Obama hosts lawmakers for annual picnic

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Posted: Jun 16, 2011 3:31 AM
Obama hosts lawmakers for annual picnic

President Barack Obama is hosting lawmakers for a White House tradition _ the annual congressional picnic that gives lawmakers a chance to put aside their partisan fights and pick up plates of hot dogs and pies.

This year the theme on the South Lawn was State Fair, and booths offered ice cream sundaes, kettle corn and even pie throwing.

Many lawmakers both Democratic and Republican attended Wednesday, including Obama's chief congressional antagonist, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

In brief remarks Obama said he hoped the spirit of community evident at the picnic would carry over into other days, and despite their differences people would remember all are part of the American family.