Bipartisan shindig might take place next September...
President Obama won't be hosting his annual Congressional Picnic for lawmakers and their families this June. (Above, baby whispering at the 2011 picnic)
White House has canceled the event, the Office of Legislative Affairs
said in an email sent on Monday to Congressional offices. It may take place in September, however.
The party on the South Lawn--last year held on June 27th and hailed as "a great American tradition" by Press Secretary Jay Carney-- is typically a chance for lawmakers to relax and put aside partisan differences with the President as they eat classic picnic chow, dance to live music, and play games.
"The White House Congressional Picnic for Members of Congress and their families will not take place in June this year," read the email. "We are hopeful that we will be able to reschedule this event for September."
The cancellation of the event is related to timing, and not due to sequester-related budget cuts, the White House said. Among other events in June, the President will be traveling to Northern Ireland and Germany between June 16th and June 20th, followed by a weeklong trip to the African continent.
The theme of President Obama's picnic last year was "Boots, Blues and Barbeque." (Above, a long view of the South Lawn last year)
"We’re thrilled that you have at least one day where you got a chance to
be together in Washington and nobody is arguing," President Obama told the crowd of partying lawmakers.
The President's Independence Day picnic for members of the military and their families is still expected to be held on July 4th.
*Top photo by Pete Souza/White House; second by pool