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“It’s freedom of expression,” Mr. Brown told the officers. “This is America.”

CAMPAIGN

Obamas hit H Street with ‘Dinner’ winners

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama broke bread with a group of small-dollar donors to his re-election campaign Thursday, gathering for an intimate dinner in a popular Washington neighborhood.

Mr. Obama’s campaign staged its third “Dinner With Barack” event at Boundary Road, a restaurant along Washington’s H Street, a once riot-scarred corridor that has undergone a massive redevelopment.

The campaign has offered meals with the Obamas and Vice President Joseph R. Biden to boost contributions online in preparation for the 2012 campaign. The Obamas sat at a table near exposed brick walls, chatting with supporters.

The Obama campaign said the dinner guests included: ReGina Newkirk, a nonprofit executive from Nashville, Tenn., and her father, Robert Newkirk Sr., a professor at Tennessee State University; Cathleen Loringer, a former social worker from Wauwatosa, Wis., and her husband, lawyer John Loringer; and Judy Glassman, a retired school administrator from Cambridge, Mass., and her artist husband, Mitch Glassman.

From wire dispatches and staff reports