House Republican leader John Boehner (Prick-Ohio) one of the bill's lead opponents, was among the two dozen lawmakers invited to the White House. Trying to hide his ever-present half-bottle of Glen Livet, Boner slurred to reporters, "Someone reported that this was a cel'bration party for passage of the bill in the House," before joining his Republican colleagues in a unanimous vote against the president. "If so, I don't know why they'd want the skunk at the garden party. But I'm gonna go and smile." And drink. And drink. And drink. And, this time, you're going to try not to vomit on the rug, right Boner? Nasty habit, that. (Observation, pal: Alcoholics Anonymous beckons.)
Besides the wicked Boehner, the House guests included Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.; Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-SC; and Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va. The Senate guest list included Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; and Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.
Earlier in the day, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the invitation was extended because Obama wants to get to know the lawmakers better and build a working relationship with them so they all can work together, in a bipartisan fashion, to do the people's business. (Hold on a moment while I look at that last sentence, the one from Gibbs . . . Right . . . Okay, that's what he said - "so they all can work together, in a bipartisan fashion.")