Inauguration 2013 January 21, 2013: President Barack Obama & VP Joe Biden Attend Inaugural Luncheon — Congressional Lunch Eases Partisan Tensions




Congressional lunch eases political tensions

Source: USA Today, 1-21-13

A bipartisan crowd breaks bread together in a luncheon full of symbolism.

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President Barack Obama, from left, with first lady Michelle Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and his wife Deborah Gunlack, attend a luncheon after his ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ORG XMIT: DCMC104(Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta AP)

Story Highlights

  • Obama: “I’m confident we can act in way that makes a difference for our children.”
  • Menu included lobster from New England and bison from South Dakota
  • Seating arrangement encouraged bipartisanship

Partisan rancor presides over Washington but for a few fleeting hours on Inauguration Day, bipartisan comity takes over as official Washington breaks bread — literally, as Vice President Biden would say — for the inaugural luncheon held for more than a century.

“I recognize democracy is not always easy,” President Obama said . “I recognize there are profound differences in this room.” But, he added: “I’m confident we can act in way that makes a difference for our children.”…READ MORE

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