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Another Obama White House party, this one a midweek soiree to watch Da Bulls

March 9, 2011 |  6:22 pm

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Another Obama party at the White House tonight.

No Paul McCartney or Elton John this time.

This midweek get-together was planned to watch an NBA basketball game between the president's favorite Chicago Bulls and some team from North Carolina.Obama nurses a Basketball Lip 11-26-1 that required 12 stitches

On the coveted presidential invitation list are 10 congressional Democrats, plus Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, and James Mitchell, a City Council member in that city, where Democrats will hold their national political convention next year.

Also invited are two lonely Republicans, Rep. Sue Myrick of North Carolina and new Sen. Mark Kirk, who now holds Obama's old Illinois Senate seat.

The other scheduled Democrats on the list were:

Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Kay Hagan of North Carolina, plus Reps. G.K. Butterfield, Larry Kissell, David Price of North Carolina and Danny Davis, Luis Gutierrez, Jan Schakowsky and Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois.

On Friday, the president will host and hail at the White House his hometown Chicago Blackhawks, who won the 2010 NHL championship Stanley Cup after 49 years in the trophy wilderness.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Obama nurses a split lip that required 12 stitches after a robust basketball game Nov. 26, 2010. Credit: Charles Dharapak / Associated Press