Obamas host congressional dinner, unveil swing set. Coincidence?
Every presidential family makes some personal changes to the White House. John F. Kennedy had a pony installed for the next non-senator from New York. Bill Clinton had a putting green. The second Bushes had a rubberized path.
Also today the Obamas graciously had leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives over for some bipartisan celery soup, mushroom crisps, steelhead salmon and milk chocolate velvet cake. The president wanted a political "timeout," a kind of evening recess once everyone got indoors to the East Room to "remind ourselves we have things in common. Not to mention, this is a pretty big house and we get lonely."
The Obamas have promised daughters Sasha and Malia, 10 and 7, that they too can use the new swings.
-- Andrew Malcolm
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