March 4th, 2009
09:01 PM ET
6 years ago

First couple charms congressional committee heads

President Obama spoke to congressional committee chairs and ranking members at the start of a dinner in honor of congressional leadership.
President Obama spoke to congressional committee chairs and ranking members at the start of a dinner in honor of congressional leadership.

(CNN) - The White House appears to be Washington's Wednesday night hot-spot.

President Obama and first lady Michelle wined and dined the heads of the congressional committees Wednesday evening in the East Room of the White House.

The first couple has been holding weekly social events and cocktail parties at the White House. As the president joked Wednesday, "This is a pretty big house so we get lonely."

President Obama continued his charm offensive with the congressional committee chairmen at the bipartisan dinner.

"We're not always going to agree on everything, but given how hard so many of you are working on both sides of the aisle, day in, day out, we thought it was important for us to be able to step back for a moment, remind ourselves that we have things in common – family, friends, laughter," Obama told the group. "Hopefully we'll have a chance to appreciate each other a little bit, take a time-out before we dive back into the game."

The entertaining by the first family is part of the Obamas' commitment to making the executive mansion a more open place for all.


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  1. Ben in Dallas

    President Obama takes another cue from Lincoln. Lincoln not only held regular events at the white house for both his political friends and opposition. He let regular folk shake his hand for hours on end.

    My hats off to the President

    March 5, 2009 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  2. Mr E

    Its ok to party but at whose expense................ cut the cost mennnn

    March 5, 2009 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  3. survivor

    I'm sure that these coctail parties – which is code for social communication and bonding are less expensive than maintaining "walls" and maintaining the rhetoric which if the truth be known is costing everyone in the country..politics it seems should be a team effort on both sides – I believe President 0bama is very correct to promote this type of exercise in civility

    March 5, 2009 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
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