President Barack Obama Dines at Smith Commons With Contest Winners

via Ken Thomas (AP) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is meet with three winners of a campaign contest and their guests for dinner at a restaurant in a popular Washington neighborhood.

via Ken Thomas (AP) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is meet with three winners of a campaign contest and their guests for dinner at a restaurant in a popular Washington neighborhood.

Obama’s motorcade took him to Smith Commons Dining Room and Public House on Friday in the city’s H Street neighborhood, which has undergone redevelopment in recent years. He was having dinner with supporters from North Carolina, Ohio and Colorado, three battleground states in next month’s election.

The dinner was part of the campaign’s “Dinner with Barack” series offering meals with the president to boost online contributions for the 2012 campaign.

Obama’s special dinner guests were Kimberley Cathey of Greensboro, N.C., and her husband, Ron; Mario Orosa of North Canton, Ohio, and his wife, Deidra; and Joe Laliberte of Colorado Springs, Colo., and his mother, Patti.

Gaia Tops Complex Mag’s List of 50 Best Street Artists

Kudos to Gaia for being named #1 in Complex‘s “50 Greatest Street Artists Right Now” list. And he’s not there just for his talent — have you seen the mural he made for us? — but for efforts like Open Walls Baltimore.

Says one commenter: “I don’t know anyone doing street art right now who has a better appreciation for intricate the social and political impacts of public art and street art.”

We couldn’t have described him better ourselves.