Monday, February 22, 2010

The President & First Lady Host Governor's Ball

WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 21: First lady Michelle Obama raises her glass during the White House Governors Ball in the State Dining Room on February 21, 2010 in Washington, DC. The nation's governors are congregating in Washington this week for their annual National Governors Association annual meeting. Getty Images

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 2010 Governor's Ball on Sunday night, a festive black-tie dinner for state governors and their spouses, as well as members of the Obama administration.

The evening marked the culmination of the annual meeting of the National Governor's Association, and despite the frosty political environment just a few blocks away in Congress, the atmosphere at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was friendly and convivial.

The State Dining Room was aglow with candlelight, and guests dined on a four-course menu of French onion soup, a rib eye steak and shrimp surf-and-turf entree, a seven layer salad, and baked Alaska for dessert. The meal was served on china patterns from the Clinton, Johnson, Kennedy, and Franklin Roosevelt administrations.

Obama opened his toast with a joke, remarking that, “This is not too stiff of an affair, because last year, [Pennsylvania Gov.] Ed Rendell led a conga line.”

Obama went on to praise the governors for their ability to make tough choices in a difficult economy and work across party lines. He also said Washington could learn from the way governors set aside ideological differences to get things done, because "the rubber hits the road with you.”

Courtesy: The Hill - The Washington Scene