Drinks Are On the (White) House

Jan 28, 2009 5:57pm

Here’s the list of President Obama’s invited guests to the White House cocktail party tonight — essentially the bipartisan bicameral leadership of the House and Senate.

Six House Democrats, six House Republicans, six Senate Democrats, six Senate Republicans. Their spouses are invited as well.

Hors d’œuvres — chicken curry, wagyu steak — will be served in addition to drinks.

President Obama, it should be noted, is not a particularly big drinker, though he has been known to enjoy a vodka martini time and again.

In addition to the congressional leaders below, several senior White House staffers will be in attendance, including press secretary Robert Gibbs, senior adviser David Axelrod, senior adviser Pete Rouse, and deputy chief of staff Mona Sutphen.

The party will come after the House passes the president’s stimulus package with no Republican support, which could make for some interesting cocktail party chatter.*

House Democrats

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-SC

Rep. John Larson, D-Conn.. Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, who took the place in the Democratic House leadership of President Obama’s new chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel

Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, who refused the president’s entreaties to serve as U.S. Trade Representative

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

House Republicans

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va.

Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., Chair of the House Republican Conference

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference

Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, Secretary of the House Republican Conference

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., Chair of the House Republican Policy Committee

Senate Democrats

Sen. President Pro-Tem Robert Byrd, D-WV

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Vice Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Secretary of the Senate Democratic Caucus

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Senate Republicans

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Chair of the Senate Republican Conference

Sen. John Thune, R-SD, Vice Chair of the Senate Republican Conference

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee

Sen. Jon Ensign, R-Nev., Chair of the Senate Policy Committee

– jpt

* This originally said "with almost no Republican support," because it was written more than 30 minutes before the vote. It has since been updated.

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