Party with the president | Campaign offers two tickets to Obama's Chicago birthday party

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, waves back to a shouted birthday greeting as they walk to board his helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, for a short flight to Andrews Air Force Base then onto Chicago. (FILE) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

July 26, 2012 2:14:40 PM PDT
Want to party with the president in his hometown? Two 'grassroots supporters' will get to wish President Barack Obama ''happy birthday'' -- face-to-face. The campaign is entering so-called "grassroots supporters" who make donations at its website,, a chance to join in the president's 51st birthday celebration at his Kenwood home. The president is planning a backyard party on August 4, according to Vice President Joe Biden. He wrote, "Take it from me. You'll have fun at this one."

"We'd like to give grassroots supporters an opportunity to join in the fun," first lady Michelle Obama wrote in an email. "You guys deserve it, and I know Barack would personally love to see you there. Donate $3 or whatever you can today, and you'll be automatically entered to get your name added to the guest list."

Winners will also get round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations in Chicago.

To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents and the contribution must come from an individual over the age of 16. Read more about the details here. A donation is not required for entry.

The deadline is Thursday, July 26.