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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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. maniacprovost

    Throwing cocktail parties for the political elite is "making the executive mansion a more open place for all" ? Well, it's a good idea regardless.

    March 4, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. Rhonda Davis

    what a change

    obama you are doing a great job at trying to bring us all together

    A+++++ for effort

    so humor too~~~~

    March 4, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. Change

    A nice change from the Bush years.

    March 4, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. Mike

    Obama needs to be impeached as soon as possible. That's the only thing that will save this country AND the ecomony.

    March 4, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Wine and dine? And he expects the people to believe every word he says regarding the economy. Enjoy it while it lasts, he who laughs last, laughs the loudest.

    March 4, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. Sevin

    President Obama continues to impress me.

    March 4, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    The hard right does not get it. Or maybe they do and thats why they hate him. Obama would have been a good Presient at any time but this crisis is forcing him into excellence.

    You can tell when he is mad but even when his is he remains both a gentleman and a gentle man.
    What great timing for the nation.

    March 4, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. Irving, TX

    President Obama and Mrs Obama are real folks. I love the fact that they can reach out to people who they see on the TV talking about them and saying things about them and yet they invite them to eat dinner with them .... what a couple...

    March 4, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  9. Alicia

    Ahhh yes, Diplomacy, Intelligence, Sophistication..............grown ups!

    March 4, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. IS LIMPRICK LIGHT in the LOAFERS?

    That is why we voted for you President Obama. You are at least giving it your best.

    March 4, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  11. The Last Patriot

    The new nobility drink cocktails as the Hoi Polloi suffer.

    March 4, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  12. Di

    The first couple has been holding weekly social events and cocktail parties on OUR MONEY! That is one reason DC turned against Bush, they did not hold weekly parties!!! Next the Hollywood Stars party? STOP THE PORK!

    March 4, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. Libs are Goofy....

    "Let the peasants eat cake"

    Thanks for raising my taxes. Hope you enjoy your dinner parties.

    March 4, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  14. James

    How refreshing after 8 years of my-way-or-the-highway Bush! Some down home, nonpartisan common sense and humanity.

    March 4, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  15. Mike - Houston

    Charming the democratic leadership. Another low bar to clear.

    March 4, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  16. BK

    He doesn't have a clue what he is doing he might as well party. Idiot! All the does is spend our money.

    March 4, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  17. Wade

    So they party while we citizens struggle.
    I remember another famous leader who did this.
    I believe her response was "Let them eat cake."
    I recall the people removed her... in two pieces.

    March 4, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. Hope

    There is a time for everything, as long as eventually we will have the Federal Health Insurance we are happy.

    March 4, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  19. Action

    This is exactly why I voted for Barack Obama. To break down the artificially constructed walls that people like Bush, Rove, Limbaugh, Olberman, Schultz and their ilk built that has divided us for too long.

    We are all Americans. We all love our country. We all must hope we succeed. To do anything less is treasonous

    March 4, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  20. LOS ANGELES

    i love our president!

    March 4, 2009 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  21. CALIFORNIA

    I love our President!
    Rush Limbaugh, repeat after me, HAIL TO THE CHIEF!

    March 5, 2009 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  22. Scott, Tucson

    Obama is hosting big dinners and cocktail parties at the White House at our expense while millions of Americans are out of work and the nation slipping into a depression. And we're being told that we have to tighten our belts? That's leadership for you.

    March 5, 2009 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  23. mjm

    The first couple has been holding weekly social events and cocktail parties at the White House.

    Who is paying for these parties?

    March 5, 2009 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  24. Carol

    I do hope that BHO is keeping the cocktail parties and social events costs DOWN. We, the American people cannot afford lavish partying on our dime. That is no better than corporations holding their shindigs with the stimulus money. We are watching closely because we are REALLY tighten our belts and of course, we expect our man in the White House to LEAD BY EXAMPLE. When I grew up and things were tight during the 40s and the 50s, we never WANTED for something to do because there are so many things that can be enjoyed for free. It just takes creativity and you will be surprised at how close you can live. Just keep in mind that many Americans are struggling when you are enjoying your cocktails.

    March 5, 2009 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  25. Vinny

    Thanx Mr. President for helping me think like a human being.
    I had been desperate to make sense of things in life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    March 5, 2009 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
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