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J.K. Rowling to Attend Special Dinner with Mrs. Obama in London

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: sue
March 31, 2009, 06:38 PM

The President of the United States Barack Obama is making a diplomatic visit to the United Kingdom, and there will be a special dinner held for the spouses of those attending the G20 summit, which will take place this week. Sarah Brown, wife of the UK Prime Minister, is hosting the event tomorrow night for Michele Obama, wife of the President, at 10 Downing Street, and among the guests will be Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. The Times reports that "seated on one side of Mrs Obama will be J. K. Rowling, the author; on the other will be Kelly Holmes, the double Olympic gold medallist."

The paper continues:

Mrs Brown is in charge of the spouses’ programme and has given much thought to tonight’s table plan. Rowling, the Harry Potter author who wrote the first of her best-selling books when she was living on benefits as a single mother in a mice-infested Edinburgh flat, has long been a vocal Labour supporter. Last year she gave £1 million to the party...The menu, prepared by the chef Jamie Oliver, will feature seasonal produce including Welsh lamb, Jersey Royal new potatoes and asparagus from Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly."

You can read more on this event here from the Guardian. Readers will recall both the Obamas have spoken several times in the past (video on YouTube here) about being Harry Potter fans, and reading the books with their daughters. We are hoping to have photos from this event, and will update with more when we can.

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1184 Points

Oh wow this is so cool! Jobama! :D

Posted by Lavendergirl ~WBM~ on March 31, 2009, 07:40 PM report to moderator

It seems from the article Sarah Brown is picking famous, influential and achieving British women to join the wives of the leaders, and Jo is an obvious choice, not least because she is a family friend of the Browns, so can be supportive in this potentially stressful situation.

Posted by roonwit on March 31, 2009, 07:41 PM report to moderator
5489 Points

this is so awesome.
and i agree, him being a harry potter fan is the icing on the cake!

Posted by avrenim [WBM!] on March 31, 2009, 07:42 PM report to moderator
1865 Points

Two women I would love to have dinner with! :)

Posted by ProfessorCharms [ROAR] on March 31, 2009, 07:50 PM report to moderator
218 Points

Awesome! Two of my favorite ladies!

Posted by mollywobbles23 on March 31, 2009, 07:57 PM report to moderator
120 Points


Posted by Alexandra_Isis on March 31, 2009, 07:59 PM report to moderator
3463 Points

Oh my gosh!!!! Our prez is an HP fan!?!?!?! We have the best country! You rock Obama! XD

Posted by BeAchL0veEr05 ☼ on March 31, 2009, 08:00 PM report to moderator
1410 Points

Jobama! Now I like Obama even more now since he likes Harry Potter, Haha.
Now if we could just get out of this recession…

Posted by AccioAmanda ☆WBM☆ on March 31, 2009, 08:07 PM report to moderator
524 Points

Wish I was there to meet them both. Obama should ask JKR to read to the summit crew bfore they start. It might inspire them to do some good in the world.

Posted by HGROSS44 on March 31, 2009, 08:14 PM report to moderator
61 Points

Thanks Leaky for this news bite. It would be interesting to later learn that this dinner would turn out into its own separate summit for issues that we deem appropriate (and I am afraid that I would embarass everyone with my eating habits, like Ron would if he were present).

Posted by Glowstick on March 31, 2009, 08:14 PM report to moderator
3048 Points

This is just wonderful. I do hope that the two of them engage in deep conversation on many of the issues currently facing the world and enrich each other with their convergent and divergent opinions on them. Hopefully tons of pictures and videos infiltrate the media with this dinner tomorrow.

Posted by Kirk on March 31, 2009, 08:24 PM report to moderator
415 Points


Posted by kira902k on March 31, 2009, 08:27 PM report to moderator
747 Points

OH WoW, Oh Wow, Oh Wow, Oh, WOW!!!!!!! I would love to be able to meet and spend time with both ladies. This is just awsome!!!!!!!!

Posted by Tonks1OoM4,CW[ROAR] on March 31, 2009, 08:28 PM report to moderator
40 Points

I was sure this was an April Fool’s joke (JoBama being the ship that it is) but I guess not! That’s really cool!

Posted by Katie on March 31, 2009, 08:40 PM report to moderator
2573 Points

I hope the Obama family takes Dan up on his offer to have the Obama children tour the set. How cool would that be for them? (And for all of us,,,let’s be real!)

Posted by ErinM {Roar} on March 31, 2009, 08:43 PM report to moderator
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