May 10 when a couple who had bought a winning $3 raffle were flown to join the dinner party that raised $15 million dollars for the President’s campaign. Of course, the other diners had to pony up $40,000-a-head for their dinners.

The whole idea of the Las Vegas dinner is supposedly the brainchild of New York Jets Owner Woody Johnson, an ardent supporter of Romney. He is determined to out-Clooney Clooney.

So what will you get for your $3 if you win?

* Airport transportation in a Trump vehicle;

* Stay at the Trump International Trump and Tower;

* Tour the Celebrity Apprentice Boardroom;

* Dine with Donald Trump and Mitt Romney

However, a few questions before you snap up your ticket:

George Clooney hosted an Obama fundraiser AP

1. What does a Trump vehicle mean? The Trump private jet like the one in the above picture parked near Romney’s jet? Or a van used to haul around Apprentices?

2. If you get to stay at International Trump, do you get some chips to gamble with? Are you comped a few drinks and snacks from the room’s refrigerator?

3. You mean there’s an Apprentice Boardroom in Las Vegas? I thought it was in New York. Or is this Boardroom just another Las Vegas reproduction like the hotel facades along the strip?

4. And what are they serving? Chef Wolfgang Puck whipped up a few specialties for George Clooney’s guests like artichoke salad, Peking duck, slices of lamb and beef, and sweet corn tortelloni. Let’s hope you get at least lobster thermidor or filet mignon and not baked chicken in a gooey, yellowish sauce.

5. And are you truly dining with only Romney and Trump? Is this to be a threesome (or a foursome if you bring your spouse or significant other)? Or will you be at table 146 by the kitchen with a room of fat cat donors? Let’s hope you have Mitt and The Donald to yourself so you can have some quality time.

So there you are breaking bread and making small talk with a super venture capitalist and a real estate mogul. So what do you talk about? Maybe they have some stock tips. Or some real estate advice. Or a phone number or two for some offshore tax haven they can share with you. You know, a place to roll over your 401K.

Just don’t bring up Bain Capital or Obama’s birth certificate, because both of these guys will go on automatic pilot and start robotically spouting the same old, same old.

Maybe just ask them what they plan to do when the election is over? Maybe you could invite them over for a barbecue with the neighbors and to commiserate. After all there is always 2016.

To contact Catherine Poe, see above. Her work appears in Ad Lib at the Communities @ WashingtonTimes.com. She can also be heard on Democrats for America’s Future. She is also a contributor to broadcast, print and online media.


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Catherine Poe

Catherine was named one of the top Progressives in Maryland along with Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congresswoman Donna Edwards. She has been a guest of President Obama in the Rose Garden.

As past president of Long Island NOW, she worked to reform women's prisons in New York, open the construction trades to women, change laws to safeguard battered women, and protect the rights of rape victims. 

Long active in Democratic politics, she served as the presidentof the Talbot Democrats in Maryland for six years and fought to getthe Health Care Reform bill passed.

Catherine has been published in a diverse range of newspapers and magazines, including Newsday, Star Democrat, Rocky Mountain News, Yellowstone News, and the Massachusetts Review.

If Catherine has learned anything over the years it is that progressive change does not come easily, but in baby steps. 

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