The White House on Tuesday released new photos from January, including the one above of President Obama and First Lady Obama hosting an early morning tea on Inauguration Day for the members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. The event in the Blue Room was closed to press. President Obama is chatting with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).
Guests included Committee members' spouses and staff. At left in the photo are Committee chair Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
The White House previously released the photo above from the Tea, which shows the President chatting with Committee member House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and his wife Debbie Boehner.
The tea was not listed on the President's official schedule for Inauguration Day. Other Committee members were House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN).
President and First Lady had tea and coffee with the leadership of the
Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and their spouses," as well as members of the Committee's staff, said a White House official on Inauguration Day.
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*Photo by Pete Souza/White House