Washington (CNN) – They were in the same building Monday night, but President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner did not see or speak to each other, according to multiple Democratic and Republican sources.
The president hosted members of Congress for the black tie Congressional Ball at the White House amid the ongoing fiscal cliff standoff and posed with lawmakers in a receiving line, as is typical for these events.
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But the speaker was not among those to stand beside the president.
One Republican aide said it would be a mistake to read that as a snub, explaining the speaker spent the night socializing at a social event.
The event followed a contentious day between Democrats and Republicans over the impending fiscal deadline, after both political parties offered proposals deemed unacceptable by the other side.