President is relieved that "no silverware is missing," and he got no calls from irate neighbors...
President Obama has thrown some pretty wild parties at the White House. Speaking to America's state executives on Monday, he got big laughs from the members of the National Governors Association as he thanked them for not demolishing his historic home during Sunday's black tie dinner in their honor. (Above, the President at the dinner, beside Carla Markell, wife of Delaware Gov. Jack Markell)
"I just want to say thanks to you for being on your best behavior last night," President Obama said during remarks in the State Dining Room, where last night he feted the crowd with a steak and seafood menu.
"I’m told nothing was broken. No silverware is missing," President Obama said.
Presidential guests stealing souvenirs is a centuries-old problem; Mr. Obama last year presented Barbara Walters with a birthday gift of logo'd White House mementos, because she'd admitted she had a longstanding habit of walking off with the real deal.
"I didn’t get any calls from the neighbors about the noise--although I can’t speak for Joe’s after-party at the Observatory," President Obama continued. "I hear that was wild."
First Lady Michelle Obama, who sat beside New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the dinner, also addressed the Governors, and mentioned her post-dinner star turn on the Academy Awards broadcast, where she announced Argo as the Best Picture, live from the Diplomatic Reception Room.
"I hope you all got some rest after last night. We had a good time--little tired," Mrs. Obama said, to laughter.
"If you noticed, I stayed up a little bit later--a little bit longer than I had anticipated, but it was well worth it."
Vice President Joe Biden praised Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, chair of the NGA, for his toast at the dinner, which was partially in rhyme, saying it could qualify him to be President.
"I tell you what, I didn't know Jack was as good as he is until I heard that rhyme last night," Biden said. "Jack, if you had done that, I’d be introducing you here."
As she greeted the Governors, Dr. Jill Biden gave a shout-out to Tony award-winning singer/actor Audra McDonald for her performance at a reception after the dinner.
"It was great to see you all last night," Dr. Biden said. "And wasn’t Audra McDonald incredible?"
Related: The 2012 Governors' Dinner; The 2011 Governors' Dinner; the 2010 Governors' Dinner; and the 2009 Governors' Dinner.