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President Obama To Dine At Fundraiser In Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – If you’ve noticed a sudden increase in traffic or security around Westport Monday, it’s because President Barack Obama is coming for dinner .

Harvey Weinstein, movie producer and Democratic Party supporter, opens his Westport home Monday night to have guests sit for supper with the president.

According to Westport Democratic Town Committee Chairperson James Ezzes, who spoke to The Westport Daily Voice earlier , the 50 to 60 guests will pay $35,800 per person. Ezzes said the dinner will start at around 6:30 or 7 p.m., after Obama appears at a fundraising event at the Stamford Marriott, which begins at 5 p.m.

To many, the cost of $35,800 is a little steep although Ezzes said that a similar Republican dinner for Gov. Mitt Romney cost $50,000 per person. But would you pay the price to eat with the president?

When asked if she would pay the price in order to dine with the president, 20-year-old Elizabeth Smith from Fairfield said, yes, she would. “It would be interesting, but I don’t have the money.”

Both Dennis and Rosane Burton of Milford responded with an immediate, “no,” when asked. “Even if I had the money I wouldn’t,” Rosane said. “Maybe if it was Bono.”

Her husband continued saying that he might spend it on dinner with the president, if he had the money.

“If I had the money, I wouldn’t spend it on dinner with any candidate,” Pound Ridge New York resident Nate Kelly said. Gracie Phillips, who was visiting Kelly, said she just doesn’t have the money what with college loans to pay off, but that she might spend it if she had the money.

Weston resident, Paul Levine, who was shopping on Main Street in Westport with his daughter said, “No. There are other things I’d spend that money on.”

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