to ambitious governors: 'Make yourselves at home' in White House
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[February 24, 2014]
By Paige Gance
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Barack
Obama invited state governors, some eyeing runs at the presidency in
2016 and beyond, to "make yourselves at home" during a black-tie dinner
at the White House on Sunday honoring governors in town for an annual
First lady Michelle Obama was flanked by two Republicans often
cited as potential 2016 contenders: Nikki Haley of South Carolina
and Mike Pence of Indiana.
Vice President Joe Biden, weighing a third run at the presidency in
2016, was seated between Wisconsin Republican Scott Walker and
Massachusetts Democrat Deval Patrick, both thought to be potential
"Tonight we want to make sure that all of you make yourselves at
home — to which I'm sure some of you are thinking: 'That's been the
point all along,'" Obama quipped during his toast, drawing laughs
from the governors.
"But keep in mind what a wise man once wrote: 'I am more than
contented to be governor, I shall not care if I never hold another
office.' Of course, that was Teddy Roosevelt. So I guess plans
change," he said.
The governors dined on tuna tartare and petite filet with Maryland
crab ravioli, the White House said. Pop singer Sara Bareilles was
the featured performer.
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New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie, another possible 2016
candidate, was not at the dinner. ABC News reported he was at home
to celebrate his daughter's birthday.
(Reporting by Paige Gance; writing by Roberta Rampton;
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