Wednesday, December 05, 2012

President Obama Hosted White House Holiday Dinner For Top Fundraisers

Closed-press event in the East Room had a special menu...
President Obama hosted an exclusive holiday dinner at the White House last Friday evening for some of his most elite fund-raisers.  About 200 people who were part of the Obama campaign's National Finance Committee were wined and dined at a closed-to-press party in the East Room, reported Chicago Sun-Times Lynn Sweet.  The event was not listed on the President's daily schedule.

"As is commonplace with past administrations of both parties, the President hosted a holiday party with supporters Friday evening in the residence," a White House aide confirmed to Sweet.   

Guests included megawatt bundlers and donors from Chicago, where the President's re-election effort was headquartered. They enjoyed a special menu while rubbing elbows with top members of the President's 2012 team, including campaign manager Jim Messina, top strategist David Axelrod, and deputy campaign managers Stephanie Cutter and Julianna Smoot.  White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe also attended.

The White House chefs are spotlighting recipes from the First Lady Michelle Obama's book American Grown on this year's holiday buffet menus, but the President's donor dinner had a smaller menu.   It included hand-passed appetizers, followed by a salad of winter greens with peaches and pears, and an entree of braised short ribs with a side of shellfish.  Dessert was a pumpkin creme brulee.

The Chicago guests included Vicki Heyman, a co-chair of the Illinois Finance Committee and her husband, Bruce; another Illinois co-chair, Ariel Investments founder John Rogers; Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts; business executives James Crown and Penny Pritzker; and Michael Sacks, CEO of Grosvenor Capital Management and an investor and board member for Wrapports LLC, the owner of Sun-Times Media, publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The President and Mrs. Obama are in the midst of their annual holiday entertaining, and receptions and dinners are being held almost nightly, and sometimes twice nightly, with 14,000 guests expected through mid-December.  Friday's dinner "was paid for by the Democratic National Committee," according to the White House aide.