03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Robin Givhan: Will The Public Get A Seat At The State Dinner Table?

From the beginning, this administration pledged to give more than a cursory nod to the notion that 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. was the People's House, assuring the country it would welcome regular folks in, not just those with significant bank accounts and the president's secret BlackBerry number. It distributed tickets for the annual Easter Egg Roll via the Internet, so families from outside the Washington area could participate. For Halloween, students from the area were invited to trick-or-treat at the White House.

And back in February, White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, who once ran the Illinois Lottery, mused about holding a sweepstakes so average Americans could win a seat at a state dinner. Did we miss the Twitter alert on some secret lotto?

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