Obama celebrates his birthday with Oprah Winfrey
From our Division of Fabulous Parties: The best bashes are usually exclusive ones, like the small private party for President Barack Obama's 49th birthday.
With First Lady Michelle Obama abroad in Spain, the POTUS hit his hometown of Chicago for dinner at Graham Elliot, with a guest list that included Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King and senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.
"We were humbled and honored that the president decided to join us for dinner on such a special occasion," chef and proprietor Graham Elliot told People magazine, revealing that he was almost late to cook the celebratory meal.
Elliot, who will judge Fox's upcoming cooking show "Master Chef," was late getting to his restaurant from the airport after a promotional trip -- thanks to Air Force One holding up civilian traffic.
He made it in time to whip up his modified Continental classic dishes for Obama, Winfrey and King as well as presidential pals Eric Whittaker and Marty Nesbitt.
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-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey during his 2008 presidential campaign. Credit: Associated Press.