With the president coming to town, major preparations are under way. But we couldn't get any closer than the sidewalk to the Sheraton. The Secret Service has tight security measures in place. We weren't even allowed onto the hotel's property, where the president will dine behind closed doors with about 100 high rollers. Tickets aren't cheap to eat with the commander in chief-- at least $7,000 a person and $10,000 a couple.
"I'd probably be in my everyday clothes trying to making him feel comfortable and welcomed to Vermont," said Mark Huneke of Dirt Chic.
Since the fundraising spots were off limits to our cameras, we decided to find out how people would prepare if they were going to meet the president.
Reporter Gina Bullard: What about some sparkle for the president?
Mark Huneke: I would not wear that because it's a little too bold. I'd go with something more conservative.
At Dirt Chic, a consignment shop in downtown Burlington, they have plenty of wallet-friendly options that could work for a lunch date with the president.
"The Vermont style is anything that feels good and looks good at the same time," Huneke said.
And why not dress it up with some jewels at locally-owned Perrywinkle's Fine Jewelry?
"Whether I was meeting the president for lunch or dinner, I'd wear my Mikimoto pearls," said Winklette Taylor, the manager at Perrywinkle's. "They're timeless, understated and elegant, and capture attention."
The originator of cultivating pearls, Mikimoto only uses the best of the best in the world.
Gina Bullard: Do you think the president would know those are Mikimotos?
Winklette Taylor: I'm sure he would and I'm sure his wife does. I'd put her in the Tahitian set.
Just be prepared for the sticker shock-- $10,000 for the set.
Bullard: What would you suggest I wear?
Taylor: I'd put you in diamonds.
Bullard: Good answer!
And just in case he's still hungry, would a stop at the old Oasis Diner be in order? It's where President Bill Clinton stopped by in 1995 to eat lunch. But let's hope President Obama is in the mood for Mexican-- it's now El Cortijo.
"We'd love to have him!" said Josh Palmer of El Cortijo.
But President Obama's Vermont visit is so secretive, who knows if any surprise pit stops are on the menu?
Gina Bullard: If the president was coming what would you serve him?
Josh Palmer: Whatever he wants. He's the most powerful man in the world.
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