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(CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND) — January 13, 2009 — President-Elect Barack Obama, in a stunning pre-inaugural moment of copycatishness, ate dinner with people he disagreed with, apparently also seeking a civil conversation.
Possibly feeling too insecure to pick their own day, the Obama dinner at conservative columnist George Will's home took place concurrent to Tuesday night's Dinner at the Square.
"We felt that if we went out on our own, say – on a Wednesday – without the sizeable wake established by The Village Square, there was simply too much risk that incivility would break out and we'd lose control," said an unnamed Obama aide on the condition of anonymity.
While the results of Obama's conversation were strictly off record, one unnamed aide whispered "it probably wasn't as productive as 'Faith in the Public Square' but we're still pleased."
No word on the menu at the presidential soiree, but security around the specific ingredients used at the Tallahassee gathering was likely sufficient in preventing plagiarism on that front.
"I refreshed my memory of the recipes on the menu about a month ago, then I tore out the pages and ate them," said Fran Doxsee, the chef of St. John's Lively Cafe fame. Doxsee is being hailed as a hero.
When asked for comment, The Village Square Executive Director Liz Joyner acknowledged her error in not copyrighting civility.
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