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caption="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.